Ten Newcastle United Heroes – One Disgrace
I thought it was an excellent performance, a real disciplined display in very difficult circumstances, with some real top players in opposition.
The much changed team stood up to the task in the best possible way and the players were all heroes in my eyes, well ten of them were anyway.
What made the performance and result all the more remarkable was that Newcastle had to play the whole ninety minutes with only ten men!
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I’ve seen debates rage in the past about the ‘merits’ of Gabriel Obertan but after Moscow this has to be the final straw.
Obertan was an absolute disgrace and should never pull on the black and white shirt again, the only description for his performance is cowardly.
I’m not somebody who thinks that every player has to go in for every tackle as though it is death or glory, not every player is suited to what Steven Taylor and others before him can do.
However, while Obertan most definitely looked after himself in that respect and made sure there was little chance of him crashing to the ground on the dangerous surface, there was something even worse in his game.
I noticed him doing it early on and it continued throughout the game. If any of you have ever played social games of five or eleven a side football, you’ll have seen people do this.
Nearly every time the ball was played to Obertan he tried to lay it off first time, not bothered where it went – just so long as he didn’t get clattered. It is different some normal punter in the park making sure nobody has the chance to give him a kick if he tries to hold onto the ball but this is a professional footballer getting paid a fortune to represent us!
I can safely say Obertan didn’t ‘represent’ me on Thursday night and I really really hope he is never given the opportunity again.
He should watch the playback of the match and be ashamed when he sees the responsibility every other player took onboard against Anzhi and he should personally pay for the seventy odd Newcastle fans who made huge sacrifices to support the team in Moscow.
Rant over, howay the lads (without Obertan) tomorrow against Stoke.
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