My son Neil and I talked about the Norwich game last night, when we were out to dinner, and we agreed that Mathieu Debuchy had a decent debut yesterday, not great, but that it will take him some time to adjust to the much faster pace of the Premier League.
Mathieu Debuchy in action yesterday
And Alan Pardew today has talked about how Mathieu found the English game much faster than in France:
“He found out that the Premier League is 30 mph faster than he’s used to. He got that after 10 minutes.” “We didn’t want him to be too expansive and that is probably his game – but he will have more freedom to go forward next week.”
So we should see Debuchy attacking down the right wing on Saturday, when Newcastle will have to start the game against Norwich like the proverbial steam train, and hopefully get the first goal.
But we also have to be wary of Reading, who have now won two of their last three league games, and gained 5 points ion Newcastle in that time-frame, and yesterday they amazingly came back from 2-0 down to score goals in the 82nd, 88th and 90th minutes to beat West Brom 3-2.
It seems that West Brom have lost a lot of points late in games this season, and we’ll not even mention the injury time winner we got from a well worked goal from Sammy Ameobi and Papiss Cisse to get us that very lucky 2-1 win at St. James’ Park.
It’s going to be a tough game on Saturday, and anything but a win will be hugely disappointing.
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