|Season 2012-13 Result|
|Newcastle United||2-1||Stoke City|
| Cabaye 72,
| Walters 67 (pen).
|Date: 10/03/2013 Venue: St.James' Park Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 12/03/2013 by Greavsie|
|Taxi for Stoke
After not once having managed to come back from behind in a league game under Pardew, we’ve now managed this feat for the last 3 successive home games. OK, we’ve proved we can do that now, we don’t need to keep doing it.
But, this obviously shows the boost in confidence, and in class since we made those January signings. We don’t just rollover and die when we go a goal down – and hopefully we won’t any more for the rest of the season. It’s also no coincidence that Cabaye has come back from his injury lay-off at about the same time and looked a different player.
I had hoped that Ben Arfa would be in the squad, but there was no sign of him, and I’m hoping that his non-appearance was just a precaution and we didn’t need to risk him after his runout in Moscow –wasn’t overly disappointed with Shola being ‘rested’ though…obviously being wrapped in cotton wool for the visit of the unwashed..
I can’t say Stoke are one of my favourite teams, in fact I couldn’t care less about them. They are not a team that’s easy on the eye, and judging by the taxi full of fans they brought to SJP, I suspect their own fans aren’t too keen on watching them either….pathetic turnout. Actually, the more I think about it the more I realise I thoroughly dislike them…..Tramp in a Tracksuit, ‘England’s’ Michael Owen, a load of ex-Mackems, red & white stripes, no real attempt to play football, bunch of thugs on and off the pitch………yep, hate them. It must be an embarrassment to the older generations who watched the likes of Stanley Matthews to see this current crop of ‘players’ and ‘coaches’ competing to be crowned the ‘boil on the arse’ of the premiership with the dirty mackems…their brand of football belongs in the dark ages.
Stoke are in the middle of a poor run of results, and you could see why. Devoid of much footballing ability or attacking mentality and just thought they could stop us by their physicality. Can’t see Guus Hiddinck labelling them a ‘modern football team’
Although we played some decent football in midfield and tried to make the running, most of our attacks were snuffed out, or we played poor passes or crosses that were meat and drink to their defence and keeper. We really need to work out a means of being more effective with corners and free-kicks into the box……far too predictable.
But I never thought we would lose, even though there are a couple of worrying trends….
Anyway – the positives...