Away Point For Magpies – But Remy Sent Off

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Newcastle should have won this game rather easily, but instead came away with  a single point – our first sway draw of the season, and we had Loic Remy sent off after 81 minutes – so he will now miss the next three games. 🙁

And that means Remy will miss the game against Sunderland at home on Saturday afternoon, and with Remy (11 goals) and Cabaye (7) both out,  and they are our two top goalscorers, we’ll have some trouble scoring on Saturday.

Newcastle pressed Norwich throughout this game and with 9 minutes to go and Newcastle looking for the one goal that would have won the game, Remy and Bradley Johnson got into a pushing and shoving match and both players were sent off.

And Alan Pardew will be furious with Remy, and rightly so, and it’s only in this game that we finally got Mathieu Debuchy back, after his sending off at West Brom.

But Newcastle have again shot themselves in the foot – we are selling our best player – Yohan Cabaye – halfway through the season – rather than wait until the summer – and now our top scorer is now unavailable for the next three games.

But to be fair to the lads,  they put in a very good performance tonight – it’s just that we couldn’t get a goal, and we missed the chances we continually created against a weak Norwich City side – it was 2 points dropped tonight.

Bottom line – it was a very good performance but a poor result.

And we could even have lost this game, as goalkeeper Tim Krul was forced to make a superb save in the very last minute, and that sometimes happens when you’ve had all the chances, the other side scores out of nothing.

Norwich also hit a post,  while Newcastle hit each post and the cross-bar just to make it very symmetrical.

And Ben Arfa ran at the Norwich defense all night, and caused them all kinds of problems, and he had a good game, but the Frenchman was also guilty of a glaring miss from just 10 yards out in the first half.

And young Sammy Ameobi also had a good game, and Sammy could well  get some chances during  the run-in to the season.

There was a “Support The Team, Not The Regime” banner that was unfolded shortly into the game, and that’s what we used to say during our promotion season  – and that worked well enough.

And we still have very good players, and this was a good professional performance from the Newcastle side and they looked a good side, but we just couldn’t get that winning goal.

Newcastle started the game quickly and passed the ball around well, and if we could only have got an early goal against a nervous Norwich side it would have made all the difference.

Norwich’ uncertainty almost cost them after 22 minutes, when goalkeeper Ruddy shoved Remy’s cross onto center-back Bradley Johnson, and the ball hit the left hand post.

And then only minutes later, Sissoko gave the ball to Remy down the left wing, and Remy cut in and hit a beautiful shot against the post as Norwich were rocking.

Newcastle should have been up at the half,  and the lads continued to create chances in the second half, and the bottom line was that this was not our day (or should that be our night) and we had no luck at all – and we were much the better side throughout this contest.

Newcastle’s form tonight was promising, but the late sending off of Remy could be a hammer blow to Newcastle – certainly in the next three games – as Remy looked right back in form too. 🙁

And we had to thank goalkeeper Tim Krul for preserving the point when Robert Snodgrass’ header was on it’s way into the bottom corner  of the goal when Tim somehow cleared the ball.

A good performance but a poor result – given Newcastle were much the better side tonight.

It’s Sunderland next up on Saturday ,and maybe Shola will get his chance to be a hero against the Black Cats – in what will probably be his very last derby game against the old enemy.


Norwich City (4-4-2): John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett, Sebastien Bassong (c), Martin Olsson; Robert Snodgrass, Leory Fer, Bradley Johnson, Anthony Pilkington (Nathan Redmond 71); Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (Johan Elmander 71), Gary Hooper (Alexander Tettey 84)
Subs not used: Mark Bunn, Steven Whittaker, Javier Garrido, Luciano Becchio

Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote (c), Moussa Sissoko; Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 75), Loic Remy, Sammy Ameobi
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Paul Dummett, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Dan Gosling, Adam Armstrong

Referee: Chris Foy (Lancashire)

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32 comments so far

  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #1

    We need Abeid.

