Big, Big Win – But Not The Performance We Wanted

Newcastle have Demba Ba to thank for all three points against Norwich City yesterday, and some brilliance again from Hatem Ben Arfa, as Newcastle beat Norwich 1-0, which was the same result of the same fixture last season, when it was Papiss Cisse who scored the winning goal.

Demba Ba brilliantly slots the ball home yesterday
It was the French International who put Demba Ba through with a terrific defense splitting pass, and Demba Ba showed all his technical skills by controlling the ball and sweeping it into the net with his right foot, in one flowing sequence – a classic goal made to look easy by the Newcastle striker.

But Papiss Cisse cannot score for love nor money these days, and after a decent enough first half, Papiss blazed Newcastle’s penalty kick way over the bar, after Mike Williamson had been brought down in the box.

That would have given Newcastle a comfortable lead at the half, but with the miss the opposite happened, just as in last season’s game – and Norwich came right back at Newcastle in that second half.

But our lads hung on, and it’s very important when you are not playing well to still get the points, and that’s what Newcastle did yesterday, but it was not pretty.

When the final whistle went – Alan Pardew raised both his arms in a winning gesture from the stands (phew – that was close), where he was serving the second game of his two game touch-line ban.

It was a terrific 3 points for us and we now have 8 points from our 5 league games, and Demba Ba has four goals.

This is what Alan said immediately after the game:

“It was a big, big win for us, but not the performance that we wanted.” “The penalty miss definitely hurt us mentally, as to be 2-0 up (at half-time) we would have come into the dressing room in a different frame of mind.”

“We were a little disappointed, knew we now had a battle on our hands and took that into the second half. We got a bit deep, a bit nervous at times and lacked a bit of ambition, but we will learn from that.” “It was a great goal though and a great first 40 minutes – we really played well then.”

“There were some good performances in a kind of disjointed display.” “We are lacking a bit of training ground time. We are going from warm-down to warm-up to a game, and we are lacking a bit of fluency in our game.”

“But the two centre-halves were terrific, Jonas was terrific as captain, Demba and Hatem were brilliant, and Harps didn’t have a lot to do but made a great save.” “There are signs there but we can’t really bring it all together. There were a lot of good things today though.”

The performance was only mediocre yesterday but the result was terrific, and with Cheick Tiote returning to the side in the second half yesterday, and Coloccini returning to training today, and Danny Simpson maybe only a week away – things are looking up on the injury front too.

Yes – we want to see great performances as well as the wins, but Manchester United have won their last two games, but had to scrape together the points, and like Newcastle, they too are nowhere near their best form.

That’s where the lads are headed on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup, and Alan will probably play one or two of the top youngsters, but we need to give the League Cup a real go this season.

Things hopefully are starting to look up for Newcastle now.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    God nows what we’d do without Benny. Our one creative spark in the team.

    We have become an attritional team grinding out results, but we have the players to dominate games not just desperately hang on to a goal lead.

    Ba at the moment is clearly the guy in form and if we could get our midfield and wingers up in support of Ba, we could ditch this 442 where at the moment we are carrying poor old Cisse and getting over-run in the middle.

    Cisse is a superb player but should be rotated and maybe rest Ba for the euros and other cup games, because the more we ty and force this 442 with Ba and Cisse the more we’ll have frustrating days.

    That said, an in form Cisse could have had a hat trick yesterday. But it just looks more and more like it has to be Ba starting and Cisse coming on or being rotated.

  • Best9

    Sep 24, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #2

    wasnt pretty at all!!!!!!!!

  • TorqToon

    Sep 24, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Good morning gents!! As its a school day I return from the ashes! 🙂

    On yesterday’s result, yes it wasn’t exactly a mind blowing performance with world class attractive football…but you know what…the league table doesn’t DO match reports! It posts points from games played! So I’m happy! Read a little bit on here yesterday and post the cisse miss…everybody, no sorry, a minority were b1tching about him etc and showing they have very short memories.

    The lad will come good…the worlds best players have times like these and contrary to what some say on here…he IS one of the worlds best at what he does.

