The bubble really burst for Newcastle at Norwich this afternoon as they conceded four goals, with two goals from Grant Holt in the second half, but we half expected Grant to have a good game somehow.
That means the Newcastle defense has conceded 7 goals in the last two games and have now conceded 19 goals in their 15 league games.
It was a thrilling game at Carrow Road and Wes Hoolahan’s 39th minute opening goal looked to put Norwich City ahead at the break.
And it was made by Grant Holt who got a free header from a corner and the Newcastle players seemed to get in the way of Tim Krul on the goal line, as the ball was forced across the line.
But the great Demba Ba got his 10th goal of the season just before the break to make 1-1 at the half.
A great high ball through by Cabaye saw Ba beat the offside trap and conrtol the ball beatifully to poke the ball home – a great goal by the maestro.
At half time things looked good for Newcastle as they had been fairly solid at the back and had looked well organized although the goals was a poor one to give away from a set piece.
But Norwich went ahead for the second time on 59 minutes when Holt got another free header from a corner from Andrew Surman, and Krul blocked the first header but Grant headed home from the rebound.
And it ‘s not surprising because Newcastle had no height in the center of defense at all this afternoon, with the 5’8″ Simpson and the 5’11” Perch.
Morison made it 3-1 just four minutes later after a mistake from Dan Gosling, but it was another high cross in form the right, and another free header past Krul from Andrew Crofts’ center – when is Coloccini back?
It’s fair to say that Colo and Steven Taylor would have handled the first three goals a lot better than the defense did this afternoon, and the sooner Williamson and Colo are back, the better.
And then Dan Gosling got himself sent off after 65 minutes, for a bad tackle on Russell Martin and now he will miss three games, just to make things a little worse for Newcastle.
It doesn’t rain but it pours is a saying that comes to mind.
Hopefully Cheick Tiote will be back next Saturday.
Demba Ba then got 11th goal of the season and Newcastle’s second to make it 3-2 after 71 minutes with a brillaint individual goal, as he was put through brilliantly by Shola Ameobi, and Ba beat his man nciely before hitting a left foot shot past the goalkeeper.
What a player this lad is and what a great goal from Newcastle to get themselves back into the game.
On 81 minutes Sammy Ameobi came on in place of Gabriel Obertan.
But then Norwich sealed the 3 points when it was Holt again after 82 minutes, with yet another header from a left wing free kick by substitute Bradley Johnson on 82 minutes. Cabaye tried to head the ball but it went over his head for another free header.
In the last minutes of the game Newcastle continued to press forward with their ten men, with Sammy Ameobi looking good on the right wing, and he could even get a start next week against Swansea City.
All four goals came from Norwich headers today, and it was obvious they knew where Newcastle’s Achilles heel is today – no heading ability in central defense.
Newcastle need to bring in another canter-back in January who is tall and a good header of the ball.
We seem to remember saying Norwich would have a field day in there this afternoon with headers, with Perch and Simpson in the middle – where was Kadar or why wasn’t Santon played in the center?
However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Newcastle and young Santon looked very decent at the back and he has some speed too, and it will be a surprise if he doesn’t keep his place next Saturday.
Newcastle have just one point now from the last four games, and remian in 7th place in the league but lose 3 points on Arsenal and Liverpool, who both won 1-0 today.
And of course it’s never a good thing to lose to a side beneath you in the league.
But this shows that the Newcastle squad is too small and hopefully things can be corrected next month when we have to hope three or four players are brought in.
The gloom and doomers will be out in force, but we have to keep the faith, and Newcastle should have Coloccini, Williamson and Tiote back for next week, and a win is what we need.
And look for Alan Pardew to be a hopeless manager now, after he was being hailed as a a miracle man a short three weeks ago. 😀
Bottom line was we really didn’t expect a win today and we didn’t get one.
Norwich City (4-4-2): Ruddy; Naughton, Martin, Whitbread (Barnett 83), Tierney; Hoolahan (Jackson 84), Fox, Crofts, Surman (Johnson 77); Morison, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Pilkington, Bennett, Wilbraham.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Krul; R. Taylor, Perch, Simpson, Santon (Ferguson 90+3); Gutierrez, Gosling, Cabaye, Obertan (Sa. Ameobi 81); Sh. Ameobi (Smith 90+1), Ba. Subs: Elliot, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Best, Ferguson.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Halifax)