Oh Dear ... Perch Certainly Plays!

09 December 2011 11:42
Once again, Alan Pardew believes referee Mike Dean's decision not to send off Chelsea defender David Luiz directly led to the club's injury problems.

He said it at the weekend after the match, and he repeated it again this morning.

However, the major concern is that under-fire full-back James Perch is "certain to play", but many fans hope it is not in the heart of the defence.

The supporters have yet to take to the former Notingham Forest player, and there was even talk of him returning to Forest in the January transfer window.

Alan Pardew: "We ended up with 10 men with not a centre-half on the pitch. I don't ever remember being in that situation before.

"And to concede two late goals on the back of that made it even more galling, but I think we've got enough players in the squad to make sure we put in a creditable performance at Norwich.

"I'd have felt very confident going into this period if I had all my squad available, but I haven't.

"The biggest problem from the weekend, and perhaps the decision by the referee that changed the game, was that we put in more effort against Chelsea than we've done in any other game this season, and that's cost us injuries to Guthrie and Taylor.

"It just goes to show how important those decisions are. It's interesting to see both the referee at our place, who admitted to the mistake, and the Bolton referee have got games this weekend.

"Coloccini could make the game. I think there's an outside chance he could play but we won't play him and put him at risk. His injury looks a lot better than we thought so that is the positive news that we got coming out of the treatment room this week.

"Danny Guthrie could be a four-to-six-week job and there's no Cheik (Tiote) this weekend so we really are up against it squad-wise and it's important now that everybody plays their part.

"Tamas is an option. He's played well in the reserve games we've had. He's a player that hasn't had many opportunities and he's looking to kick-start his Newcastle career.

"We've had one or two come out of the woodwork here who weren't meant to be in the frame, Ryan Taylor being the prime example. So there's no reason Tamas can't come into the side and do very well.

"Perch will definitely play. He's been with all the sessions we've done defensively, he knows exactly how we defend and I don't see a problem there.

"We think we'll have one or two back for Swansea (on December 17), including Mike Williamson, who we're accelerating, and I think that will boost everybody to see him back in and around it. So we're not as bad as perhaps it's being portrayed at the moment.

"Taylor's operation went very well.

"It's been repaired and we think he'll make a full recovery. Usually with that type of injury your Achilles comes back stronger so I don't envisage that problem coming back once he returns."



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