    Mixed feelings on Wednesday, would live the thought of silver wear, however another competition and more games for a fairly stretched squad. I would say put out a strong second squad with a mixture of youth and experience, go for a win (of course) but I wouldn’t be devastated if Man Utd send us packing.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 24, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #4


    cisse’s ability has never been in question . but he was successful in a 433 with ba out wide left.

    it’s obvious ba won’t do that any more as he wasn’t scoring. Now Ba has gone central in a 442 cisse isn’t scoring.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 24, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #5

    LGFUAD…these are my answers for the questionnaire:

    a) Talking to a brick wall or Waiting game

    a) See this through and leave

    b) Take Comfort

    c) Funeral for a friend (I don’t know that one was actually a bit difficult ;))

  • Graeme

    Sep 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6

    We looked very ordinary, almost disjointed, we just didnt function as a team and were lucky to get a favourable result which we hardly deserved.

    Teams with a little bit more about them than Norwich would take us to the cleaners; Pardew seems to need to get them on the training pitch until they know what they are doing and how to do it!!

    As said above, it certainly wasn’t pretty to watch.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 24, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #7

    I will probably never make nice with or 4-4-2…at least not until we create enough chances to warrant two forwards 😀 At least the silver supremo are allowing Benny all the free roaming he wants this time around!

    …no wonder he’s the high point this season – Cabs is still the low point and I wonder if that will ever really chance in the confinement of a 4-4-2.

    Torq…no it wasn’t pretty yesterday, but it wasn’t all bad either 😀 Ba is getting there, Benny i already there and the defense is starting to look solid again. But one thing was clear yet again “don’t put Perch at RB” 😀 lol


    Sep 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Okay ! We needed the Win which we got, and i,m not too bothered how!

    As to Cisse,s penalty miss. well we would of been in the shit if They had managed to get an equaliser but they did,nt ! If Cisse had scored then we might of had a three or four Nul !
    Another team might of punished us for that!

    Manure are just on a different level than us and i,m not expecting us to get anything on Wednesday ! They could play shite and still beat us, the number of times RVP scores in injury time!

    We just need to hope that we don,t come away with any more injuries. Never thought so much about the League Cup anyway, better to concentrate on the Prem competition and hope for a good run in the Europa League and F.A. Cup !

  • TorqToon

    Sep 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Rotonda – I do agree mate, but that wasn’t what was being said yesterday with regards Cissé! His ability and class was being disregarded and he was being written off by many. Cisse HAS NOT be awful whilst playing in a 442. At times it’s been more like a 4411 with Ba just behind. Cisse will come good and start belting them in for us again and silence all the critics.

    With Tiote coming back, colo in training today and even simmo (better RB than perch!) is on the road back to training, things are looking up! Points on the board, 9th in the league and heading in the right direction…could be a lot worse fellas…we could be Liverpool…or the money spenders QPR in the bottom 3 !! 🙂

  • hoppernufc

    Sep 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Jesper- we created enough chances yesterday to warrant 442 we just didn’t finish them, cisse had a free header and an air shot he should have scored plus a penna miss then ba had a 1 on 1 with ruddy which was saved also cabaye had a couple of shots inside the box but failed to hot the target so on another day we could of had 3 or 4 goals and we didn’t even play well.

  • TorqToon

    Sep 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Expat – my thoughts exactly! For me (not the team!) I would go in with a view to not pick up any more injuries and anything more than that is a bonus!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 24, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Hoppernufc…disagree mate 😀 sorry!!!


    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Cisse is going through a Major Confidence problem !

    If he,d converted the Penalty yesterday it would of helped to get some of his confidence back.
    Unfortunately it just was,nt to be.

    It surprises me a bit that some of the fickle amongst us on here hav,nt started slagging him off! Just like some-one was moaning about Santon on another Blog!

    But everyone on here is concentrating more time on the BA Syke Contract Saga so a lot of the attention is not on Cisse,s form problems. I am convinced that once Pappis bangs one in, then the rest will follow.

    It say everything about the Team spirit that the lad was allowed to take the spot kick yesterday.


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