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This Player Is Making Big Strides On Tyneside This Year

9:29 am, Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

With over 2,000 votes in,  James Perch is the clear Man of the Match for Sunday’s game against Norwich, with a good 43% of the vote.

James Perch – solid performance against Norwich

James played in defensive midfield, and Alan Pardew said after the game that he played James there because he needed a good tackler in the middle of the park, and James certainly got the job done (again), and impressed Newcastle  fans with his very solid play.

And it’s not the first time this year that James has done that, and it looks to us that defensive midfield could be his best position, although he played left-back at the Emirates last week, and was center-back when we played Norwich at Carrow Road in December.

And James started his Newcastle career at right back, after he was signed from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2010 for peanuts – we think it was two packets.

But in all  seriousness,  with displays like the one he put in on Sunday,  James is turning out to be  solid buy for the club, after he had a poor  first season on Tyneside.

But we’ve never questioned this lad’s guts or professionalism,  and he talked today  about the 1-0 win on Sunday:

“I don’t look too much at my personal performance but the main things was seeing the team won and we got the three points. It makes it easier for the lads in the dressing room.”

“I don’t think it is hard to be on the periphery and turn in a display like that if you keep yourself right in training every day. Your attitude has got to be spot on. Not just me, there were a few lads.”

“Davide Santon came on just after half-time in a difficult situation. Dan Gosling came on, Shola came on who hasn’t been starting as many games as he might have liked, came on and did well.”

“It’s just great credit to the bunch of lads that we have got in there and even the lads in the Reserves.”  “The manager looks at me as a defensive midfielder so I am like a center-half playing in midfield just in front of the centre-backs.”

“He asked me to put in tackles and said go and put your head where it hurts and put your body on the line, and that’s what I’ll do every game.”  “I don’t know about turning into a playmaker.” ” I’ll give it to Cabaye and Jonas to do all that stuff.”

Newcastle did not play anywhere near their best on Sunday, but we got the win, and the lads hung on well in that second half to get their 13th league win of the season, and their 10th clean sheet.

We see from the comments that the lads are taking significant criticism from some, but hey,  you cannot play great in every game.

We know the lads didn’t play well, but they still deserve great credit for sticking in there, and getting all 3 points, especially after the heart-break of the Arsenal  game.

It wasn’t pretty – but it was 3 points – and that looks just fabulous to us – and as James rightly points out, you cannot do much better than 3 points and a clean sheet.

Keep the faith and we may shock ourselves by May13th when we finish the season at Everton.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 magpie6699 // Mar 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    We always like 100 percenters and James is certainly that. He will probably never be first choice but could be auseful squad player – but definitely DM rather than Centre half.

  • 2 New kingdom United // Mar 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Hope we keep the inform player in the team .. gutti at left back looking gooood. our midfied is looking goodish. 60 points here we come.

  • 3 veto // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    dont trust him in defence , got something about him in the dm position tho

  • 4 jesperfuglsang // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    I guess that says more about the rest of the players in that game.

    I don’t have anything bad perticular to say about Perchc but we lacked a DM who linked the midfield and defense against Norwich and since Perch was suppose to play DM, that bothered me in the game.

    Guthrie was in my eyes doing his job which means Guthrie was badly needed in central midfield at times.

    I was probably not that impressed with Perch as the rest of you. But he didn’t make many mistakes. Well done :-)

  • 5 markmac // Mar 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    i think he used to play CDM for forest mainly and it does look his best position, just breaking play up and throwing himself around, if he’s happy as a squad player then thats fine by me because he seems an orate lad, just not at CB lol

  • 6 geordie157 // Mar 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Good to hear some praise for Perch, he’s a decent squad player who unlike some will put in 100%. As long as he doesnt play at centre back then happy for him to be a squad player.

    he prob deserves to start vs West Brom too, who always rip us apart with their pacey strikeforce. So Perch and Tiote might be good options to help protect our slow centre backs. maybe with Cabaye playing further up the pitch and BA, Cisse and HBA as a front trio. Jonas and Santon as attacking left/right backs. Give Simo a rest for a game.

    resting Cabaye would be an option, give Vuckic a chance to shine.

  • 7 ToonHeart // Mar 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    He’s becoming a bit of an animal ;)

    p.s: that’s a Peperami pun lol

  • 8 LooneyToon41 // Mar 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    I think he played very well against Norwich. Has plenty of energy and reacts quickly to second balls in midfield.
    I agree with most, that defending is not his thing. Perch played a mixture of RB and midfield for Forest.

  • 9 JamesP32 // Mar 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Yeah he definitely suits a CDM role much more than a centre-back, he will provide great cover for Tiote in the future if NUFC keep him.




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