Newcastle got their third win in a row this afternoon by beating Norwich City 2-1, after being 2-0 up at half time through goals from Remy (who else?) after just two minutes, his 8th league goal of the season, and then after 38 minutes Yoan Gouffran tapped one in after the goalkeeper had blocked a good Shola Ameobi header.
But a combination of Newcastle trying to protect their lead (why?) in the second half, allowed Norwich to come back into the game ,and after three successive corners Dutch International Leroy Fer pulled one bac for the Canaries, which made it an interesting last fifteen minutes, including added time.
But a win is a win and we now we have 20 points from 12 games and are 8th in the league at the moment.
This is how we saw the game – some of the important moments – as they happened:
Newcastle got off to the best of starts after just two minutes, and with their second corner, Cabaye put over a right wing cross, and it went through to the far post and Loic Remy was there to head the ball home for his 8th premier league goal of the season, and Newcastle were 1-0 ahead.
That was easy.
After 11 minutes Redmond had a great chance to equalize when he was straight through. but he hit the ball over the bar, and he really should have done better – but one pass had split the Newcastle defense wide open.
And on 31 minutes Sissoko was straight through the Norwich defense in the inside right position but he shot wide – and that was a bad miss from Moussa.
After 38 minutes and some periodic sloppiness in defense by Newcastle, we went 2-0 up and it was really an excellent downward header from Shola Ameobi that set up the goal.
Remy gave the ball to Sissoko on the right wing and Moussa put in a good cross that Ameobi headed down and England goalkeeper Ruddy could only block the ball, and Yoan Gouffran was in like a shot to put the ball over the line for his fourth goal of the campaign.
In added time Shola Amoebi almost got his first goal of the of the season , when he broke through the center and hit a good right foot shot – but John Ruddy made a good save to divert the ball for a corner.
Half time came and Newcastle were deservedly ahead 2-0, without playing too well, and there had been some lack of concentration at the back and Norwich had been given some chances.
The second half kicked off without any changes being made.
Ameobi had a good chance after 53 minutes but he fluffed his lines, and shot weakly at goalkeeper Ruddy.
But it seemed obvious that Newcastle were trying to control the game and contain Norwich City in the second half, as they sat back on their lead, but that’s always dangerous and Norwich were getting a lot more of the ball and coming into the game.
After 67 minutes Yohan Cabaye was replaced by Vurnon Anita, and Yohan put in a good shift today, and maybe he was a little tired in that second half after his fabulous efforts for France on Tuesday night.
And with Newcastle almost ceding the ball to Norwich, after three successive corner Leroy Fer finally pulled a goal back for Norwich as he headed home from a corner at the near post.
But Newcastle managed to hold on with some good defending from Mike Williamson, but if Newcastle had kept playing ion the second half maybe we could have own by a bigger margin and not put the game in jeopardy?
It was too much of a lethargic display form Newcastle in the second half today.
But hey – a win is a win – and we got the three points so we are not going to complain – well not too much. 😀
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Vurnon Anita 68), Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 83); Shola Ameobi (Papiss Cisse 74), Loic Remy
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan
Norwich City (4-5-1): John Ruddy; Russell Martin (c), Michael Turner, Ryan Bennett, Martin Olsson; Nathan Redmond (Josh Murphy 89), Bradley Johnson (Wes Hoolahan 89), Leroy Fer, Jonny Howson, Anthony Pilkington (Johan Elmander 49); Gary Hooper
Subs not used: Carlo Nash, Steven Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong, Luciano Becchio
Referee: Mike Dean