An early goal from Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse was enough to condemn Norwich City to another Premier League defeat in the North East.

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Cisse struck in the 11th minute for Newcastle when he fired home from a cross by Jonas Gutierrez, and it took two fine saves from goalkeeper John Ruddy from Demba Ba and Cisse to prevent further damage before the break.

But it was Dutch keeper Tim Krul who excelled after the interval with two saves in as many minutes to prevent the Canaries getting on terms, foiling first Anthony Pilkington then brilliantly tipping over a Zak Whitbread header.

It was a much better performance from City at St James’ Park than they produced at Sunderland last month, but the result made it just one point from the last four league games and they will be keen to arrest that slide at home to struggling Wolves next Saturday.

The defeat also extended the Canaries’ poor run in front of the cameras with just one win in nine TV games this season.

City boss Paul Lambert made four changes after the 1-1 draw against Wigan with recalls for Jonny Howson, Elliott Bennett, Anthony Pilkington and Steve Morison,

The four players relegated to the bench were Andrew Crofts, Wes Hoolahan, Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson.

Defender Elliott Ward was handed the captain’s armband for the first time.

Newcastle showed two changes to the team beaten 2-1 at Arsenal on Monday night.

Cheick Tiote was ruled out by a thigh injury and Davide Santon was dropped to the substitutes’ bench. Into the side came James Perch and Danny Guthrie.

Before kick-off, players officials and spectators joined in a minute’s applause for Bolton player Fabrice Muamba, critically ill in hospital after collapsing in the FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham on Saturday evening.

Cisse was presented with the first opportunity after little more than a minute when Cabaye’s through-ball left him clear of the City defence, who seemed to be expecting a flag, but as he tried to lob Ruddy, the keeper managed to knock the ball up and grab it.

Coloccini tried his luck from well over 30 yards in the sixth minute but his effort sailed into the crowd.

A foul by Williamson on Howson gave City a free-kick some 30 yards out, but it was wasted as Ward headed Fox’s kick into an empty space.

Newcastle took the lead in the 11th minute when Cisse struck. Gutierrez, attacking from left-back, managed to get the better of Naughton on the left and his cross into the six-yard box found Cisse getting ahead of Whitbread to shoot first time past Ruddy.

United had a lucky escape in the 19th minute, however, when the dithering Williamson was caught in possession by Morison, and Howson, folling up, rifled a powerful effort just past the angle of post and bar.

Pilkington tested Krul for the first time from about 25 yards but the keeper was solidly behind his effort.

Whitbread needed attention after being caught in the face by Cisse’s shoulder as he jumped for a header.

Ruddy made a fine save on the half-hour to keep the score at 1-0. Cabaye took a pass from Gutierrez and fired in a shot from the left corner of the area, Ba managing to flick it on, but Ruddy dived to his left to push the ball round the post.

There were appeals for hand-ball when Guthrie’s shot was blocked by the falling Bennett, but referee Dowd was unimpressed.

Naughton blocked a volley from Cisse as Newcastle threatened down the right through Ben Arfa.

Ruddy saved City again four minutes before the break when Gutierrez played the perfect through-ball for Cisse, who looked set to score his second, only for the keeper to come out and make a fine save.

Surman missed a good chance to equalise a minute before the interval when Bennett’s perseverance enabled him to cross from the right, Pilkington challenged Simpson in the air and the ball dropped for Surman, but he screwed his shot across the face of goal.

A foul on Drury gave City a free-kick in first-half stoppage time but Fox curled his shot over the top.

• Half-time: Newcastle United 1, Norwich City 0

Howson fired very high and wide two minutes after the restart from Fox’s well-judged through-ball.

Then Cisse tested Ruddy with a 20-yard drive but the keeper was right behind it.

Morison just failed to get on the end of crosses by Drury and Naughton as City broke, looking for an equaliser.

Eight minutes into the half, Krul was forced into action again when Fox’s pass enabled Pilkington to get ahead of Simpson and the keeper had to save at his near post.

Then Krul excelled with a marvellous save as Bennett crossed from the right and he tipped Whitbread’s powerful header over the top.

As City began to threaten more, Coloccini had to be alert to cut out Surman’s cross into the six-yard box with Krul out of his goal.

Bennett earned the day’s first yellow card for a foul as Newcastle pushed forward again.

Newcastle made their first change after 63 minutes when Santon replaced Ben Arfa.

A bad slice by Williamson presented City with another corner, Ward getting in a header that was blocked.

