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Hail To James Perch – Our Man Of the Match

8:10 am, Monday, March 19th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

It looks like James Perch is walking away with our Man of the Match poll,  with almost 1300 votes in so far.

James Perch – our Man of the Match

This lad played a very solid game yesterday,  and he seems to be improving on Tyneside, under the management of Alan Pardew.

Long thought to be out of his depth in the Premier League by some Newcastle fans, James has played very well this year for the Magpies at Brighton, Blackburn and now at home to Norwich, in what was a really important game yesterday.

He was our Man of the Match in each of those three games.

Jonas Gutierrez is in second place with 16% of the vote and goalkeeper Tim Krul is 3rd with 15% of the vote.

Well done James Perch,  and we hope he can continue to  get the job done for Newcastle over the last 9 games of this season.

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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Mar 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Farting and following through in a white tuxedo is too good for Ashley.a

  • 2 LewSpi // Mar 19, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    It’s good to see you got the names correct this week Ed ;)

  • 3 bills-son // Mar 19, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Got to say Perch’s recent performances just show how little many fans know about football. Those saying he was a poor Div 1 player at best are now seeing what can happen when a young player is coached and managed well and encouraged for things he does well not criticised for the mistakes he makes while learning.

    The Prem is literally a different league to Div 1 and even top top foreign players can take one or even two seasons to adjust. Perch has been thrown into different positions all season because of injuries and suspensions and constantly playing out of position is not easy for experienced Prem players never mind one with a handful of starts. When you consider that Perch will have HEARD the groans when his name was called out as a starter or when he came on as a sub his performances his performances have been nothing short of magnificent. Those criticising and booing Perch during matches have no idea the character it takes not to let that affect you and panic you when 50,000 are watching you.

    Well done Perch, you deserve every bit of credit sensible fans are now giving you. And a big well done to Pardew and the coaching staff for bringing the best out of the lad.

  • 4 Dannyo // Mar 19, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    We could’ve won that game 4-0 had Ruddy not been a top performer yesterday. 3 from Cisse, 1 from Ba.

  • 5 Beattie25 // Mar 19, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Thiss is going to cause outrage amongst everyone but I am not saying it to get a reaction only it is myh opinion.

    It shows the utter lack of quality on show yesterday that Perch was our man of the match, rather than him being some unbelievable player.

    He played well yes, and I shall not take that away from him, but he wasn’t brilliant. He only stood out because everyone else played so poorly. He can do a job but next season I am hoping that Abied is pushed forward or another defensive midfielder (Diame) is brough in to compliment Tiote and provide health competition for our star DM.

    Perch will never push for a starting position so if he is happy playing for the reserves and coming in and doind a job every so often then keep him, otherwise sell him to a lower club and let the lad play regulraly. It is in my opinion that steady performances aren’t good enough when you want to excell and his MOTM performance says more about the current football being played then any miraculos turn around from Perchinho.

  • 6 valle // Mar 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Bills-Son…Sensible and well put as always, well done mate!

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Mar 19, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Perch didn’t put a foot wrong yesterday and we should have gone on to win comfortably after taking such an early lead but for whatever reason nerves set in and they could barely string more than a couple of decent passes together,and Williamson has gone from a player who justifiably could keep STaylor out of the side to a player who is fast becoming a liability,Pards has to instil a bit of confidence in him.

  • 8 ArtyH // Mar 19, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Well said bills son!

  • 9 Beattie25 // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    I agree Beattie25, I couldn’t have said it better.

    Ha ha

  • 10 Klatoon // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Hail Perchinho,every successful club always has a player like this,filling in different positions and often sacrificing for the good of the team. O’shea did it at manure,Macherano’s doing it at Barca,Lass Diarra for Madrid and Zabaleta will still play anywhere for a team that can afford 3 stars in every position.

    So yes Beattie,we need Perch here next season!

  • 11 catchy in norway // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    billson

    you keep claiming to be the font of all knowledge regards all things football,

    the kid had an ok game yesterday, but forr you to come on here and say that he is now the best thing since sliced bread just shows how little you know,

    does one game change everything?

    the game started great, then as soon as the goal went in we sat back, we didnt force the game onto them,

    he was one of many players who accepted that we had 1 goal and where in front,

    from what i seen jonas and krul gave more

    jonas, for long periods was playing 2 positions, and doing well

    krul, pulled off some great saves,

    even cabaye ran for miles during the game,

    me saying imo these 3 had better games does not mean im saying he had a bad game, but please look at the game for what it was, very average, and please remember we where the home team,

    what i laughed at was pardew , said the same thing he says after most wins, we wernt at our best today, hahahaha

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Beattie @9
    Excellent post really well put and to the point,keep up the good work.

