Newcastle 1 Norwich 0 – Magpies Hold On For All 3 Points


Newcastle got a well earned three points this afternoon against Norwich City, and while Newcastle were the better side in the first half, Norwich were very good in the second half and it was good to see Newcastle keep a clean sheet.

And it was the third goal in just five appearances by Papiss Cisse as he brilliantly put the ball home after 10 minutes, and with Tim Krul producing a simply magnificent save in the second half, Newcastle got their first clean sheet in six games.

But it was all three points and this will give the lads confidence and it takes us up to 47 points from 29 games, one more point than we got last season, and we still have 9 games to play.

The Newcastle line-up was strange with Jonas Gutierrez playing at left back in place of Davide Santon.

The game kicked off under overcast skies, and Newcastle had a wonderful chance to go 1-0 up after only 70 seconds.

Papiss Cisse found himself straight through on goal, but he tried to lob goalkeeper Ruddy, but it wasn’t high enough, and the goalkeeper easily reached the ball.

A golden chance gone begging.

But Newcastle were starting the game with some energy,  and would you believe it after 10 minutes Jonas Gutierrez broke down the left wing and put in a cross and Papiss Cisse got in front of the defender and hit the ball home first time from 12 yards out, giving Ruddy no chance.

It was a brilliantly executed goal by the Newcastle number 9, and his 3rd goal in his 5th appearance for Newcastle.

But then Newcastle started to get a bit sloppy and Ben Arfa dribbled the ball out of the penalty area and then, of all people, Mike Williamson tried to dribble the ball clear and presented Norwich with a chance when he was dispossessed, but the ball was hit over the cross bar.

It was some suicidal defending by Newcastle.

Newcastle were passing the ball around well,  but still looked too lackadaisical at times, in what was such an important game.

After 30 minutes Newcastle almost went 2-0 up, when an excellent cross come shot from Cabaye, was well saved by Ruddy.

The goalkeeper  tipped it around his left hand post for a corner, and Demba Ba only just missed connecting with it – it was a great save by Ruddy.

After 30 minutes Newcastle were dominant, but were still only a single goal ahead.

After 34 minutes a Norwich player handled in the penalty box,  but it seems the referee though it was accidental,  and he waved play on.

A minute later Coloccini made a good block from Bennett and the ball went for a corner.

On 41 minutes Cisse was straight through again on goal, surrounded by Norwich players, but again the goalkeeper saved it – but Cisse should really have scored, and he could have even had a hat-trick in the first half.

On 44 minutes,  Surman found himself clear with only Krul to beat, but he blasted the ball wide as the Newcastle defense were all over the place.

Norwich were coming more into the game as the half time whistle blew, but Newcastle would need to tighten up in the second half if they were going to get all 3 points, and really should have been more than 1-0 up at the break.

Newcastle made no changes at the half and in the first minute Ben Arfa found himself through on the right but he had to hit the ball with his right foot,  and put the ball wide.

Newcastle were starting to play sloppily and on 53 minutes Pilkington was straight through in the inside left position but Krul saved well, when he deflected the ball for a corner.

Norwich were starting to take the ascendancy on and on 55 minutes Tim Krul produced a magnificent save as he somehow put the ball over the bar, from a Whitbread header when it looked like a goal.

On 63 minutes Santon came on in place of Ben Arfa and then on 69 minutes Shola Ameobi came on for Papiss Cisse.

Norwich were making a game of it, and were playing much better and with more aggression than in the first half,  and Newcastle were ruing  their missed chances in those first 45 minutes, as Norwich were giving the Magpies everything they could handle.

On 76 minutes Gosling came on for Danny Guthrie, as Alan Pardew was trying to get some fresh legs in the Newcastle midfield, and trying desperately to hold on for the win.

Norwich continued to have more of the play and on 90 minutes Morrison was straight through on goal but he fluffed his shot and ball trickled through to Krul in the home goal.

But Newcastl;e played out the final 3 minutes of stoppage time to a great roar from the home fans, and it was agreat rtesuilt for our lads.

We were not at our best today, but the lads showed grit and determination in the second half to hold onto the lead.

