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!!