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March 18, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 47833‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle United 1-0 Norwich City

Papiss Cisse strengthens the Magpies' grip on sixth place with third goal for his new club, who are now five points behind fifth-placed Chelsea

By Rob Stewart at the Sports Direct Arena

  • Tim Krul
    22
    0
    3.50

    Tim Krul

    The Dutchman was back to his normal unflappable self after his spat with compatriot Robin Van Persie at the Emirates and saved brilliantly to deny Zak Whitbread.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    21
    0
    3.50

    Fabricio Coloccini

    The Newcastle skipper seemed to be one step ahead of Norwich every time they attacked.

  • Danny Simpson
    7
    10
    3.00

    Danny Simpson

    Newcastle are willing to let him leave this summer and the so-so show demonstrated why as he struggled to contain Anthony Pilkington.

  • Mike Williamson
    8
    11
    2.50

    Mike Williamson

    He does the simple things well but the way he was caught in possession when trying to play his way out of defence showed his limitations.

  • James Perch
    21
    1
    3.50

    James Perch Top of the Match

    He used to be a figure of fun at Newcastle but he made light of Cheick Tiote's absence with a tenacious midfield display.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    13
    1
    3.00

    Yohan Cabaye

    The French international was not at his fluent best yet would still have scored but for a wonderful John Ruddy save and was always a willling outlet.

  • Danny Guthrie
    10
    2
    3.50

    Danny Guthrie

    He has turned down a Newcastle contract offer but he did little to suggest a new deal will be in the offing.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    13
    4
    2.50

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    The mercurial Frenchman clearly drives manager Alan Pardew mad because he just does his own thing in the most dangerous of situations and paid the price by being brought off.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    11
    1
    3.00

    Jonas Gutierrez

    The makeshift left-back set up Cisse's opener but looked better going forward than he did when he had to defend.

  • Papiss Cissé
    22
    0
    3.50

    Papiss Cissé

    The Senegalese striker scored with the most difficult of his three first-half chances to take his tally of Newcastle goals to three.

  • Demba Ba
    15
    3
    3.00

    Demba Ba

    He has now gone five games without a goal and while nothing came off for him in front of goal there can be no faulting his work-rate.

Substitutions

  • Davide Santon
    13
    0
    3.00

    Davide Santon

    The Italian was brought on in place of Ben Arfa to bring sanity and stability to proceedings.

  • Dan Gosling
    8
    1
    2.50

    Dan Gosling

    His Newcastle future is looking uncertain and this cameo did not allow him to silence his doubters.

  • Shola Ameobi
    14
    1
    3.00

    Shola Ameobi

    A simple but effective performance when he replaced Cisse.

  • John Ruddy
    5
    2
    3.50

    John Ruddy

    He stopped Newcastle moving out of sight in the first half with a couple of saves that showed why they are touting him for England recogniton in Norfolk.

  • Adam Drury
    1
    2
    3.00

    Adam Drury

    The left-back never seems to let Norwich down and this tidy performance was no exception to the rule.

  • Zak Whitbread
    0
    4
    3.00

    Zak Whitbread

    It looked as though he would never get to grips with the Newcastle strikers and was caught out as Cisse broke the deadlock, but he raised his game afterwards.

  • Elliot Ward
    0
    3
    3.00

    Elliot Ward

    The centre-half made plenty of blocks and interceptions to keep Newcastle at bay after overcoming early wobbles.

  • Kyle Naughton
    1
    2
    3.00

    Kyle Naughton

    The on-loan Tottenham right-back got better as the game went on.

  • Andrew Surman
    2
    2
    2.50

    Andrew Surman

    He struggled to make an impression but deserves credit for never giving up.

  • Anthony Pilkington
    0
    3
    2.50

    Anthony Pilkington

    The former Huddersfield winger always looked to have the beating of Danny Simpson but his delivery could have been better.

  • David Fox
    1
    2
    3.50

    David Fox

    He made things happen for Norwich in the midfield trenches with a clever display.

  • Elliott Bennett
    1
    4
    3.00

    Elliott Bennett

    Once he got into his stride he looked comfortable but was punished for not tracking back as Newcastle took the lead.

  • Jonny Howson
    2
    3
    3.50

    Jonny Howson

    The former Leeds skipper kept Norwich ticking over with a bright display and led the counter-attacks with plenty of purpose.

  • Steve Morison
    0
    7
    2.00

    Steve Morison Flop of the Match

    The lone-striker ran himself into the ground and even though he put himself about he lacked the finesse and pace needed to break down the Toon defence and wasted a late chance.

Substitutions

  • Russell Martin
    0
    5
    2.50

    Russell Martin

    Unable to make an impact.

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    2
    3
    3.00

    Wesley Hoolahan

    He helped give Norwich the upper hand late on.

  • Grant Holt
    0
    5
    0.00

    Grant Holt

    The talismanic Canaries striker did not get a chance to salvage a point for his team.

Results
 
Player Ratings
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Position
Ranking
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
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20 0
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Midfielder
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18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
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16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2