Pardew Blames Yohan Cabaye For Steven Taylor Sending Off
Alan Pardew has claimed that Yohan Cabaye was potentially to blame for Steven Taylor’s sending off on the opening day of last season.
Keen to talk about the togetherness of the new squad ahead of Sunday’s match, the Newcastle manager was equally keen to lay the blame for that shambolic performance at the Etihad at the door of Yohan Cabaye.
In actual fact, Pardew obviously wasn’t too impressed with Taylor’s actions either, whatever he may claim now.
After starting the season as first choice alongside Fabricio Coloccini against Manchester City, Alan Pardew didn’t give Taylor another Premier League start until four months later, when the centre-back returned for the home defeat to City. Indeed he spent most of the season as fourth choice centre-back, only starting none Premier League games in total.
Speaking at Friday’s pre-Manchester City press conference, Pardew said;
“Last time we was in dispute with our midfielder at the time, so when we got off that bus, was he going to play, was he not going to play?
“The difference this year is that we are much more settled, we have a group that is working very hard.
“The disruption on that day affected us, we lost a player in that first half, maybe through…who knows, the frustration we was all sharing.
“So we don’t carry that into this game, we have a new self-belief.
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