Newcastle Gain Valuable 1-0 Win Against Norwich City

Newcastle won this game 1-0 against Norwich City this afternoon after Demba Ba had put Newcastle ahead after 19 minutes, after being put through by a wonderful pass from the impressive Ben Arfa.

After just 5 minutes former Newcastle center-back Seb Bassong picked up an injury and a few minutes later he had to go off to be replaced by former Sunderland defender Michael Turner.

And after 16 minutes , just as he had done at half time last Monday night, Alan Pardew switched Vurnon Anita and James perch so James was playing in central midfield and Vurnon Anita went to right back.

Newcastle scored after 19 minutes and it was that man Ba again with his 3rd goal in the last two games and the fourth of the season.

Demba Ba – after scoring 4th goal of the season and 20th all time for Magpies

Ba was clean though the center with a great pass from Ben Arfa, and the Senegal striker controlled the ball beautifully with one touch of his right foot, and then stroked the ball home with his right foot in great style – a well worked goal by Newcastle to put us 1-0 up.

Seconds before half time was due of the two minutes of injury time, Mike Williamson challenged for a high ball and was fouled by Steve Morison, and a penalty was given.

And would you believe it, but Papiss Cisse should have made it 2-0 but he missed it, by blazing over the bat – just like he missed a penalty recently for Senegal – and it was a golden chance to put this game to bed.

Perch showed up well early in the second half and after 64 minutes Gabby Obertan came on.

After 76 minutes Cheick Tiote came back into the side, after missing all but the very first game against Tottenham, when he replaced Vurnon Anita, and James Perch, who again had done well in midfield, switched back to right back.

On 84 minutes Shola Ameobi replaced Ben Arfa for Newcastle’s final change of the afternoon.

Bur Newcastle were able to play this game out after four minutes of added time, but they made things difficult, and could have this game wrapped up by half time.

But hey – a win is a win – and this will give our lads a lot of confidence – and next up is Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup, and there’s no reason we cannot give them a very good game.

And it’s now 8 points from the first 5 league games, and just one point short of our total last year after 5 games.

Not too bad at all – and just think what it will be like when we start playing near our best form. 😀

Howay The Lads!!


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 86), Vurnon Anita (Cheick Tiote 76), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Gabriel Obertan 69)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi

Norwich City (4-5-1): John Ruddy; Russell Martin (c), Sebastien Bassong (Michael Turner 8), Leon Barnett, Javier Garrido; Robert Snodgrass, Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson, Andrew Surman (Simeon Jackson 82), Wes Hoolahan; Steve Morison (Grant Holt 69)
Substitutes: Mark Bunn, Ryan Bennett, Alexander Tettey, Anthony Pilkington

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

15 comments so far

  • Grafton83

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost: We need to improve for the Man U game that’s for sure. 3 points is the important thing though, can’t believe some people are so unhappy, we won, enjoy it!!!

  • Dannyo

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #2

    We’re getting better every game now.
    We’re starting to get the sleeves properly rolled up, a few injury returns and we’re looking like contendors again.
    Slow start, i admit, but we’ve actually only lost 1 game yet.
    It’s a solid start and we all know we can only get better.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #3

    I wouldn’t say that was a terrible display, credit Norwich for the way they battled. We need to improve, sure, but there was some good stuff in that game.

    My man of the match is Ben Arfa. ‘Nuff said.

    Thought Willo still had some nervy moments but he was great winning offensive balls and handled Holt very well. Good 2nd half from Willo.

    Perch, Anita, Ba, HBA, Santon, Saylor and Harper all had good games. Tiote was a bit crazy when he came on, don’t know what was up with him today. Perhaps a bit too keen following his injury. Bad day for Cisse but I’m not too worried yet. Shola did a decent job when he came on. Cabaye was trying too hard to impress, he’s still not there and had a poor game by his own high standards. Still, there were a couple of good moments he produced.

    Very happy with 3 points, was nervy as hell toward the end. ‘Room for improvement’ would be my verdict, definitely not the disgraceful performance some think it was. Wonder why Holt didn’t come on sooner..? Anyway, onwards and upwards, HWTL!!!

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Dannyo // Sep 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    i think your wrong, but hay ho

    i think most watching that would agree that norwich played the better football, and created much better chances,

    take your glasses of and see our team , it was all over the place, 3 of our players shone today, HBA and BA, HARPER the rest were just on the pitch,,,WELL PERCH WASNT THAT BAD

    can you tell me what jonas’s roll is now?

    perch and cabaye sat in midfield, way to deep, jonas tried to join them , but why???
    santon never had any outlet

  • lukes26

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Tiote is a feral beast. The unchecked ego of man.

