Akan Pardew will have a lot of good things to take out of the game yesterday when he gets into the office this morning, and mulls over what was an excellent 3 points yesterday at St. James’ Park, against a good looking Norwich City side.
Alan Pardew raises his hands at the final whistle – a great 3 points
Newcastle got all 3 points in a very close game, and it’s so important to get the win and not just a draw, so we can start climbing that league table again.
Here are some of the positives that Newcastle fans can take out of the game yesterday:
- Demba Ba showed professionalism after the storm in a teacup last Thursday after he had been dropped to the bench for the Everton game, and he scored his 3rd goal in those last two games, and is looking sharp again – we need to sign this lad up on a long term deal before January rolls around
- Hatem Ben Arfa, for the fourth time in five league games is our Man of the Match (with 51% of the vote), and he not only made Newcastle’s goal, but he looked great again in the black and white stripes of Newcastle – let’s hope this form continues for a long time
- Some of Newcastle’s fringe players have stepped up to the plate with our stars out injured. Mike Williamson again showed he can get the job done for Newcastle and James Perch put in another one of his battling performances, and he’s picked up where he left off last season – what a revelation this lad is becoming on Tyneside.
- Steve Harper made the biggest save of the game a minute or so into the second half when he brilliantly blocked a shot from Wes Hoolahan, and a goal then would have really changed the game. Steve didn’t have too much to do yesterday, but his performance, coupled with that of Rob Elliot on Thursday night in Madeira, shows Newcastle have two very good goalkeepers backing up Tim Krul
- Davide Santon again put in another impressive performance, and the 21 year-old seems a much improved player than last season, but it’s probably due to him settling down at Newcastle, and getting used to playing in the Premier League.
This lad was capped 7 times by Italy before he came to Tyneside, so we knew we were getting a good player. Davide is now looking better and better with each game for Newcastle
- Papiss Cisse didn’t have a good time of it yesterday, and he knew it, and after he missed a decent headed opportunity after 65 minutes, Alan Pardew replaced him with Gabby Obertan, but that didn’t stop the Newcastle fans from applauding the Senegal striker off the pitch – classic support from the Newcastle faithful. It was a bad day at the office for Papiss – but we’ve all had them
Newcastle haven’t played well in the league much this season, but we still have 8 points from 5 games – and just think what things can be like when we actually start playing well.
Howay The Lads!!
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