Game On! Newcastle v Norwich

Game On at SJP
Game On at SJP
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. Big Dave,

    Yeah, Hughton had a big one in Van Wolfswinkle but he was still about half the price of Carroll and he can be excused for being new to England. Carroll’s only ever been in England so his fitness/form is known to all.

    Norwich mainly spent low on many players while Big Sam splashed money on few. He has to be the main one to go if anyone.

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  2. FJ van Wolfswinkel, Hooper, Elmander, fer, Redmond, Olsson etc he spent Β£26 mil. yeah I know Big Sam has spent big as well and yeah he should be getting **** aswell as Hooters.

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  3. I’d say Redmond, Olsson and Fer have been a success so far. Hooper has been injured and RVW has also been injured and adjusting to England. He’s hardly failed with his transfers in my book.

    Lest we forget everyone of those players has also been linked with Newcastle so if they are all poor signings, then Graham Carr isn’t a great scout.

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  4. Hoots is still finding his way in the management game.
    Fat Sham has many more years of experience. Yet he is still as **** as ever.
    If Pardew is learning from his mistakes, then credit to him.
    Fat sham is too arrogant, to ever admit to his failings, which are many.
    Hoots is clearly struggling at the moment, but should be afforded the same time as Pardew has been given.
    Maybe.
    Not my problem tho.
    Taxi for Poyet while were on πŸ˜†

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  5. Everyone in Swindon has said they were poor signings.

    I just hate Big Sam, his face and skull are the size of my freezer. I want to put a magnet on him.

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  6. Very good first half, not as good second half but an important win IMO. I would have liked to have kept a clean sheet today having had one against Chelsea and Spuds but the 3pts were most important.
    Another goal for Remy, who now seems to be our SSN mouthpiece after every game.
    So pleased for Gouffran who is just going from strength to strength – could he make the French WC squad on current form?.

    20 points now, I’d set a challenge of 30 by 1st Jan. achieve that and the all important 40 point safety mark would be well within our sights with time to spare.

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  7. My house smells mint, second xmas cake just came out the oven, gonna let it cool down give it a dram then wrap it up, stick it in a tin in a dark place πŸ˜€

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  8. The return of Colo and the breaking of the CB’s was always going to be a risk.
    Unfortunately Colo didn’t look fit enough and was responsible for the Norwich goal.
    I don’t wish to be overly negative, but why should he come straight back in as a right?
    Willo did really well again today. He is turning into a very good no nonsense defender. Does he get dropped when Debs comes back next week. What about MYM, what good will it do his confidence to be dropped for an underperforming want away ?
    Pardew has some big decisions to make this week.

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  9. Looked at it plenty now and Cisse’s goal was onside.

    Poor fella can’t catch a break.

    Idiot commentator still said, “he shouldnt be pushing it that close to offside. In otherwords he couldn’t call it offsides, which meant he timed his run perfectly. But the idiot linesmen never give him the benefit if doubt.

    Remy should also have passed to him in the last minute.

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  10. Boots – if colo is ****ing off then I think we should be playing Mapou to get him up to speed – he’s the future of our CB. For me Willo deserves to stay there, but I’m sure that wont happen. Colo will be there with probably Willo, but that’s a mistake IMO.

    Dave – I know you’re right buddy, but on his current form I think he’d be a good player to take. I think Deschamps has a squad of sexy players and do with a grafter. If he links up well with Debuchy between now and then, who knows. I’d be so chuffed for him as well – he’d have really earned it!. What a great signing he’s proving to be.

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  11. I’d just like to point out that Sports Direct are probably the only ‘official club partner’ of any club on earth that actually get paid for the privilege!

    Ashley Out!

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  12. I though we were pretty pish at times in the second half, and lost the midfield completely. Not good enough against a bottom 3 team, 2 goals up at half time.
    We lost the midfield, thank goodness they had no strikers.

    I thought Norwich played some good football today, and with a bit of strength in defence and a decent striker would have pushed us harder.