    10 minutes on the pitch and wasnt able to foul all of the Norwich 11, he’ll be disappointed.

  • craigTnufc

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Catchy in Norway = nob.

  • arroeben

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Tiote’s back baby!!!

  • JDdubai

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #8

    We havent played well all season.

    Spurs – 1st half terrible, bit better 2nd but lucky not to be 2 down at HT
    Chelsea – crap all match especially 1st half
    Villa – Poor all match, especially 1st half again
    Everton – Poor, v lucky to get anything out of it
    Norwich – crap again.
    3 Europa games against poor sides, we were never in total control in any game, it was 50-50 and we should have been comfortable winners.

    Its not a fluke, we aren’t playing well at all this season. We are very lucky to have the points we do have.

    Something needs to kick start things, there’s no fluidity, shape or gameplan it seems, just 90 mins of “see what happens”.

    Problem is if Cisse doesnt score then he offers nothing else as he cant hold it up, dominate in the air or run in behind so its like we are playing with 10 men. Ball doesnt get held up far enough up the pitch, gaps everywhere for Norwich today to attack.. Never thought I would be saying this but we need Shola up front next match.

    Happy with 3 points but we are in for a long season if that quality of performance continues

    On the plus side Harps looked on the ball today and Cabaye seems to be getting a bit better.

    Like I said before tho…….

    If HBA isnt on his game, what else do we have??????

  • arroeben

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Tiote will start the next game and he’ll take control of the midfield and look after cabaye.. and demba ba will score and we will win!

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Without Ben Arfa magic we’re nothing but an average team.
    We score way too few goal. To win 1-0 at home over Norwich is poooor.

    Do you guys know that we never scored more than 3 goal in a game last season?? That’s for poor for a team finishing 5th.

  • manxpie

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #11

    jddubai do ya wan’t some rope with a noose allready tied in it £5.99 to u my friend
    if carlsberg did negatives!!
    unbelievable we’ve lost 1 game all season and with alot of injuries start lookin at the positives man!

  • NUFCarter

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Catchy in Norway u r wrong yeah Harper Ba and HBA played well but saylor and willo were rocks Norwich had a lot of possession but they did nothing with it guti played well consistent as always perch was excellent and Santon showed great sparks in defence and attack very pleased with the 3 points disappointing there weren’t more goals but bring on the reds

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Sep 23, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Right this myth about Santon not being able to defend is a lot of shite !!He does not need Jonas to baby sit him anymore in fact he is suffering because Jonas offers nothing ahead of him!!Jonas does not really offer much at all now he would be better coming on as a sub at the end to close games off!!

    Santon and Arfa have been our best players this season we got out of jail but if we had scored that penalty before half time i think we would have went on to win 3 or 4 nil

    As much as it was a disjointed performance we created a lot of chances for Ba and Cisse and caused them a bit of trouble at set plays so we are getting there!!

    God knows what Tiote was thinking with his silly antics when he came on could have been sent off easily!!

    People can moan all they want but it was a lucky 1 nil victory against Norwich last season which started that brilliant winning streak we went on

    Oh and guess what??4 points ahead of Sunderland and 6 ahead of Liverpool!!!And people say we are in trouble!!?!?

  • rwpoynter

    Sep 23, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #14

    I didn’t see the game today, but having read the reports I have to make a few observations. Norwich or Man City, we have three points and a clean sheet. No team in the league is racing away with it. We have had a tough start to the premier league season in the way of fixtures and it isn’t over yet, not that there is an easy fixture, it’s just that some fixtures are easier than others in theory. We have also had our fair share of injuries, but any team gets these. I don’t seriously think our trainers are lacking any subtleties that other clubs have. OK Cisse has not got off to a great start but the much criticised Ba has. We are in striking distance of the top three, we are progressing satisfactorily in the Europa league. Not every player ‘stars’ in every game, that has always been the case. If we were to draw every game of the season we could boast we hadn’t lost a game all season and still be relegated. Equally we could say we hadn’t won a game all season and end up 15th. It’s the old glass half full, glass half empty argument.
    Personally, I am quietly confident this club is progressing well. Bit of a tortoise and the hare situation really.

  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Sep 23, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #15

    To see Papiss blast that ball over the bar just ruined my joy about this win… Can’t stop thinking about it!


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