Selection headache for Newcastle after Norwich defeat

Norwich City manager Paul Lambert (left) and Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew (right) shake hands
Norwich City manager Paul Lambert (left) and Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew (right) shake hands

DAN Gosling’s facing up to a frustrating few weeks on the sidelines after his full Premier League debut ended in a red card.

The Newcastle United midfielder was dismissed in Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to Norwich.

Gosling was finally handed a league start at Carrow Road on Saturday almost a year and a half into his career at the club.

But the 21-year-old – who had been booked earlier in the game – was shown a straight red card with 25 minutes left, and his team trailing 3-1, for a late challenge on Russell Martin.

And Gosling will have to serve a three-game ban for the challenge, with his enforced absence another headache to injury-hit manager Alan Pardew, who was without Cheik Tiote and Danny Guthrie at Carrow Road.

While Pardew felt there was no malice in the tackle, he knew what was coming from referee Martin Atkinson went to ground amid protests from Norwich players and fans.

“I just felt Dan was late – I don’t think he intended to hurt the player,” Pardew said.

“It wasn’t a particularly hard tackle, it was just late. The crowd reacted, and all of their players reacted. He was going to go.”

Full story in Monday’s Mail