  • pottsclock

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #2

    I see Tettey came on for Norwich after 84 mins. He and his brother make a right pair.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #3

    We need a bloody miracle.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Would anybody want gomis as well as de jong

  • manxpie

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #5

    manxpie // Jan 28, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    pawl tbf all remy did was put his head down which ya should do if ya think ya gonna be butted that johnson fella deserves an oscar infact you could see his embarrassment half way through his tumble
    not a red at all

  • The_Toon

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Shouldn’t we appeal for the red card? It was clear he did not head butt

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #7

    All will be forgiven tonight if we get a victory against the mackems.

  • pawl250

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #8



    Cabaye was not on that much. From my last gander it was 35k.

    Jonas however was one of our highest earners, more like 55-60k ….. Along with Coloccini he signed on big wages and only took a small deduction since. Would suggest we will paying some opposed to Norwich paying it all.

    De Jong medical in the morning. Seems certain go through give our striker scenario.

    Personally was but disappoint Armstrong didn’t get on when Haidara was put on over Sammy. We should have went for the game, perhaps 11 v 10 I would understand but we clearly were the better side and thought he could have pushed for the goal.

    Posting on my iPhone with abit sense as I am on the motorway I lose connection so copy and pasted so didn’t have to re write it all haha

  • pawl250

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #9


    The whole scenario was bigger than that, Williamson went mental!

    Not sure what cameras caught but both deserved to go. I have seen a replay online of the sending off, although the other guy was clearly play acting I still think reds will stand. Appeals will be thrown away even if they tried!

    Just my two cents.

    Personally think Remy didn’t need to get involved in that.

    Hopefully with him missing De Jongwill get his debut and show how to finish after Remys awful display infront of goal today…. He was unlucky on one or two but sometimes he greedy!

  • pottsclock

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #10

    When it was reported that Cabaye refused to play, it was also reported by a variety of news outlets that he was subsequently fined 2 weeks wages which they said was about £80k.
    Not that much.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Cabaye was on 57k per week, if I am not mistaken.

  • pawl250

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #12


    I would take a plank of wood in the grass over Ameobi so Gomis would not be something I would so no to haha …..


    He may have increased his wage after the 5th place perhaps? Maybe by bonuses if he is on 57k, but he arrived on 35k I can assure you.

  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Motm was IMO HBA. Some of his passing was sublime. We deserved more than a draw but we were not clinical. We did however create opportunities but I cannot help but feel we need more of a cutting edge in the top of the park. We need a outright CAM. It will be a travesty if monies are not spent now to replace the void of Cabaye. They knew he was likely to leave so no excuses. I really do not care about paying a little over the odds this window. If we r not prepared to do that then we should not have sold Cabs in the 1st place.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #14
  • Ancientcoptic

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #15

    pawl250 – I am going on the reports that Cabaye could buy out the final two years of his contract for 6 million. 3 million per year works out around 57k per week… but the 6 million figure could be wrong.

  • AaranD

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #16

    So no appeal for the Remy red card. Massive chance for Luuk to arrive with a bang if he plays!


    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Well Shola will be starting against the Mackems unless Cisse heals damn quick, Remy was an idiot for getting involved in the incident but shouldn’t of been sent off for me, Only way thats taken away is if the ref says he made a mistake (which he did and its why Johnson walked as well imo)

    Our Cabaye-less midfield looked dominating, strong, powerful and with a bit of time Anita could see his passing/through balls improve though a real Cabaye replacement would fit better but that’s a pipe dream for me

    Overall result was hard to take but performance was great, pretty happy overall for now

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #18


    Boater – He has been shite ever since Sir Bobby gave him his debut. I’ve been praying to the heavens and Sir Bobby to take him far away from this club for more than 10 years now as he’s obviously nowhere near good enough for our bench let alone our first team. Heck not even Championship quality. Can’t stand him, but yeah I will stop now or else I’ll go bald just thinking about it lol

    Can’t wait till we completely change our strikers in the summer, it will be exciting and a huge boost to the team’s way of playing. de Jong will be a good signing I feel, maybe he’ll need time to settle but he’ll be real good in the long run I reckon.

  • rivettCatcher

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #19

    If we play like that for the rest if the season, we’ll be fine.

