The record of Yoan Gouffran now reads fourteen starts in a Newcastle shirt and in thirteen of them he has been dragged off by the manager. Gouffran also made one appearance as a substitute himself, during the Liverpool fiasco, but just about managed to stay on the pitch for the 45 minutes after he came on at half-time.
Favourites with Pards rather than playing on merit. How else do you fathom Gutierrez starting ahead of Perch on the left, Shola coming on in every game and doing naff all, Gosling who is at best a squad reserve player who needs dumping.
Despite scoring a very good goal against West Brom, yet again he was dragged off with the impotent Shola coming on. Gouffran might not be ‘the’ answer but surely he’s a better bet to stay on the pitch than many others.
We’re playing a team that haven’t won away from home all year, we’re one nil up, we’re playing OK and Pardew decides after 63 minutes to close up shop and defend for half an hour in an effort to get our first victory of the calendar year.
It has been a massive waste of the great opportunity presented by last season’s gatecrashing of the top five. To not bring in a single player who can create and/or score goals is a joke…and not a very funny one.