    Great three points though πŸ™‚

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  13. Very happy with the win :mrgreen:

    letting a team come onto us unto the second half and catching them on the counter worked against Chelsea but I wish we wouldnt use the same tactic against teams like Norwich.. We need to stay on the front foot and attack for the full 90..
    I think Hughton showed that he is an average manager, he set his team to stifle our midfield and his team couldnt even get that right. Anyone who would still want him managing us needs to reconsider that thought..
    well done to Pardz and the lads…

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  14. Taxi for Bootsy. He’s dying on his feet. πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    Don’t worry Bootsy, TGS taxis are en route. Woo hoo hoo hooooo πŸ˜†

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  15. I’ve got to be honest, I can honestly put my hand on my heart and say, I’ve never ever cringed so much for anyone on this blog as I am currently doing for Bootsy & TGS. 😳 yikes 😳

    I’m seriously dying for them. 😳

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  16. Aussie

    How much pressure has TGS & Bootsy taken off you and Begas for being the biggest clowns on the blog? 😳

    Oh dear. FTSOTB. πŸ˜†

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  17. I know what TGS looks like cos I work with him but I’m trying to visualise Bootsy.

    My guess is, he’s got jam jar glasses and has serious hearing difficulties. I mean, how else could someone be so far out with their views. πŸ˜›

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  18. good to look at the table and see us level with spurs, manure and ahead of money bags city, def wouldn’t have thought that after mackem loss
    Hoots is under pressure and another loss could see him sacked, he’s spent a lot of money (for norwich) and his team look all over the place

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  19. Wow so many Troy Staver posts to skip over.. can someone else post, it would be nice to read some comments…

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  20. Good first half, Lax second that could have cost us against a better side.

    I hope Delia doesnt sack CH they will be ok when they get Van Wolfswinkel and Hooper together. Redmond, Snodgrass, Fer, Hoolahan, Bassong and Olson are all decent players, IMHO more than enough to stay up. They will finish half way up again and probably wonder what they were moaning about.

    P.S Fat Sam self styled top man in his field is below Norwich, Cardiff, Stoke and just above fulham on goal difference and hasnt had a fraction of the ****e their managers have… πŸ™„

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  21. Surely Pardew will win the Manager of the Month award for November ?

    I thought we were really poor yesterday in the second half, 2-0 up at home against a bottom 3 club, our midfield went to pieces.

    Regarding Cisse’s offside in the second half…he wasn’t. A better linesman would have seen that too.

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  22. CC@259, I think Norwich will avoid relegation, but there is no way they will finish mid table mate. They are a lightweight team, up front and in defence, canny midfield though..

    Agree 100% about Fat Sam, once the media get Jol out of focus, the cameras will be turned onto him soon. I’m pretty sure the West Spam fans are on his case though..

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  23. Well having watched MOTD and seen Cisse’s goal it wasn’t offside. Problem Cisse has now is his offside calls in the past means no lino will give him the benefit of the doubt now πŸ‘Ώ .
    Thought we did very well first half, but lets not get carried away Norwich could of had 2 after we scored, they had a nice little passage of play for around 10-15 minutes after our goal which should of put them at least level . We came back into it and were the better side from then but a better team would of punished us for sure. Second half we were poor, sat back when we really should of carried on where we left off, maybe sitting back after a third . As I said before I don’t know if that was Pards instructions or the players collectively switching off, but it is a concern for sure as better teams will kill us . We won’t get away with that against West Brom who are a bit of a bogey team anyway. This 3 wins on the bounce is great and well done to Pards and the lads, but lets not get carried away on Pards being some top manager all of a sudden, he’s not ,he’s average and has the benefit of some very skilful players at his disposal namely Remy. Without Remy we would be in dire straights which will become obvious should he get injured, jailed or let go come the summer. If we lose him then a player of equal ability needs bringing in and I would be inclined to address that in January if I was the owner.

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  24. munich

    Hes teflon the ugly ****, Hes like Redknapp he didnt take QPR (or Southampton) down in the eyes of his mates in the press it was all Mark Hughes fault. ‘Arry only had a mere 25 matches to turn it round with players like Cesar, Nelson, Hoilett, Wright Phillips, Ben Haim, Johnson, Granero, Zamora, Mbia, Tarabt, Remy, Townsend, Jenas, Samba, Park Ji sung. How could that lt finish above the might of Reading or Wigan πŸ™„

    West hams next two are against Fulham and Palace if they dont get at least 4 points they will be in deep **** even if the southern rags wont admit it…

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  25. MM@262, Agree on Norwich, they will stay up as they do have some good players and they have RVW to come back from injury. They also have a MF that produce goals too, but they are a confidence team from what I have seen. If they can get ahead they really get it right ,fall behind and they fall apart. Yesterday was the first time I have seen them attempt to fight back from being behind which probably says more about us ( second half ) than them. πŸ˜‰

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  26. Kim

    Pardews not a top manager but i certainly rate him every bit as much as Martinez, Rodgers, Lambert etc. the new breed of managers with their “strategies” the press love to fawn over.

