Norwich City vs Newcastle United match banter!

Posted on January 12th, 2013 | 177 Comments |

Norwich City vs Newcastle United.
Will Hughton be Pardew's executioner this afternoon?
Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich.
Date: Sat 12th January, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
UK TV: None.

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our latest “match banter” for this afternoon’s “Battle of the Bird’s” as the Magpies travel to Norfolk to take on the Canaries of Norwich City.

City of course are managed by Alan Pardew’s predecessor at Newcastle, Chris Hughton, who was sacked in controversial circumstances back in December 2010. With Pardew currently in dire straits and Newcastle having the lowest points total after 21 games in their Premiership history so far, it would not be beyond the bounds of possibilty for Pardew to be sacked if the Magpies were to capitulate to Hughton’s Canaries. If that happened, the situation would not be without a little irony. However, Hughton has had a poor run of results recently too, with Norwich having lost four of their last five games. Two of these have been against daunting opposition (Chelsea and Man City), with one of the others, against West Ham, being rather controversial in terms of refereeing decisions. The other being a narrow 2-1 defeat at West Brom. Despite this though, the Canaries are still currently perched three places above the Magpies in twelfth with 25 points, five more than Newcastle. Our last game at St James’ Park earlier in the season resulted in a narrow 1-0 vistory to the Magpies though, with a 20th minute strike from the now dearly departed Demba Ba making the difference between the two sides.

Speaking of the mess Pardew’s Newcastle find themselves in, Hughton had this to say in a pre match interview:

“We know it is not one of their better periods, but we also know what quality they have in the squad. They can win any game, they certainly play a style of football that enables them to be in every game and have that opportunity to win matches. We have to be very guarded. They have too many good players for us not to be. When a team is not having one of their better runs there is generally an answer.

“I would look at their injuries and their involvement in the Europa League. That has certainly stretched the squad. Perhaps without the injuries they would have been able to cope a lot better than they have. Any club in the exact same position would have found it tough to cope with both of those aspects, but most would expect them once they get their bigger players back to start climbing the table.”

And on his days as Newcastle United manager he also said:

“I had a wonderful time there. There’s a special connection for me because I had three years at Newcastle that I thoroughly enjoyed. For me, there are a lot of comparisons between the support they have at Newcastle and the support that we have. It’s a very vocal support that want to get behind their local team.”

Meanwhile, our current manager had this to say about today’s opponents:

“It’s a tough place to go and they are on a tricky run themselves. Someone will end up with a really good day and hopefully it’s us. We really need to get some momentum, for our fans who we really let down last week. We have to give a really good account of ourselves at Norwich and start putting some points on the board.”

Meanwhile, one notable event this afternoon should see the debut of new French Full Back, Mathieu Debuchy, with the usual incumbent in the right back position, Danny Simpson, still being out with a broken toe. It will be interesting to see how he gets on.

So, I will take my leave for now, after making my usual reminders that I shall be poting the team sheets below before kick-off. Also the game will not be broadcast live in the UK, so I will also be posting some online links to see the game, as well as posting highlights, and possibly a full match video whan the game is over.

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets.

Norwich City (4-5-1): Mark Bunn (G), Russell Martin (C), Sebastien Bassong, Michael Turner, Javier Garrido, Anthony Pilkington, Bradley Johnson, Alexander Tettey, Robert Snodgrass, Wes Hoolahan, Simeon Jackson.

Subs: Declan Rudd, Leon Barnett, Ryan Bennett, David Fox, Elliott Bennett, Harry Kane, Grant Holt.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse.

Subs: Steve Harper (G), James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger.


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177 Responses

  1. Well will not be at carrow road today only about the second time since 1987 so we might get a result.4-2 last year and demba ba was outstanding so hate to say it but I can only see another battering on the cards.Pardew sacked on sunday guardiola in by monday I can but dream.

  2. That’s a better looking squad, and it’s typical magnanimous Hughton. He’s growing into the real statesman of the prem. Looking forward to seeing what Debuchy can do.

  3. The “nutjob” link seems to be very good for a normal browser stream BTW.

    Fox soccer with Alan Par-doo’s Noocastle! Wooh! Yeah! High five!

