Newcastle have only two experienced goalkeepers in their squad this season, and ever since Tim Krul was injured a couple of weeks ago we wondered what would happen if Rob Elliot got injured.
Jak Alnwick – beaten to the cross by Drogba for Chelsea’s goal
According to Alan Pardew this afternoon, Rob has been carrying an injury for the last three games – but the manager still played him.
And would you believe it – in stoppage time just before half time Rob took a goal kick, and injured his left leg, and he had to be replaced by Jak Alnwick at the half, with Jak making his first team competitive debut for the club.
Rob is not available for the Arsenal game next Saturday and in his nufcTV interview after the game Pardew said both goalkeepers are out through January.
Murphy’s Law says if something can happen it will and at the worst possible time.
So now we have an inexperienced goalkeeper available at a time when more games are played in December than in any other month, and we still have five league games and one Capital One Cup game to play through January 1st.
And we have trips to Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United and a home game against Sunderland – so those are not easy games.
The good news is that Jak had a good game in the second half, and he made some good saves and dealt competently with crosses apart from the one when he was caught in no man’s land – and Drogba headed the ball home after 83 minutes.
And that was the free kick that had been awarded after Steven Taylor had been sent off with this second yellow card of the game – so Steven will also be missing next week at Arsenal.
So after going down to 10 men the next play saw Chelsea make it 2-1. 🙁
Moussa Sissoko was sent off last week at West Ham after 75 minutes, and missed the mid-week game at Burnley – and he’s followed that up today with his 5th yellow card of the season – so he will also be missing the Arsenal game.
And we’re not sure of the fitness of Fab Coloccini – who had a great game today.
Alan Pardew said after the game that Fab has picked an injury, and on the nufcTV interview the manager said they were worried about the captain.
We may hear more about that tomorrow.
So from the starting eleven today we will be missing Elliot, Steven Taylor and Moussa Sissoko for sure at the Emirates – and maybe Coloccini.
Rolando Aarons may be fit to come back into the squad for that game – so there’s some good news to finish on.
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