Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Beye: Familiarity Breeds Content; THE FRIDAY FILE Portsmouth V Newcastle United Fratton Park Sunday, December 14. Kick-Off: 1.30pm

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Beye: Familiarity Breeds Content; THE FRIDAY FILE Portsmouth V Newcastle United Fratton Park Sunday, December 14. Kick-Off: 1.30pm

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Byline: By LEE RYDER

HABIB BEYE believes that consistency is the key for Newcastle United if they want to find some defensive solidity.

The Senegalese ace and his teammates head to Portsmouth determined to erase memories of the late collapse against Stoke City last weekend which cost the Magpies two vital points.

And there is every chance Newcastle could go in against Pompey in the bottom three.

Beye ended up playing on the right wing against the Potters as an injury to Danny Guthrie resulted in a major reshuffle for the black and whites.

However, he could return to the back four at Fratton Park.

Injury to Steven Taylor this season has resulted in Sebastien Bassong enjoying an extended run in the team.

But Taylor and Coloccini formed a formidable partnership in the heart of defence before Taylor's stomach muscle injury.

And Beye feels that familiarity can help the Mags. He told the Chronicle ahead of the trip to the south coast: "We have had injuries this season and we haven't played together as a back four.

"It is hard when you must keep changing with injuries.

"If you look at Man United, they play the whole year almost with the same back four.

"They have Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic and Brown every time.

"They play together all of the time and know each other.

"That will help us pick up some results, especially away from home.

"If you want to be a good team, you have to keep the same defence.

"It's easy to change strikers or midfielders. But the back four is about an understanding.

"It's hard, and we do have other good defenders, but you must train and work together."

Beye will go in against his international team-mate Pape Bouba Diop with the pair accustomed to each other after playing for Senegal at both the World Cup and African Cup of Nations.

Meanwhile, Pompey star Richard Hughes wants his side to stamp out the helter-skelter nature of their style of play.

Pompey threw away a 2-0 lead against AC Milan which ended up being a key factor in their Euro exit in the UEFA Cup, and they repeated that collapse against Blackburn before scrambling home a late winner.

Hughes said: "Ideally, though, we want to keep clean sheets and not give the fans heart palpitations like we did against Blackburn and Milan.

"It all gets a bit much for us as well as them.

"But we are five games undefeated in the league and in my opinion playing some of the best, most attractive football that we've done in a long time."

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