We can thank Papiss Cisse for a terrific goal, and we can thank Tim Krul for that world-class save in the second half – what a goalie this lad is turning out to be.


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Danny Guthrie, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic, Ryan Donaldson, Shola Ameobi

Norwich (4-5-1): John Ruddy; Kyle Naughton, Elliott Ward (c), Zak Whitbread, Adam Drury; Anthony Pilkington, Andrew Surman, David Fox, Jonny Howson, Elliott Bennett; Steve Morison
Substitutes: Jed Steer, Russell Martin, Andrew Crofts, Bradley Johnson, Wes Hoolahan, Simeon Jackson, Grant Holt

26 comments so far

  • pardew no 1

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #1

    give guthrie a contract already and sell simpson he shouldnt start perch or ryan taylor should start their

  • Beattie25

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #2

    poo performance

  • t00ntime

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #3

    there were some points in the game we lost the ball cheaply but if u think we were out played ur wrong… it wasnt a great preformance but we could of won 4/5-0 playing like that! without tiote and a patched up midfield we did well

    guthrie was awful in the 2nd half and kept giving them ball but pardew made 3 changes that changed the game to 100% our favor and since gosling came on norich had about 1 chance (curtesy of a krul goal kick)

    ba had another good game unfortunately cudnt find the net

    cisse played great could of had a hat trick by the 25th min

    cabaye was finally passing again

    jonas is a great LB

    simpson played average./good

    colo had a bad game passing wise but had good tackles

    krul like normal a hero

    williamson just wtf sums him up

    guthries good first half awful 2nd

    ben arfa looked good with possesion, took to long sometimes but looking up for the lad

    gosling shola and santon all looked ok not great (though shola was dribbling and everything today!)

    perch had iffy moments but overall average

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #4

    I am going to say little more than this chaps.

    We won, so smile. 🙂

    That is all.

    Now continue to bit*h and moan at each other due to the lack of quality or lack of ambition or both. Either way, we’re 6th in the league and 5 clear of the bin dippers 😉

    Howay the Lads!!!

  • Beattie25

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Santon RB, Guti LB,
    HBA RW, Ober LW

  • alex84

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #6

    3 points great stuff, but bringing Hba invited more pressure, I’m so sick of him being used as a scapegoat, not tracking back? Rubbish, all he did was help simmo out, defensive winger tactics is horrible. We need creativity, not a team full of work horses, we may as well have kept Barton and Nolan

  • archaeomag

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #7

    We won, 3 points can’t ask more than that; it was a little bit hairy at times, everybody worked hard.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #8

    firstly, great result

    looked awsome until we scored,, then the game just drifted by,

    new formation was another strange one, in the first half, the kept giving it to jonas as he was our left winger and left back,,

    for me with these 2 front men, we need width, and we need crosses, niether is blessed with pace, but both are strong and read the game well

    we need crosses crosses corsses

  • Dannyo

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Vital win for us this, hopefully it’ll give us some fire in our belly altho it wasn’t a pretty one.

    Lads, we’ve officially improved from last season. We’re 1 point better off than last season with 9 matches to go.
    Can’t argue that!

  • Jarralad

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Bloody awful performance, but three well-needed points

    Team played like they knew the significance of the win, and were very nervous as a result

  • Crawfordladd17

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #11

    How do u people feel about about the FA Cup draw I think it is a good draw for us because of Europa League

    1.Tottenham/Bolton vs Chelsea
    2.Sunderland/Everton vs Liverpool

    Hopefully it is
    Tottenham vs Chelsea
    Everton vs Liverpool

    And then
    Tottenham/Chelsea vs Liverpool
    which means if we finish top 7 then we have Europa League to look forward too 🙂

  • FatmanJoe

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Glad some people are pleased. Bloody hell. Cheer up you miserable gits!

    Wasn’t great but wasn’t awful.