    Warren Barton, centre partin’.

  4. Not going to be able to stay for the whole game. Surprised it’s even on Fox Soccer with Chelsea playing.

  5. gotta agree with sammy & paulos, worky-I think it is a bit better. Debuchy full of promise, Cabaye in the squad and Marveaux starting. A little better. Gotta hope.

  6. That’s the challenge of the season, phisix. It’s the right thing to do against us given how we play. Does AP have an answer?

  7. tunyc says:
    January 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    “gotta agree with sammy & paulos, worky”

    I wrote that the bench doesn’t look much different tunyc, not the team on the pitch.

  8. Phisix says:
    January 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    “Long balls annoying me already”

    Unfortunately, it’s just one of those things that happens as you get older Phisix.

  9. Good to see Gutierrez trying to attack a bit more…. lately he just seemed to be leaving all the attacking to Santon and then Santon would often got stuck high up the pitch unable to get back fast enough when we lost the ball.

  10. Good positioning on the defense so far and they aren’t panicking. Of course it helps that we actually have some possession.

    Nicely done by Perch!

  11. Cisse really needs to work on his touch. Brilliant finisher but that first touch can be awful.

  12. Haha is this direct style supposed to work with Cisse up top on his own who has an awful first touch. Good one.

  13. Ironic innit, Jimbob? We’ve looked better a few times when Marveaux has linked the play though.

    Yep, Norwich look nervous on the ball. Even Hoolahan, who’s usually a quality passer. They’re also not defending all that well. They are getting the best of our wide defenders at times though.

  14. They keep giving up these crosses and eventually they are going to get a header in. Almost did just there.

  15. Norwich are mixing it up, but when they go direct it actually works but their movement when passing on the deck in the final third is better than ours. Won’t be long before they get on the end of one of the multiple crosses they’re being allowed to have.

  16. If we keep playing, defending and hoofing like this, then we deserve to get relegated.

    Willo is starting to piss me off now

  17. “Hoofed forward by Williamson* with no great accuracy”

    *it could be anyone in our squad-everyone sees this now

  18. actual comment on tv “hoofed long by williamson with no great accuracy” no shit sherlock!

  19. Anyone watching the nutjob link? It’s Fox Sports, you Americans have a shit load of adverts throughout the game! Must drive you mad after a while.

  20. we need a fookin kick up the arse! what is this shite! we have been pathetic all season I can’t even watch the game anymore .il leave it up to Jeff to tell me the scores

  21. Quality corner from Anita. This co commentators having a right moan about the standard of set pieces today. Someone should show him our last 700 corners or whatever it is. He’d have an aneurysm.

  22. Brian you mean they do breaks while a match is being played? To be honest I wouldn’t mind it today, probably wouldn’t miss much.

  23. “It has been dreadful, to be honest. It really has.”

    Commentator’s description of the half. 45 minutes of my life I won’t get back.

  24. Jimbob: I’m more talking about the ridiculous amount of commercials you’ll get in something like the NFL playoffs later today.

    On the bright side of today… Villa and Wigan are losing…

  25. Someone should make a video montage of our set peices and corners Tunyc. Add a Danny Elfman soundtrack and it would be epic viewing.

  26. If I were a neutral, I’d almost be amused by how bad this “football” has been.

    Yet again: what must Debuchy be thinking? “I wonder what it’s like in Watford this time of year…”

  27. Dreadful game, a comedy of errors by both sides.
    Niether of these two are going anywhere, I counted six or more hoofs outta play by Williamson, hopefully we will get help in that department.
    Just awful football, hope Carver is ready to step up, as i cant see Mr. eight year deal lasting another eight games, at this rate.
    FFS three wins outta sixteen and still here, i don’t get it ?

  28. Willo just ain’t good enough, i do feel for him as he tries but time for harsh relality to kick i

  29. Whole squad has been bad today, bar Marveaux at a couple of times. Same as I would say about our performance at Brighton. No need to single out anyone.

  30. Worky sez
    Mike Williamson has made more defensive clearances than any PL player this season (221)

    Yeah and 220 went into the second tier, going by to-days game, his distribution is simply awful, no clue.

