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  • Date:23 Sep 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Sports Direct Arena
  • Attendance:49,402
Goal!

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94:05 +4.05

Russell Martin produces a cross, Cheick Tiote manages to make a clearance.

93:14 +3.14

Yohan Cabaye takes a short corner.

92:59 +2.59

Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.

88:25

Unfair challenge on Michael Turner by Cheick Tiote results in a free kick. Cheick Tiote goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.

87:17

Jonathan Howson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheick Tiote. Jonathan Howson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Steve Harper takes the free kick.

85:34

Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.

85:25

A cross is delivered by Grant Holt, James Perch manages to make a clearance.

83:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yohan Cabaye by Bradley Johnson. Shola Ameobi comes on in place of Hatem Ben Arfa. Yohan Cabaye delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Grant Holt manages to make a clearance.

82:19

Demba Ba takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.

81:21

Robert Snodgrass fouled by Cheick Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. Simeon Jackson replaces Andrew Surman. Free kick taken by Javier Garrido.

80:24

Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Taylor. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.

79:38

Russell Martin produces a cross.

77:59

Robert Snodgrass challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Harper takes the free kick.

77:48

The ball is crossed by Gabriel Obertan.

77:15

Andrew Surman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yohan Cabaye. Yohan Cabaye takes the direct free kick.

76:27

Demba Ba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Turner. Bradley Johnson restarts play with the free kick.

74:51

Foul by Grant Holt on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Cheick Tiote is brought on as a substitute for Vurnon Anita. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.

74:24

Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. Leon Barnett gets a block in.

72:17

Centre by Jonathan Howson, Vurnon Anita manages to make a clearance.

70:18

The ball is swung over by Wesley Hoolahan, Andrew Surman produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

69:34

Grant Holt is brought on as a substitute for Steve Morison.

69:11

Gabriel Obertan is brought on as a substitute for Papiss Cisse.

68:35

The ball is delivered by Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

65:51

Wesley Hoolahan fouled by Vurnon Anita, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Javier Garrido, Papiss Cisse makes a clearance.

63:43

Foul by James Perch on Robert Snodgrass, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andrew Surman from right channel.

63:11

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Yohan Cabaye, Mike Williamson takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.

62:47

The ball is sent over by Vurnon Anita.

61:35

Foul by Michael Turner on Demba Ba, free kick awarded. Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball in from the free kick, Bradley Johnson manages to make a clearance.

60:41

Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.

60:25

The ball is swung over by Andrew Surman, clearance by Steven Taylor.

59:44

Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball, clearance made by Steven Taylor.

58:48

Wesley Hoolahan has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

57:38

Papiss Cisse concedes a free kick for a foul on Russell Martin. Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.

57:00

Hatem Ben Arfa delivers the ball, Russell Martin manages to make a clearance. Yohan Cabaye has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

55:30

Yohan Cabaye takes the outswinging corner, Steven Taylor has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

55:15

Hatem Ben Arfa takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a brilliant save.

54:40

Handball decision goes against Steve Morison. Free kick taken by Hatem Ben Arfa.

52:12

Effort from the edge of the box by Robert Snodgrass goes wide of the right-hand upright. Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Steve Morison takes a shot. Andrew Surman takes a shot. Bradley Johnson fouled by Yohan Cabaye, the ref awards a free kick. John Ruddy takes the free kick.

49:01

Unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Bradley Johnson results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Yohan Cabaye, Headed effort from inside the box by Mike Williamson misses to the right of the target.

47:13 +2.13

Unfair challenge on Steven Taylor by Steve Morison results in a free kick. Steven Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

46:46

Andrew Surman takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.

45:15

Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, Michael Turner makes a clearance.

44:50

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Steve Morison. Placed penalty missed by Papiss Cisse.

44:11

Andrew Surman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vurnon Anita. Free kick crossed by Yohan Cabaye.

43:43

Vurnon Anita fouled by Andrew Surman, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Harper takes the free kick.

42:33

Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball.

