Newcastle United vs Norwich City 15 minute MOTD highlights, interviews and report

Posted on September 24th, 2012 | 55 Comments |

Extended MOTD highlights of yesterday’s game between Newcastle united and Norwich at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

A sublime defence splitting pass from Hatem Ben Arfa, along with an excellent finish from Demba Ba in the 19th minute was the difference between the two sides. Norwich almost struck back on the counter after 27 minutes when Snodgrass’s head connected with Hoolahan’s left hand cross and the visitors would have scored had his effort not been headed off the line by Williamson.

The Magpies seemed to stutter at the beginning of each half, though the difference between the sides may have been greater when Mike Williamson once again played an important role in the game. He was pushed by Norwich’s Steve Morison in the box as the half time whistle approached with referee Neil Swarbrick awarding a penalty. A seemingly out of sorts Papiss Cisse was given the resulting spot kick by the rest of the lads to improve his confidence, only for him to send the resulting nervous effort way over the goal in a mistake which may have proved costly later on had Norwich proved to be more clinical. However, Chris Hughton’s Norwich City seem to be something of a state of transition, with Hughton still tinkering around with his new Norwich side somewhat as he trys to find the right balance in attack, with Morison leading the line and last season’s talismanic leading goalscorer, Grant Holt, starting the game on the bench this time after an unproductive season so far in front of goal.

Holt was eventually brought on in the 69th minute, with his usual striking partner this season, Simeon Jackson, joining him later in the 82nd minute. However it wasn’t enough to bring the visitors back on terms with the home side, so it remained at 1-0.

Post match interviews

Post match interview with Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew.

Post match interview with Norwich City manager, Chris Hughton.

A clue from the pre match warm up that Papiss Cisse may not have “had his shooting boots on” yesterday!

Teams / Match facts.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper (G), James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 85), Vurnon Anita (Gabriel Obertan 69), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (C), Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Cheick Tiote, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi.

Norwich CIty (4-5-1): John Ruddy, Russell Martin (c), Sebastien Bassong (Michael Turner 8), Leon Barnett, Javier Garrido; Robert Snodgrass, Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson, Andrew Surman (Simeon Jackson 82), Wes Hoolahan; Steve Morison (Grant Holt 69).

Subs: Mark Bunn (G), Michael Turner, Ryan Bennett, Alexander Tettey, Anthony Pilkington, Grant Holt, Simeon Jackson.

Score / Goal scorers: Newcastle United 1 (Ba 19), Norwich City 0.

Yellow cards: Jonny Howson (88), Cheick Tiote (89),

Red cards: None.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick.

Attendance: 49,402.

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  1. Haha worky, I was at the game yesterday. I missed those Cisse kicks but he certainly isn’t looking like he did last season yet. Fingers crossed that he’ll be back on form soon!

    Bas scoring well again and is great but Benny is our best player by a mile. We definitely wouldn’t be the same team without him at the moment

  2. I got in SJP in time to see the last 10min ov the warm up.i pointed out to the lad next to me about cisse’s poor atempts at finding the back ov the net.also i knew he was’nt ganna tuck that penalty away n what a poor effort it was.yes i understand the lads playing wanting wor number9 to get off his duck,but surely at only 1nil they should know that a game is far from won especially when there is still another half to play.to say i was annoyed is abit ov an understatement.i think cisse needs a game or two on the bench.lets face it,at the moment he will not be missed on the pitch.atleast it was 3pts n keeps us in the top half ov the table.
    HWTL

  3. jack72 says:
    September 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    “i think cisse needs a game or two on the bench.”

    I know what exactly what you’re saying Jack, but it’s a difficult one for a manager. If a striker loses confidence, how does he get it back? Certainly not by sitting on the bench, not completely by scoring in a meaningless training game, or even in a reserves game. He has to prove to himself that he can do it again when the pressure is on at the highest level.

  4. GS says:
    September 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    “F@ck Worky: The Catalans are going to defect. F@ck.”

    GS, do you mean “secede” (from Spain)?

    I was just listening to “Sandinista” last night funnily enough.

  5. If only we could get both Ba and Cisse in form at the same time. Seems to be an either/or proposition ATM. Glad to see Demba doing the business again though. And kudos to that “shite” player Williamson on a goal saving clearance and drawing the penalty as well.

  6. workyticket says:

    “I know what exactly what you’re saying Jack, but it’s a difficult one for a manager. If a striker loses confidence, how does he get it back? Certainly not by sitting on the bench, not completely by scoring in a meaningless training game, or even in a reserves game. He has to prove to himself that he can do it again when the pressure is on at the highest level”

    Thats one way of looking at it WT but the counter to that is we cannot afford to carry passengers like we do when Obertan plays.

