Season 2012-13 Result
Newcastle United 2-1 Stoke City
 Cabaye 72,
 Cisse 90.
 Walters 67 (pen).
Date: 10/03/2013  Venue: St.James' Park  Competition: Premiership
Crowd: 50,703
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….
  • Another moment of madness from Tiote giving them a penalty...
  • Cisse again getting involved in pushing & shoving...
These could easily cost us more than they did on Sunday. Against decent teams we may not have recovered, and Cisse needs to be careful. Although Stoke were quite happy to go down easily in ‘tackles’, if their player had over-reacted to Cisse then he could well get sent –off.

Anyway – the positives...
  • Cabaye’s free-kick. ..Superb. Technique and placement were excellent.
  • Cisse’s winner – a huge relief. Good build-up play and a sharp finish deep into injury time.
  • Adam Campbell’s debut - who knows if he will be the next Shearer or not, but good luck to the lad. He comes across as a level-headed lad in his interviews.
  • Sissoko – apart from some poor final passes, this guy is immense and could be the player to grab hold of us the way Gerrard has done at Liverpool….still early days, but surely can only get better
  • Steve Taylor – played well, the antics at the free kick were amusing, but not something you want to see very often…concentrate on the football son.
I’m sure there’s more but I can’t be bothered to write them down……Onwards and Upwards