    Cabaye needs a rocket up the arse though. Maybe he could learn a thing or two from wor perch

  • murvar

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #13

    HBA = Show Pony.Those who think Cabaye is another Paul Scholes have clearly never seen Paul Scholes play! Without Tiote we look disorganised in midfield and I thought Pards was nearly too clever for his own good with his selections today. We looked like a scratch team whereas Norwich kept and passed the ball well and found their men time and again. They and Swansea play really good football. BUT -WE won and the goal was sublime – and brilliantly taken as were his previous two. Cisse is an instinctive goal-finder – give him time to think and he makes a mess of it! It’s been a good season and we are improving as a club all the time. Many reasons to be cheerful

  • ShanghaiMag

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #14


    Great for us, after Manchester clubs/Arsenal were knocked out it looked like we’d need 5th.

    I’d rather see

    Chelsea v Sunderland/Everton
    Liverpool v Tottenham.

    Chelsea are the best team left in my opinion and it’s the Sunderland/Everton team that could mess with our European qualification.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #15

    That performance shows how good Tiote is, and boy did we miss him.

    A win is a win and 3 points nearer Euro finish..
    …Haway the Lads

  • Constanstine

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #16

    We need to carry on the attacking mindset regardless of the scoreboard. TERRIBLE GAME

  • Crawfordladd17

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #17

    ShanghaiMag I agree I rather see who u said but the draw is
    Tottenham/Bolton vs Chelsea
    Liverpool vs Sunderland/Everton

  • ShanghaiMag

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Does anyone think Ben Arfa is wasted on the right? Sure he will score 1 in 4 games, but I think him on the left gives us better crosses for the Ba/Cisse.

  • ShanghaiMag

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #19


    Sorry, I didn’t realise it happened already. Thanks for the Information.

  • roadfighter

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #20

    happy so see some positive comments on this post unlike the previous post. good 3 points for The Toon, considering we missed Tiote. tough game next at an improving west brom, we’ll need to play a lot better…

  • stuart no9

    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #21

    lets get the positives out the way first – a win and 3 points. thats all i can think of. now the negatives, what the f//k has happened to NUFC. another shambles where no one knew what the other was doing ( pardews fault) no counter attack. we must be the slowest in the league.a decent counter can get you the odd goal when under pressure at the back – hence we lost at arsenal. watch that game again , and you will see how many times we broke to no affect ( pardews fault). The team lacked confidence- hence the mistakes. pardew always gives the impression in pre match interviews that he is never confident in getting any thing from a game. this has obviously rubbed off on the team. ( pardews fault) keeping possession ? – say no more. ( pardews fault) . willo nearly cost us the game today – dont play him, – again pardews fault. . taking an attacking midfielder off and putting a defender on, with the score at 1-0 with HALF HOUR left to play against NORWICH- luckily it was only norwich. That was the manager, now the owners. i cant remember the last time i watched a newcastle game on telly and could hear individual supporters having conversations. the times i could pick out what fans were saying, made me shake my head in disbelief , however, ashley never wants us to enjoy ourselves at games any more , so he has TOTALLY obliterated any passion we used to have, to give the away teams – and fans a psychological advantage – clever stuff. So before everyone starts moaning about the players performances, decisions come from the top. lets start by getting rid of pards, he clearly cant cut it at this level. -then get rid of the owner- we NUFC survive on passion , we have done since my dad started to go- hes 90 now. sadly these people who are making these decisions will not leave, and you will continue to slate willo- perch-guthrie anyone really, but it is not their fault these players are not up to it. the board bought them and the manager puts them on the pitch, – they only do their best, even if their best is not good enough. the reason the football is so poor is because of the decision makers- no one else.

  • mansize scotty

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Why r people worried about the fa cup draw ? If we do qualify for Europe in any form we will be humiliated. Plus it would mean an extra workload.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #23

    stuart no9 – FFS don’t be so exaggerated we’re 6th!! Did you really expect that at the start of the season?..I don’t think so. All this Pardew out crap is just stupid and annoying. Who would you rather have in his place that we can realistically get and won’t destroy the excellent team spirit. Pardew has convinced our best players to sign long term contract and signed quality players. Some players come better than others and no manager has 100% success in the transfer market. All this crap about Willo is over the top also. He ain’t great but he ain’t awful either. I agree that he should not be starting but without Saylor who would you put instead? Pardew knows he is back-up but it’s not entirely his fault we did not sign more cover in January either. The final word will always come from Ashley and recently he’s delivered with Cisse and co. I fully expect the cub to continue to invest in young quality players for now and the future especially with some fringe players like Smith and Lovenkrands leaving.

