Newcastle went down to their second defeat in a row at Tottenham tonight, and we weren’t really in the game after a calamitous error by young Jak Alnwick gifted Spurs their first goal after 17 minutes
A very sad-looking Jak Alnwick at the end of the game
Jak was also responsible for the fourth goal as he spilled a shot from Eriksen that allowed Soldado to score, but we don’t blame Jal Alnwick.
It’s simply poor planning in today’s football not to have three experienced goalkeepers in the squad, when you are a top club in the Premier League.
You have no idea what will happen when a goalie like Jak, who has never played a competitive for the club, is asked to do the job in some big games.
As we’ve said before it’s asking an awful lot of the 21 year-old.
It looks like it’s maybe asking too much of the 21 year-old, who looked shattered at the end of the game and almost in tears.
And you can bet that teams will now try to test young Alnwick at every opportunity, after what happened tonight.
Here are the matches we have through January, and it could be that long before Tim Krul or Rob Elliot can return, because according to Alan Pardew mid-January is the very earliest they are expected to return.
December Sun 21 13:30 H Sunderland Fri 26 15:00 A Man Utd Sun 28 16:15 H Everton January Thu 01 15:00 H Burnley Sat 03 15:00 A Leicester - FA Cup Sat 10 15:00 A Chelsea Sat 17 17:30 H Southampton Sat 31 12:45 A Hull City
And why have we had all these injuries this season – when we have been at the top of the Premier Injury League almost every week.
The manager had said a few weeks ago he would have to tone down the training, because of the injuries we were picking up on the training field.
Both Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote missed the game tonight, and that’s in addition to nine players that are out injured until January, and both Cisse and Tiote could be doubtful for the game at home to Sunderland on Sunday.
We were so short of players tonight, that if you take Vurnon Anita out of the subs bench – the remaining six players had an average age of only 18.2 years and four had never played for Newcastle in a competitive game.
Not exactly a strong bench for such an important game.
Newcastle could pay a big price for their lack of planning and heavy injury toll before January is out.
And Cisse, Tiote and Abeid will be away in early January for the African Cup of Nations – it’s good we didn’t even mention that. 😀
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