Newcastle had one first team starter missing through injury last Saturday afternoon, and would you believe it, James Perch forced his way into the side as a replacement for Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, and that’s not bad for a player who a year ago looked like he was on the scrap heap at Newcastle.
James Perch challenges Jermain Defoe on Saturday
But James has forced his way back into Alan Pardew’s reckoning through pure professionalism and hard work, and this year has played well for Newcastle at full-back, center-back and defensive midfield and is now a valuable player for Newcastle.
As you may guess we are big fans of Perchinho, and he is a model for any player at Newcastle these days.
The fact that James was able to come in on Saturday and Newcastle were still able to beat a good Tottenham side 2-1, says a lot about James Perch, and also about Steven Taylor, who was playing his first competitive game since the terrible Achilles injury he picked up against Chelsea last December, and which kept him out for the rest of the season.
James talked about the game today:
“The fact that we won the game and the fact they didn’t have too many shots on target, I’d like to think that the back four – or back five – did our job.”
“They’re a great team and when we were attacking, that’s probably when we were at our most vulnerable, because on the counter-attack they’re so fast.”
“To say that they’d hit the bar and the post, you’d probably have to give it to them in the first half, but we came in at half-time, changed our system a little bit and we got our rewards.”
Spurs were catching Newcastle short at the back in the first half, as the speed of players like Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe started to show, and as James says, Defoe hit the post with a good shot, and Gareth Bale headed the ball against the cross-bar, in that first half.
But a few adjustments made by Alan Pardew at half time seemed to do the trick, and the manager withdrew Demba Ba to midfield, and left Papiss Cisse up front on his own.
Goals from Ba and the outstanding Ben Arfa, who was easily our Man of the Match, were enough to win the game for the Magpies, and we got off to a great start in the league – but we now have to keep it up at Chelsea on Saturday.
And that comes just two days after the lads will play Atromitos FC in Athens on Thursday night, so it’s quite a challenge this week for the squad, to be sure.
The win against Spurs will give Newcastle the confidence to go into both games, knowing they have a chance of two victories, and if they can get the two wins, that would be outstanding.
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