    Yesterday Pardwho should have taken him off at HT to save the bloke any more grief. Its just not working for him atm and I cant see how he’ll get back by plodding around the pitch and missing chance after chance ?

    I asked the question about this illness yesterday, whether it was the same as he had in Germany ? He’s definitely not sharp/fit and if he’d stayed on the pitch until midnight, I’m not sure he’d have scored :(

  7. Tripp says:

    “And kudos to that “shite” player Williamson on a goal saving clearance and drawing the penalty as well”

    Dont forget Harps as well Tripp. Kept us in the lead after that Hoolahan save.

    As for Ba and Cisse performing together I’d like to see a game where everyone gets at least a 7/10 as we just dont seem to be able to get that sort of consistency this season.

  8. Tripp says:
    September 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    “And kudos to that “shite” player Williamson on a goal saving clearance and drawing the penalty as well.”

    And a few other things too, Tripp. He dealt with Morison and Holt well and was quite possibly our best defender, though Santon had fairly respectable game too.

    As toontony writes above though, Ben Arfa is in a different league and Pardew would be lost without him. Poor Hughton must’ve really regretted signing him yesterday!

  9. I can see were your coming from Worky but its like starting a match wiv 10players not 11,then when Obertan plays it’s like 9players.dropping Cisse to the bench might just light a fire inside him,only way to find out is to bench him.

    Just read that clown Nile ‘bungalow heed’ Ranger has been arrested again.reminds me abit like my brother-in-law.he’s a waste ov time asweel.he played for England schoolboys aswell as signing for wor unwashed neighbours.but thieving from the club(fk na’s why coz who in there right mind would want there strips,tracksuits etc)so in a nutshell that was his promising football career doon the sh*tter.lets hope its the same for Ranger eh.

  10. Aye without HBA in the side we’d be woeful and we’ve looked it in Europe :(

    If he’s crocked we’re fecked my No.1 priority, above all others, is an HBA clone, preferably two footed like the great man.

  11. jack72 says:
    September 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    “I can see were your coming from Worky”

    I can see where you’re coming from too jack, that’s why it’s “difficult.”

  12. AndyMac says:
    September 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    “If he’s crocked we’re fecked my No.1 priority, above all others, is an HBA clone”

    You know that isn’t going to happen though Andy. Where are you going to get another player like him for £2 million + £5.5 million?

  13. I can’t see why people keep dissing Williamson, I think he forms a good defensive partnership with Taylor. OK they aint Collo type ballplayers but they both do the simple stuff very well and they do get up in the corners and freekicks to pose real threats. i.e. the penalty award, not Williamsons fault it wasn’t converted. I’ll go even further and suggest the outside posibility of England calls for one or both of them.

    Cisse I think would benefit from some time playing off the bench as a sub and letting Shola start some games.

    Chris Houghton must have been wishing he had had a fit HBA when he was here. He is the catalyst that makes us tick, you could see the difference once he was subbed!!

  14. By the way I see Ashleys nemesis Jack Whelans former Company is in the sh!te. It would seem that Ashley might be sniffing around sharklike to rip off the best bits from the dying carcase.

  15. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    September 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    “By the way I see Ashleys nemesis Jack Whelans former Company is in the sh!te. It would seem that Ashley might be sniffing around sharklike to rip off the best bits from the dying carcase.”

    Grumpy, Sports Direct is now worth over £2 billion, JJB was only worth around £1.2 million when it’s shares were suspended from trading.

    I’m not sure that Ashley can buy the whole thing for monopoly reasons. He has an iron grip on the sportswear market now.

  16. Pardew’s opinion on John Terry’s resignation from International football

    “That’s a personal decision that John has made and I am not going to throw my personal opinion on that.”

    Then he “throws” his personal opinion:

    “I just know for the manager of England, it’s a blow because he is a great player and the pool isn’t great for English players at the moment and the team. That’s the tough end for us, but that is a personal decision John has made. Steven Taylor has ambitions to play for England and I think he has a lot of credentials for that. But I think it’s too early for him at this stage because he is only just back from a long injury. Probably Steven needs another good half-season under his belt to be considered for England, I would think.”

    Mike Ashley may want smack his legs for that. If Taylor was picked for England, that would almost certainly put a few million on his value.

  17. Grumpy Old-Toon says:

    “I can’t see why people keep dissing Williamson”

    How old are you G O-T using words like dissing ? :)

  18. workyticket says:

    “You know that isn’t going to happen though Andy. Where are you going to get another player like him for £2 million + £5.5 million?”

    That would be good business WT. No doubt whoever it was would be just about to end his contract, would be unhappy with his current club and probably manager and would have an inbuilt belief in their own ability which wasnt being recognised by his current employers”

    So go get him Graham !