    How many managers have to front up the press like Pardew has after the farce around Carroll leaving, Barton/Enriques tweeting, Not bothering to strengthen after qualifying for europe, Changing the stadium name, Cisse refusing to wear the Wonga kit, JFK coming back etc.

    The poor sod must feel about 20 years older than when he arrived but hes dealt with everything thrown at him by Ashley and is getting some decent results again, Manager of the month for me, Manager of the season if we finish top half and he keeps Kinnear out of sight… πŸ˜‰

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  27. Well after watching MOTD you have got too feel sorry for Cisse the disallowed goal should of stood ,the lad did everything right it was a good passage of play he timed his run to perfection and finished . The poor sod really does need a break and a linesman too see his good runs ,how many good goals has he now had disallowed last season and in this one up till now ?

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  28. CC@268, regarding managers, lets be honest there is an absolute dearth of good English managers, and I would put Pardew in the ten best at the moment. Where he appears in that 10 best is open for debate, but he is in there.
    At the same time, it’s typical English mentatlity to be reactive instead of pro-active. Now it is the flavour of the month that all things foreign have to be better than home-grown. English football is suffering a blip at the moment imo, look at the English national team for example.. cannot seem to get it right. The EPL teams are also struggling on a european stage, being eclipsed by Bundesliga and La Liga teams. The EPL has the big bucks sponsorship, but has by no means the best footballing sides.

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  29. Has anyone seen the Everton players tackle yesterday in the scouse derby which only brought a yellow card 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯

    Dear me, what a horrendous mistake from the referee 😯

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  30. Yikes looks like Troll Stavers is on the wrong blog.
    All the idiotic chavs like him are on Dr Ed’s psycho blog
    Maybe he has been banned from there too.
    Thought this was the site for constructive criticism and comments, not the rantings of a lunatic mind.
    Strange.

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  31. CC @268
    i agree 100% lesser men would have walked out by now ,the bloke may not have the prize’s behind him that the Mourinho’s ,Sir Alex’s and Benitez’s have but he doesn’t have the squads that they have either . I would say he is as good as Moyes ,Rodgers or Lambert and this new thing banning the local press is not helping him either . Yes last season was a disaster but the bloke manned up and admitted mistakes were made (some imo were not his own) and has worked hard to iron out those mistakes this season . His man management is top class and not every manager would have the skills too handle the situations of Cabaye and Colo in the way Pards has or dared too bench HBA . The simple fact is Pards is thebest manager we could get with this owner in charge .

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  32. Axel@274, I reckon that the toon banning the local press is actually HELPING Pardew mate. He no longer has to watch his back, and can happily meet a toon-friendly press at press interviews.
    He hinted as much so yesterday in a post match interview apparently….here’s a quote from the Chronny…who obviously weren’t at the press conference…”Pardew said: β€œI keep criticising the press locally here in that when we win, we are a European team or whatever, and then when we lose, it’s the end of the world. “…

    He’s probably glad to see the back of the local press…and the rest are too scared to come out and criticise, though at the moment, results wise, Pardew is above criticism…

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  33. CC, The fact he’s had to deal with all that **** doesn’t change the fact he’s an average manager doing a fair to good job. Look at the Merseyside Derby yesterday for two managers setting up two teams to entertain for the full 90 mins and then some.

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  34. CC
    Agree entirely. He’s had a more turbulent time than any other Newcastle manager in the PL era.
    For large parts he’s only had one vaguely Premier league striker (and for a half a season post Carroll sale – he didn’t have any!)
    By no means the most talented manager, but he’s solid, seems to care, and is a “puppet” enough to take all the **** from fans whenever the board do their best to cause friction.

