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