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Newcastle Given Enormous Credit For This

6:53 am, Monday, March 21st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

It was a difficult call for Newcastle, but the right call and the club have received great credit for the way they handled Aleksandar Mitrovic’ head injury late in the game yesterday, after the 21 year-old Serbian striker had brilliantly headed Newcastle level after 83 minutes, when all seemed lost.

Credit must go first of all to our Doctor – Dr. Paul Catterson – a graduate of Newcastle University in medicine in 1999, and he made the right decision on the touch-line saying that Mitro simply couldn’t continue.

Aleksandar was keyed up and convinced he could get the winning goal for the team, and argued to go back on the pitch and struggled to get free from those around him.

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Dr. Paul Catterson, Mitrovic and Benitez on the touchline

Then manager Rafa Benitez was the next to look good when he got hold of Aleksandar and told him he wasn’t going back on – even through it would mean for those last few minutes we only had 10 men and our Man of the Match was on the touchline.

That showed Newcastle in great light as a club doing the right thing for their player and the fans duly reacted on Twitter.

They were pleased that Mitro was determined to get back on because he showed the spirit and bottle that’s necessary from our players if we are going to survive.

And it was great that Newcastle put things in perspective and couldn’t risk the 21 year-old’s health – and remember Mitro  has only recently become a father for the first time.

Dr Catterson first and then manager Rafa Benitez second take credit for that and on a day that we looked only mediocre on the field.

A little on Dr. Catterson – courtesy of the Chronicle – he is married with three boys and after graduating from Newcastle University he got a Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from Bath University in 2007 and began working full time in elite sport in 2009.

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Dr. Catterson earlier this year – in a plea for organ donors

He has previously worked for the FA as team doctor for England Futsal, England U17, England U16 and at the World University Games with the Great Britain University Football Team in 2005.

He did us proud yesterday.

Here’s his Twitter account.

And ending on another positive note for the team – it’s’ been tough in Rafa’s first two games in charge and probably harder than he thought it would be, although he will never say that.

But it’s still very possible we can survive this season – once he’s had more time with the players – and he has almost a couple of weeks to prepare the lads for the next game at Norwich City on Saturday, April 2nd.

If anybody can save us it’s Rafa.

Keep the faith – we can still survive.

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  • 1 LGFUAD21 // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    I have mixed feelings on yesterday’s result.

    We really needed the win and couldve gotten it. But we were atrocious in the first half.

    In reality fat SAMs tactics played into our hands. Sunderland say off in the second half and it suited us more.

    I thought Colback and janmaat kept making stupid decisions. Mbemba looked a bit rusty. Lascelles is looking solid though. Seems to remain calm.

    Even though Shelvey didn’t wow I think he still does a lot that goes unnoticed. Without his ability on the ball we’d conceded so much more.

    Gini had his moments but also disappeared. I definitely think he’s better in a deeper role though.

    Townsend for me was our best performer after elliott. I’d probably say that was his best performance for us in terms of influencing the game. If he develops more of a chemistry with his team mates he could be decent.

    Sissoko had his usually 10 mins but aside from that was woeful. He has all the attributes but he doesn’t have the brains. He runs into players rather than taking them on. And worse he now gets in others way.

    Perez. We all know he’s a good finisher with nifty feet but again struggles with the tempo and lack of space and time in this league. Not sure he is the solution.

    Mitro was underwhelming until the last half hour but boy does he have the spirit. It was almost touching to see how much he wanted to stay on and win.

    De Jong impressed me. He needs to be more mobile but he got around the pitch and more often than not used the ball well. I expected better movement in the box from him though. I kinda hope to see him given a chance in the number 10 spot. That pass to set Moussa off shouldve lead to the winner.

    Cisse nearly scored with his first touch. I think he could be the answer to our goals.

    Anita was thrown into the deep eNd put into what looked at times to be a back 3 and did pretty well I think.

    I don’t like giving credit to Sunderland but Kirchoff was the key man for them. I don’t get why they took him off but I am glad they did. He was not only preventing us from playing in the first half but he was also creating a lot for them.

    Defoe also proves where we went wrong. We were linked with him. Recently he’s shown his class and why so many tottenham fans regard him highly. He makes it easier for his team mates and couldve had a hattrick. We need that.

    Disappointed to not have 3 points but thankful to not have another loss. Really we needed all 3 but at least our season isn’t quite over yet.

    There seems to be a lot of miscommunication at the moment. Probably as a result of benitez trying to get smarter off the ball movement from players. I hope this gets sorted over the next week.

    Based on yesterday my team for Norwich would be.

    Janmaat Mbemba lascelle anita
    Shelvey Gini
    Townsend de Jong sissoko

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    Rafa’s comments are a little contradictory of his actions. He talks of improving the service, delivery and crosses in to the box for Mitro, but then plays 2 players out wide who are more likely to cut in then cross the ball. Mitro got his goal from only the second decent cross provided for him all game. Gini played on the right quite a bit in Holland I think, so I’d look to move Townsend to the left, and Gini on the right.

    SDJ behind Mitro might also give Mitro more opportunity to stay high as SDJ has the ability to win and hold up the ball as well, something that maybe Gini and Perez aren’t as well suited to. It does give us a serious lack of pace through the middle, but if we get wide and get crosses in then it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

  • 3 Santon03 // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:20 AM


    I agree with you.
    Mitro definitely will give this squad example of fighting spirit that is needed, he will give his arms away for this team to win. He could have gotten a penalty when Kaboul wrestle him to the ground without looking at the ball.
    Gini played well, he linked the attacks much better than Jonjo.
    SDJ gave more options to the attack, he definitely took the pressure of Perez, when he was on the field suddenly Perez found more space.
    Kirchoff definitely was the best in sunderland, he kept Perez quiet.

  • 4 Santon03 // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:22 AM


  • 5 Thump // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    @santon: We could have had two pens courtesy of Kaboul. One with Mitro being wrestled, and one with SDJ being held by him directly in the referees line of sight, preventing him from getting to the ball. Interestingly enough, immediately after that, Atkinson started allowing a lot more pulling and pushing in the game (up until Sissoko’s shoulder to shoulder which was a foul…?).

    Beyond that, I don’t think Kaboul did too much wrong. Fat Sam has drilled some discipline into them at least, yet they’re still in the mire. If we can stop conceding daft goals we should start climbing… but there again, that’s been their problem too.

  • 6 firebug666 // Mar 21, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Firstly I don’t think we would ever get a pen of Atkinson, no matter how blatant the foul, the only thing missing from him yesterday way a green shirt.

    Secondly, I thought that Rafa’s changes made the difference for us, SDJ should be starting if fit, and we should be playing 4-4-2 with Mitro and Siem up front, siem will score a lot of chances that others miss, and his reading of the game and positional sense are invaluable for us in our hour of need.

    Over all I thought the result was fair, but that if we had played the first half with the same personnel and formation (LB excluded) that we finished the second half we could have had all three points.

    Ahh well, bring on Norwich another 6 pointer must win game.

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