Newcastle Get Valuable Point At Norwich In 0-0 Draw


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The good news is that Newcastle kept only their fourth clean sheet of the season this afternoon at Carrow Road in the 0-0 draw with Norwich, but still lost points on second bottom Reading, who scored three goals in the last eight minutes to beat West Brom at home 3-2, and Southampton, who beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Villa Park, and Newcastle remain just 2 points above the relegation zone and drop one place to 16th place in the league – 5th bottom.

And Newcastle are now 4 points behind Sunderland, who beat West Ham 3-0 at the Stadium of Light this afternoon, so while this draw is good to get – it’s better than another defeat – we really need wins to take us away from the bottom end of the table.

Newcastle and Reading are the only two sides not to have won away from home in the league this season, and our 21 points  is the worst points total of any season by a Newcastle side in the Premier League – after 22 games played.

And for the second game in a row we have failed to score since Demba Ba left Newcastle for Chelsea, although Ba failed to score in Chelsea’s 4-0 win at Stoke City today.

And this was the very first clean sheet in an away game this season, and coincided with the debut of Mathieu Debuchy at right back, and the Frenchman had a decent enough game, so we have to try to take the positives out of the game – at least it wasn’t another defeat.

Newcastle started like a steam train and they were first to the ball as Norwich made a struggling start to the game, and Norwich had lost all of their previous four league games.

One chance for Newcastle after 13 minutes was when Jonas, back from injury, made a good run down the left, and his cross into the box was hit a little too hard for Papiss Cisse to get to.

But Norwich seemed as off-form as Newcastle, and although their approach work was often good, they lacked bite  in the penalty area, and it was hardly an inspiring display from the two sides today.

After a decent start to the game Newcastle were hanging on a bit as half time approached, but it was still 0-0 at the break.

After 53 minutes Yohan Cabaye was finally introduced into the game, and this game will give the top French International much needed match practice.

And Sylvain Marveaux then went on one of those mazy runs of his, but hit the ball  way over the cross-bar.

And while Newcastle were looking for the winner as full time approached, they were also happy to get a point on the road, and stop a run of four successive defeats, but in injury time disaster almost struck, as Norwich could well have snatched the winner.

But it was a terrible miss from Pilkington that saved the Magpies, as he missed a chance from six yards out, after good work from Grant Holt.

This was not a great performance, but at least we kept a clean sheet and picked up a point away from home, and now the game next Saturday against Reading at St. James’ Park, becomes  a huge  game for Newcastle, and we need to win that game – but who will score the goals?

Comments welcome.

Teams:

Norwich City (4-5-1): Mark Bunn; Russell Martin (c), Sebastien Bassong, Michael Turner, Javier Garrido; Anthony Pilkington, Bradley Johnson, Alexander Tettey, Robert Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett 77), Wes Hoolahan; Simeon Jackson (Grant Holt 68)
Subs not used: Declan Rudd, Leon Barnett, Ryan Bennett, David Fox, Harry Kane

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; James Perch, Vurnon Anita (Gael Bigirimana 84); Gabriel Obertan (Yohan Cabaye 57), Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 26,752

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32 comments so far

  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Not good enough !!

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  • newcastle10

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #2

    the way pardew plays does not suit the players we have no wonder he wants andy carroll back so he can hoof it. imagine the football we would play if we had martienez or blanc in charge we would actually play the ball on the ground and look to score. i can only think of one shot their keeper had to save today. i think its time for a change before its too late is ashley blind does he even go to our matches anymore?

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Why take Anita off for Bigi?

    To get a 0-0!!!

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  • nick_9

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #4

    We aren’t getting enough out of the players we have and the fact Jonas walks back in speaks volumes.

    We sell our only striker who can hustle and bustle and don’t replace him immediately, we then offer no service at all to Cisse when we know fullwell he doesn’t like aerial balls.

    If we don’t win against reading then the heat is really on and I fully expect to hear the crowd on their back at the end. It’s not good enough at all, dress it up how you like but it isn’t. We’re 2 points off the drop with 16 games to go

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #5

    If we don’t get Sissoko and the scum do it will be the final straw.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #6

    It is a valuable point undoubtedly. We got into some dangerous position numerous time today just outside their box but the midfield was sitting too deep.

    Demba Ba whether playing on the left or through the middle is a HUGE miss. We lack pace and power.

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcaslte10
    He wants Andy Carroll back to play hoofball? Every player Pardew has ever bought for Newcastle has been a ball playing player. We are slightly nudging towards passing and keeping it on the deck football and we are doing it a lot more. We hoofed today as due to our lack of creativity we didn’t many other options

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  • toonicle

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Defense held up well atleast, just no creativity in attack. Hopefully Cabaye will be starting soon as he was starting to look comfortable towards the end.

