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Two Full Backs Back For Benfica?

9:17 am, Sunday, March 31st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

It seems that left back Massadio Haidara could be back against Benfica on Thursday night in Lisbon, after recovering from the bruising and tissue damage to his knee and thigh he picked up two weeks ago in the game at Wigan.

Massadio Haidara metalist

Haidara in action against Metalist Kharkiv

And Callum McCallum did not get any punishment at all for his knee-high tackle, that referee Mark Halsey didn’t see, and he didn’t even get an admonishment from the FA – nothing.

The FA did see the challenge when they reviewed the video, but then said they could do nothing about it because one of the four officials had seen the tackle.

That’s the English FA for you – avoiding their responsibilities again.

Alan Pardew has said on Thursday in his press conference for yesterday’s 4-0 disaster at Manchester City, that Massadio had half a chance of playing at Benfica,

And the manager has praised his l 20 year-old , when he made his debut deputizing for the injured Davide Santon at Metalist Kharkiv and Pardew said:

“I didn’t expect him to play as resiliently as he did. He did very well defensively but he’s really attack-minded so it wasn’t the perfect scenario for him.”

“Haidara did very well. He’s a left-footer, which gives us a good option because Davide Santon is not naturally a left-footed player.”

The left-back, cost £2M in January for Nancy and he’s looked a very good player for Newcastle in his five appearances.

And last night Alan Pardew said that Davide Santon will definitely be back on Thursday night so that means we could have the two full backs back – but Mathieu Debuchy is still out with his hamstring.

Newcastle need to play better in Lisbon than we did yesterday – but for us the two most important games are the league games at home to Fulham next Sunday and then to local rivals Sunderland a week later.

And Sunderland should have a new manager by then, as they sacked Martin O’Neill last night after they had lost at home 1-0 to Manchester United and had’t won and picked up only 3 points in the last eight league games.

In contrast Newcastle have won four and lost four in our last eight league games, so we have gained 9 points on Sunderland in that time – and it’s the league games since the four Frenchmen arrived in one week in late January.

The bad news is we have now lost three of our last four league games.

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Tags: Davide Santon · Europa League · European Competition · Injuries · Massadio Haidara · Premier League



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Mar 31, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Well lets hope so, we need to stop letting so many goals in.

    Nice quick tempo is needed against Benfica….. Takes us into the two very important games in PL.

  • 2 Bambams // Mar 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    How bloody lucky are Wigan. Norwich keeper gets sent off at mackem land so stand in comes in for Norwich and lets a shot in you would expect a keeper to save.

    Other hand we lose a fb at wigan ….. You know the rest.

  • 3 Bambams // Mar 31, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Notice Simpson ducking when Barry takes his shot that went high… Not what you want to see.

  • 4 toonbrother // Mar 31, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    the biggest liability at our club= alan pardew. yesterday was one of the most cowardly performances i have ever witnessed. truly sickening display.

  • 5 toonbrother // Mar 31, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    One thing i’m glad about: we finally see what our midfield looks like without tiote. Not very good

  • 6 Ben3arfa // Mar 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    good news, because Simpson was atrocious vs. City .

  • 7 Hatem's better than Messi // Mar 31, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Lets hope Ashley realises that Pardew sucks.

    New manager in May please.
    These negative tactics aren’t for Newcastle United.

  • 8 toonbrother // Mar 31, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    i dont blame simpson for not giving a f*ck. I blame pardew for his shortsighted treatment of players when he feels they are surplus to requirements. He relegates them to the reserves and strips them of their confidence only to come back for them when we’re injury ridden and short of manpower, He’s made obertan and simpson worse players since he joined the club and he’s doing the same to williamson and bigirimana

  • 9 KayZey78 // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Get us safe and then sack Pardew when we drop out of the euro. He hasn’t gotten anything or of our players. Ba and Cisse carried him all last season. Houghton for loads more out of the players.

  • 10 purplegooose // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Does my head in reading the rubbish on these sites the manager did a fantastic job last year was also voted manager of the year!! This season has not gone to plan but we won’t be relegated reading, qpr and Wigan will go down so let’s support the team and the manager for the remaining games cause actually this could be the season we tell our gran kids about!!!!!!!!!!! BELEIVE

  • 11 purplegooose // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Toonbrother you’ve got no clue if the team had lasted 5 min till halftime yesterday may have been so different out players r no match for there’s there not capable of playing them at there own game

  • 12 Lucky Les // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Toon brother you are, of course correct. A lot of bloggers think if you play a lot of technical small players lacking physique and threat you will suddenly have a team like Barca.Even the Entertainers had Batty.You must be able to prevent the opposition midfield power players running through midfield and this is the task of Tiote and/Perch.The Premier League is a tough unforgiving league with a mixture of skill and steel.




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