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Howay The Lads!!

That Was Cisse’s Best Performance – Perch Was Outstanding

9:59 am, Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

Alan Pardew has given a host of interviews after yesterday’s tremendous 2-0 win against Liverpool, and it was certainly  a crucial win for Newcastle United, and the team could be back to some of their glory days of old.

Papiss Cisse – congratulated after scoring yesterday

And not only did the lads win, but for the second game in a row, and our third win on the trot,  the lads played somewhere near their best.

And although we were without our majestic captain Fabricio Coloccini, the defense was solid and played very well, and in particular Mike Williamson and James Perch played just great in central defense.

And Mike Williamson again almost got his very first goal for the club, when a great header in the second half hit the bottom of Pepe Reina’s left hand post, as Liverpool again showed they are vulnerable when high balls come into the box.

This is what Alan Pardew had to say after the game:

“We talked about how we should approach the game and we said a bit more aggression might not go amiss. They were both aggressive in the right way and they were some outstanding performances.”

“James Perch in particular – some of the blocks were fantastic.” “Perch’s performance was not a surprise for me because he was probably the best player in central midfield against Norwich.”

“And he was one of our better players at left-back against West Bromwich Albion.” “He has that professionalism to do the best he can do, and he’s in good form at the minute.”

That block against Luis Suarez in the second half seemed like a vital block, because it looked like Luis’ shot would have gone in, although Jonas Gutierrez was also covering on the goal-line.

James Perch  has now started the last three games – all Newcastle wins, in different positions – and in those games he’s played defensive midfield, left-back and center-back – and he’s played well in every one of those positions, to his immense credit.

With James being so flexible,  he’s becoming an important player for the side, and is certainly getting lots of games this year.

James became involved in that nasty moment in the 82nd minute,  when he was head-butted by Pepe Reina,  out of frustration by the Liverpool goalkeeper, more than anything else.

But he kept himself under control and Alan Pardew didn’t want to get dragged into the discussion on Reina’s actions after the game:

“I don’t really want to delve into it too much,” “If a guy puts his head in your face you’re going to get a reaction.”  “We have an assurance about us at the minute and a discipline,” 

“Our front four – Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cisse and Demba – caused them a lot of problems.” “Cisse’s all-round performance was probably his best.”

“His hold-up play was great, he gave Jamie Carragher a tough game, let alone the goals.”

Newcastle deserved to take all 3 points yesterday, and now the inquest will go ahead on Liverpool, and there’s talk about if only that one had gone in, and Danny Simpson should have been sent off for hand-ball and it was a penalty – etc etc.

But that kind of talk is what you hear from relegation sides, who keep losing,  and they try to justify how and why the should have really won the game.

Liverpool are in a dark place at the moment, with six losses in their last seven league games, but it’s up to their players - and they do have some great players – to knuckle down and get the club out of trouble, and up the league table.

But they  have little chance of catching Newcastle, who are 11  points clear on 53 points from 31 games, and we need just 6 points from our last 7 games to have the highest points total since Bobby Robson was at the club in 2003, and we finished 3rd on 69 points.

That was 5 points better than Liverpool, who were in 5th place that season.

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: James Perch · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse


48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wor Shearer // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    I know it sounds bad, but i’m loving Liverpool’s form atm!

  • 2 Oleg G // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Last 9 games of each team:

    Man U - 25
    Arsenal - 22
    Man C - 17
    Newcastle – 17
    Everton – 17
    Sunderland – 14
    Fulham - 13
    Swansea - 13
    Bolton - 13
    Wigan - 13
    Spurs - 12
    Chelsea - 12
    WBA - 11
    Blackburn – 11
    Norwich - 10
    Villa – 9
    Stoke - 8
    QPR – 8
    Liverpool – 7
    Wolves - 4

  • 3 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    6 points away from our highest points tally in almost a decade. God I wish Pardew would go already. What he’s doing to this club is a disgrace

  • 4 achtoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Nothing to feel bad about wor shearer. One more loss and the fools could be in the bottom half of the table. I would love that for what kack kenny did to us.