United made their second change when Shola Ameobi was sent on for goalscorer Cisse.

Ruddy saved from Cabaye as the hosts broke through Ameobi, and as the keeper failed to hold the ball, Ba was just unable to force home the rebound.

The home side used their last substitute with a quarter of an hour left as Gosling replaced Guthrie.

Lambert made his first change when Holt replaced Howson, and within seconds of the change, Whitbread was booked for a foul on Ba.

Eight minutes from time, Drury made way for Hoolahan, and there was one more change three minutes later when Pilkington hobbled off to be replaced by Russell Martin.

With little more than a minute left, Surman connected with Bennett’s cross but his overhead kick flew over.

Morison missed a good opening in the final minute when he struck a tame effort at Krul after Whitbread had headed the keeper’s kick into his path.

Ameobi flashed a shot wide at the other end as the game entered stoppage time.

Naughton was booked in stoppage time for a foul on Gutierrez.

• Result: Newcastle United 1, Norwich City 0

• Newcastle United (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa (Santon, 63), Perch, Guthrie (Gosling, 76), Cabaye; Cisse (Shola Ameobi, 69), Ba. Subs (not used): Elliot, Vuckic, Donaldson, Abeid.

• Norwich City (4-1-4-1): Ruddy; Naughton, Ward, Whitbread, Drury (Hoolahan, 82); Fox; Bennett, Howson (Holt, 77), Surman, Pilkington (Russell Martin, 85); Morison. Subs (not used): Steer, Johnson, Crofts, Jackson.

• Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

• Attendance: 47,883 (1,904 Norwich fans)

• Goals: Newcastle: Cisse (11).

• Bookings: City: Bennett (62), Whitbread (78), Naughton (90)

31 comments

  • You people astound me. "Is Morison our laziest player ever?" I'm not saying he's been great lately, he clearly hasn't, but to suggest this superlative just three years after a whole team of makeweights was taking us in to League One is ridiculous.

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    Saturday Skin

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • Poshboy, for sure everyone is proud of what Lambert has achieved, it is the achievement of a great manager. As a supporter, it is only normal to want what the club could and has proven it can achieve. By the way...I wonder if Paul Lambert reads these comments?

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    HarryHastings

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • My son sent me a text during the 2nd half, just saying : "Morrison is SH*T!" Although I wouldn't dream of using such language, it does tend to encapsulate my main observation on this afternoons game. It doesnt mater how many pretty passes you string together in the opposition half, if you have a single striker who cant dribble, doesnt see obvious passes, and doesnt have one realistic attempt on goal.....you are going nowhere!! Our best goal chance was from our centre half!!! Why oh why does Lambert persevere with this guy??,My son sent me a text during the 2nd half, just saying : "Morrison is SH*T!" Although I wouldn't dream of using such language, it does tend to encapsulate my main observation on this afternoons game. It doesnt mater how many pretty passes you string together in the opposition half, if you have a single striker who cant dribble, doesnt see obvious passes, and doesnt have one realistic attempt on goal.....you are going nowhere!! Our best goal chance was from our centre half!!! Why oh why does Lambert persevere with this guy??? He really isnt up to the task!! Another defeat next week....and the wheels really will look as they are coming off!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • @baguio - please expand on the Tierney statement. First I've heard of issues - thanks.

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    Dobbino

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • There was some really good stuff there, tackling back, passing and setting up moves but the finishing was off. Zak is continuing to make an impact all over the pitch and I think that Howson has got a lot to offer as he regains his fitness and gets used to the pace. Pilks and Benno had some good moments but are not at their best at present. Naughton very strong again and Elliot Ward did seem to be caught out at some crucial times. Adam Drury battles through again, still strong. JR - great game, spilled a few that could of been crucial but he is confident and riding a good wave of form and luck at the moment. Playing one up front gave us a good pressence in the midfield but meant that we were mostly taking pot shots from a distance. Some days they go in, but not in this game.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • Jordon Rhodes is looking like the "must buy" for next season!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • Just watched MOTD2 (a bit late I know) as only saw a small part of the match yesterday. Make that 2 fantastic crosses Bennett put in. On another day he would have had two assists. What more can the guy do?? I'm not saying there isn't room for improvement, but he is the best crosser of a ball we have.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • Very disappointed with Morison (again). In the circumstances I do wonder why they don’t send him on holiday? I said a while back that we would miss Tierney and we are badly but he’s damaged the team spirit too much to bring back into the fold. All Lambert can do is sell the pair of them I feel. On the plus side, I thought that Howson looked better today. Whitbread however only played the last 75 minutes and by then it was too late. We have to hit the ground running and we didn’t today. Ruddy MOM again. We need to really get behind the team next time out and be that 12th man. They look like they just need a win and we will be away all over again. OTBC ILWT

