Norwich 4 – Newcastle 2 – Magpies Leak More Goals

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)

Att: 26,816

15 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #1

    we will see if tiote plays

  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Dec 10, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Lads worked hard today. Kept working after sending off. Looking forward to Colo and Willo coming back, we were vunerable to balls into the box.

    Obertan was poor – I think Sammy deserves a start now.
    Gosling will have to stew on poor game during suspension
    Simpson played great out of position
    Ba will destroy Swansea – he’s on fire
    Santon looked good

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #3

    i hope ashley watched this game, he needs to stop farting on the 35 million pile of cash

  • Dannyo

    Dec 10, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully Tiote, Collo and Willo back for Swans, that should be a different matter.
    Pards opted for speed against strength today, sadly that hurt us on set pieces and crosses.
    He won’t get them all right every time, but i wish he did it today, cause i was really expecting a win here.
    Credit to Norwich and Lambert for managing to exploit our weaknesses.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #5

    i feel sorry for supporters who payed 45 pounds for that horror movie show

  • toonbrother

    Dec 10, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Well looks like we’re being brought back to reality. Without Tiote, Taylor and Guthrie we actually looked like relegation material today. We clearly have a poor squad in terms of depth and a cr*p manager in pardew. Only thing he deserves credit for was sticking to the winning team when he stumbled onto when the going was good. As soon as he was called on to actually make a decision has come up short. What a clown

  • toonbrother

    Dec 10, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Pardew is a clown At least we are coming back to reality as a club. We got thrashed today by a division one side. just shows we are only two or three injuries away from being relegation fodder ourselves

  • kpryddie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #8

    What do we expect when we have Perch and Simpson CB’s they are both terrible and Santon is a great player cant understand why he hasn’t been playing………Obertan is absoulte shite and says it all when we start him ahead of Ben Arfa ………..players needed in Jan

  • liam85

    Dec 10, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #9

    I had my eyes closed most of the time when Obertan had the ball.
    Santon looked good tho.. Cabaye was awesome but I think he’s better with Tiote.
    still a good match. shame about the score line :S

  • stuart no9

    Dec 10, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #10

    it worries me when people say ” worked hard today,…..worked our socks off today, we got beat 4-2 , we worked our socks off against clelsea got beat 3-0, very worrying , wouldnt it be nice if we could win a game, not by working our socks off , … but with quality, today , apart from ba , our quality was missing shola produced some good work , but the rest,? mmm worring times . As like raylor pards has been found out today. no collo, no taylor, no idea, i have always said i dont think pards is the man , nothing has changed

  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Stuart no9 – most of our points this season have been garnered by hard work and defensive organisation. Ben Arfa has quality but doesn’t seem to have much stomach for the physical aspect of the game – not much good in this league. We are now starting to pay the price of Ashley not allowing Pardew to assemble a SQUAD. Pardew knew this, didn’t we all? Also, the only player scoring goals at the moment will be missing in January.

  • NUFClad

    Dec 10, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #12

    furious!! not with the score or even the performance but the reaction of so called “fans”, we lost to a good premier league not championship team who are 9th in the league nowhere near the bottom, they rely no balls into the box and strength in the air and we had 2 rookie and small CBs, we were always going to struggle!!

    fans like stuart no9 and toonbrother are a disgrace! Get behind the team! a team that under Pardew went 11 games unbeaten and are still by 7 POINTS in 7th position much more than we all realistically expected at the beginning of the season

  • Dearka

    Dec 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #13

    i watched the game and still think even now that newcaslte should have played 4-5-1 with kadar at CB and perch or smith as a holding DM that would have allowed yohan and gosling to help surport Ba going forward, i really that alan pardew underestimated Norwich attacking power but on the bright side our attacking force did very well even when we were down to 10 man

  • Ba Humbug

    Dec 10, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #14

    I hope we appreciate ba cabaye and all the others who’ve performed well this season, whilst we have them. Just remember that all you neggers!
    Every team has their off days – look at liverpool they’ve grossly under achieved so far! Lets enjoy
    the best football weve seen in years

  • stuart no9

    Dec 11, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #15

    NUFC LAD come down off your high horse for a minute. ive been going to games home and away since 1966 i have always been honest with my verdict of any game i have seen , good or bad , i tell it as i have seen it. T ell me what part of my post @ 10 is not fact. ashley loves fans like you. pay a fortune to watch a crap game , say its good, coz you dont want to be labeled a negger and go back for more, I t hurts when we get beat, but for some , it dosnt matter, as long as you have a football game to watch. standards at this club are far too low, set by people like you who just dont give a f…k


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