  • 13 Toon_Tom // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    I dont think Cabaye had a good game. Hasn’t played well for a couple of months now IMO

  • 14 Beattie25 // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Thanks JFA

    I’ve always been an admirer of your posts

    If only there was some kind of JFA tribute act that could compliment your skilled way with words, perhaps a JFA2?!

  • 15 Beattie25 // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    I think Klatoon’s post single handidly shows why most fans call us deluded.

    Holding Perch up against players like O’Shea (when at Man ure), mascherano and Zabeltta.

    I am all for multi tasking players but I need a little more quality for my buck

  • 16 Byker Boy // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Got to admit I was not a fan, to say the least, of Perch initially, but recently he has played to a high standard.Could be he has adjusted to Premier League football, time will tell if he is capable of a sustained level of competency, but recent signs have been good.I still have a question mark concerning his aerial prowess.

  • 17 valle // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Yah Cabaye havnt been that good for some time, but yesterday was an improvement non the less… Worryingly Ba seem to have dropped a few lvl’s as well since ACON and there was no sign of improvement on his part.

  • 18 sirtoongospel // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Perch was completely faultless ……..again. He is a very capable player and looks more than decent as long as it’s not at CB, but even then he would be ok as long as not up against a big, powerful striker.

    He put 3 or 4 massive tackles in yesterday and really showed what he is about. Our small squad is being stretched now and we need everyone playing near their best.

    Only thing yesterday which was slightly disappointing is that Cisse outperformed Demba yet was still taken off, nearly everyone there wanted to see him kept on, it would have given him a huge boost. Demba never won a header yesterday, looked a bit jaded. Would have liked to see Papiss try and link with Shola for the last 15 minutes.

    Saw someone yesterday post that Cisse needed to work on his movement off the ball!!! I couldn’t believe what i was reading. His movement is second to none, we just don’t use it enough. The lad is gonna score 10 before the end of this season and who knows what he could achieve next season if we strengthen in the right areas.

    Also, it was great to see Big Shola get a nice reception when he came on yesterday, that’s what it should be about, supporting all our players. I think Willo is looking completely bereft of confidence, as is Simmo. Now we all probably think that they are not top class players but seriously, we have no alternatives between now and the Summer, so i just wish we could back them so they perform at their best for the next 9 games. There was a collective groan yesterday every time Willo touched the ball, and you could see how badly it affected him.

    We have to stick together for 9 games, and SJP could be the key for us, let’s make it a great atmosphere for the players and really be a “12th man” in every game, not just when 5under1and and Man U come to town.

    Yeah we have weak links, but they are in the team and doing their best. Simmo, has cost us a few points, but he probably saved us more in my opinion. Not the best, but certainly not the worst RB around.

    Our players will be better with the fans behind them, regardless of their ability.

  • 19 Beattie25 // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Some of you fans ar soe fickle. You change your opinions more than Planb changes his names.

    A couple of solid (not brilliant but solid) performances has you all proclaming Perch as a great player.

    Not being funny guys but it takes more than a few decent shifts and goood cameo performances to make a good player.

    We need players that can take us forward next season and really push us into the top 6. When Tiote goes back to Africa in january of next year, I want to be thinking ‘oh well, no biggie, as()insert name) can come in and play equally as well as Tiote’.

    That aint going to happen with Perch. I am all praising the lad after the horrible abuse he has recieved but it is the fans that are with you one minute, against you the next and vice versa that leave me angered.

    I do not abuse players but I think some of them, in purely a footballing sense, are not good enough and we would be better replacing them despite how they perform in the run in. Don’t be fooled by the illusion.

    Bye bye to Simmo, Willo, Perch, Best and Gosling. If they remain then I’ll support them but my opinion of them won’t change unless they prove for a prolonged period that they have the quality needed to be a NUFC player.

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    The fact that James Perch was man of the match against a poor Norwich team that were there for the slaughter isn’t a testament to his outstanding ability but a worrying look into how poorly the rest of his team mates performed.

  • 21 Beattie25 // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Sirtoongospel

    A lot has been made of the lack of the ’12th man’.

    I put it to you, how can the fans treat every game as a cup final if the players do not?

    The first 15 minutes were electric at St James yesterday, but the Willo doddled on the ball and the entire mood changed because the players took their foot of the pedal.

    Also we played Norwich and your making out like Perch had an amazing game against a massive club.

    If he plays like that week in week out against Man City, Man Ure, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham etc… then i’ll say he was immense.

  • 22 NUFC 1892 // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    PERCH 4 ENGLAND !!!!

  • 23 NUFC 1892 // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    ___________SHOLA

    ________BA CISSE

    _________BEN ARFA

    _______TIOTE PERCH

  • 24 thepict // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Congratulations to James Perch. Very well deserved. Shows how little some folk on here know about football and footballers. No doubt the usual vitriol will be spouted by the usual suspects.

