Date: Tuesday 14th February 2017, 7.45pm
Venue: Carrow Road
Admission: £35 (£40 in 2015/16, subsidised by £10
from the PL Away Fan Fund)
2 - 2
23 secs Jack Colback kicked off, knocking
ball back to Jonjo Shelvey, whose flighted ball reached Aleksandar
Mitrovic midway in the City half on the left flank. His header infield was
picked up by DeAndre Yedlin who rode one tackle and released a short pass
Feeding Perez as the play switched out towards the right, Matt Ritchie
held up play briefly before returning a pass inside to Colback, whose
forward ball to Ayoze Perez was
received just inside the box. With a neat first touch, the Spaniard
turned and swept the ball past John Ruddy with a swift sidefoot in front
of the River End.
A hopeful ball up to Cameron Jerome on the City left seemed
routine for Jamaal Lascelles to deal
with, but he fell to the ground leaving the striker plenty of time to pick out
Jacob Murphy in the middle, who finished with ease from barely a yard
out as Paul Dummett slid in behind him.
It's difficult to judge whether Jerome made any contact with Lascelles to cause
his tumble, but
the referee saw nothing untoward and the Newcastle player made no
Another long ball up to Jerome was missed by both he and Lascelles,
leaving Karl Darlow to make a routine clearance outside his box. However
he "topped it" and helped the ball back towards his own goal, leaving
Jerome the simple task of walking it into the net - Lascelles having
rightly pulled up after Darlow came to intervene.
Canaries 2 Magpies 1
Alex Pritchard was adjudged to have impeded Mo Diame as
the pair jumped to challenge for a half-cleared ball out of the City
defence. Shelvey's free kick from the right side of the field across to
the far post, who funnelled the ball back to Paul Dummett.
His first-time ball from the left passed over the head of the leaping
Christian Atsu reached Ayoze Perez at the far post and his
cross fell nicely for Jamaal Lascelles to run onto it and volley home from a
narrow angle. 2-2
time: Canaries 2 Magpies 2
"We started really well, scored one
goal and then could have scored another so it was a big shock when we went
"There were a couple of
mistakes but I told them (Lascelles and Darlow)
at half-time to forget about it and just concentrate about the next 45 minutes
because we were playing well against a good side, not a normal one in the
"I thought we responded brilliantly
to going behind - the character of the players, and their reaction to the
setbacks, was the most positive thing for me tonight.
"I didnít have to lift them (at half time), I just told them to
forget about their mistakes and concentrate on the next 45 minutes because we
were doing well and we could win the game.
"I told them the past had gone, and
they just had to concentrate on what was still to come - we did well.
"We have not had too many
games where we have made mistakes like that, so that is why you cannot be too
worried about them.
"Okay, it is bad, and it is something
you donít like to see, but because it is not normal, it is something we have
to forget about quickly.
"We will analyse why it happened, but
once we know why, we will just concentrate on the reaction and the positives
to come out of the game.
is a sport where anything can happen, and that is why so many people love
"You can win a game 1-0 with one
chance, but you can have 20 chances, make a couple of mistakes and lose. In this case, the players didnít
want to lose and their reaction was excellent.
"We were away, playing against a good team, but we reacted well and Iím
sure the away fans were enjoying the character, passion and commitment of
"We had a lot of supporters in the
corner and I am sure they will have enjoyed the effort the players put in. It was a very open game - good for
the fans but perhaps not for the managers.
"Norwich might think differently but
I think we had enough chances to have won it - but you can't always take three
points and if we can take four points every two games we will go up."
Norwich boss Alex Neil
"To be honest there are mixed emotions after that. Obviously you are not
expecting to concede a goal in the first minute and we were really nervy in
the first five minutes.
"But once we got our goal and then got ahead I thought we were excellent -
the response from the players was top class.
"In the second half we started okay and then we started to drop deeper and
deeper to protect what we had and the frustrating thing from our point of
view is that we didn't see it out.
"It was a really good game, with two teams going toe to toe, not giving an
inch and both trying to win it. In the end I thought a draw was a fair
About striker Nelson Oliveira:
"He needs a scan but if it is what I think it is he could be out for four
to six weeks, which would obviously be a big blow for us."
Magpies @ Canaries - last 10:
drew 2-2 Perez, Lascelles
lost 2-3 Mitrovic 2 (1pen)
2013/14 drew 0-0
2012/13 drew 0-0
2011/12 lost 2-4 Ba 2
2004/05 lost 1-2 Kluivert
1994/95 lost 1-2 Fox (pen)
1993/94 won 2-1 Beardsley, Cole
1988/89 won 2-0 Mirandinha, O'Brien
1987/88 drew 1-1 P.Jackson
United played out only their third league draw of the season and
second away from home, following a 1-1 stalemate at Aston Villa back in
They've now taken 35 points on the road from a possible 48 (11 wins, 2 draws, 3
netted his second goal of the season and fourth as a Magpie, while Ayoze
Perez now has eight in all competitions during 2016/17 and 22 from 106
appearances (68 starts).
The Perez opener was the quickest goal by a Newcastle player in a
competitive game since Alan Shearer took 11 seconds to make the net
ripple at home to Manchester City in January 2003.
Ayoze was responsible for netting our third goal within the opening
minute of play this season - and the fastest - this 23 second
effort beating Jonjo Shelvey's 38 second strike at home to QPR and the
Spaniard's own conversion at SJP against Ipswich Town in 59 seconds.
