The four games in 11 days for Newcastle, probably caught up with some of our players today, but even though we hadn’t looked great in that first half at West Brom, we still thought we’d come away in the second half and win the game – but then Mathieu Debuchy was sent off.
Mathieu Debuchy receives his red card from Lee Mason
And Alan Pardew thought it was a definite sending off, so there will presumably be no appeal from Newcastle and the top Frenchman will now miss the next three games.
This is what Pardew said after the game today:
“West Brom sort of let us have possession today and we had a lot of it and we controlled the game to a degree.” “A few breakaways they had but other than that I felt confident that we would win the game – but the sending off did change it of course.”
“Unfortunately, I think it was a red card and then it was uphill and after the amount of games we got tired and we had injuries as well; we had to keep shuffling our team and in the end something give.”
After Newcastle had won seven of nine games in the league and drew one of the other two games, we have now narrowly lost the last two games – so the next thing to do is to regroup and try to get another winning streak going – obviously.
We still have a good side, and maybe some of our fringe layers will now get their chance.
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