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    baguio

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • Like baguio it was a nearly sort of game for the canaries, those green shirts are a menace.We should not let the players play on a sunday anyway as we are hopeless on a sunday.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • And Lambert is at fault now for many games (reminder - we lost by one goal today, away from home, to a team currently sixth in the Premier League) and should stop playing tactically to your opents play (sic) - why exactly should we now stop doing something which, one might argue, is what has seen us get to mid-table and 14 points clear of safety in the first place? And which saw us beat Newcastle earlier this season, where we didn't play a good passing game at all, but instead hammered their makeshift defence with high balls and crosses? ILWT for a good reason - he's spent the last 30 months proving he's better at this than we are. So please could we not forget that because of one duff month?

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    Saturday Skin

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • Thought we played very well, but just lacked quality upfront. I think if Jackson and Holt played at the start we could have got a point. But 13th in the league and 14pts I think? from safety, if anyone asked me if I would be happy with that at the start of the season with 9 games to go and I would have said yes.

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    ImDrunky

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • Amazing how when things aren't going quite as well as we want them that people have to start to criticize. Why can't we be proud of PL, proud of the team and proud of how far we've come in 2 years ?? BTW Dobbino, let's just say that MT has been doing a good impression of a certain ex-England Captain in his nocturnal habits........

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    Canary Poshboy

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • If, and I say if, Paul Lambert has talked to Alex Ferguson, then I think Mr Ferguson would have said " never ever criticise your players in public, bull them up to get maximum return" and there buy lies the rub !!!!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • We are drifting into a zone that I don't want to be familar with again. Newcastle have only lost twice at home this season and we did not really look like we were going to change that. I don't care about the shirts, it's what's in them that seems a little short of inspiration at the moment. To me, the subs were brought on too late to really have an impact. However, I still believe, OTBC. We need to beat Wolves substantially. Last year we were getting loaners from them, this year we need to finish them off an be the wolf in canary clothing.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • thought bennett was ok,we were un lucky in 2nd half,we should beat wolves, ruddys save from ba that took a deflection was world class,how does stuart pearce think we have more than 3 better english keepers than ruddy. wake up pearce hart 1,ruddy 2,green 3

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    jmm

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • My son sent me a text during the 2nd half, just saying : "Morrison is SH*T!" Although I wouldn't dream of using such language, it does tend to encapsulate my main observation on this afternoons game. It doesnt mater how many pretty passes you string together in the opposition half, if you have a single striker who cant dribble, doesnt see obvious passes, and doesnt have one realistic attempt on goal.....you are going nowhere!! Our best goal chance was from our centre half!!! Why oh why does Lambert persevere with this guy??,My son sent me a text during the 2nd half, just saying : "Morrison is SH*T!" Although I wouldn't dream of using such language, it does tend to encapsulate my main observation on this afternoons game. It doesnt mater how many pretty passes you string together in the opposition half, if you have a single striker who cant dribble, doesnt see obvious passes, and doesnt have one realistic attempt on goal.....you are going nowhere!! Our best goal chance was from our centre half!!! Why oh why does Lambert persevere with this guy??? He really isnt up to the task!! Another defeat next week....and the wheels really will look as they are coming off!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • Amazing how when things aren't going quite as well as we want them that people have to start to criticize. Why can't we be proud of PL, proud of the team and proud of how far we've come in 2 years ?? BTW Dobbino, let's just say that MT has been doing a good impression of a certain ex-England Captain in his nocturnal habits........

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    Canary Poshboy

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • Amazing how when things aren't going quite as well as we want them that people have to start to criticize. Why can't we be proud of PL, proud of the team and proud of how far we've come in 2 years ?? BTW Dobbino, let's just say that MT has been doing a good impression of a certain ex-England Captain in his nocturnal habits........

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    Canary Poshboy

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • thought bennett was ok,we were un lucky in 2nd half,we should beat wolves, ruddys save from ba that took a deflection was world class,how does stuart pearce think we have more than 3 better english keepers than ruddy. wake up pearce hart 1,ruddy 2,green 3

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    jmm

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • yet again morison was shocking,he was never good with ball at feet ,we have known all along he cant beat a man or pass a 30yarder to feet nor can he finish with feet ,neither can he provide a defence splitting pass for an assist,, but what he was good at was closing defenders down,running the channels and holding ball up and getting headers on target, and we accept that and he does it well, but since xmas he has been lazy and showing no fight, he was a disgrace today he put no effort in and if the ball werent passed to his feet he was throwing his hands up in air moaning at everyone, lambert needs to have a word with him, its not acceptable

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    jmm

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • @baguio - please expand on the Tierney statement. First I've heard of issues - thanks.

