MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 1 Leicester City 0, St James’ Park, 18/Oct/14, KO: 3pm, Premier League. Att: 51,866

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A vital win saw us stay in the bottom three but at least spark some hope with three points SDlogoin an otherwise forgettable game.  Steven Taylor thankfully came in for Williamson – I hasten to add that’s not a ringing endorsement of the former but frankly I’d rather have Dennis Taylor playing centre half than the former and a warm up injury to Tiote saw ineffective midget Vurnon Anita promoted to the starting line up.  The match was preceeded by a palpable frisson of excitement (well, from me at least) that the match would be called off and we could have an afternoon in the pub but the game did start after an hour delay after the big screen we’ve installed for the impeding rugby league thing at SJP.

The first half actually started quite brightly and we should have taken the lead when Coloccini popped up in the box with time but steered a side footed effort wide and our main threat, as it was all afternoon came through Obertan who showed a purpose which has been missing from Gouffran for nine months, Sissoko for two years and our centre midfield for, well…  We’ll have this conversation now because really there wasn’t too much else to discuss in the first half but whilst Obertan has largely been a joke at NUFC, when you look at our other, undroppable Frenchmen, then he is certainly no worse and is arguably more effective.  I never want to see Gouffran play for us again.  Utter, utter shit.

Anyway, yeah, getting back to the match, Leicester came even closer when James looked odds on to score but steered an effort tamely at Krul and they also hit the post from a deflection but by half time, we looked as short of ideas as we always do.

We again started the second half brightly though and Cisse should arguably have done better when seizing on a weak backpass, rounding Schmeichel only to shoot into the side netting.  Leicester then started to get on top of the game and after enjoying a 15 minute spell when they were well in control of the game, to rising murmurs of discontent from the stands we hooked the embarrassingly anonymous Anita for the lively Perez and hit the visitors on the counter attack to win the game through man of the match (do not adjust your sets) Obertan.

Cisse played the ‘enigmatic’ Frenchman in but he still had a lot to do before surging on with the ball, cutting inside and rifling a shot past Schmeichel in impressive fashion.  Good goal and good for him.  The confidence drained out of Leicester and Cisse really should have sealed it after some excellent work from Perez saw him picked out from a great cross only for his header into the ground to go over from six yards out.  Poor miss.  On early impressions though, Perez has more to offer than Riviere but when you consider that the three of them represent our attacking ‘options’ then you’ll see just how short we are.

News of the Mackems getting smashed 8-0 at Southampton put an extra gloss on the afternoon but if I’m entirely honest, I came away temporarily relieved rather than ecstatic.  I don’t want to be a miserable, twisty bastard and after waiting so long for a win, I am genuinely pleased that we have one to celebrate but to say that it is papering over some cracks which may start to resemble the San Andreas fault come mid November to end of December time would be putting things mildly.  I know Tiote was injured in the warm up but honestly, I would struggle to pick a worse starting line up in the past twenty plus years.

You might call that a kneejerk but…decent keeper, one decent full back, one half decent centre half when he can be arsed, one at very best ‘unpredictable’ winger, two/three badly average to absolutely terrible centre midfielders and one good centre forward with far too much weight on his shoulders.  The relegation season team of malingerers and wankers was better than this one but the league is probably worse so we might stop up.  That, for me is as much optimism as I can muster longer term.  Short term, I’m delighted to see us win.

Keep the Faith

Newcastle United – Krul 7, Janmaat 7, Coloccini 6, S Taylor 7, Dummett 6 (Haidara 5) Sissoko 6, Colback 4, Anita 4 (Perez 7), Gouffran 3 (Cabella n/a), OBERTAN 8, Cisse 6

Ref – Atkinson 7 – I can’t remember a foul?

Our Fans – 6 – Merry and stayed with the team

Their Fans – 7 – Excellent turn out, not much noise

GARETH HARRISON

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6 Responses to MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 1 Leicester City 0, St James’ Park, 18/Oct/14, KO: 3pm, Premier League. Att: 51,866

  1. Bob says:

    I see Pardew again acknowledged Ashley and his apparent love for the club but just us as supporters who pay good money. I haven’t seen any acknowledgement of the support for the team and the, at least temporary, restriction on hostilities towards him. Maybe he didn’t notice but as he’s always been quick to put that as a downer for the team you would have thought he would have.
    Thought we started quite brightly and the players looked “more up for it” than previously. A lot of weight on Cisse’s shoulders as you say and although he missed a couple at least he’s still finding the chances. Lets hope Obertan can find some consistency which hs been sadly lacking.

  2. Rob says:

    I thought Anita was good. We keep the ball much better with him in the team. Yes, there is an argument that he and Colback are too similar, and with Tiote surely returning ASAP it’s hard to see how to fit them all in.
    But we kept the ball better than we have don (not hard) and our best performances this season (hardly a great standard) have come with him in the team, as he recycles the ball, keeping it moving, and finds space much better than others we have. He (and Colback) would look much better if we had Haidara in over Dummett, who seems terrified of crossing the halfway line, and if we had Tiote in to drop deep and allow either centre-half to walk out of defence ahead of either Colback or Anita. Despite what Sissoko offers on the break (if in concept rather than actuality) I’d sooner have Anita in than him at the moment.

  3. Could go on and on about the lack of quality in the teams performance but won’t be niggardly about it and just say a wonderful much needed three points , We still in the bottom three and have a mountain to climb . The glass is half full and I am full of faith . Toon for ever . Ralph.

  4. Dan Wilson says:

    we haven’t had a decent ‘keeper since Kevin Carr