  • 5 jayphoto // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    next 4 games are all winnable! If we take say 10 points from them it’ll make the 4th place run in very interesting! Our last 3 games are slightly harder though! Chelsea and spurs both play bottom half sides in the next 4 games too so i think we’ll need to keep our form! Think we have a slight advantage because Im fairly sure our players and manager knows that none of us expect 4th place, theyre playing with freedom, without pressure now, no matter what happens in the remaining 7 games our team have done us proud this season!

  • 6 Tsunki // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    @w- He he I know its quite fun for them to squirm for a change. Lawro ha ha ha and his miserygut compadre must be soaking up the fun of their beloved’s performances. How long woul KK last at the chelski Klan? He must have spent more proportionately than any manager compared to results? Anyone up for posting as ‘bob’ on one of their fan blogs ha ha ha.

  • 7 Klatoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    On the previous post some1 reckoned we should sign Pieters before the Euros and I fully agree, reminds me of what happend with the portuguese RB Miguel who we lost after a great showing at Euro ’04. His price rocketed and he ended up at Valencia (who didnt have todays financial woes then).

    Get him signed ASAP

  • 8 Adssy Mccc // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM


    I think that it’s not such a bad thing that Demba has hit a dry patch at this stage of the season. As long as we keep finding the goals from Cisse, Benny, or whoever then it might not be such a bad thing that Demba is not in the headlines leading up to the summer window.

    Managers might have slight doubts about making large bids for him based on a good goal run before the ACON. We all know he can score more when playing the Cisse central role, but with him playing a slightly different role and staying out of the lime light a bit, it might just work in our favour??

    Just a thought….

  • 9 Tsunki // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    @1 I meant – phone!

    @3 oh my sides. Its all so good to imagine those pards haters with their fingers hovering fearfully over their keyboards :). Hey, lads, you could just say ‘OK I was wrong’ ;)

    Here”s a thought – anyone else of the opinion that Cisse and HBA may not actually be right up to PL standard match fit yet? Ho ho ho!

  • 10 Indian Magpie // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    jayphoto playing the bottom half teams is not always easier

  • 11 achtoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Good point adssy but I dont think ba has dried up its just hes changed position. Hope he doesnt mind that as he still very important to us and involved in all the goals

  • 12 lewytoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    with guthrie injured, would you play gosling cm as a direct replacement, give him a chance?


    play perch cm and brign back colo in cb

  • 13 jayphoto // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    @8 – demba has hit a dry patch because he’s been playing as a winger! Doing a fine job of it too, think Papiss looks the sharper finisher, quicker in the box etc, since Ba moved to left wing we’ve won 3 in a row! In the summer i think if he leaves theres only 1 club he’ll go to! PSG! Can’t deny him the chance to earn millions playing for his hometown club but i can’t see him going anywhere else! Ba’s problem however is the same as it always has been! He leaves his career in the hands of his agents who are significantly greedier than him! If a move is engineered, it will be by them rather than him!

  • 14 liamgowland // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    I don’t know if I’m reading too much into things, but did anyone else see Demba Ba’s reaction to our second goal going in yesterday? He didn’t even flinch, let alone go and celebrate with his teammates. When Cisse first started scoring he was kissing the ground with him!! I hope he’s not spitting his dummy out now he’s not the main man, and forced to play further out on the left flank. And more importantly, I hope this attitude has no bearing on his decision in the summer. Like I say, I hope I’m just reading into too much……

  • 15 Toon_Tom // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    lewy – or Vukic??????

  • 16 Indian Magpie // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    When you come to think of it Kenny Dalglish won titles at liverpool and Rovers – both graet teams at the time with great player.

    after that he has had real shockers with NUFC and now LFC

  • 17 Toon Tang // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    anyone else reckon sky should have censored the liverpoo RB flanagan’s face . i missed large chunks of the game due to having to look away.