    I will be gutted to see Pardew sacked or leave. He fully understands our team inside out now and man manages the players brilliantly. He makes the most of what he’s got and has the full respect of the whole team. He also handles the media to perfection and always has a sensible answer to protect himself and the club from critics. Pardew clearly shows a real passion for our club and I believe he’s grown to love it and is determined to bring silverware within his time at the club.

    All this nonsense of terrible football is nothing new to me and I have been supporting Newcastle since 1995. We have always had ups and downs and are the most unpredictable team in the world I think. We can play a blinder against Barcelona and lose to Stevenage the next few days. That’s one of the reasons I love the club. We have hardly ever been a great passing side. Only in Keegan’s 1st time and Sir Bobby’s time did we play ‘sexy’ football. That has really bothered me as it baffles me that senior professionals struggle with the simplest of passes. It has been happening year after year, with nearly every manager. Dreadful board decisions since Fat Freddie Shepherd have cost us years of possible success countless times. Ashley has made some awful decisions himself but I truly believe we have turned a corner.

    We now have the foundations in place, and after this season’s showing are much stronger. Ashley now has a manager he trusts after results back his judgement in appointing him and quality signings have been supplied.

    We are 6th!!! And when was the last time we could say that at this time in a season. Enjoy it as we never know with Newcastle how long it will last. Though I must say I have never been more confident in our teams chances for silverware with this slow but impressive progress under this regime. If we sign more quality in the summer-which I am sure we will- and keep the stability, silverware will be just round the corner in maybe one or two seasons and constantly challenging for Europe and beyond.

    Today was an awful performance, nervous, more misplaced passes than the norm but we still won and credit to the lads and Pardew. Well Done!!!

    Sorry for the very long post but I had to get that off my chest.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 18, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #24

    JP FROM THE ROCK,@23 i think you need to read my post again . you have made a lot of things up i never said. i never said pardew out . i said it was his fault for the poor football.if it is not his fault ,then whos is it?. i never said willo was over the top. i said he was all we have so you cant blame him.You are right – the final word comes from ashly. i also said that. ( decision makers).IF he manages the players brilliantly,- why is the football so poor????.” Pardew always has a sensible answer to protect himself”. ok maybe a load of utter garbage, but as you say it protects himself ( and his job cough,cough) you have been supporting nufc since 1995! my first game was jackie milburns testamonial – hes a bloke that used to play for us in the 50s., so i think i have a right to be p//sed off after 50 years of NOTHING, and you have only been going a few years???????. i am sure you understand my frustrations.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #25

    stuart no9 – Fair enough mate. Congratulations on supporting this great club for 50 years I think I’ll end up bald if I last that long lol Sorry if I misunderstood your post but I’ve been reading more than typing these days just because of all the negative shite that is being seen around here these days. Most of which is over the top criticism and I assumed you’re were more of the same, my bad.

    I really hope for you, me and everyone connected to NUFC’s sake that we get some proper silverware in the next few years as that will just be AMAZING!! It would also propel us to even higher status in world football and lift spirit around the globe.

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 19, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #26

    stuart no9 @ # 24

    I have also been a supporter of all things NUFC since 55 and to be honest the bulk of that time I have been let down by the results.

    We had a wee excursion into Europe with KK and with Bobby but outside of that we have had nothing to crow about outside being the best supported club to never win anything in the last fifty some years.

    Now we appear to have a club that is laying the foundations for something called a promising future, probably the best looking set up outside of KK who bought everything in and Bobby who also bought everything in and all this now being done in a fiscally sensible way and I now have to suffer the constant whining of folks like yourself.

    We have completely avoided second season syndrome (Pardews fault)

    We are sixth with nine games to go (Pardews fault)

    We are in with a good shout of getting into Europe (Pardews fault)

    We have great moral in the team (Pardews fault)

    We have had some great results like manure stuffed 3-0 (Pardews fault)

    So stop your f*****g whinging.

    There is an old saying and it goes like this “if you don’t have anything good to say the say nothing”

    You would do well to heed it.


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