It could be that Newcastle have a goalkeeping problem through the end of the season, with Tim Krul definitely out with a dislocated shoulder, and Rob Elliot picked up an ankle injury and was seen to be limping in yesterday’s disastrous 3-0 defeat against Sunderland.
Tim Krul – dislocated shoulder
We suppose Rob’s ankle injury will be assessed today, and our next game is on Saturday at West Brom, and we have only one game a week for the final five weeks of the season, so hopefully Rob can recover to play some games.
We do have experience in reserve in 38 year-old Steve Harper, who will leave Newcastle after 20 years at the club ,when his contract runs out in June.
And Alan Pardew is saying that losing Tim could have been a factor in yesterday’s defeat (well it’s a good try):
“Maybe if Tim hadn’t got injured at that crucial point, it could have been 1-1, and we could have had an extra sub with extra energy.”
“We could have brought on an extra offensive or defensive player, or whatever we needed.” “That got taken away. It was a game that really didn’t work out for us.”
Maybe if we had scored three goals and Adam Johnson had hit the post with that shot that went in, we could have won 3-2.
But at least Pardew knows he has a lot of work to do on the team, if we are to survive in the Premier League this season:
“We have to do some work on our team.” “We need to get our shape right and discipline back, and try to win some games.”
“This won’t leave me. It is our home and we don’t want to get beat here.” “It has hurt me and it has hurt my players.”
There will be more apologies from the manager and many of our players today and this week – but that’s what we got from players when we were relegated – and words are cheap.
They need to turn those words into action in the next five games.
We cannot take a second relegation in four years.
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