Pardew: Debuchy ban’s a big blow to Newcastle

Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy can't believe his dismissal by referee Lee Mason at West Brom
Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy can't believe his dismissal by referee Lee Mason at West Brom
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MATHIEU Debuchy will “suffer” during his three-match suspension – and so will Newcastle United.

Debuchy was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Claudio Yacob in yesterday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat away to West Bromwich Albion.

The 28-year-old will be banned for Saturday’s home FA Cup tie against Cardiff City, as well as Premier League games against Manchester City and West Ham.

The right-back had been the Magpies’ form player, and manager Alan Pardew must now reshuffle what had been a settled back four.

“Mathieu – who has been our best player – will be missing for three games, and that’s another blow,” Pardew said.

“We are going to suffer, and so will he. He will be a big miss. Obviously, it affected us.

Debuchy won the ball, but both his feet left the pitch as he slid in on Yacob, and Pardew felt referee Lee Mason had no option but to send off the France international.

“He played the ball fairly,” said Pardew. “He hasn’t gone in with any malicious intent.

“But you can’t take off with two feet, and we all know that.”

The game was goalless when Debuchy saw red in the 63rd minute, and his dismissal – and the second-half injury to captain Fabricio Coloccini – ultimately cost eighth-placed Newcastle on a damp afternoon in the Midlands.

“We were really solid, and we had enough flair on the pitch to maybe go on and win it,” said Pardew.

“The sending off changed the game, unfortunately.”