    Worried about Arfas injury. May be time to keep our powder (£) dry till the summer & give some youngster a chance. We don’t want EL next season due to us been 3 good signing/season away from being able to handle it.

    Clear out the deadwood, free up the wage bill, give youth a chance, and bring in quality NOT quantity.

    Top 10 this year, not 6 the year after? Think we’ll need a new keeper & RB though as they won’t hang around while we rebuild a team.

    We’ll get there in a few years time I’m sure.

  • manxpie

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #20

    pawl yeah i know it was silly and i seen willo going mental lol to right tho as i said it was an oscar winning tumble
    but there was no head butt so i would appeal and it shouldn’t be deemed frivalous (hopefully lol)

  • Ted Bundy

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #21

    However it’s portioned out, we must’ve slashed the wage bill by 70-100k with Jonas and Cab’s departures, so they can’t use the wages need to be factored into any purchases line, eating into the Cabaye fee. That’s the main point.

    Pardew again insisting we’re going spend, post-match. I know he’s a blabber mouth, but surely given the past incongruity between what he’s said and what has happened and the fallout from that, he must be nigh on certain. 😉

  • Tino asprilla

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #22

    I am not a shola hater but have to say i would have prefered young armstrong given a chance as a sub today. If pards has no intention of playing him he shouldnt bother having him on bench

  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Jan 28, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #23

    On a positive note Pardew sounded relatively optimistic about further signings

  • AaranD

    Jan 28, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #24

    “We should have won this with hitting the woodwork three times, but it’s still a good point because this is a difficult place to come.” Pardew… Noo Pardew, we where dominant and should have had at least a 3 goal lead at half time!!
    He is so wishy washy at times.


    Jan 28, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #25

    ABEID?? REALLY!!!!!!!!!!! out of all our players someone wants abeid. hahahahaha . cant see what that bloke has seen in him to think he merits a start in our team. has he even played a senior game? haha what a plank!!
    hopfull the red will get overturned tho. was never a red card for either player. if they appeal he should be ok to play saturday. fingers crossed. if not he will play shola with de jong on bench. hope ben arfa is ok. keep the faith for sat aswell. its a home derby we have a very good chance of winning albeit without cabaye and maybe remy. im just dreading the wembley songs all game. toon toon

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 28, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #26

    I think Pardew protects our players a bit too much with his post-match comments. He never faults the players fully for our loss of points. Though on this occasion the players were brilliant, lady luck wasn’t shining on us tonight, oh well, bring on the scum, it will be a thriller! 🙂

    Luuk who’s coming now….

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 28, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #27
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 28, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Tad unlucky could of been out of sight first half
    Got to take your chances.
    Need a fox in the box – someone to bust a gut to get on the end of pull backs.
    All in all good display
    Remy silly to put his head forward for a soft sendinf off should of walked away.
    MOM sissoko followed by HBA and Williamson

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 28, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #29

    When there are so many candidates for M.o.M it’s clear to see we played really well as a team and not individuals- something that was an issue earlier in the campaign.

    For me it’s Sammy, then HBA, Sissoko, Remy, Willo, Anita, Santon – In that order.

  • Harley

    Jan 28, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #30


    I think you’ll find pizcato was poking fun at a certain blog clown.

  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Now then all you Shola bashers, a couple of questions:

    With Remy red carded and unless we appeal it, he’ll be banned for the Sunderland game and Shola’s got to be there or thereabouts. Now then…..

    Given Shola’s habit if scoring against Sunderland, should he start?
    If and when he wins the game for us, would ge still be crap?

  • Sav

    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Lads looked like they were intending to make a point – and that’s exactly what they got. Good display. Not bad-tempered as the papers (or sendings off) suggest but we were frustrated by so many near misses and Canaries because they could hardly get hold of the ball all night. We played well but weren’t clinical with our chances and at no time threw the kitchen sink at Ruddy’s goal, either. Overall good showing and credit to Krul he was top class when he was called upon.
    On a brighter note – suppose Hernandez is out of our price range?


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