  19. I can’t believe people say “I can’t see why people keep dissing Williamson” and the like.

    Because I for one have been clear. He’s not terrible. He’s limited. He’s very good at handling physical forwards and making clearances and the like. But he’s not good at all with the ball at his feet and would rather head/hack ANYTHING clear than bring it down and play it. He often gives away possession under little/no pressure. To be clear THAT is why I criticize Williamson. And you all made me explain that in a discussion of a game in which he actually played quite well. I just wish we had a squad where he wasn’t an automatic selection whenever Taylor or Colo is hurt.

  20. Just trying to follow our great “leaders” example (Cameron and Clegg) and sound cool to you younger guys.

    :)

  21. Just been listening to Talkshite (yeah I know but someone’s got to :( ) where there’s been complaints from RBD’s about Mancs singing “You’re always the victims its never your fault”

    Then apparently “some Liverpool fans later took to Twitter to criticise (referee) Halsey’s decisions, making reference to him dying of cancer”

    Sheesh !

  22. On another slightly related subject there were some contributions from fans with humorous chants. If we ever come up against Armenian or Turkish opposition in the EL we are OK with,

    “You’re shish and you know you are”

  23. Thats it I’m off and I’ll leave you with this gem to savour

    “One of Liverpool’s former players and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson believes that a January move for Demba Ba would help give the Reds more of an attacking threat.

    He told the Mirror: “Demba Ba at Newcastle will be one that Liverpool have a look at in January. Alan Pardew has made public the fact that he has that £7.5million release clause”, and while Brendan Rodgers might not have the biggest transfer kitty, it should stretch to that.

    Former Magpie Micky Quinn further told the bet365 site that “I think [Ba] will go for more than £7million and I reckon he would be a very tasty player for Liverpool.”

    Wonder if Pardwho’s on commission ?

  24. Worky says:

    “As toontony writes above though, Ben Arfa is in a different league and Pardew would be lost without him. Poor Hughton must’ve really regretted signing him yesterday!”

    Hughton signed Ben Arfa yesterday? Sh*t, we have no chance now.

  25. AndyMac says:
    September 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    “Just been listening to Talkshite”

    On the subject of talkshite, below is my candidate for the weakest, most half hearted, unsubstantiated excuse for a football story ever. It’s been at number one in the Newsnow hit parade all day (Grumpy isn’t the only over 30 who can sound modern and “cool”! ;-)). It’s from Talkshite’s website:

    Newcastle to make new move for France full-back

    Newcastle will go back in for Mathieu Debuchy in the January transfer window – and are confident they can finally land the Lille star.

    Magpies boss Alan Pardew pursued Debuchy for most of the summer but Lille held firm and kept their man.

    It appeared a deal was close but Newcastle and Lille could not agree on a fee for the 27-year-old, who has 10 caps for France.

    Newcastle remain keen, however, and Pardew has receiving encouraging signs from the Ligue Un club to suggest this time they will be successful in their bid for Debuchy.

    And that’s it! That’s the whole story! It makes Ed Harrison look like Tolstoy.

    http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/transfer-rumours/120924/newcastle-make-new-move-france-full-back-181650

  26. AndyMac: from previous thread, I am not sucking c*ck or anything, just paying you a compliment. Life would be really boring if people didn’t say what they mean. Especially about Obertan.

  27. Worky JJB might only be worth pennies now but they were worth over £1 billion once. The scraps Ashley would probably be after are the shops in Prime locations they would potentialy be worth huge bucks to him. As for monopolies, nothing a good backhander in the right palm wouldn’t solve.

  28. last season our defense was solid which helped us for a great start..santon looks like another obertan in the making..he just runs forward and loses the ball..

  29. the wise and sagacious pardew, kept ben arfa on the bench a lot, last season.
    he was saying he doesn’t work hard enough etc,etc,etc, ffs alan, you dont ask players like ben arfa, to track back.
    you build a team around kids like him, the best thing to do with players of that ilk, is to just tell them to go out, and do what they do.
    you never seen eric cantona, michel platini, socrates, running around like lunatics, they just strolled through games, creating the situations to win games.
    peter beardsley would be the exception, as he would chase around and snap at the heels, of opponents.
    if no one has ever seen beardsley’s brilliance against brighton 1984, in keegan’s last game, for younger fans, who might not have seen it, utter quality!!!

    pardew would never play tevez, when he was at west ham, and they looked like being relegated.
    alan curbishley took over from pardew, and tevez being in the side, kept them up.

    turns out ben arfa is the only player newcastle have to come up with a defence splitting ball, or a moment of genius, to win a game.
    pardew doesn’t know his a**e, from his elbow.

  30. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    September 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Worky JJB might only be worth pennies now but they were worth over £1 billion once. The scraps Ashley would probably be after are the shops in Prime locations they would potentialy be worth huge bucks to him. As for monopolies, nothing a good backhander in the right palm wouldn’t solve.