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    Dobbino

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • @baguio - please expand on the Tierney statement. First I've heard of issues - thanks.

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    Dobbino

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • @baguio - please expand on the Tierney statement. First I've heard of issues - thanks.

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    Dobbino

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • Brave ten man Norwich fall to narrow defeat. Ten man? - Who was sent off? Nobody, but Steve Morison was playing. Ah, point understood. Question - Is Steve Morison the laziest player ever to appear for the club?

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    Dark Moon

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • Hey Algarve Canary. What a coincidence. My son sent me a half time text which was 'Morison is Cr*p' Both texts sum it up nicely I think!

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    MickH

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • Whitbread, Howson, Ruddy and maybe Ward, the rest, not good enough today. Unfortunately, we really don't have anyone with real class, someone who can make things happen. I totally agree with midland, Morison is not up to it, might be good in the air BUT THAT IS IT !!!!! and Elliott Bennett all I can say is that he must impress in training. Today was a reality check for me, we pass the ball well (well most of the time) but where were our forwards, bit down in the dumps really. Oh well, I'm sure we'll stay up but we've got some buying (and selling) to do.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • It is a shame to say this, but i think Lambert is at fault for many games now, both on the pitch and in the media. Firstly in the media, when you are mid table half way through the season, dont say were not safe yet (negative), look up and ambitious, keep confidence high and speak of achieving more... makes more sense surely? On the pitch, why keep changing the midfield? yet another display where they pass the ball around as if they have never played together... the pass execution was not premiership. We need consistency in the middle. You are mid table half way through the season, stop playing tactically to how your opents play, take your good passing, attacking game to them. Since when, under Lambert were Norwich a team to have to be behing to perform? We've proven to be able to compete and take our game to the top teams. Positives... Ruddy yet again proving a top keeper... Bennet and Pilkington, great, Howson looks promising... Think Tierny is crucial and that Martin should play at centre back than Ward (lazy, caught out of position far too often). Finally like to add that i hope Lamberts praise for the team is a cover up for his own mistakes and that he knows and will resolve it. He and the team need to regain the positivity they had last season and the first half of this.

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    HarryHastings

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

  • "As a supporter, it is only normal to want what the club could and has proven it can achieve." Sorry, I was under the impression that since 1995, the club has been mostly a mid-table Championship side, with one year near the bottom of the Premiership and one at the top of League One. So I fail to understand how one can consider that we have already proven anything this year, other than that we supporters have it better this year than we have in two decades and should stop trying to raise our own expectations ridiculously above what they should be (promoted last year = survival this year) lest we end up unable to enjoy the success we've craved for so long. Like, for instance, QPR. ILIT, even if others don't.

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    Saturday Skin

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • Is Holty NCFC`s Dorian Gray? Not only is he not ageing, he seems to be getting younger! Is there a hideous portrait of him hidden in the Carra Catacombs, ageing away and gaining a new blemish every time Holty commits a foul? Mind you, GH does seem to have got a black eye. Perhaps the portrait just can`t take any more vicarious punishment? Fed up of being framed? :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

  • Hey, we were always going to have a sticky spell. A few players have dropped out of form, but lets keep things in perspective, we are still comfortably above the relegation zone and a number of players, Holt included, have been playing above and beyond a level they have achieved before. That is so hard to maintain for a season. As for Bennett, just look at the delivery for Surman's chance just before half time as to why he is in the team. Had Surman buried that as he should have Bennett would have had an assist. My main criticism of him is he could get in at the back post more often and then he might get a few goals to add to his very good crossing ability.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, March 19, 2012

  • This has been an unbelievable season.Bur there is a clear need to move up a gear to consolidate our status Pace and quickness of mind. Giggs for United had the pace and wit to be at the far post, Against Wgan and Newcastle Ward & Whitbread were out thought and out paced, Morisons lame attempt near the end yesterday was disappointing but where were any of the midfield steaming up along side him for a square pass as an option. Don't assume Wolves to be a walk over; they are wounded and desperate.

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    Pondlife

    Monday, March 19, 2012

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