40:33

Davide Santon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.

36:51

Corner from right by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass.

36:40

The ball is sent over by Russell Martin, blocked by Steven Taylor.

35:03

Demba Ba concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Barnett. Michael Turner restarts play with the free kick.

34:21

The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass, Steve Harper makes a comfortable save.

33:18

Papiss Cisse takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

32:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Morison by James Perch. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from right channel, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Michael Turner. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.

31:31

Davide Santon sends in a cross, Yohan Cabaye has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

31:07

The ball is delivered by Vurnon Anita, clearance made by Jonathan Howson.

30:30

Yohan Cabaye produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

29:38

Inswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, clearance by Leon Barnett.

29:27

The ball is swung over by Vurnon Anita, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance.

28:25

Robert Snodgrass gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon. Direct free kick taken by Steven Taylor.

26:28

Wesley Hoolahan sends in a cross, Davide Santon manages to make a clearance. Centre by Wesley Hoolahan, Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Clearance by Mike Williamson. Wesley Hoolahan concedes a free kick for a foul on James Perch. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from right wing.

26:02

Centre by Hatem Ben Arfa, Bradley Johnson manages to make a clearance.

24:51

Davide Santon is ruled offside. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.

22:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Steve Morison. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.

21:20

The assistant referee flags for offside against Demba Ba. Free kick taken by Leon Barnett.

20:49

Yohan Cabaye produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

18:55

Goal scored by Demba Ba from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Norwich.Hatem Ben Arfa provided the assist for the goal.

17:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vurnon Anita by Steve Morison. Centre by Yohan Cabaye, James Perch takes a shot. Blocked by Leon Barnett.

16:31

A cross is delivered by Vurnon Anita, Jonathan Howson gets a block in.

14:16

Foul by Bradley Johnson on Davide Santon, free kick awarded. Steve Harper takes the free kick.

13:21

Unfair challenge on Russell Martin by Jonas Gutierrez results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from right wing, Papiss Cisse manages to make a clearance.

12:32

A cross is delivered by Steve Morison, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.

11:51

Bradley Johnson produces a cross, save made by Steve Harper.

11:36

Andrew Surman takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Jonas Gutierrez.

11:16

The ball is delivered by Javier Garrido, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.

10:31

Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, clearance made by Mike Williamson.

9:32

Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball, clearance by Bradley Johnson.

8:34

The ball is delivered by James Perch, Andrew Surman gets a block in.

7:23

The referee blows for offside against Demba Ba. Sebastien Bassong goes off and Michael Turner comes on. John Ruddy takes the free kick.

4:38

Centre by Javier Garrido, Wesley Hoolahan takes a shot. Mike Williamson gets a block in. Corner taken by Andrew Surman from the left by-line. Free kick awarded for a foul by Wesley Hoolahan on Hatem Ben Arfa. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.

1:31

Centre by Davide Santon, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.