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Spuggy
    I agree, we lack Ba’s power and pace. We need to replace him as soon as possible

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #10

    After about 60 mins.we were dying for 442…but had noone deserving on.the bench to partner cisse.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Beattie @ 5

    don’t worry its only a trick, we want sunderland to pay for his ticket 😉

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  • fkthemackems

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #12

    He has no tactical knowledge the tit

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  • toon1707

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    He took Anita off because he was hopeless today and also why is he the new geremi he takes every dead ball and to be honest is about as good as geremi was with the deliveries

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #14

    I hear that Obertan 2day threw his toys out of the pram

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #15

    MUTINYbyLEMONS

    pardew didnt bring shit..it was carr..

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #16

    I am 100% sure that Sissoko won’t go to the Mackems. He could go to Monaco, Marseille, us or Spurs.

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  • newcastle10

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #17

    MUTINYbyLEMONS
    i understand that he has bought ball playing players but he dont have them playing football on the ground does he ?which backs up my comment previously that we need a manager that plays ball on the floor to suit our players

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #18

    It wasn’t good enough but everyone would a took a point before hand

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  • fkthemackems

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Van fkin persie couldn’t save us with pardews inept tactics

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Whats with the title Ed? Been drinking mate!

    Beattie
    Agree with you about the need for a LW and a CAM
    Feel remy will prob play the LW role or even RW with marv LW and benny in the hole

    Turkishfan
    Fair points mate but i think there is much more going on at the club that are impacting our performances other than tactics
    Also feel a couple of players are starting to show a certain undeserved arrigance on and off the pitch when they should be trying to make there football do the talking!
    On today a point is a point but a very sloppy display again where we never got a hold of the game also feel there were some very lazy performances

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  • BarcelonaMag

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #21

    That was absolutely awful! Norwich were very, very poor, and any half-decent team would have hammered them. It was such a poor game that the commentators couldn’t think of anything to say. Until now I’ve gone along with the lack of investment/bad luck excuses but I’ve changed my mind: our bad form is due to what must be going on on the training pitch during the week. Our only attacking ploy was to send long balls to Cissé, who just hasn’t got the physical presence for it. For the first time this season I think that we’re in real danger of going down.

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  • Marzy

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Sky Sports understands that Remy is close to a deal with the toon this coming week? Fingers crossed as we need pace & lacked creativity!.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Only watched the last 10 minutes and we didn’t create one decent attack. It’s because Willo boots the ball upfield to their defenders all the time. We’ll get relegated if he continues to play. I’ve said this many times, why don’t we just release him and take the hit?

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  • breno95

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Beattie
    You seem to be a very angry man. If you are that fed up of what you see on the field of play (if you go to the games or watch on TV or Internet) and you are so disappointed with the owner then I can only suggest you find another club to follow that will be bankrolled to the top.
    On the other hand you can accept reality and realise NUFC are no power house of the EPL, have had a terrible 1st half of the season with injuries, suspensions and a very bad summer window but that at our best we are a top 10 side.

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  • Harley

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Norwich have beaten arsenal, stoke, spurs and Man U at home this season and a few more.
    It was awful to watch but a good point none the less.
    6 points from our next 2 games and things start looking very different.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Harley. 6 points from TWO games… Stop drinking u crazy fool

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #27

    We’d conceded 15 goals in the last 4 games. A clean sheet is a good start. Cabaye fit for the full 90 next match, taylor back, new player in perhaps and we’ll be stronger.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #28

    We couldn’t win many of kruls or Willo punts upfield – no height or strength with anita and perch, yet we insisted on doing it.

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  • Harley

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Black and white
    6 points from 2 games. Yes that’s right. It’s 3 points for a win mate. That makes 2 x 3 = 6.

    Not really that difficult to work out but obviously a little bit hard for some.

    Never mind son, keep trying.

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  • marcotoon

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #30

    I am actually quite pleased with that resut. Maybe that’s a sign of how bad it’s been recently, fairly toothless up front but clean sheet and a point at a ground where Man Utd and Arsenal both lost is not bad. Sorry to hear about Colo, he’s been a great servant and we’ll miss him a lot. KTF

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  • Sav

    Jan 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #31

    After the week we’ve had? I’d take a point and glad to get it. M\aybe next week we’ll be more settled, returning players will be up to speed and who knows, maybe another signing – okay, forget the last bit.

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  • torbaytoon

    Jan 13, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #32

    Totally agree Spuggy, we seem to have the middle of the park fulled with short arses with doesn’t help that ploy. Neither sides deserved to win today!

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