Quickest competitive NUFC away goals since 1974*:
(*extent of .com complete goal time records)
Mar 1975 Geoff Nulty v Leeds United (a)
Apr 1980 Brian Ferguson v QPR (a)
Oct 1983 Kenny Wharton v Swansea City (a)
Feb 1984 Kevin Keegan v Portsmouth (a)
Mar 1984 Peter Beardsley v Fulham (a)
Aug 1984 Steve Carney v Leicester City (a)
Oct 1985 Paul Gascoigne v Aston Villa (a)
Sep 1989 Mick Quinn v AFC Bournemouth (a)
Oct 1991 Mick Quinn v Tranmere Rovers (a)
Nov 1992 Gavin Peacock v Charlton Athletic (a)
Apr 1994 Robert Lee v Liverpool (a)
Apr 1994 Andy Cole v Leeds United (a)
Jan 1998 Alan Shearer v Stevenage Borough (a)
Apr 2000 Alan Shearer v Aston Villa (a)
Oct 2004 Jermaine Jenas v Birmingham City (a)
Nov 2006 Antoine Sibierski v Watford (a)
Oct 2012 Yohan Cabaye v mackems (a)
Mar 1979 Irving Nattrass v Oldham Athletic
Sep 1984 Neil McDonald v QPR
Feb 2006 Shola Ameobi v Aston Villa
Damien Duff v West Bromwich Albion
Kevin Nolan v Crystal Palace
Feb 2011 Peter Lovenkrands v Birmingham City
Oct 1974 Malcolm Macdonald v QPR (13 seconds)
Feb 2017 Ayoze Perez v Norwich City (23 seconds)
Oct 1985 Tony Cunningham v Barnsley ( 42 seconds)
Sep 1994 Robert Lee v Antwerp (53 seconds)
Feb 1983 Imre Varadi v Fulham (tbc seconds but at least 30)
PS: back in the mists of time (when goal times weren't always noted) first minute
goals came from Alan Suddick v Swindon Town
in Nov 1964 and Albert Shepherd v mackems in Apr 1909. It would also be
remiss not to mention Jackie Milburn's 45 second effort in the 1955 FA Cup Final
against Manchester City at Wembley.
Recorded as the quickest goal we've scored in any senior game is Supermac's
strike from the halfway line in a friendly away to St Johnstone in
July 1972 - timed locally at four seconds.
up their eleventh away victory of the season on Saturday thanks to a
committed but patchy performance, a far more expansive Newcastle display on
Tuesday night threatened to leave them empty-handed until the timely
intervention of Jamaal Lascelles.
Just nine minutes of normal time remained when the club captain volleyed
home to salvage a point,
his own earlier blunder and an even bigger howler from Karl Darlow had
wiped out a lead acquired thanks to our quickest away goal for over
There were only 23 seconds on the clock when Ayoze Perez ended a six
man, eight pass, move by netting and had Mitrovic done better than hit the
goalkeeper with his chance soon after then the visitors could have been out
of sight before some latecomers had found their places in the stand.
By the 17th minute
though the game had turned completely on its head after the Canaries
received not one, but two Valentines Day gifts from the Magpies.
A slip from Lascelles led to the leveller,
Cameron Jerome able to centre from the City left for Jacob Murphy to walk the
ball in. And within five minutes Jerome himself had put his side ahead, presented
with an open goal after Darlow came out of his area and totally sliced his
That raised the noise levels and Norwich
enjoyed their best period of the game as choruses of "On the Ball
City" echoed around the ground and the visiting defence were pulled
around for a time.
However it was far from one way traffic and Mitrovic
continued to threaten, giving a far more focused performance than at
Molineux but often lacking an outlet when balls were aimed at him.
The Serb went close with a header and later in the half shot against a post,
as something resembling a repeat of our 4-3
triumph in the corresponding fixture looked a distinct possibility.
Making one change from the side that won on Saturday -
Perez replacing Mo Diame - Rafa Benitez resisted the temptation to tinker ahead of
the second half and parity was almost instantly restored when Ritchie hit
the underside of the crossbar following Yedlin's lung-busting run and
It remained 2-1 though, making this rather different to that which usually
seen on the road this season - the hosts adopting the "what we have,
we hold" approach that has characterised us everywhere from Bristol
to Rotherham and Wolverhampton.
Opting not to include ex-Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy (although he was
goalless and winless in five visits here for East Anglian faceoffs), Diame, Christian Atsu and Dwight Gayle
were all called off the bench - the latter returning after a six game
absence through injury.
Pressed back, City resorted to
spoiling tactics and blatant cheating; notably when Wes Hoolahan threw
himself to the floor and claimed he'd been struck by
Jonjo Shelvey. Referee Madley took no action after speaking to the nearby linesman
lecturing the home player for what were Tayloresque amateur dramatics, but
avoiding an apparently obvious booking for simulation.
paid off when Lascelles thumped in the equaliser with a fine finish from a tight
angle and as they had been the case on Tyneside in September, United looked
intent on conjuring up a winning goal in the time remaining.
A golden chance fell
but his shot when through on goal was hopeful rather than clinical.
Gayle's forward charge was then blocked by Jonathan Howson at the expense of
a yellow card, allowing Shelvey a last opportunity from a dead ball
situation - although not a shooting chance.
That was cleared and the final whistle sounded on our seventh failed attempt to win in
A point was the least we deserved but with
Huddersfield, Reading, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday all winning, only
Brighton's draw with Ipswich was a bonus. That helped keep us top but just
five points behind are Huddersfield - although our far superior goal difference is worth an
The eight day period in which we'll visit the Terriers, Seagulls and Royals
looks absolutely pivotal to the outcome of this season for all of those
sides and ourselves, but enough banana skin fixtures remain scattered across
the programme to make every game relevant.
Taking four points from here and Wolves is a decent return, but two
eminently winnable home games against Aston Villa and Bristol City need to
be approached correctly by players and fans alike: the Robins frustrating us
twice in the 2009/10 campaign and the Villans scabbing a point from
the first meeting of the season and both games in 2015/16. High time
they were howked.