While yesterday’s performance against Brighton was a giant step back for the lads, there were at least a couple of positives that emerged. The first was the return of Andy Carroll who came on for the last ten minutes to a rousing applause.
It was a special moment for Andy and, while the circumstances could have been better, we were thrilled to see him back in the black and white stripes.
The second positive was the return and performance of Allan Saint-Maximin in the second-half. The twenty-two-year-old injected life into a moribund team that was frustratingly flat for much of the game.
His impact was immediate. Allan’s direct runs and pace provided an instant threat for Newcastle. His introduction changed the last twenty minutes of the game as Newcastle were able to get on the front foot a bit more often.
After the match, there were murmurs that Saint-Maximin had re-injured his hamstring. Steve Bruce commented after the game that he hoped Saint-Maximin was just suffering from a knock:
“We hope it’s just impact. I haven’t asked the doctor just yet. We’re in tomorrow, and we’ll see. We’ve got one or two nursing knocks.”
Allan was taken down by a Brighton defender late in the game and struggled to get back up. The impact from that collision may have been what he was feeling after the game.
That seems to be the case from Allan’s comments to the official Newcastle website yesterday. This is what Allan said about his return from injury and the game next week:
“I’m very happy because it’s been a long time for me with an injury. Normally, I don’t get this injury, but this happened because the Premier League is very physical and I have to adapt myself quickly.
“It was hard because I trained hard to come back and everybody didn’t want this to happen again. I will work hard to be good for next week.
“But I’m really happy to be back – I would prefer to be back with a win, but we’ve drawn 0-0, and we have to keep going for the next game.”
We hope that Allan’s comments mean that he has not suffered a setback with his hamstring. He mentions working hard to be ready for the Leicester City game next weekend.
It’s become quite clear that Allan is going to be an important member of this team. Newcastle are a different side with him on the pitch. We hope we see just that next week at Leicester City.
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