Game On! Newcastle v Norwich

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Good afternoon all, and welcome to this ‘Game On’ article which will take us through every twist and turn of the visit of Norwich City this afternoon.

Expectations are higher for this one than they have been for any other match in recent weeks. Impressive wins against Chelsea then Tottenham have given us a platform to build on and, should results go our way, we could end up in fifth place by the end of the game.

Standing in the way of that is Chris Hughton. The former United manager is under pressure at Carrow Road and will need to avoid another disappointing result if he is to keep the wolves from the door. The memory of the 7-0 defeat to Manchester City is still fresh on the minds of the Canaries fans, and despite a 3-1 victory against West Ham in their last match I get the feeling that result only have Hughton a temporary reprieve and that another poor result could prove to be the fatal blow for his tenure at Norwich.

Anyway, moving on… For more background ahead of the match including news of injury concerns for both sides, facts, stats and a history of the fixture then why not have a peek at the match preview which is linked at the bottom of this article?

The game itself is not being shown live here in the UK but will be broadcast overseas so if anyone happens to find a stream then please feel free to post a link to it in the ‘comments’ section below. Team news will also be added in at the bottom of this article.

And that is just about that. As I said in the match preview this is one of those games that often leads to disappointment, but hopefully United and their band of merry, World Cup qualified, Frenchmen can allay my fears and get the job done.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Krul; Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Santon; Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi, Remy

Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse

Norwich: Ruddy; Martin (c), Turner, R Bennett, Olsson; Johnson, Fer, Howson; Redmond, Pilkington, Hooper.

Subs: Nash (GK), Whittaker, Bassong, Hoolahan, Elmander, Becchio, Josh Murphy.

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323 thoughts on “Game On! Newcastle v Norwich

  1. in this kind of action, gouff is really good because he follows his player when he defends not just watch it like Benny and after a move forget it.

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  2. HBA39, I agree with you regarding Sissoko. He isn’t a silky skills player, more raw power but lacking subtelty.

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  3. Now THAT is the Shola Ameobi we all love 🙂

    Surely that is the sign for HBA to warm up ? Howay Pardew man !!

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  4. Tiote is a great player to have in our own half. In the final third, he can’t shoot, dawdles and doesn’t know how to pick a part. I any midfielder should stay deep it’s him.

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  5. Typical Newcastle.

    Colo poor again. Lets hope he’s rusty after injury rather than sulking to go back to San Lorenzo again.

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  6. well that was a **** Norwich goal, been coming all day. We have been crap second half 👿 👿 Timmy didn’t look to good for the goal, a header from 15 yards out 👿 👿

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  7. Pardew has got his subs wrong. He should have replaced Shola with HBA, who would have given Norwich a lot more to worry about than Cisse.

    Listen to the crowds reaction singing HBA’s name.

    We have completely lost the midfield

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  8. hopefully ref don’t let avantage there.
    Since Cabaye is out we loose control. Not a good entry by Anita neither Cisse

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  9. Pardew – “well we’ve had players on world cup duty during the week”…

    a welcome 3 points though …

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  10. Well done lads.
    Made it much harder than we should have. Don’t know whether it was instinctive from the team, or by Pardew’s instructions, but there is no reason for us to be sitting back so deep on a 2-0 lead.
    I can understand how nerves may push you further back if there is only one goal in it, but not when we have a cushion.

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  11. People are going to start calling us a one-man team, they’re right too, God forbid Shola ever gets injured.

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  12. No idea what Pardew says to the players at half time when we’re winning but it’s starting to get on my nerves.

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  13. Solano, we had a big Nigerian at one end and a big lad from Stoke at the other, with a skillful Frenchman and Argentine in support. It seemed to work rather well against Chris ‘lump it in the box’ Tooton. toot toot

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  14. We send Mbiwa, who is learning English football next to Williamson, to full back to stick Colo the Cunt in the team when his form has not deserved it – after he wants to go back home?

    Fuck him off. Williamson, Shola and Gouffran are legends.

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  15. happy with the 3 points disappointed we did not keep a clean sheet useless long haired yeti give fer a free header

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  16. Norwich made it easy for us after they scored. All they did was hoof the ball upfield.