  • 25 bills-son // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    catchy in norway // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:03 AM – billson –
    you keep claiming to be the font of all knowledge regards all things football, the kid had an ok game yesterday, but forr you to come on here and say that he is now the best thing since sliced bread just shows how little you know,

    Beattie25 // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM – Some of you fans ar soe fickle. You change your opinions more than Planb changes his names. – A couple of solid (not brilliant but solid) performances has you all proclaming Perch as a great player.

    You two guys need to give yourselves a shake. Who said Perch was a ‘great’ player or ‘the best thing since sliced bread’ ??? Not me – nor any of the other sensible fans giving Perch credit.

    The simple fact is the likes of you and other fans have given Perch unbelievable over the top stick and abuse without even stopping to think that the lad is young, inexperienced in the Prem and being asked to play in a different position every time he plays. Where YOU top notch at every job you’ve ever done from day one?? I know the answer – NO. Fans at every club constantly over criticise players – especially young ones learning their trade – and it does NOTHING to help their progress.

    I, and other fans, are simply giving Perch credit for sticking in, giving 100% and not letting the criticism get him down. Nobody is saying he is a ‘great’ player because clearly he isn’t. But he had a damn good game yesterday, hasn’t let us down at all recently and he is turning into a valuable squad player.

    Is THAT now clear guys?

  • 26 valle // Mar 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Bills-Son… Dont even waste time giving those people any attention, just ignore them in hope that they will soon shut up.

  • 27 bills-son // Mar 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    valle – aye you are right.

    THe only time some of them will shut up is when Ashley, Llambias, Pardew, Perch, Simmo, Willo, Guthrie and Shola leave … but they’ll only shut up until they find the next targets for their ‘we only accept perfection in owners, managers and players’ because we so fkn perfect ourselves nonsense.

  • 28 James RS // Mar 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I disagree I still think Perch is only a championship player at best… yes he had a reasonable game yesterday but if you watch whenever Perch gets the ball he always gets rid of it again as quickly as possible to the nearest player usually sideways or back, he has no vision technical skill or creativity. There are simply dozens of better midfielders/defenders out there who can help our champions league aspirations but definitely not perch we need to move forward sorry guys just think again!

  • 29 josh // Mar 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    I agree perch had a good game but I’m fu**ed if I’m gonna turn round and say the lad fills me with confidence after 1 or 2 good games. Good utility player but as it stands IMHO that’s about it. And I agree williamsons confidence seems to have looked down both barrels and done a Kurt kobain. I rate the lad very highly as he came from the bargain basement at pompus and more than done a job at premier league level. However rather than climb on his back and bury my climbing equipment in il just hope the lad can sort himself out and sure up that defence again.

  • 30 ballerfan2 // Mar 19, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    In the right corner we have a selection of fans, fronted by the likes of bills-son, who have gradually shifted their opinion on Perch – and others – having watched their games develop, making them valuable squad members of a rapidly progressive football club.

    In the left corner we have those who feel as Beattie and Catchy from Norway who formed an opinion, probably on everything they have ever encountered, on a first viewing or meeting. This opinion is never to be altered no matter what transpires. Beattie also labels those in the right corner as deluded and fickle because they are open minded but mainly because they don’t agree with his opinion.

    So – which is best ……..F..I..I..GHT!

  • 31 RobertLeeNo.7 // Mar 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Funny you lot all jumping on the lets dig Cabaye every week now, only jonas covered as much of that pitch as him yesterday.
    So don’t talk about how little others know about football. He put in a shift and gave away the ball less than your new hero the forever injured danny guthrie.
    Who I am on the fence about getting a new deal mainly becasuse of his injury record and we could do with signing better quality ie corgnet to improve over all rather than go with blind loyalty over ability.

    got to be ruthless to improve sometimes.

    congrats James Perch has had a solid game there in midfield.

  • 32 lukes26 // Mar 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    My only problem with Cabaye is that when he plays alongside Tiote, we really are playing two defensive midfielders. it’s really a 4-2-2-2 formation.

    If u look at the statistics in recent games, ball possession has been centered on Newcastle’s defensive side of the pitch. it’s difficult to mount an attack with only 4 players at the ready.

  • 33 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Mar 19, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    @30:

    Its posts like the one you just made which is one of the reasons for dtaying on here!

    Well done to Perch for an above average performance in a team which played badly and managed to scrape the three points! Thanks to some good keeping again by Krul!

    Like i said before, this team is still very much a work in Progress, and there is going to be some big changes in the summer!

  • 34 Sav // Mar 20, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Congratulations to Lee Ryder who already has the criminal defacing of Sir Bobby’s memorial down to ‘Gallowgate Thugs’.
    Thank goodness his fallen arches prevented a promising career with the Plod and instead he just peddle’s harmless rubbish as a provincial sports hack! But even a sports hack ought to be able to figure out that the culprits could well be Tractor-Boy hating Canaries fans.




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