We had thought after the Leeds United game that Mike Williamson could have kept his place in the first team, and replaced Yanga-Mbiwa last night, but once Alan Pardew started talking about his first choice back four from the Hull game, we thought that wouldn’t happen.
Paul Dummett – should be given a chance at Cardiff City
And it didn’t as Pardew gave the back four and goalkeeper another chance after the Hull City debacle, but we were simply hopeless in that first half and Everton simply tore us apart.
Mike Williamson did come on in the second half and put in a solid performance, and we’ve always thought Mike is a better player than he’s given credit for, and certainly he can concentrate in a game and usually puts in a solid performance, and he offers some height at the back.
So Mike will start alongside Colo at Cardiff City on Saturday, but we also think Alan Pardew may make at least one more change in the defense.
Tim Krul has not looked good in the last two league games, and was at fault for maybe two of the goals last night, and he almost gifted Everton a goal with a poor pass to Cheick Tiote, but we think he’ll keep his place and Alan Pardew could well give Paul Dummett a start at left back.
David Santon is a good player going forward, but he was left standing by the speed of Kevin Mirallas for that first goal, and his defending has never been the best part of his game, and we need some solid defending now.
With Paul Dummett doing very well when he has been given a chance in the first team, the back four for Saturday could well be Debuchy Coloccini Williamson and Dummett.
And Alan Pardew is under pressure to deliver results, make no mistake about that, and he has to quickly fix the defensive problems at Newcastle, which have been our weak link for at least the last two seasons.
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