James Perch Changed The Game Last Night

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.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • gaz 44

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    well played perchstar

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Perch is the new Xavi

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    he played well, but blackburn had more possession in the 2nd half.

    GUTHRIE the unsung hero

  • FloridaToon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Not sure he was MOTM but definately put in a good shift. Also not sure he should start. I think maybe Raylor w/Guthrie and either HBA(my choice) or Obertan on RW in a 4-4-2. Still prefer a 4-3-3 with Ba on left Cisse in middle and HBA on right.

  • Dannyo

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    He did better the situation, but i thought they went more to the wings after that, and with all the corners (world record?), i can’t really see that we reduced the balls into the box that much.
    However, Perch did do his job, and he did it perfectly. He’s not “missed” one stat. Perfect on tackles, blocks and interceptions and passes.

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    I think if Krul the conqueror didnt save that penalty then Bburn may have grabbed a point or even all 3.

    Massive Save!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve always said he’s a better midfielder than a defender. He should stay away from the defence. He’s a good central midfielder who may not be the best but does what he’s suppose to do.

    And another player with a new position is Obertan. He should be a striker beside Leon Best at Villa. Pardew should try it in FM and see how it works.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    i think pardew decided to bring him on juast after 35 -40 minutes, FAIR ENUF HIS DECISION, but i am a bit dissapointed for HBA

  • king shola

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Still looks like a pepperami

  • FloridaToon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10


    What about Ba and Cisse? Did you intentionally leave them out?

  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #11

    To be fair to him, he is first choice cover for Cheick. and should start in his absence. He is a bit tasty in the tackle is Perchy.

    Covered some ground too. Fair play to him.

  • IPToon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Perch did quite well when he came on. I will give him credit for trying to keep the ball, he isnt a natural centre mid but atleast when he got it he actually tried to pass it, too many of our players receieved the ball, had a panick attack and just hoofed it.

    Anyone else think we were soooo boring to watch without any pace or flair in the team? we could hardly keep the ball, let alone pose any threat. Amazing how having somebody on the pitch with great pace (obertan) can create chances, even if he does waste a lot, he actually gives us more options going forward than Raylor or Gutierrez on the wing do.

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    8788 > you would play Best and Obertan instead of the Demba Demba Duo??????????????


    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14

    thats ludicrous ober back on the right best of a bad bunch for me

  • geordieupontyne

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #15

    where would we be without Krull???anyone remember shay gordon…gordsforth…gisselle…sorry…his name has lost me…

  • martoon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Perchino did play well but the reason we were better is the change of formation to 442. The players were more comfortable especially Best who does not know what to do playing on the left – although no end product he ran himself into the ground. So I really can’t understand you lot still saying we should play 433!

  • ToonMax94

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #17

    I wouldn’t say he changed the game although he did have one of his better performances. He is good at what he does young Perchy, intercepting and playing it off to Guthrie or whoever else.

    Pardew said before the Africans left if we can stay in and around atleast 8th then we are in with a great shout. We have far exceeded that and now exciting times lie ahead for the remainder of the season. Would start Oba on Sunday aswell, he is very frustrating at times whilst he is learning but he always poses a big threat to the opposition.

  • Les Grossman

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Was there last night, thought Guthrie laboured! Perch looked perfect replacement for Chiek (Credit where due) thought Pardew shouls have taken shola or best off and left HBA on and moved him up front, basically Blackburn defenders had nothing to concentrate on with toot n ploot up front, best runs but like a headles chicken and shola thinks the ball should be gift wrapped and posted to him!!i loven krands 20 mins or so he ran more than shola has done in the last 2 games!

    Guti may need a rest looked tired second half.

    Aston villa, I would start with
    Williamson (looked sus at times last night)


    Cisse or Lovenkrands

  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #19

    @King Shola

    I have just literally laughed out loud at work at the Pepperami comment,

    He really does!

    On a serious note Perch was outstandin when he came on last night. That should be his role and nothing more, Enforcer and game closer. Well done James.

    I think those getting on HBA’s back are premature. the lad is never going to be a Jonas in terms of graft but we arer seeing glimpses of his class. I think that in behind the Dembas would be his best position. My strongest team to the end of the season (with all available) Is here:


    The idea that Tiote Cleans everything up and covers both Full back when needed, it looks narrow but its the formation chelsea played under Mourinho, with Makelele in that role.
    Next season with Marveaux we have a real gem in waiting as well.

    Obertan Impact sub role for now. I was over the moon for him last night and was pleased he pointed to the fans after he scored. Those who Booed him should be ashamed. He is a young lad trying to nake his way. More importantly he is one of our own.

    The more positivity from people on here the better. We are being ran extremely well and sensibly, we are 5th in the league and Europe is a huge possiblilty now.

    Pardew does not care how it looks (righly so) Its not a beauty contest, Its about WINNING!

    HWTL and well done!

  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #20

    obv BA and Cisse nore central than it appears above typo

  • GeordieDan

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #21

    Perch was very decent last night. Very impressed by his composure in thje last 2 games and he’s obviously listening to his coaches.

    Colo and Krul were also immense last night but if we play like that again as a team against a team as rampant as Blackburn were we’d be very lucky to get a result again.