Match Preview

Mancini offers case for the defence Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes his side are still paying the price for a fractured pre-season. City head into Sunday's Premier League encounter still searching for the form that saw them crowned Premier League champions last season. The reason for their difficulties is not hard to spot. From having the top flight's best defensive record, City suddenly look vulnerable. Including the Community Shield, the Blues have conceded 11 goals in six games so far this season, culminating in the three at the Bernabeu on Tuesday that cost them a famous Champions League away win over Real Madrid. It took City 13 games to reach that number last season. And Mancini is certain he knows why there has been a change. "For two years we were the best defence in the Premier League," he said. "This year we have been average. "Probably the big problem was we didn't get to work properly in pre-season. Since then we lost some players and have had an international break. "But if we are going to improve, we need to work." Joleon Lescott paid the price in midweek. Good enough to start both England's World Cup qualifiers earlier this month, the 30-year-old was left kicking his heels on the bench in Madrid as Mancini preferred teenage Serbian Matija Nastasic. It seemed like a significant move. Yet Mancini insists it was not. "No," he said. "We have played six games this season and all the players have played two or three. "The problem was because we started pre-season in a different moment. "Joleon came back very late. He is an important player for us but we have 23 good players. Sometimes I can change them." Mancini accepts Sunday's game will offer a decent guide to his team's present situation. After their own tricky start, Arsenal have hit form. Whereas City struggled at Anfield, and required a large slice of good fortune to snatch a draw, the Gunners cruised to an easy away win at Liverpool. Immediately after the international break a Southampton side City were behind against on the opening weekend of the season had six goals slammed past them by Arsene Wenger's men. Rather than the departures of one-time City target Robin van Persie and Alex Song signalling the death knell for Wenger and his team, it actually seems to have released them. Santi Cazorla has already proved to be an outstanding purchase, while Germany frontman Lukas Podolski has confounded gloomy pre-season predictions about his contribution. Arsene Wenger feels there is plenty more to come from Arsenal this season - and he expects to see how their appetite corresponds to their ability in Sunday's clash. The Gunners have responded well to the #24million sale of captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United with an unbeaten start to the new campaign, which has included a battling Champions League victory in Montpellier earlier this week. But Wenger insists his squad - boosted by the summer arrivals of Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski - can step up a level as they prepare for a stern test of their ambitions at the Etihad Stadium. "I have no doubt about the desire and hunger of my squad. It will just tell you how strong we are at the moment," said Wenger. "I believe we are quite strong, but we have some room for improvement. "All is not perfect, but the signs we are giving are very good and very strong. "The hunger is massive in this squad. They want to do well, they are focused and want to win. "We want to continue to improve." Wenger accepts that while the title may not be on the line this weekend, the chance to strike a mental blow to City's aspirations of a successful defence of their crown is. "It is the beginning of the championship and you know that this game can have a big influence on the belief of both teams, so who will have the upper hand has a psychological advantage," Wenger said. "On that front it's a very exciting game and while it is still very early in the season, already it is a very important game for me." Wenger is expecting another close contest at the top of this season's Barclays Premier League, no matter what the leading sides may achieve in Europe. City went down 3-2 away at Real Madrid in midweek. "Manchester City didn't win the championship last year by 10 points," Wenger said. "It was in the last two minutes, so it was very, very tight, and I think it will be very tight again this year." Arsenal must do without goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny because of an ankle problem. Vito Mannone has proved an able deputy so far this season, keeping two clean sheets.

Formation:442Manager: Alan Pardew

Newcastle

Formation: 4411Manager: Chris Hughton

Norwich

  • Steve Harper
  • James Perch
  • Mike Williamson
  • Steven Taylor
  • Davide Santon
  • Hatem Ben Arfa
  • Vurnon Anita
  • Yohan Cabaye
  • Jonas Gutierrez
  • Papiss Cisse
  • Demba Ba
  • SUBS
  • Rob Elliot
  • Gael Bigirimana
  • Shola Ameobi
  • Cheick Tiote
  • Gabriel Obertan
  • Sammy Ameobi
  • James Tavernier

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Match Report

Form Guide

    WLDD
  • Newcastle
  • VS
  • Norwich
  • LDDD

Last Meetings

  • Newcastle
  • 1 - 0
  • Norwich
  • 18/03/2012
  • Norwich
  • 4 - 2
  • Newcastle
  • 10/12/2011
  • Norwich
  • 2 - 1
  • Newcastle
  • 20/04/2005
  • Newcastle
  • 2 - 2
  • Norwich
  • 25/08/2004
  • Newcastle
  • 3 - 0
  • Norwich
  • 08/04/1995
  • Norwich
  • 2 - 1
  • Newcastle
  • 31/12/1994

Top Scorers

Newcastle

  • D Ba 3
  • H Ben Arfa 1

Norwich

  • R Snodgrass 1
  • S Jackson 1

Goals

Newcastle

    • Total goals 11
    • Goals per game 5
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Norwich

    • Total goals 8
    • Goals per game 2
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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