For the second game in a row Newcastle fans are talking about James Perch.
Pardew thanks James Perch after the game last night
James has had his fair share of critics at Newcastle, since he arrived eighteen months ago from Nottingham Forest.
But at Brighton last Saturday in the defeat to Albion, Perch was Newcastle’s Man of the Match with a good no-nonsense performance in place of Coloccini at center-back.
Fab was back last night and had a great game, but Newcastle were completely over-run in that first half and were lucky not to concede a goal, with Blackburn missing many chances.
And it took a great save by Tim Krul from a David Dun penalty just before half time, to keep Newcastle in the lead, through a fortuitous own goal scored after just 12 minutes.
That’s when Dann deflected a 25 yard shot from Ryan Taylor into his own net.
But Alan Pardew brought on James Perch for Hatem Ben Arfa in the second half, and it changed the game for Newcastle, as James was able to stem the onslaught from Rovers.
Pardew explained why he brought Perch on:
“We were getting overrun in there a bit and I thought we needed someone in there to offer a tackle,” “Perchy gave us that and I thought he was our man of the match, even though he only played a half.”
“To play as well as he did on Saturday at centre-half, then get left out for the captain and be called upon to do what he did in the second half – outstanding. You’ve got to admire his professionalism.”
“We are in a good position to attack the second half of the season. We’ve got a great chance – we really have – of having an outstanding finish in the league.”
“This squad is a special squad. They want to try and achieve for these fans, who have been absolutely unbelievable.”
Newcastle will have to wake up on Sunday of course, if they are to get something out of the home game against Aston Villa.
But it’s now likely that James Perch will start with Danny Guthrie in central midfield, in the absence of Yohan Cabaye, since that partnership worked really well in the second half last night, and got Newcastle the three points.
It was an ugly win for sure, but a win is a win, and we got the 3 points to go 5th top of the league.
A win against Villa at St. James’ Park on Sunday, when we have Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse both available, will keep us there.