  • 18 jayphoto // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    @ indian – aye i know, but We have 2 games against middle tabled teams with no hopes of promotion or fears of relegation! Away to wigan is actually the 1 id take a point out of, we should always fancy ourselves at home to bolton and stoke! Not disrespecting them but if we’re to be a top 6 team we need to be beating these teams at home!

  • 19 bazzer // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    What a day yesterday. I just knew that, with the sun shining, we were going to have a great day.

    Does anyone else think, tho, that we need to do a bit more to get the ball to HBA? Every time he got the ball something happened, but there was a period in the second half where he was out of the game for a long period and a lot was going down the left side.

  • 20 lewytoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    yes or vuckic!! id play vuckic

  • 21 Tsunki // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Indian – good point. They are like cornered animals and can’t be underestimated when the yawning pit of relegation starts sucking them in.

    Adssy – Ba has switched to a more conservative striker role, not far off attacking midfielder – but if you look at some of the goals he has assisted, ones he has just missed out on, and the end to end workrate I would say as a player a lot of managers would see his game as well rounded now. Whic would make him more of a target imo, sorry.

  • 22 benarfa23 // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    off topic
    how about nesta & seedorf, their contract run out this june

  • 23 Adssy Mccc // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    @11 & 13

    Yeah i agree with you both. Hit a dry patch sounds a bit harsh because it’s not his fault he’s being asked to play a different position for the team.

    Like you say, he’s doing an excellent job of it as well..!

  • 24 Toon Tang // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    he could maybe use his new found footballing wealth to receive a full face transplant. maybe a direct swap with fatima whitbread

  • 25 lewytoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM


  • 26 nufc786 // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Did you know? Newcastle have won 60% of Premier League games with Williamson playing this season, compared to 38% without him.

  • 27 Tsunki // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Toon Tang – ha ha yes my lad ‘what is that?’ When we reviewed the game on sky and I recoiled in horror! Plus he agreed that skrtel looks like a baby predator.

  • 28 Indian Magpie // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Regarding Demba BA,

    People here saying he will ony go 2 PSG, i am not sure, i dont think SPURS can afford adebayor so they may well go after BA and the word AGENT has already been mentioned

  • 29 Jonny // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Swansea game on TV as well? 3 in a row i think! We have to play with the same tempo as we did against WBA. We have to press them high and force them to make a mistake or play the long ball and catch them on the counter. I can see us winning that game as we possess alot more quality but their attacking pace is worrying, actually doesn’t routledge start for them? Easy win then.

  • 30 Toon Tang // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    tsunki , hahaha baby predator sounds about right, they just needed agger on there to round things off a treat. spearings an ugly little shite as well . i suppose its maybe one of kkk’s tactics haha

  • 31 jayphoto // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    @indian – spurs priorities will change drastically when harry redknapp becomes england manager! can’t see them signing anyone before thats resolved! Got a sneaky suspicion they’ll take mourinho! If they offer up 30/40m in transfer budget theyre exactly a club he could transform into title winners with only a few players! Often feel redknapp is very tactically niave (he was against us at st james, if they’d have shut up shop they would have won that game 2-1)

  • 32 Indian Magpie // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Jay photo that comment was made Cetrius peribus

  • 33 Tsunki // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    @22 – You’re off your topic all right! You havin’ a girrahf? :)

  • 34 jayphoto // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    according to my brother (massive liverpool fan) dalglish and liverpool as a club tend to sign players who play well against them! Its been a running joke for us for about 10 years, including peter crouch, robbie keane, charlie adam, stuart downing, jordan henderson – all players that got man of the match performances in games against l’pool! Hes now looking forward to them signing mike williamson and james perch for next season!