  31. Willo ball watches, reacts slow and hoofs. Why does he always play? Perch would do better even with his small size.

    Mackems 2-0 up.

  32. No he can’t Worky, but if we’re honest. He’s not a great footballer, never has been, never will be. Same as Perch, Obertan, Ameobi x2, Amalfitano. These players can easily be replaced by something better. As could have Hughton when he was sacked, but wasn’t. Williamson does get blamed and is scapegoated too much, but in general, and today, he’s been the main hoofer. But I’ve also seen him play short simple passes in previous games. It’s Pardew’s tactics that attribute to this woeful dysfunctional mess we’re watching.

  33. Southampton winning too. Luckily against Villa and Reading and Wigan are losing too.

    I hate this.

  34. When it’s every single player Brian and it happens in every single game. If it’s just one or two players you can pin point it, but every player being poor tells you something ain’t right.

  35. Ba’s just been taken off – a real gob on him apparently – and Hazard’s just made it 4!

    Not wishing to be spiteful, of course, butI hope that’s the shape of things to come ;)

  36. Not watching the match,gutted as it sounds like I am missing a real football treat.
    Least I have saved on the electric though.

  37. sirjasontoon says:
    January 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    “Not watching the match,gutted as it sounds like I am missing a real football treat.”

    I’ve found Radio Four to be more interesting than the game this afternoon SJT. I think it’s the woman’s programme ATM.

  38. Top show that Worky thanks for the heads up going to flick the DAB over in the kitchen!

  39. Well maybe I wasn’t deceived. Maybe we were playing for a draw the whole time. Maybe this is “success” today?


    Two weeks running: this was one of the worst football matches I’ve ever actually watched.

  40. Reminds me of Big Sams time here. No organization and some of the worst football you’ll likely see.

    We didn’t create any chances.

  41. Debuchy look good Worky?
    I think even Messi and Ronaldo would be unable to guide this team to safety.

  42. Really Jimbob?
    Can’t see Cisse getting on a run either the build up and craft and skill is gone.

  43. Only one side will legitimately feel like they had chances to win this and it ain’t NUFC.

    Out-possessed, out-shot by Norwich, to say nothing of who looked (to be fair, only marginally) better from set pieces.

  44. tunyc says:
    January 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm
    Jason @ 122: try none.

    Feel really sorry for away fans going all that way like brighton it’s a digrace

  45. wonder if any fans got injured with flying smarties from the ChaosCrew England’s biggest YOOF Firm?

    Check them out on twitter-f@@king class age 12,13,top boy George is 15 haha

  46. getting really fed up of watching these clowns get away with ruining our club… how long can pardew and he’s clueless coaching staff get away with this? if this was any other club the fans wud make a stand and force these muppets out… iv never known this club to ridiculed and laughed at as much as we are now (and that includes our relegation season) one word….. EMBARRASSING!

  47. SJT, it was woeful mate. Cisse’s touch is awful, he’s an instinctive finisher who needs quality service but he got nothing today. Totally useless 30 yards from goal, he needs to be in the box feeding off quick through balls like last season. Debuchy didn’t do anything that caught the eye except get booked and give away two silly free kicks.

    It was just shite. I couldn’t even pick a player who did anything of note. Maybe Krul for catching a few crosses and a good save near the end.

  48. sirjasontoon says:
    January 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    “wonder if any fans got injured with flying smarties from the ChaosCrew England’s biggest YOOF Firm?”

    SJT, when I lived lived in Harrogate, they had the crappest “Hell’s Angels” chapter ever. They coudn’t spell so they all had “Diciples” on the back of their jackets, and one or two of them only had pushbikes rather than motorbikes.

  49. TERRIBLE!!!, not much else to say, no plan, no purpose, no organization.
    i just cannot for the life of me, see what pardew is trying to do, answers on a postcard please!.
    he cannot have too many excuses today, but no doubt he’ll have some positive spin, about matters.
    “it’s a clean sheet, it is something to build on, and he fowt they woz excellent”, and it was the referees haircut, that stopped them for taking 3 points.

    you can sack the chump now imo, if only fatboy would get a decent manager in.
    he had nearly all his first team available, and they still looked p*ss poor.
    he’s lucky norwich didn’t grab all 3 points at the end, the bloke is utterly crap, and looks more and more like john major’s spitting image puppet, even that would have more life and imagination, than the wimbledon window fixer.

