There were a number of Newcastle players who had stinkers last night, but none more so than Mathieu Debuchy at right back.
Mathieu Debuchy – his positional play is not good
Manchester City started the game like a steam train – and kept going – and they attacked down both of Newcastle’s flanks and our defense looked as bad as it did last season, and we were cut to ribbons by City time and again.
It’s a good job Tim Krul turned up last night, and he made two brilliant saves in the first four minutes of the game, before David Silva opened the scoring with a header.
It’s the Newcastle defense that has let us down over the last three seasons in the Premier League, and last season we conceded a massive 68 goals, but last night’s score could have been a lot more embarrassing for Newcastle, but for some City misses from good chances, and Tim Krul in goal, who was by far the best Newcastle player.
After Steven Taylor had managed to make things a lot worse by getting himself sent off three minutes into added time in the first half, local lad Paul Dummett came on, and in fact gave a good account of himself at left back.
In fact Paul is second in the voting for Newcastle’s best player behind Tim Krul.
Debuchy had a poor game for Newcastle and he was responsible for the 4th goal, when his French team-mate Samir Nasri beat him to the ball about six yards outside the penalty box, and easily scored past Tim Krul.
Debuchy’s positional sense is less than good and time and again Manchester City were able to make inroads against him.
And of course Debuchy is also prone to give away penalties with some less than precise tackling inside the penalty area.
Alan Pardew will need to make some changes to the team on Saturday against West Ham, at least one with Steven Taylor suspended, but starting Paul Dummett at left back could be a good move.
But it’s also not the time to panic, and maybe it’s unfair to pick on one player, with so many poor performances from the Newcastle side last night.
But if the Frenchman is going to remain the number one right back at Newcastle his performances will need to improve significantly.
He’s not looking as good as Danny Simpson, the player he replaced in the Newcastle back-line in January.
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