Cabaye - Don´t Blame Fans For Booing - Players Must Get It Right

Last updated : 21 January 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

... Alan Pardew was NOT to blame for the Frenchman’s costly second- half withdrawal during the defeat to Reading.

Moments after the Royals had grabbed an equaliser through Adam le Fondre at St James’ Park, Pardew instructed fourth official Mark Halsey to hold up Cabaye’s number to allow the more defensively- minded Gael Bigirimana to enter the action.

It was a decision which infuriated the Newcastle supporters, just ten minutes after they had made their disgust known when attacking midfielder Sylvain Marveaux was withdrawn to allow holding midfielder James Perch to come on.

The two decisions proved more costly after le Fondre had grabbed a second, with Newcastle short of alternative creative midfield options.

Yohan Cabaye: “I asked to come off because my groin became tight.

“I didn’t want to take any risks on my first start for so long. The pitch was very heavy. I think it was the right decision for me.

“The fans were very angry but they did not realise I needed to come off. They should not blame the manager for that. It was my decision. I was also feeling tired.

“You cannot expect a player to be 100 per cent in my situation.

"I was not fit enough to finish the game. That was why I came off. It is unfair to blame the manager when it was me who made the decision.

“I was afraid about my groin. I have come back from surgery and did not want to get pain again. I am not worried now because I came off. I think I will be alright for the weeks ahead.

“The confidence is a lot lower to what it was when I was last in it.

“There is a difference. It is low. That means we need to stick together to keep our heads up because we are in bad position.

“We must stay calm because there are a lot of games still to play. We must work hard and fight every week to get the points we need to stay in the Premier League. That is what is most important.”

“The fans were behind us from the start, but it is up to the players, we are the ones on the pitch who have to do it for this club.

“The results have not been good enough. We have had a lot of injuries. There is still quality in this squad. We lost Demba Ba, he was a big player for us. Now we just need to get some impetus to get us going.”