Moussa Sissoko captained Newcastle yesterday in the absence of players like Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote, and Newcastle continued their winning ways and did what was necessary to beat QPR at St. James’ Park, and it was a good goal from the captain for the day that won the game for the Magpies after 78 minutes.
Alan Pardew – on the sidelines yesterday
That’s now six wins on the trot, and in the last 10 games since we were hammered 4-0 at Southampton in a disgraceful display, we have won seven, drawn two and lost only one game at Stoke City – so its been a very good recovery after the St. Mary’s debacle.
Moussa Sissoko was a very happy man at the final whistle yesterday afternoon:
“The team works hard every day.” “The first five weeks was very hard.” “The team tried to keep confidence, now we see we are a good team and we can go forward together.”
“I was very happy.” “The manager told me before the game I would be captain.” “So I’m happy for that.” “And I am happy to score.”
“I missed a lot of chances this season, today I scored.”
Mousa has been one of our best players this season, but what is now evident is that Newcastle have strength in depth this season – because we had 10 senior players missing through injury yesterday.
In his interview with BBC after the game yesterday, Alan Pardew said he wasn’t surprised at the skill in the side, but that there is more depth in the squad than he realized.
Here’s what the fans think about that.
The youngsters and the fringe players have come in and all played well for the team, and they are fighting to keep their places in the saide, and it would be hard to see players like Ayoze Perez, Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi being left out of the starting line-up anytime soon.
And think of our good performance yesterday – and then realize that players like Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Mehdi Abeid, Rolando Aarons, Davide Santon, Gabby Obertan, Siem de Jong, Many Riviere and Jonas Gutierrez were all not available through injury.
And as those injured players start to come back, they will all have to fight for their places, and none of the players missing yesterday are necessarily automatic first choices when they are fit again.
The competition for places is getting to be massive on Tyneside, and we have to hope that translates into even more good performances from our players in the weeks and months ahead.
Without getting too carried away – we could even have a very good season …..
Howay The Lads!!
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