Mathieu Debuchy was sent off for a tackle in which he cleanly won the ball, but it was two footed with both his feet off the ground,and we suppose that’s now a red card offense in the modern game, and the French International was sent off at the Hawthorns, and that changed the game completely yesterday, and if it hadn’t happened we probably could have still gone on to win the game – but that didn’t happen of course and we picked up our second 1-0 defeat in a row.
Mathieu Debuchy sent off – he’s surprised
And just to make things worse a couple of minutes later Coloccini left the game with a knee injury, and he will be out between four to six weeks – or at least that was the initial prognosis yesterday.
Alan Pardew has said that both Debuchy and Newcastle will now suffer over the next few games while the Frenchman serves his suspension:
“Mathieu – who has been our best player – will be missing for three games, and that’s another blow,” “We are going to suffer, and so will he.”
“He will be a big miss. Obviously, it affected us.” “He played the ball fairly.” “He hasn’t gone in with any malicious intent.” “But you can’t take off with two feet, and we all know that.”
“We were really solid, and we had enough flair on the pitch to maybe go on and win it.” “The sending off changed the game, unfortunately.”
We really shot ourselves in the foot at West Brom yesterday, much like we did in the home game against Arsenal, when our defense was asleep when Arsenal scored.
But the good news is that we have decent strength in depth this season and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett are all defenders who can be brought in while Debuchy and Colo are out – in fact it will be a real opportunity for at least two of them.
The two narrow defeats in the last two games are a set-back – but that’s all.
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