Game On! Newcastle v Norwich – Santon and Tiote out

Cheering on the lads!
Welcome one and all to our ‘Game On’ article which this afternoon will take us through every twist and turn of Norwich City’s visit to St James’ Park.

Newcastle are looking for their first win in four which will go some way to avenging the 4-2 defeat suffered at Carrow Road earlier on in the season.

However it won’t be easy. Norwich work hard, they run at everything and will offer their own threat. They are all but safe in the Premier League and, like us, are at a kind of crossroads in terms of their season. A positive result and they can start looking at finishing in the top half of the table whilst a defeat will probably consign them to being happy enough with how things have gone thus far.

Newcastle meanwhile are looking for the points themselves in an attempt to get back on track and reignite a promising Premier League campaign which has started to fall off the tracks. Don’t get me wrong, all teams have a dip in form as some point in the season, but ours seems to have come at completely the wrong time. Three points in this game would do nicely thank you very much!

Anyway that’s enough pre-amble as there is already enough of that knocking about in the form of NUFC_stats impressive ‘Stat Attack’ and my very own match preview. Why not give them both a read if you haven’t already done so?

Team news is below and will be updated as and when it becomes available.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, James Perch, Hatem Ben Arfa, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse

Subs: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic, Ryan Donaldson, Shola Ameobi

Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Ward, Whitbread, Drury, Elliott Bennett, Pilkington, Howson, Fox, Surman, Morison

Subs: Steer, Martin, Johnson, Crofts, Holt, Jackson, Hoolahan.

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228 thoughts on “Game On! Newcastle v Norwich – Santon and Tiote out

  1. Hitman – no.
    I think some of our players would do well to get a game in the championship.
    But I do have to question Pardews team selection and game plan.
    Once again tho we were missing a natural leader on the park.
    If we have players injured or whatever, then I dont know what the likes of Vukic and Ferguson have to do to get a game. ❓ 😕 ❓


  2. HBA39 – you’re right that we are only where we we are because of some moments of individual class, mostly from Demba Ba, but also have to agree that we have been dominated far too often by lesser teams.
    This is mostly brought about by our abject passing and movement off the ball. Hopeless.
    Oh and has anyone else noticed how the midfield just STOP when Ba gets on the ball. We are expecting too much from the lad imo.


  3. I don’t understand to why Ba was coming in our own half to touch the ball. He was playing as number 10 today? Why not putting benny there? thats his natural positon? Pardew is so affraid that he will loose the ball in the center of pitch that we can concede a goal directly?
    I don’t understand Pardew sometimes really.
    Or he decides to play Benny and to let him use his quality or he decides to put him on the bench.
    Someone else thinks that he just want to please the fans playing Benny, (because afraid that the fans will criticize him about that if he lost) but asking him to defends a lot, and not leting him use his natural quality?


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