Davide Santon was in the squad for the first time for six weeks yesterday, and was brought on at half time at right back for the woeful Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who had a nightmare first 45 minutes.
Davide Santon - in action yesterday
And the Italian International pulled no punches, and understood the performance was simply not good enough, and but for the great display put in by goalkeeper Rob Elliot, could have been as bad as 9-0.
The traveling fans had every right to boo the side off the field after the performance, and Davide was brave enough to talk on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game:
“It was a very poor performance,” “I understand the fans’ reaction at the end. I went over to say thank you, like I always do, and they booed.”
“But I understand that because they deserve more from us and they are right.” “They come every single game, they pay a lot of money and travel a long way to support us, they sing for us and they do not deserve this performance.”
“We weren’t good enough. We looked like we played with no passion and that we just want the season to finish, but that isn’t true.” (really?)
“It could have been 8-0 or 9-0 today but Rob Elliot made a few good saves. We didn’t shoot at all. I don’t know if their keeper even got his gloves dirty or not.”
“It doesn’t have to be like this. We have to put in good effort in every single game until the end of the season.” “Even though we know we cannot get a place in Europe or any competition now, we have to still play our best and that is what we didn’t do today.”
“I’m not 100% yet but it was nice to be back,” “I’ve had problems with my knee, my hamstring and then I have been ill, so it has been very frustrating.”
“It was good to play 45 minutes, to get my feeling with the ball and the team back, but not good to be in a game like today. We have to put it right.”
Davide has had a few poor performances himself this year, but will now be in contention to keep his position at right back for the next game against Manchester United at home next Saturday.
And the good news is that Loic Remy should be back.