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John Anderson – ‘Wow, We’ve Got A Real Player On Our Hands’

9 years ago

In the latest issue of our magazine we have a very interesting interview with ex-Newcastle defender John Anderson.

John is now better known for appearing on Radio Newcastle, as well as the excellent work he does for Show Racism The Red Card.

Here are a few short extracts, to read the full interview and the rest of latest excellent copy of our magazine, buy it in your local (north east) newsagent or order now online for only £3 (plus postage) for Worldwide delivery straight to your door, or why not start a subscription – prices from only £23.

How do you explain the massive drop off in form of players like Cabaye and Tiote compared to last season?

Football is a simple game but confidence plays a huge part. You look at last season and when we had to make changes, which wasn’t very often, players slotted in easily. Players like Danny Guthrie, Leon Best and others came in and nothing changed, that’s easy when things are going well.

Things are totally different when the team is struggling and confidence is low, you take that extra touch on the ball, you want to make sure, whereas last season the team played instinctively  and that is what happens when the confidence is there.

When things are going badly you want that extra touch to make sure you don’t lose it, that’s all you need for players to then close you down and the opposition is suddenly on top of you.

Buying players in January is always a dodgy time, to bring in five?

It’s alright to bring in players in January when everything is going well but when the team is up against it then with no time for them to bed in, it can be a dangerous game.

Moussa Sissoko came in and did brilliantly, made Cisse’s goal against Villa and then what a home debut against Chelsea with two goals and a great performance. At times he was looking unplayable and when he ran Ashley Cole, you thought ‘wow, we’ve got a real player on our hands’.

Gouffran was lively and quick, looked to give us something that we were lacking which was pace and strength. However, they’ve hit a bit of a wall and that isn’t having a go at them, the pace in France is totally different to here and once that initial burst was over they have found it hard to cope with week in week out. Hopefully they will have learnt from this season and become hardened to that change of pace in the game but to throw five in together and expect everything to gel was always going to be difficult.

How do you explain not scoring from a corner in the Premier League for getting on for two seasons and hardly a goal this season when the ball is put into the box from free-kicks?

It’s an interesting one and Alan Pardew had said about bringing in someone who would give him a number of goals from corners but it didn’t happen.

When we get a corner now you do think they might as well just kick it out of play. As to why this is the case I just don’t know. Is it players not attacking the ball? We know from the free-kicks that Yohan Cabaye scores, that he can put in a good delivery and the same with Marveaux, so it isn’t as though you’ve got players who can’t deliver the ball into a certain area for players to attack.

During the season you have to get a percentage of your goals from set-pieces, you look at every other club and there are extremes like Stoke who seem to get most of their goals from set-pieces. Whoever you are though you have to be getting goals from corners and set-pieces but we just haven’t looked capable.

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