    We were played off the park for 80% of the game.

    Hoilette was outstanding yet again yesterday-really hope we try to sign him in the Summer!

  • Brutooon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #22

    Still not a fan of perch but:

    1) he play well in midfield, ido admit. A disaster if he play CB

    2) he improve so much from last season’s performance. Something Ameobi never did in 11 season

  • Too Krul

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #23

    Good day all and thanks to Ed for this wonderful site.

    I, for one, was the biggest doubter of Perch’s ability as a pro footballer – now I’m munching on some humble pie. He has been fantastic, particularly his reading of the game. When Colo gets caught out, Perch is there. Magic.

    Agreed also about Danny Guthrie; his work rate is fantastic and he is much more direct than Cheick. Not as defensive as Cheick, which hinders Cabaye, but still very impressive.

    I was buzzing last night for Obertan too, that will do the world of good for him. Shame it was not at St James’ though.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #24

    And it was only a few weeks ago that some of you were slagging Perch off….Fickle or what?

    Krul was fantastic last night.

  • RichK

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #26

    wandering geordie – that’s the problem with a lot of people on here and football fans in general, they’re so fickle. One minute someone’s great then we lose a game and they’re rubbish again!

    I’ve always said for me Perchy is an ok player, very similar to R Taylor, no real star quality but great attitude and work ethic and that can take you a long way in football especally when others around you have star quality.

    I think AP’s starting 11 on Sunday is an easy Guess. It’ll be the same back 5 (inc Krul) R Taylor on the right with Perchy alongside Guthrie with Jonas wide left. Then Ba up top with Ameobi. Bench will be Elliott, Kadar, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Best, Gosling

  • ash1001

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #27

    This is just an opinion like everyone else’s on here, but for me the biggest change that took place last night was not bringing Perch on but the fact that Jonas went back on the left and just about stayed there.
    This offers support to Santon + the defence can see where the outlets are. Jonas for the last few matches has been wandering all over the place which in my opinion just disrupts everyone else.
    Perch did OK when he came on, but we were just about left with no threat up front, and would not get away with it against stronger team.
    One interesting fact according to SKY is that we had 174 misplaced passes, not a particularly good statistic.

  • AndyMac

    Feb 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #28

    ash says

    This is just an opinion like everyone else’s on here, but for me the biggest change that took place last night was not bringing Perch on but the fact that Jonas went back on the left and just about stayed there.
    This offers support to Santon + the defence can see where the outlets are. Jonas for the last few matches has been wandering all over the place which in my opinion just disrupts everyone else.

    Agreed cannot see for the life of me why Pardwho insists on playing Jonas in the middle when his game isnt based upon spraying the ball about.

    OK stuff the middle up with defensive mids but give us some creative output on the wing as Best isnt creative nor a winger 🙁

  • howway geordies

    Feb 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #29


    Our passing was poor, but I don’t think that poor. Sky Sports gives a passing success rate of 73.4% and 274 total passes.

  • Trent Toon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #30

    I agree with everyone here being so fickle including myself..

    But i don’t necessarily think it is a bad thing it is just natural.

    Players have to earn the constant respect of fans and they do that by playing at a high standard. Some toon players who have done this are Tiote, Ba, Coloccini, Krul. Players that haven’t James Perch, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Best. They may put in a good shift from TIME TO TIME (like perch last night) and deserve credit <– But thats the problem they have played like total barnyard shit most games and deserve to be let known by the fans.

    Its not that we are as much fickle, but the reaction of all the fans is a good indicator that they are inconsistent and lack quality.

    Im sure if Perch keeps his form up and scores 10 goals by the rest of the season then we won't be as fickle toward him when he hits bad form…

    see what I'm getting at??

  • Shearer.Milburn

    Feb 2, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Holy shit, somebody actually suggested pardew try obertan and best as a partnership on FM to see how well it works…

    1) what planet are you on
    2) what about the 2 dembas
    3) what planet are you on!!!!

    I know, let’s play ba and cisse on FIFA 12 to see if they are good together or maybe we could live in the real world!!!

  • pinkorbrown

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #32

    A lot of people have knocked Perch but need to realise that you cant have a squad of players who are all expecting to play every game. He is a squad player and to be honest is doing a good job coming on and filling in at various positions. He knows he isnt gonna be starting games and is happy to be here as a squad player. Needs a bit more respect if you ask me.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #33

    I for one cant wait to see how Villa cope with the Demba’s.

    Live on telly too!

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Wow Indian magpie with a complement of sorts for Perch

    Dannyo @ # 5

    Did it not occur that they went to the wings more as they were getting less joy out of straight down the middle because of the Perch substitution?

  • stephen1971

    Feb 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #35

    i don,t know what game 1/2 of you,s were watching coz for me they were all terrible apart from collo and krul, a decent strike force for blackburn last night and we would of got hammered, we need to step up a few gears coz other teams will punish us like fulham did, i cringe when i see amiobis name on the team sheet, best puts a shift in but he,s not the best striker is he, the only positives i can see now is our strike force back , we can see how much a miss tiote is so i hope he,s back soon for final big push alongside cabaye


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