Monday, January 14, 2013


Norwich 0 - 0 Newcastle Utd

Saturday saw the long slog to Norwich for what turned out to be one of the most turgid performances delivered in recent memory as we struggled to fashion much in the way of meaningful chances and thankfully came up against a Canaries side in equally uninspiring form.

The outcome, not surprisingly, was a goalless draw which we needn't dwell on for long. Of particular significance, however, was Sideshow Bob, putting his off-field problems behind him to deliver a man-of-the-match performance as our defence largely looked solid and achieved a rarely sighted clean sheet.

Joining Sideshow Bob was debutant Mathieu Debuchy, who looked solid on debut and made a couple of promising runs forward while also managing to pick up a booking for his troubles.

At the other end, too often Papiss Cisse looked isolated and was unable to get into the game. Significantly, though, Spidermag returned to the starting line-up (which might also have made Davide Santon's afternoon a little easier) and in the second half the Silver Fox was able to give Dreamboat a run out.

Frustratingly we failed to test Norwich with our best chances falling to Obertan Kenobi, who saw a shot saved in the first half, and perhaps to Sideshow Bob who hooked a volley over the bar in the second half. At the other end, Perchinho made one timely interception when we looked to be caught on the break having over-committed men forward, but save for a shot hitting the outside of the post and the home side failing to connect with a loose ball at the end, Tim Krul had a fairly quiet afternoon.

The big positives, though, were the return of Dreamboat and a clean sheet.

Other reports: BBC, Observer

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