  • 35 lewytoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    yesh carroll scored that 35 yarder against them in december and they bought him in the january

  • 36 Tsunki // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Come to think of that Jonjo thing as well they’ve got a hold of some awful mugs maybe it makes KKKen feel better? Not like our pretty boys Jonas…er…. Tim……….errrr……..

  • 37 lewytoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    worlds ugliest team:


  • 38 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Lewytoon @25 if thats the case then shame on carroll
    On the other hand credit to pards for not reacting and still supporting him after the match, i love how vocal pards is on the touchline he might aswell be on the pitch sometimes, wonder if was giving andy a bit of stick during the game???

  • 39 iamnufc // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Whats up toon army?!! Is it me or does the day seem brighter and i keep hearing birds chirping after yest’s results haha. Anyways saw a quote from pardew saying that Guthrie pulled his calf. Though no idea if he can make it for the swansea game. Lets say if he cant make it who will u all replace him with? Vuckic to replace him or jonas to play cm with santon or raylor as lb?? i wuld go for vuckic caues he always seem willing to receive the ball and is a real threat going forward as well.

  • 40 martoon // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    lewytoon – I’m not comfortable playing Jonas at LB, I’d move him into midfield and depending on fitness either move Perch to LB and Colo at CB or bring in Raylor or Santon at LB.

  • 41 iamnufc // Apr 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    jayphoto@ chances of finding ET greater than mourinho taking over spurs haha

  • 42 stk85 // Apr 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    yes it’ll be the 4th game in a row on tv. considerng sky have selected to cover our matches, they certaining like laying into us, still this morning, it’s all bout lucky newcastle and unfortunate liverpool. its been 24 hours now, all this bias can’t just be conînsidence. i mean, if cisse got 7 in 7 for liverpool, it would be headline news.

    haha, up urs liverpool, up urs sky!!!

    and 3 wins in a row with players really stepping up to the mark, some outstanding performances from perch, willo, hba, cisse, guthrie, tiote. pardew really deserves credit. i saw someone say before that by holding hba back when we all shouted for him to be player plus the new 4 -3- 3 formation, i think we now have a real element of surprise. also, enrique is supposed to know hba from his short playing time together…. still tore him a new one!!!

  • 43 geoff777 // Apr 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    I think Ed’s maths skills are a little rusty.

    “But they have little chance of catching Newcastle, who are 11 points clear on 53 points from 31 games, and we need just 6 points from our last 7 games to have the highest points total since Bobby Robson was at the club in 2003, and we finished 3rd on 69 points.”

    We need 16 points from the last seven games …

  • 44 stk85 // Apr 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    and the next for games are swans, bolton, stoke and wigan. let’s not get complacent but the way we’ve been playing, i would expect a win in all of them, or at least 10 points.

    the next few games, i think u can rotate a little bit but not greatly. i’d like to see us keep the 4 – 3 -3 and raylor, santon, vuckic and maybe gosling get some game time

    simmo – willo – perch – santon
    hba——cisse———demba I

    but then guthrie has been part of the winning teams, maybe he should stay in the team for santon. i know cabaye is essential to our team, but him, demba I and jonas could do with a rest maybe sometimes, i’d bring on vuckic for a bit after 60 mins

  • 45 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM


    I don’t think people were pardew haters as such, just couldn’t understand some of his decisions is all.

    Many of us had long been advocating moving away from a long ball 442 to a 433 passing game that included Benny. And hey presto! It’s not been wise after the event as it’s what a lot of us had wanted for a long time. Now it’s here, let’s enjoy the moment, no matter how pardew eventually arrived at it.

  • 46 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Yes Ed,

    Wishful thinking 16, not 6 points !!!

  • 47 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM


    You’re right they are an ugly bunch!!!

  • 48 ToonHeart // Apr 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    I still don’t think Cisse is at his best (sounds odd) – He seems to be getting better and learning more with each game. Next season with a few new players we could really have a great future ahead of us!!!

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