We don’t know what’s in the water at Newcastle that’s making James Perch put in some very solid performances for Newcastle this year.
Pardew – listen to me James – you are great!
James played in defensive midfield for Newcastle yesterday, and he was as solid as a rock for Newcastle, and it’s not the first time this year that he’s put in a great performance for the side.
James had come on for Davide Santon at left back for Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday night, and with 8 players from the first team squad missing through injury yesterday, Alan Pardew was forced to use all three subs and they all did well.
Shola Ameobi was able to provide some holding power up front late in the game and he looked in form, and if was good to see see David Santon come on and do his part, and it was also a rare appearance for Dan Gosling, who may not have a future on Tyneside.
James Perch stepped up to the plate yesterday and he was our Man of the Match – and all credit to him today.
And Alan Pardew also lauded his comeback star after the game:
“I thought it was important, playing someone like Norwich who play five in midfield, that you have a tackler in there.” “And my goodness, he showed that within three minutes when he won a tackle he had no right to win really.”
“But that’s Perch, he’ll put everything on the line for you.” “I’m really proud of the players today. We knew in the dressing room we were not a totally balanced side and that we had to give a little bit more and we did that.”
“It could be a result that defines our season. Norwich came here and played with an assurance.” “It’s easy to look at someone like them and not give them the respect that they are due.”
And on another day top striker Papiss Cisse could have had a first half hat-trick yesterday, as he was clean through in the second minute, only for his lob to be too low and goalkeeper Ruddy saved rather easily.
And then he scored his goal after 10 minutes when he rifled home a good early cross from Jonas Gutierrez in great style, and then he was clean through again shortly after that, but Ruddy saved his shot.
Demba Ba congratulates Papiss Cisse after strike partner scored great goal
Ruddy also saved brilliantly from Demba Ba in the first half, and Ba hasn’t scored since the Aston Villa game, but he’ll come back with the goals, there’s no doubt about that.
Alan Pardew talked about Cisse’s play yesterday:
“We knew it was going to be tough and my players are elated to have beaten them.” “It’s fair to say that Cissé had three good chances and buried the hardest of the lot.” “I think he had his best game for us today.”
“Not just the fact that he was a goal threat, but his link-up play and workrate was right up there with the best in this division.” “He got one goal and perhaps should have had two.”
“In training he can put in three or four goals in quick succession, and it has surprised me that he missed some.”
There were signs that the two Senegal strikers will form an awesome partnership up front for Newcastle once they play more together, and they are sufficiently different as strikers for their play to be complementary.
And Papiss Cisse seems like the real deal, and certainly knows the way to goal with three goals in his first five appearances for the Magpies, and that’s not too bad for Newcastle’s new number 9.
Not too bad at all – and just wait until he can speak English. 😀