    Respect to the crowd. Even after conceding they kept right behind the team.

    Sissokos pace at the end was lightning quick. He just needs to improve his decision making and we could have a real talented player on our hands.

    Totally over the moon with Shola. What more can I say on the player. When he’s like that defenders hate him.

    3 wins on the bounce. Let’s push on and have a real go for the top 6. Why not?

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  17. TEL@210, Cisse played that way in the Bundesliga too, sitting right on the shoulder of the defender. I’m not convinced he was offside either mate..

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  18. @ MUNICH MAG
    need to see it on the big tv before i say he was onside but that was mightly close i know that 😮

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  19. Woo hoo hoo hoo

    Bootsy & TGS must feel soooo foolish. 😛

    Pards is wiping the floor with them. 😆

    What more can Pards do to convince them that he’s doing a decent job. ? 🙄

    So TGS, instead of coming on and stating;

    HAS THE FOOL BEEN SACKED YET?

    Please add some additional info as to what you want extra from him, where you think we should be in the league, who do you want (bearing in mind you have stated you would rather have Kinnear). 😉

    For me, Pards has been big enough to admit his shortcomings in the summer and stated he would take on board criticism from fans and try and learn from it.

    That to me is refreshing and unlike any other manager who are normally adamant they are in the right.

    He then goes onto making big decisions like dropping fans favourite Barfa. He then drops his most expensive buy Cisse.

    We’ve beat some top teams and are 8th only 2pts from 4th place.

    But more importantly, the biggest thing that Pardew possesses is his man management success. I have never seen a manager deal with so called good players, without having the funds to fulfil their expectations, keep them happy enough for them to give their all on the pitch.

    It’s working and Pardew deserves the credit. 😉

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  20. Yup Pardew is doing very well indeed and gets the credit he deserves.
    First time we have won 3 matches on the trot for 18 months or something.
    Hopefully if we can keep this up, champions league awaits us. 😉
    lol.

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  21. Lets not get carried away Troy.
    There’s a long way to go yet.
    We are definitely getting more consistent at performing for 45 mins.
    (cue all the excuses 😛 )
    Great win today tho, and that’s all that matters.
    Well done to all the Lads, not just Pardew.

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  22. We deserved to win but how the ball stayed out of our net three times before Norwich scored I have no idea. It is also worrying that we stop pressing forward once we go in front. Most fans were very relieved at the final whistle. Gouffran gets better and better.

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  23. Second half was too nervy for me as is often the case. It was obvious they would up their game, they couldn’t of been any worse like. Yet we still came out and sat back , we should of just carried on from where we left off and tried to get a third then sat back , a 3rd would of completely finished them off. I have lost count how many times we switch off thinking jobs done when clearly it isn’t . I don’t know whether it’s the players at fault or Pards instructions but what I do know is it makes for very uncomfortable watching . That said I’m mighty pleased with result, I predicted 2.1 😉 and Shola did really well as did most of them first half. Colo didn’t look fit to me, sluggish and at fault for Fers goal I think . Tiote needs the armband back as well as he plays better and is less reckless in the tackle when he has it .

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  24. Also, why are people talking about Hughton being fired when Big Sam is doing his best to take West Ham down and he made the big signing with Carroll.

    Seems unfair no one is talking about Allardyce getting sacked because he is a media golden boy. I won’t think about why Hughton is getting the grief at present but the actions of some Norwich fans over the past few months are likely the inspiration.

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  25. What do you want Troy – ❓
    I’m still not happy with the lack of ambition of the club.
    One that Pardew condones.
    Mid table mediocrity, no desire to win a major cup.
    Touting every player who excels for sale to the highest bidder.
    His embarrassing public arse licking and sucking of fatty’s ****.
    But he’s on a good run of 3 wins on the trot, so lets just gloss over all that.
    Woo Hooo.
    Pardew for England :mrgreen:

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  26. Kim I really don’t think Pards is sending them out 2nd half to close up shop , I would be amazed if Pards didn’t send them out for more of the same.
    I do think it’s the players taking their foot of the gas thinking the job is done.

    FJ did hooters not make a few decent signings of his own

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