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Here Are Some Positives To Take From The Norwich Game

8:51 am, Monday, September 24th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

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.

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Tags: Coaching · Davide Santon · Demba Ba · Hatem Ben Arfa · James Perch · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Premier League



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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Sep 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    yep need to improve , we’re not far from our best though

  • 2 Graeme // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Some very good individual performances, for sure.

    Unfortunately this is a TEAM game and as a team, we are just not functioning properly!! It just looked like a lot of work is needed on the training ground to re-establish the flow we seemed to have last season!!

  • 3 TorqToon // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    It has been a disjointed start as a team – but when it all comes good and clicks into place – my god it will be something very special!

  • 4 mrmcgee // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Think you missed a few other positives Mr Harrison…

    1) The return of Mr T!! He looked hungry as hell yesterday, however, i do think he was trying to prove a point a bit too much, mainly when he was cruyff turning 3 Norwich fans on the edge of his area!! One step too far i think!! Great to see him back though!

    2)Pardew completed his 2 match ban!

  • 5 mrmcgee // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    fans??? i meant players!!

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    I think the team will be fine.

    They just look a bit rusty together.

    I don’t think we ever looked as fluid as an arsenal or man utd last year but we were effective.

    So I don’t expect us to dominate possession and run the game very often as that doesn’t seem to be the style going off last year. But I know the lads do everything they can to pick up points.

    Slowly the team and squad is improving so give it another season and hopefully we will be running games from start to end.

  • 7 corbymagpie // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I know performances haven’t been great but we had 3 of our best players out, Collocini, Krul and Tiote with Pardew in the stands so overall haven’t done too bad. Especially with Collo and Tiote back. Tiote was like a raging bull yesterday, some freakish dribbling on the edge of our penalty area (heart in the mouth type) but we have missed him! I can see us turning the corner….

  • 8 voodoo85 // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Nile Ranger arrested again – this time for criminal damage – SSN !

  • 9 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    8 points from 5 leasgue games? Thats 8 from a possible 15?
    Not very good, but okay if you take into consideration number of games in a short period of time and the lack of transfers made in close season!

    We have had a lot of injuries and our no 1 goalie and the main man Collo were both crocked on International duty !

    Although Harper and Elliot are good keepers too, Krul is a big miss, and single-handedly gained us a lot of points at the start of last season !

    There has been nothing mentioned on here or in the Media about when Krul will be coming back? A fact which i find strange!

    Without Tiote infront of the defense and Collo running the back four together with Krul between the sticks we are totally dis-jointed ! Thank goodness that Collo and Tiote are almost back, but now: “What,s going on with Tim Krul”?

    The biggest plus i think is that HBA is on fire for us which beggars the question, “Just how can the French National team justify not picking him”?

    But then thats a big plus for us is,nt it!

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    voodoo

    you beat me to it. Surely we can now just rip the contract up? What more do we need?
    Sending an awful message keep paying this idiot’s wages for another 3/4 years when pards has already said he will never play him

  • 11 hattambenarfa // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Harper
    Perch Taylor Colo Santon
    Tiote Anita Cabaye
    Obertan BA HBA

  • 12 nufcunicorn // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    santon was rubbish as usual..other then ba, arfa ,harper and guti there was nothing good coming out from yesterdays performance.

  • 13 jawballsaswallwell // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    I don’t think we’ve had a bad result yet, other than perhaps the Villa game where they really put in a shift. I think the team playing below par but picking up points is a very good sign along with top players set to return. A steady B so far, and as they say, there are no easy games.

    Also the improvement of Perch and Obertan as well as the acquisitions of Anita and Bigi and the form of HBA certainly make us potentially a significantly stronger proposition this year. So hold steady, boys! Hold steady.

  • 14 mylestoon // Sep 24, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    I think you need to remember we played chelea, tottenham and everton away. So on the grand scale of things, we havent actually done that badly.

  • 15 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Sep 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    @14:

    Yeh! I suppose your right !

    @12:

    Are you on the wacky Bakkie? Santon did not have a bad game at all ! Where do you come off with “Rubbish as usual”!

    It never ceases to amaze me how some of the people on here react in general to the lads after admittedly a below par performance but a Win! A win wich also ultimately puts in sight of the top ten!

    Santon is one of our better players and always tries to do his best as do they all! So Lay off him!




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