Perch One Of The Heroes Last Night – Would You Believe It

Alan Pardew has always supported James Perch,  since the Londoner came to the club in December of 2010.

James Perch – played well in the last two games

And it’s also true that James has struggled on Tyneside since he arrived from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2010, and we though Alan liked James because he was the ultimate professional.

In the last couple of games he’s proved he’s not too bad a player either, as he was the star man at Brighton last Saturday filling in for the injured Fab Coloccini.

And then last night his introduction for Ben Arfa in the second half seemed to change the game, and gave Newcastle a solidity in central midfield they had lacked in that first half.

This is what Alan told the local press today:

“This is what the squad’s about. We had one or two who had the option to go out on loan, but the players told them to stay.”

“James Perch was excellent. He was one of our better players at Brighton, but I left him out because our captain was back. I thought he was a big reason why we won.”

“It just goes to show what a credit he is to his profession.” “I’m delighted – we came through a few tests. We had some key players missing.”

“Losing Cabaye in the morning was another hammer blow, and we wondered when our luck would turn.”

“But it turned tonight – we had a few breaks in the game. The first goal was fortunate. We had a penalty save. They had a couple of chances that perhaps could have gone in.”

James Perch was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and  is now showing he’s a very good utility player, and is joining Ryan Taylor as an important player of the Newcastle squad.

James Perch like Ryan Taylor can come into the side  and play well in a number of different positions for the Magpies.

And Pardew has used Perch late in games this season to shore up the Newcastle team,  as they play out the game, but he did that very early last night.

James now has 16 appearances this season and 14 last season, and it says a lot about the character of the lad, that he’s hung in there over the last 18 months.

But the 26 year-old is now likely to start in central midfield alongside Danny Guthrie,  in the home game against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

It also says something about Alan Pardew’s abilities, that he’s brought the best out of both James Perch and Ryan Taylor this season.

We need players like James in the Newcastle squad.

Comments welcome.

274 comments so far

  • Trent Toon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #1

    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??

  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Perch has the ability to ruin good football, I think his new found role at DCM is perfect for him!

  • Rowan Milsted

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    I was discussing Perch with someone on this blog a few days ago who pointed out he’s a much better CDM than a CB. It seems he was right. Still a way to go before I can truly put my faith in him, and two questions remain: can he continue to improve, and can he start games as well as he can finish them? If Perch continues to improve then I think he’ll prove himself worthy, and I hope he does. I’ve always said he looks more of a Championship player than a Prem player, but all players need time to settle in and get their game up to scratch. So I’ll sit on the fence with this one and wiat to see how well he does between now and the end of the summer. I definitely think he’s worth keeping as a utility player at the moment, always handy players to have in your squad. But the idea of Perch starting at CB in Prem games still worries me to be honest.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #4

    * end of season, not summer

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Wor Shearer – definitely agree there, keep Perch away from Full’Back or CB and he does a brilliant job. Abv not on par with Tiote, but a worthy replacement at the moment. Has got better with every game, and like i have said before, if Perch was 19, people would be taking note of his past few games and saying that he is a real prospect because of the way he has been improving!

    which means, theoretically, in 4 years time he will be as good as Messi, yes??? 😉

  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Being continuously positive about the whole team, all the tactics and every performance is:

    1 – unrealistic
    2 – idiotic
    3 – V boring!

    If you don’t criticise the players they’d never put any effort in. Support them yes! but we should keep them on their toes.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    No way Perch should play anywhere in defence except against Championship teams. His best role and the one he looks like a premiership player all right is central midfield.

  • martoon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed – I am slightly puzzled if James Perch was born in Mansfield how is he a Londoner?
    While I agree he had a good game I think changing the system to 442 also had a big impact as all the players were in their correct positions, especially Best.

  • t00ntime

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    people say we are lucky this season, 2 things
    1) you don’t just get lucky u have to be good enough to push the other team to the limits in order for them to make a maistake and give u the ‘luck’ (or just have a ref on urside but that was only vs wovles 😉 ) for example own goal against man utd, we pushed and pushed created 2 goals and make jones look like a pretender, therefore got nervous and made a massive mistake, own goal yesterday we were pushing and they fell easy and early. (that really shows that blackburn dont have much morale at the moment)

    and 2) is it not about time we get ‘lucky’ we have been unlucky for the last 15 years lol twice missing out on winning the league by a matter of points, lots of the time underachiveing, now we are finally over achieving and have a great group of players aswell, have an average manager who deserves some ‘luck’

  • t00ntime

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #10

    o yeah 3) the FA are total c0ck heads and arent going to give us a break, example cabaye gets banned when crouch, rooney etc dont…

  • boater

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #11

    I have never understood barracking your own players. It doesn’t mean we don’t get frustrated by them at times, but getting behind your own players when the chips are down is a sign of classy support. Nothing is gained by booing if the players are working to help the cause.

