Newcastle have lost four of the five games since Alan Pardew got himself banned for seven games, for his head-butt on David Meyler, and it’s fair to say the most recent slump started after the Hull City game, which we won easily 4-1.
Dan Gosling – in action against the Red Devils
It also coincided with Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy getting injured on March 5th playing for France, and the other players in the side have been unable to pick up the slack, and Newcastle have looked a poor side without the two French Internationals, and of course Moussa Sissoko has also picked up a hamstring injury and is out for two or three weeks.
On Saturday in the 4-0 defeat against Manchester United, Dan Gosling made only his second league start for the club in the almost four years he’s been at Newcastle, since joining us as a free agent from Everton, and he had a decent game, and has a chance of keeping his place at Stoke City next Saturday.
This is what Dan has said this morning:
“It was a difficult game for me to come in to but I was very much looking forward to it,” “The result doesn’t actually reflect what went on, I think we were better than what the scoreline suggests.”
“We had more of the ball, passed it around, and the first half was tight until they got a decision which went their way. They only had four shots really, our keeper didn’t make many saves. I think 4-0 actually flatters them a lot more than it was.”
“The Britannia is a tough place to go next too. Stoke City turn over teams on a regular basis there. We know it will be difficult.”
“We will be looking to put a good week of training in, rest a few legs which are struggling, hopefully have a decent squad to go there and get a result.”
Dan is a much better player than his record at Newcastle suggests – 31 appearances and two goals in almost four seasons – and for the most part he has been kept out of the side by top players Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye.
But he’s still a solid player, and if he can play well in the last five game o f the season, he will set himself up to join a decent club in the summer, when he becomes a free agent.
At the moment he is standing second in the voting for our Man of the Match to Davide Santon, who looked good on his return to the side, and Papiss Cisse never gave up trying and had two good efforts on goal – both well saved by Anders Lindegaard.