    Grumpy, the Asheley “scrap” I’m interested is the club’s merchandising. The club shop’s website is now known as “NUFC Direct,” and has Sports Direct style “24 hour delivery” signs slapped in the same places as the Sports Direct site and so on. But where’s the money going? It’s very opaque. It also seems that Ashley is using his position as Newcastle United owner to highly undercut the club shop on replica shirts, many fans seem to be getting theirs from Sports Direct now rather than NUFC.

  31. TROJAN RECORDS 73 says:
    September 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

    “if no one has ever seen beardsley’s brilliance against brighton 1984, in keegan’s last game, for younger fans, who might not have seen it, utter quality!!!”

    Trojan, there’s lots of stuff about that season, including highlights of that Brighton game, Coxy, the helicopter, those daft little gadgies on the old scoreboard and so on in one of my old stories on here:

    http://www.nufcblog.org/2012/02/magical-magpie-memories-the-eighties-part-one-promotion-helicopters-and-tearful-farewells/

    Happy days!

  32. worky, i’ll never forget the tackle dragback and the chip, unbelievable.
    i was there, my mother had just started to let me go to the match, with some of the older lads, i was only 10 or 11.
    the same season my uncle took me to the portsmouth away game, i think we won 4-2, although i might be mistaken.
    i remember neil webb playing for them, at the time.
    the good old days, me mother’s mate permed my hair at the back, a la chrissy waddle.

  33. Aye Trojan. Although Keegan worked under Bill Shankly and the great master, Ernst Happel, at Hamburg, it seemed that humble Arthur Cox was his managerial mentor. They were such an attacking team with Pedro, Keegan and Waddle upfront, they were the original “Entertainers”. It’s strange why Cox left for Derby just after he got promoted.

    “the good old days, me mother’s mate permed my hair at the back, a la chrissy waddle.”

    That’s very brave of you to admit, but where’s the picture????

  34. AndyMac says:
    September 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    “More corporate boxes is just what the fans are crying out for ! Thanks Fatman and Dobbin !”

    They’re trying to sell one to Ant and Dec though, which is what matters.

  35. TR73: those would be some funny pictures to look back on. I have always wondered whether people kept pictures of themselves in Spandau Ballet shirts or with the Roberto Baggio little tassle pleated thing or whether they burned them.

  36. AndyMac: you really do hate the ownership and management. Yes they are cheap, yes they are arrogant and self-interested and greedy, but…

    what are we going to do about them? They are bringing some success to our club that I haven’t seen that often in the 49 years I have supported NUFC (I count my support from the day I was born :) ). No trophy yet, but good players like Ba, Cisse, Tiote, ben Arfa, Cabaye have been brought in by this lot, and who cares who scouted them, they were still brought in.

    The football is not flowing yet, but there is potential.

    Pardew is a windbag, but I have seen much worse.

  37. Is Nick Clegg insane:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/9566790/Better-off-pensioners-should-be-stripped-of-taxpayer-funded-benefits-says-Nick-Clegg.html

    Who cares if pensioners get free BBC and bus passes? And if they get 100 pounds in fuel assistance then how many years would it take for that to add up to a RBS bailout?

    Can you really trust somebody who is so stupid as to pick the wrong fight, and even go after the people who are most likely to vote for him and his Tory pals? It is almost moronic.

  38. GS, if you think that’s bad, the ConDems are currently waging a campaign against the sick and disabled to get them off any benefits they may be receiving such as disabilty living allownace and Incapacity Benefit and less intellectually gifted members of the public are joining in with the vilification. Reports of verbal and other attacks on the obviously disabled are going through the roof, and people in wheelchairs and such are being abused and harangued by complete strangers. They are now regularly greeted with cries of “benefit scrounger” and like, some of them even get it when they’re on their to work!

  39. Worky: someone came on here the other week and called “us” (by that I mean contributors to your blog) benefit scroungers. I forget their name but it did make me laugh how someone who has no idea what any of us do or who we are could make that accusation. I had a feeling that there must be some propaganda going around in the UK to demonise the unemployed. I didn’t relise it has been extended to the disabled and elderly too.

  40. GS says:
    September 26, 2012 at 4:49 am

    “I had a feeling that there must be some propaganda going around in the UK to demonise the unemployed. I didn’t relise it has been extended to the disabled and elderly too.”

    Ah yes. Quite a few years ago over here, many, many benefit claimants who normally would have claimed Unemployment Benefit were shifted over to Incapacity Benefit to fiddle the unemployment figures, so now you get nazi c*nts abusing the disabled. If I ever catch anyone doing it, I’m going to make them disabled so they know how it feels.

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