Gut Check For Newcastle Against Norwich City

Cheick Tiote had to go off in last night’s game after 81 minutes, when he was replaced by Danny Guthrie, but the good news is that Alan Pardew is hoping it’s  just a bit of  cramp.

Cheick Tiote in action last night

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has told the local press today that he thinks the Ivorian will very likely be fit for the game at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon against Norwich City.

This is what Alan said this morning:

“Cheick had cramp,” “We had no subs left, and we were losing bodies. Demba Ba, for example, could hardly move.”  “We’re just hoping it was a bit of cramp.”

If Cheick cannot make it on Sunday then Danny Guthrie has shown more than once this season that he can get the job done for Newcastle, and he wouldn’t let the side down at all.

But it will be a gut check for the lads on Sunday afternoon, and it would be great to get back to our winning ways, after four games without a win.

Newcastle played very well last night, and because of the 95th minute disaster for Newcastle, the lads probably will not get the plaudits they deserved for last night’s performance.

It was always going to take a bit of a miracle to qualify for the Champions League in any case, but the Europa League is a different matter,  and Newcastle are still excellently placed in 6th place in the league to eventually qualify for the secondarily European competition.

But we cannot afford to drop points against the lower teams in the league, and we’ve dropped four points against such teams in our last two home games.

It would be good to put a stop to that on Sunday afternoon, and a win against Norwich will raise the spirits of Newcastle fans and the players too.

That’s all that matters now – getting ready for Norwich and playing with the same skill and determinations the lads showed last night in London.

There’s not many teams that could give Arsenal a game in their current form and Newcastle did very well on the night, although that very very late winner was so hard to take.

But with teams like Everton and Sunderland in good form right now, Newcastle must keep picking up the points if we want to retain our 6th place in the league and possible Europa League qualification.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • sirtoongospel

    Mar 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Tiote will play 😉

  • ArtyH

    Mar 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #2

    The whole lot need to work on their fitness.

  • tomtoon7

    Mar 13, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope Mr T will play<as long as players get good rest after last nights exursions, ben arfa plays & ba finds his shootin boots its a winnable game.A must win game 2keep in european qualification places.HWTL

  • Klatoon

    Mar 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Wow,massive hangover watched the game in a bar and had 1 or 15 too many. To be honest i dont even recall alot from the game,spent the entire night tryna outshout a horde of Arse fans,almost got into it with a pair of em after their winner,celebrating in my face.grrrrrrr

    when are they inventing that anti-hangover pill 🙂

  • beefman13

    Mar 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #5

    tiote is a vital part of our midfield, wemissed him so much last time we played norwich for instance amongst other games, pardew is squeezing every last drop out of exhausted players and we have young lads in fergie and vucic who can do a job for us, fergie especially who must be chomping at the bit to get a decent run in the tea, i just cant understand pardews willingness not to include him in the team not minding the squad, totallty baffled by it. get them involved and lets spruce it up, we are getting stale have not won for 4 and our wins before that have all been nail biters apart from man utd, it needs changing and now.

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 13, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Norwich can hoop me off



  • mickg108

    Mar 13, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #7

    The rumour I heard was PSG,were in for Cabaye in January,which ties in with his poor showings lately..

  • moonraker

    Mar 13, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #8


    If PSG want him let him go and make a few million on him cos he’s not up to the PL standard.

    Guthrie is more creative if only he was more consistent.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Have to agree. Cabaye does nothing for me and I think his position could easily be improved by a decent purchase in the summer.
    Also agree that Guthrie currently looks a better bet in the middle of the park or maybe even try Vuckic in Cabaye’s role?
    He couldn’t be any more anonymous than the Frenchman at the moment.

  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Using subs as an excuse is one thing, but putting a good side out to start with would have sorted that out. Obertan is alright on his day, on the right, but playing him there is worse than playing with ten men. Shola should have started there or Vuckic.

  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 13, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #11

    And Cabaye hasn’t been that bad. He’s got a bit of improving to do, given, and he should be dropped when he’s not playing well, but he’s a good Newcastle player. I’d put this WINNING team out against Norwich.

    Ben Arfa——Guthrie——-Tiote——-Gutierrez
    Subs: Elliot-R Taylor-Perch-Cabaye-Vuckic-Demba Ba.

    Cisse on the bench last game, ready to try harder. Demba needs to sit a game out to regain form. Shola been putting in good performances. Arfa back to good form, Cabaye not quite there last few games.


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