Moussa Sissoko has been off form over the last few games, and last time out at Crystal Palace, the French International could do almost nothing right and he had one of those games where it proved to be just very difficult and he had a poor game.
For that game Moussa finished second bottom of our Man of the Match poll.
Moussa Sissoko in action yesterday
But yesterday in the shambles of a 5-0 defeat – our worst defeat of the season at the Etihad Stadium – Moussa has come out as our Man of the Match – but let’s just add that not many players played well yesterday and as a team we were simply hopeless.
Maybe pathetic is a better word to describe the display.
Moussa got 26% of the vote, and goalkeeper Tim Krul who was continually exposed because of the terrible defending in front of him, came out with some respect and he was second in our poll on 14%.
Next in line was Daryl Janmaat, who had a terrific left foot shot early in the first half, which was only just wide of Joe Hart’s right hand post, and the Dutchman is becoming one of our most consistent players this season.
And there was even good news about Daryl today, and it was only a slight groin injury he suffered in the second half, and doesn’t look like a serious injury.
He was taken off as a precaution.
Young Ayoze Perez was next in line in our poll with 12% and Ryan Taylor looked good when he came on and got 6% of the vote..
Maybe that was a sympathy vote because of all the injuries the 30 year-old has fought through – but we expect Ryan to be included in the starting line up next Saturday at home to Aston Villa.
Ryan could replace Jack Colback in central midfield, and Jack is now suspended for the next two games after picking up his 10th yellow card yesterday in the first half.
We wonder how many games Newcastle players have missed this season through injury and suspension – whatever it is we will be top of that particular league.
But it’s now looking like we will be sinking down the league table as the season progresses, and we are already 5 points off 10th place when you consider our poor goal difference.
It’s looking very difficult for us to finish in the top 10 this season, and if that turns out to be true we will have finished in the top ten only twice in eight seasons under Mike Ashley. 🙁
That’s a terrible record.
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