Norwich City (a) Premier League
Half time: Canaries 0
"We won't appeal, because I think there was enough for Chris (Foy, referee) there, but once he done that stupid reaction, the crowd went all mad and he has got no choice really.
"That is the thing the game will be
remembered for because it shouldnít. We had some outstanding chances. We were
good all over and I am scratching my head how we have not won that. The incident
at the end there was some pushing and shoving.
"For sure Yohan Cabaye would probably get in my all-time top Newcastle team. For us he was outstanding and we wish him the very best, and I hope our fans do.
"He wanted to leave, we were honourable to him, he has got a dream move. We have to use that money wisely now, like we did with Andy Carroll when we brought in Yohan and a couple of others which took us forwards.
"That is how we are going to have to
try to break the Champions League to use this money to good effect to make us
better. I was on the phone to the powers-that-be to say 'let's get moving and
see what we can get'.
think if you look at Bradley Johnsonís actions he hasnít gone down on the
floor. Sometimes you see reactions when they are rolling around. All he has done
is pull his head away.
"I had a very good view of the initial
incident when Loic Remy moved his head in Bradley Johnsonís direction. I want
to speak about Bradleyís sending off which I felt was incredibly harsh. I
presumed when I saw him being sent off that something else had happened instead
of what I saw, which was him push Loic Remy in the chest.
Despite an encouraging team performance in the first game since the loss of Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle failed to collect the win that their domination deserved on Tuesday night and lost another key player ahead of Saturday's derby.
Having struck the woodwork once in each half, striker Loic Remy's frustrating night ended prematurely after an 81st minute touchline tussle with City's Bradley Johnson saw both players shown straight reds for violent conduct that will earn them immediate three match bans.
With injury seeing Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran miss the trip to Carrow Road and uncertainty over whether they'll be available to face the mackems, United's striking options become a player without a league goal since 2012 (Shola Ameobi) and a possible debutant (Luuk De Jong).
There was little mention of Cabaye's departure from the travelling support on a damp evening at Carrow Road, with more terrace tunes devoted to Mike Williamson's World Cup prospects than the absent number four.
The manner of Newcastle's first half display did much to banish negative thoughts, with Matheiu Debuchy's return after suspension boosting the back four. A fluid midfield formation anchored by Vurnon Anita and Cheick Tiote allowed Sammy Ameobi and Moussa Sissoko to forage down the flanks meanwhile, helping front pair Remy and Hatem Ben Arfa lead City's defence a merry dance.
Dominating the opening 45 minutes in the manner that had brought them two goals at West Ham in their last outing, the black and whites proved unable to make the breakthrough though, despite various decent chances.
With the younger Ameobi dazzling down the left wing, Remy shot narrowly wide before striking a post, Ben Arfa blazed over when well positioned and one of several scares for City in their own six yard box ended with a home defender striking the woodwork from close in.
Booed off at the interval (with home fans in the main stand also giving Robert Snodgrass abuse after an apparent gesture aimed at them), Norwich were little improved after the break - even after the arrival of our old nemesis Johan Elmander and after strong penalty claims when Ben Arfa went to ground, Remy again rattled the goal frame.
Cramp saw Ben Arfa make way for Shola on 75 minutes before a rare forward excursion from The Canaries ended with Gary Hooper's shot glancing Tim Krul's crossbar. Remy's red card then came for a fairly tame touchline incident when both he and Johnson raised their hands to each other.
Shoves rather than punches were traded and the City man's made a shabby effort of pretending to have been head-butted. A general melee then ensued, although neither bench intervened this time round. Williamson however was perhaps lucky to escape censure, covering a good distance to get involved with several opponents,
Having beaten Hull here in their last game with a late strike after a similarly inept showing, Chris Hughton's side found some momentum in the closing stages, Robert Snodgrass sending a low header goalward from a left wing cross only for Krul to divert around the post via a leg.
Six minutes of added time failed to produce a goal for either side though, with a second successive nowts apiece result in Norfolk taking us on to 37 points and leaving us in eighth ahead of Saturday's clash with the mackems. Until we get past that it's difficult to know what to think, but aside from De Jong, the remainder of this season will consist of coaxing performances from the current squad.