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Ben Arfa, class above. Harper had an excellent game as well.

 

Williamson put in a shift.

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Important 3 points but questions still have to be asked of the performance as a team and a few individuals.

 

Harper...9 Won the game for us really with a few crucial saves. Very good performance.

Santon...6 Wasteful and lacked concentration but did try to link down the left. A consistent system would allow a relationship to be formed with whoever is infront of him.

Williamson...7 Better game, few attempts on goal but still flaps at times and punts it forward.

Taylor...7 Solid enough, looks like he is enjoying his football again.

Anita...6 Just ordinary. I really dont see alot in this lad.

Perch...8 Composed, chased and was tidy on the ball. I like this lad.

Cabaye...6 Just not firing, looks off the pace but can give you that magic ball at any time. Will come good.

Ben Arfa...8 Wanted it, looked hungry and assertive, give the ball away a few times but worked hard for the team.

Jonas...7 Ran with the ball and won freekicks, doesnt do our shape any good really but his work ethic gets him through.

Ba...8 Looked lively, smiling again and took the goal very well.

Cisse...5 Seriously needs to have a word with himself, actually think a couple of games out will do him good.

 

Shola...Should get a few games upfront with Ba.

Tiote...Proper fuckin animal! :lol: Glad he's back but Cheik man, calm down.

Obertan...Really dislike this pathetic excuse for a footballer.

 

Good 3 points, few positives but still alot of room for improvement. A match sharp Tiote and Colo will help the team ten fold.

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Hit and miss performance.

 

Harper - 8

Perch - 7

Saylor - 7

Williamson - 7

Santon - 6

Ben Arfa - 7.5 (Ameobi - N/A)

Anita - 6 (Tiote - 4)

Cabaye - 5

Jonas - 7

Ba - 8

Cisse - 4 (Obertan - 5)

 

Positives:

 

1. Harper looks like his solid old self. I'm less worried about Krul's injury now.

2. Ba is back where he was a year ago. Hopefully we can keep him happy and he'll keep banging them in for us.

3. Defence was solid throughout. Limited Norwich to half chances which Harper kept out.

4. Ben Arfa is such an asset for us. He is a real game changer.

5. Jonas really is an important player for us. Seemed to be the only one who knew how to run the clock down at the end.

 

Negatives:

 

1. Cabaye continued his poor form. Shocking shooting and didn't seem to get around the pitch as much. At least his set pieces have inproved.

2. Cisse was a non-entity. Crap penalty too.

3. Tiote needs to get his head in the game for when he starts.

4. Obertan wouldn't see a good pass if it poked him in the eye. Shirked a 50/50 too, utter cunt.

5. Hoofball is a waste of time. I'd consider putting Ben Arfa in the middle to try and get a bit of penetration out of midfield.

 

All in all, a bit meh, but a win is a win. We really need to sort ourselves out for the big boys though. We just don't seem to have gotten out of second gear yet.

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;) The peformance was shite against a team that'll probably be down amongst it at the end of the season. Great 3 points aye, but the rest of it?

Aye, but to say it feels like a defeat? Blyme

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;) The peformance was shite against a team that'll probably be down amongst it at the end of the season. Great 3 points aye, but the rest of it?

Same type of performance as against Bolton and Blackburn at home last season. So what?

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;) The peformance was shite against a team that'll probably be down amongst it at the end of the season. Great 3 points aye, but the rest of it?

 

Better clubs than us will put in shite performances against sides fighting relegation and pick up (or not pick up) 3 points. Doesn't mean much in the long term as long as we're not consistently as poor as we were today.

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I'd be more worried about the result if we'd conceded and not made chances. 18 shots today.

 

Also, Cabaye made loads of short to middle ranged passes, which makes me think his diminished attacking contribution has more to do with the standard of the player alongside him in the centre. He's doing the transitional passing that is normally done by the defensive midfielder. I think we'll see Yohan back to his beautiful best when Tiote is his normal dominant self.

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Today shows why we would be mental to sell Ba for £7mil. When he plays in his best position he gets nearly a goal a game

Anybody else expecting Ba to get about 16 then have a barren spell after Xmas, when Cisse will go on a Scoring spree?

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Today shows why we would be mental to sell Ba for £7mil. When he plays in his best position he gets nearly a goal a game

 

no choice though with that release clause

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Absolute turgid performance and lucky to hang on.

 

Just ain't clicking for us this season and unless Pardew sorts it out in training we are going to come a cropper very soon.

 

Highlights.

 

Harper did well.

I liked Anita at RB

Ben Arfa was a pleasure to be in the same stadium as.

Pies were good.

 

We just don't look a team and in particular the strikers look to have no understanding between each other.

 

Thank God we won.

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We picked up points last year early on without looking World beaters so lets see how things pan out as the season evolves. We'll definitely pick up a bit should the injuries settle down.

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We are always 'lucky' but on the other hand they were lucky that -

 

Cisse missed a penalty.

Cisse missed a very good headed chance.

Ba didn't take a better touch which allowed Barnett to catch him up when through.

Cabaye skied a couple of good chances.

Taylor headed just wide.

Obertan chose to shoot when putting it across the box would have led to a tap in.

 

Etc, etc... As much as we weren't brilliant we still created enough chances to win this comfortably.

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They had plenty of the ball in our final third. Not good when only sitting on a 1-0 lead.

 

which is different to hanging on.

 

they had 3 serious efforts on goal, requiring 2 admittedly very good stops by Harper.

 

last season we beat them 1-0 & it required a far better series of saves by Krul to ensure the victory.

 

today wasn't comfortable, though it would have been at 2-0, but we were in no appreciable danger.

 

still it's glad to see you understand football and politics to an equal measure

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We picked up points last year early on without looking World beaters so lets see how things pan out as the season evolves. We'll definitely pick up a bit should the injuries settle down.

 

Exactly. We were no better in the first 11 of last season as I remember it.

 

3 tight points won. Good work.

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which is different to hanging on.

 

they had 3 serious efforts on goal, requiring 2 admittedly very good stops by Harper.

 

last season we beat them 1-0 & it required a far better series of saves by Krul to ensure the victory.

 

today wasn't comfortable, though it would have been at 2-0, but we were in no appreciable danger.

 

still it's glad to see you understand football and politics to an equal measure

 

Were you there?

 

If you were you will realise that 50,000 or so Geordies biting nails, groaning and whistling for the final whistle, usually indicates a very uncomfortable end to the game.

 

Guessing you were too busy burning effigies of Maggie.

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We picked up points last year early on without looking World beaters so lets see how things pan out as the season evolves. We'll definitely pick up a bit should the injuries settle down.

 

True we could pick up but we are looking very poor throughout the team. Nothing seems to be close to clicking into place at the moment.

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