Magpies Got Their Just Rewards Against Great Team

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.

What do you think?

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15 comments so far

  • nufc13789

    Aug 21, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #1


  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 21, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #2

    umm any transfer rumours? we have been the most boring club in terms of transfers this summer

  • bambams

    Aug 21, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Don’t care how good spuds were in the first half, we deserved the win.

  • toon1707

    Aug 21, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #4

    I would have been quite happy after the first two games with 2 points so 3 after one is a bonus I think a win on thursday and a win or draw against chelsea and that will be a fantastic first week the future is bright the future is black and white

  • GFH

    Aug 21, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #5

    The fact that Perch came in to replace Collo also says a lot about Williamsons position at the club. He only plays at CB unlike Perch , so if we were to sign Douglas etc where would that leave Willo? Or does this mean that we don’t believe we need to sign another CB?

  • Zero

    Aug 21, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Ben3arfa its hardly been boring, annoying yes, we signed a few youngens and Anita probs going to sign another defender and poss a striker, we tried to sign De Jong Debs Remy Carroll and aparently Douglas.

    Remember it could be worse, we could be following sunderland lol


    Aug 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #7


    Cheers bud, am gonna have a look on sky now for it 😀

  • pardews plan B

    Aug 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #8

    @ben3arfa everton? Stoke? Mackems?

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 21, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #9

    That Emenike dude for Spartak looks awesome!

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 21, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #10

    adabayor just signed for tottenham

    glad they waited till after we played them haha

  • TorqToon

    Aug 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Ben3arfa – having a laugh lad?!?! Boring??! Signed some quality young lads who aren’t far off first team/Europa action, vernon Anita who is going to be a star here and potential transfers elsewhere (Carroll / Debuchy / Pieters / remy !!! Frustrating window yes – boring?? Certainly not!

  • stk85

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #13


    tav willo perch raylor
    obertan -vuckic-marv

    harps, good, saylor/colo, gosling, amal, abeid/bigi, campbell

    still think we need another perch type, maybe douglas, and maybe another striker, but otherwise i like these squad options.

    completely left out 7 from saturday. squad depth is much better than last season.


    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Read somewhere on another thread that Fulham are preparing to Outbid us to get Douglas to go to Craven Cottage!

    Bryan Ruiz!! Sound a familiar story.

    Martin Jol strikes again, starting to build up some sort of complex about Fulham!
    We tried to poach Ruiz from them back then!

    Could we see this as “The Revenge of Jol”! because we tried to snatch Ruiz?

    Maybe its just media bullshit about Douglas though!

  • Owldman

    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15

    The coaches at Toon have done a brilliant job with Perch they have turned him into a real top class player.we are really lucky to have him he is probably one of the best back up defenders in the Premiership


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