  50. brian says:
    January 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    “Longer Pardew is around, the more likely we get relegated.”

    Who should Ashley go for then Brian? Big Ron? Jim “Bald Eagle” Smith? JFK again?

  51. Same old same old then Jim Bob…Cisse must be getting so frustrated as he is not they type of forward that can create like you say he needs feeding with precision passes and neat movement or good attacking football as it used to be called.

    Worky that sounds Class mate..made me chuckle……Hills Angles from Hirogit proper motoring legends haha and scary too.

  52. brian says:
    January 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    “I would’ve tried for Harry weeks ago”

    Brian, ‘Arry said that he didn’t like Ashley’s set up at Newcastle at all when he walked away from an interview the first time.

  53. TOONARMYELITE..get real bud….
    id much rather see harry here than pardpoo.. in fact his son jamie wud do a better job!

  54. Worky

    “Big Ron? Jim “Bald Eagle” Smith? JFK again?”

    He’d go for whoever could touch their toes for longest – same as he did with Pardoo.

    Football knowledge and a decent track record as a manager isn’t much a requirement for chubs.

  55. DarthBroon says:
    January 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    “Football knowledge and a decent track record as a manager isn’t much a requirement for chubs.”

    Darth, it was Llambias who claimed the credit for Pardew (when he was fifth of course). He said he was a big fan of his work at West Ham, though Pardew’s time there included one of their longest losing runs for a very long time (I think it was 70 years or something like that?) and they were going to get relegated if he stayed.

  56. Yank Toon Fan says:
    January 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    “Personally, I think we need to play more long balls….”

    Aye, I think I’ll go and check out Pardew’s long balls now. Thanks for reminding me Yank!

  57. sean o’driscoll has just been pedalled by forest, that’s about the sum total of fatboy and dracula’s ambition.

  58. We need a holding midfielder in the worst way. Cant keep the ball at all.

    Would rejoice if we activated Diame’s release clause from West Ham.

  59. 14% long balls for Toon, which has been worse. We’ve been over 20$ this season which is criminal. We hardly passed the ball though with only 377 throughout the game (v.low). To compare, Norwich made 455 passes with 14.5% long balls.

  60. 1 point must feel like 3 to Pardew.
    His employers need to give him another contract extension in my opinion.

  61. Apart from watching poor performances by both sides, there was some positive signs.
    And though Cabaye wasnt exactly a force, the combination of Debuchy, Cabaye and Marveaux i belive will produce some good football, in spite of Pardew.
    Young Santon is becoming the player he was expected to be, improving with each game.
    With HBA fit we can expect competition for the midfield jobs.
    Using an improving Bigiramana in a defensive role in front of the back four, giving Tiote competition, or filling in when he is carded out.
    Obertan with increasing time, has shown a bit of improvement and is still young enough to be a decent squad player.
    Afraid Cisse as a lone striker, was rather lost to-day, with not a lot of support.
    He lacks Ba’s first touch and could be suffering from a lack of confidence.
    Plus IMO, he needs someone to play alongside, that can feed him, HBA ?
    Jonas covered a lot of ground to-day, but the usual predictable and unproductive winger, bring in Ferguson, at least he can cross the ball and was in the process of striking up a good partnership with Santon.
    Perch played hard and is a decent midfield fill in, just dont put him on as a CD.
    What can i say about Willo. that would’nt be a repetition of something i have already said.
    Get Douglas in, Tomkins ? not a bad young player but not exceptional, rather have Bassong who had a strong game to-day.

  62. Terrible game where both teams were poor yet strangely i’m feeling a lot more optimistic after it… Maybe I just got so used to us losing that a draw is enough to satisfy me.

  63. alright worky.. was just wondering why my comments have been awaiting moderation for nearly 24 hours.. they aint that bad haha

  64. toon_kev says:
    January 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

    “alright worky.. was just wondering why my comments have been awaiting moderation for nearly 24 hours”

    Toon Kev, aye, they weren’t that bad, very sorry about that. It should be sorted out now and you should be able to make comments without them being moderated.