Sam tips Cacapa to recover
Sam Allardyce is backing Claudio Cacapa to bounce back from his 18-minute outing against Portsmouth.
By Rob Parrish
Last Updated: 05/11/07 2:53pm
Sam Allardyce is backing Claudio Cacapa to bounce back from his humbling 18-minute outing against Portsmouth.
The Brazilian defender was replaced by David Rozenhal early in the match as Portsmouth romped into a 3-0 lead in the first 11 minutes with Cacapa culpable for both Benjani and John Utaka's strikes.
The centre-back was all-too easily brushed off the ball for both goals and Allardyce decided he had seen more than enough when making the early switch.
The Magpies boss told The Journal: "Claudio will pick himself up. He was looking a little laboured, that is why I made the early change.
"He has enough experience to accept he has made some mistakes. When you wake up on Sunday morning you can kid as much as you like to everyone else but when you look in the mirror you can't kid him, can you? You know if you have done all right or not.
"Claudio is one of the few you thought wouldn't make that type of mistake, but he did. We all try to learn from those mistakes and eliminate them as much as we possibly can."
Allardyce was bitterly disappointed with his side's display and insisted Portsmouth had to do little to earn their 4-1 victory.
He added: "Portsmouth's win was down to Newcastle United gifting them the game and not down to their ability to win the game apart from a stunning, stunning first goal.
"What I put on to the field is an extension of me. The players have to go out and put on a performance, be organised, understand how they should play, keep their shape, keep their discipline and use their abilities in the right areas.
"In the first 12 minutes we lost the game in the shortest period ever since I've been here. That sums it up. It was all destroyed in a 12-minute period."