    The Arsenal supporters have turned on Arshavin and I can understand that. He obviously doesn’t care about the club anymore and is unwilling to make amends and dig in if he loses the ball. But he is a rare case and we don’t have anyone like that thankfully.

  • Beattie25

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Does anyone else fantasise about Colo shaving his hair off?

    He would look a real nut case.

  • aussietoonfan

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Just catching up with posts as I’ve only just finished watching the game.

    Noticed that the main reason for the negative comments on this blog is that everyone else responds instead of letting the negative people have their say. (myself included in the past).

    I will try (as best I can) to NEVER again give a response to the negative “fair weather fans” and therefore not empower them to attack our team, our players, our manager, our owner, our fans, our NUFC Bloggers, OUR CLUB.

    So, if you ever read negative comments please join me and DO NOT reply to the authors. They want confrontation, they seek argument, they love creating division, and all we’re doing is giving them what they want.

    Great performance to take the three points.
    Keep striving for the top.
    Play the hardest you can.
    We support you.


  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Beattie – excellent theory, i am sure someone on this blog is IT literate and will be able to produce such an image!!

    ANY TAKERS????

  • geordiejamie89

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Line-up for sunday:
    Simpson, Williamson, Collocini, Raylor.
    Oberton, Barfa, Perch, Gutierrez.
    Best, Demba.
    Substitutes: Cisse, Lovenkrands, Elliot, Ferguson, Guthrie, Santon, Gosling.
    Cisse to replace Best at half time.

  • GeordieGesus

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #16

    martoon, read it again slowly. Pardew is the Londoner.

  • IPToon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #17

    We were ‘lucky’ that Blackburn had Modeste up front to waste so many chances.

    Couldnt hit a cows back side with a banjo.

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #20

    GG > brilliant, however i would have preferred a smoother top!!!!! haha

    Cheers tho 🙂

  • LewSpi

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #21
  • toonincheek

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #22

    If you can be born in March with your birthday in September, then I guess you can be born in Mansfield yet be a Londoner.

  • gaz 44

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #23

    haha loving Lews bald Colo

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Lewspi – i can’t open that cos i am in the office today and i cant connect to certain web pages (as i should be working shhhhhh) so i will have a look when i get home ……………. it better be good :p

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #25

    gaz / lew – one of you take a screen shot and email it to me!!!!!

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #26
  • LewSpi

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #27

    What’s your email address?

  • msk21dec

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #28

    I guess Perch’s best position is defensive midfield.. so as another post suggested i also believe he should be 2nd behind tiote.
    People still forget we are still in process of building a team and in no way are we complete!
    If i was manager i would personally play with the players at my disposal:
    willo saylor collo,
    obertan tiote cabaye santon
    ben arfa
    ba cisse

    subs: Harper, kadar, vuckic, lovenkrands, best, simpson, raylor.

  • LewSpi

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Sent it there, providing I have all the letters in “carillion” the right way round, you should have it.

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Lew – LEGEND!!!!!


  • msk21dec

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #31

    p.s. from my last post id swap perch for kadar on subs bench actually!

  • alkinou

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Could someone explain me what happened with Cabaye at Brighton? Do you think the charge is fair?

  • LewSpi

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #33

    You don’t realise how big his nose is until his curly locks are removed.

  • -Tendo-

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #34

    HAHAHA LewSpi Thats brilliant!

  • LewSpi

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #35

    It gets worse fellas, this is what he might look like if he follows Maradona’s lifepath..!/LewSpi/status/165070378107027456/photo/1

  • LewSpi

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #36

    Toon_Tom, I’ve emailed you it 😉 ha.

  • msk21dec

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #37

    In terms of squad and what we need this is how i see it.
    (442) 1st choice
    Santon, Saylor, Collo, NEW LB.
    NEW RW, tiote, cabaye, Ben Arfa.
    Ba, Cisse.

    2nd choice
    simpson, willo, NEW CB, 2nd LB.
    Obertan, perch, Guthrie, Jonas.
    Best, NEW CF.

    So i guess we need 5 proper players to have a full squad on top of missed players such as Gosling, Raylor, Marveux and Ameobi.

    Id choose for 2 LB Pieters and Cissokho. Giroud as a CF. Douglas or Mbiwa as CB.. This new CB has to have pace as we are very bad in centre half which has no pace whatsoever. Krasic RW.

    Remember Ben arfa had his best game for us on left wing vs Everton. Im 50/50 with marveuax and obertan. i dont really rate Gosling. maybe sell him. Raylor can be squad player as he is versatile. Maybe get one more attacking young midfielder.

    DO people have other suggestions for the vacant positions?

  • Jonny

    Feb 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #38

    I think due to Pardrews stubbornness, Pappis won’t start for at least 5 games! and this will be the team against Villa:





    Would love to see two Dembas up top with Benny just behind them though!

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #39

    lew – spat my coffee out at my desk!!!!!! Briliant 😀

  • Level 7 Hero

    Feb 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #40


    Thats the exact team I reckon he’ll pick, unfortunetly.

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