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.