As we had though when the team was announced Alan Pardew preferred Jonas Gutierrez at left back in place of young Massadio Haidara, who had returned against Benifca, and we thought he had a solid game, before being replaced in the second half.
Massadio Haidara – should return at West Brom
It’s time for Alan Pardew to put the players in the positions they play best in, and no more square pegs in round holes.
Alan thought that Massadio would have found it difficult with the intensity of yesterday’s game, and we found out so did a lot of other Newcastle players who wilted to a Sunderland side who had only three draws in their previous nine games in the league.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle about his left back decision of yesterday:
“That was a tough decision. He is a young boy.” “I wanted to play a bit of experience – people who I think know the game – and in hindsight perhaps I should have played him.
“I did not think he could get through that after Thursday – his first game back – and also get the intensity of it.”
Hey – if they are good enough they are old enough – and we’ve been impressed with Massadio since he arrived in January, and was the recipient of that terrible tackle from Wigan’s Callum McManaman, from which he recovered so well.
Alan’s job this week is to get his act together – and also that of the Newcastle side, so we can play well at West Brom on Saturday, where we were great in last season’s fixture,winning 3-1 and we were 3-0 up at half time.
A result like that would help lift the depression of Newcastle fans next Saturday
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