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  35. Kim
    They both have stronger squads than us though. And we’re not too far from either.
    Unless the board goes I would be say finishing 9th is satisfactory for Pardew. Challenging for top 6 and above is doing a good job.
    I put our squad among Everton/Southampton/Swansea but we should be expecting to finish above Swansea this year due to their European commitments.

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  36. Kim

    Martinez teams in the premier league have lost 9-1 at spurs, 8-0 at chelsea and lost by 4 or more goals on 20 occasions. You call it attacking some might call it naive, If Martinez had been more pro active yesterday Everton would have won.

    Personally Id take a scruffy win over an exciting draw any day

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  37. CC@280 agree 100% regarding taking a scruffy win.

    At the same time, the majority of Newcastle wins seem to be scruffy wins, we have to live with that I’m afraid. That we couldn’t impose our game on a struggling Norwich in the second half yesterday, playing at home and 2-0 up can’t be ignored though surely ?

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  38. We should be in trouble without Remy and Everton would be in trouble without Lakaku.. Matrinez is as average as Pardew.. Most over rated manager in the pl…

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  39. Aussie tbh I think the whole “we wluld be in trouble without Remy” that some people say is bull. The same probably said it about hba earlier in the season.
    Like you pointed out, most teams have a primary goal getter anyway.
    Secondly, even without Remy’s goals we have still scored more than most in the league!

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  40. Agree ST, nobody seems to mention all the goal scorers for other teams.. where would man u be without RVP’s goals! πŸ˜‰

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  41. Spurs 2 down and dominating possession. 😯 surely they dont deserve to be losing … again πŸ˜†

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  42. “Spurs fan Chris is not happy and he emails in to say: ‘Until we sack avb we will get nowhere. Constantly turning towards our own goal and this is the result. Get rid of avb now!”

    It’s only a matter of time before Pardew gets the Spurs job…or the England job πŸ™‚

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  43. Loris seems to have made 2 mistakes, but the Man City strikers still had a lot to do. City are pretty good going forward, Spurs being found out as a bit of a light weight team…

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  44. Eminem, I think Spurs have blown their coin on Soldado. He certainly doesnt look like scoring..he looks the part but thats about it..

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  45. CC @280 , I only suggested yesterdays Merseyside game was an example of two managers setting teams up to entertain . I wasn’t saying Martinez is better than Pards , what I’m getting at is I want to be entertained . I’m sick of nervous endings and sitting back for half a game or more . At the end of the day we have talented players who when applied properly can be devastating to the opposition we saw that for a bit of the first half yesterday. That’s the trouble we only see good play fleetingly with our team, I wanna be on the edge of my seat through excitement not cause I’m worried were gonna concede in the last minute .

    Aussie, You ask where would Manure be without RVP, what about Rooney, pea ,Welbeck . Anyway they managed to win plenty of titles prior to RVP πŸ˜‰ .

    I’m not here to do a character assassination on the bloke, I don’t even dislike him and to be fair he has had a lot of **** to deal with under Ashley. But he is paid handsomely for handling that **** you know and I wouldn’t mind betting a few on here would jump at the chance to manage the Toon and in a lot of cases many would do it for free. Anyway he’s got his fat wad to comfort him after a bad day ,wish I could say the same πŸ˜‰

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  46. agree we should have taken the game to norwich and won by 3 or 4 yesterday we made it harder than it should have been.

    Above the mighty spurs on goal difference 😎

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  47. MM
    Yeh he wasn’t offside, I think he could have delayed his run another millisecond though and gave the linesman no doubt. For a quick player he should stay onside better. I think just sticking it in the net was good for him though and Remy really should have put him in after that for a goal when it was 2 vs 1. Maybe a case of looking after no. 1 in Remys mind. I think a goal will come if he comes on in the second half against teams like this but he needs to stay onside better.

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  48. We all know that Pardew is an average english manager.

    English managers are rubbish compared to their foreign counterparts. The only worlclass english manager in the last 15 years was sbr. Every other english manager is still stuck in the dark ages.

    Pardew is not better than hughton. Hughton is not better than pardew. They’re both average.

    Lambert is marginally better than pardew.

    Martinez & rodgers are much much better than pardew. Just ask any everton or liverpool fan if they would rather have pardew as manager…

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