DARYL Janmaat has been hailed for answering Newcastle United’s defensive SOS.
Janmaat was switched to centre-half for Saturday’s home game against Arsenal with captain Fabricio Coloccini suspended.
I thought Daryl did exceptionally well, and we coped with Arsenal quite well.John Carver
And the 25-year-old, playing there for the first time, starred at the back in a game of two halves at St James’s Park.
Arsenal deservedly led 2-0 at the break, but Moussa Sissoko’s 48th-minute goal sparked a fightback from John Carver’s side, who spent the second half on the front foot.
Head coach Carver felt Janmaat was “exceptional” in an unfamiliar position.
However, Carver was still frustrated at the two first-half goals scored by Olivier Giroud, who was marked by Mike Williamson.
“I thought Daryl did exceptionally well, and we coped with Arsenal quite well,” said Carver, who was down to 13 fit seniors players because of injury and suspension.
“The first was an unfortunate ricochet off (Giroud’s) knee, and the second, Giroud just bullied him (Williamson).
“We gave away too many fouls, and they were falling over with the wind. But you do get punished by good sides.”
Coloccini’s absence, and Janmaat’s switch to central defence, saw Ryan Taylor play at right-back and Jack Colback drop into the back four.
Carver also had praise for Jonas Gutierrez, who replaced Vurnon Anita in midfield.
“It was amazing,” said Carver. “We had Ryan Taylor, a natural midfielder, playing at right-back, and he was left-back last week (against Everton).
“Daryl Janmaat – who is a natural right-back – was at centre-half and was outstanding. Jonas (Gutierrez) is an outside left, and played the No4 role.
“He was so important, and I put him in there because I thought he could drive us a little bit more. He was exceptional when he came on.”