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Season 2021-22
Norwich City (h) Premier League


Tuesday 30th November 2021, 7.30pm
Live on Amazon Prime

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Tortuous



 Norwich City


1 - 1





Half time: Magpies 0 Canaries 0

61 mins A Jonjo Shelvey corner was headed goalwards by Federico Fernandez, coming into contact with Billy Gilmour's arm high above his head.

Newcastle players surrounded the referee who immediately stopped the game and waited for guidance from VAR official Lee Mason.
Madley was advised to walk across and consult the monitor in front of the East Stand with the almost inevitable award of a penalty kick belatedly coming (the longer you wait, the more chance of getting the decision remains the rule of thumb here).

Former Magpie Tim Krul took great exception to the award and remonstrated with home fans behind the Gallowgate goal as Wilson picked up the ball and kissed it nervously before placing on the spot and biding his time.

Krul's antics may have prompted an imperfect penalty conversion, but there was sufficient meat on the effort for the 'keeper to reach it, but succeed only in pushing it into the Gallowgate net via the underside of the crossbar
. 1-0

79 mins A harmless-looking Gilmour cross from the right was pushed out by Dubravka when it looked like he could have caught it or at the very least pushed it behind for a corner kick.

Dimitris Giannoulis lofted the ball back into the middle of the box, to where Pukki promptly lashed it left-footed into the top corner of the goal.

Full time: Magpies 1 Canaries 1

We Said



Eddie Howe said:

It wasn't the ideal start to the game, that's for sure. That was a really difficult moment so early in the match, to know we were reduced to 10 men was tough.

"But I thought the players responded magnificently. They gave it everything, I can't fault them for the effort and commitment they've given.

"I'm hugely disappointed we couldn't get over the line and win the game, but I think we saw really positive signs in terms of defensive resilience and collective spirit. We're going to need that for what lays ahead.

"In the cold light of day, Ciaran (Clark) probably would have made a different decision, but in that moment, probably an impulse has made him stop the striker and it probably is a red card.

"These things happen in the game, my immediate reaction wasn't really to focus on that, it was to figure out very quickly what we had to do, try and find a solution to the problem.

"The last thing I wanted to do was take Ryan Fraser off the pitch, but I felt I needed to do that for the team. Fede (Fernandez) came in and I thought he was absolutely magnificent tonight.

"We were desperate for three points today. We've got the one, but I have to cling to what I've seen in terms of what the players have delivered, the spirit, giving more, maybe more than what they thought they were physically capable of. We're going to need that in the battle that we have ahead.

"We know we need wins, draws aren't going to be enough. But I think all you can do in every game is give your all and I think you saw a group of players who gave that tonight.

"I couldn't ask any more of those players who committed to the task ahead so I have to be very proud and pleased with them tonight."

They Said

Mrs D.Smith

Mr D.Smith (no relation) said: 

"I'm frustrated and disappointed because it's probably the worst out of the three performances we've had. The game plan changes for both teams in the 10th minute when Ciaran Clark gets sent off.

"For me, I'd much rather Teemu had gone through and scored the goal rather than it go 10 vs 11 because they were camped in their half for long periods and defended their box really well. We didn't do enough to win the game because we didn't show enough quality, in all honesty.

"I felt like we were a little bit pedestrian on the ball, we needed to be quick. It wasn't until the goal that we scored that we moved the ball with any kind of tempo and pace. Teemu scored a wonderful goal but we didn't do enough of that after the sending off. Because of that, we never got enough big chances.

"At the time, I had no idea [on the penalty] but now I've seen it back - does it hit his arm? Yes. The referee knows it's hit his arm as well and has decided to give a corner because of the proximity and how close it was.

"I'm told there's a law where if your arm is above your shoulder, it's a penalty but if it takes 80 to 90 seconds to make a decision, then surely it's not a clear and obvious error. At the moment, I don't feel enough on-field referees are given enough responsibilities when making big decisions."



Newcastle's winless start to the 2021/22 Premier League season now extends to 14 games. That number matches their previous barren run at any point in a PL season, or seasons to be precise. That total was reached when the last seven games of 1998/99 were mirrored by the first seven of 1999/00.

United's worst-ever league remains 21; a record set when they failed to win any of the last 19 games of 1977/78 and the opening two of 1978/79.

The Magpies have now gone seven home matches without victory - one short of their worst-ever PL run of eight, attained in both 2008/09 and 2017/18. In all league games at SJP, the longest winless run is 12, being the closing 11 of 1977/78 and the first one of the following 1978/79 campaign.

Newcastle's fourteenth successive failed attempt at a clean sheet lasted longer than the other 13, before Teemu Puki's 79th minute strike. That's nowhere near our worst PL run though, which was 25 games in 2000/01.

Four draws from just seven home games means that we've already matched or exceeded the number of SJP stalemates in ten full previous PL seasons: 1 draw (1995/96, 2012/13, 2018/19), two draws (2002/03), three draws (1996/97, 2001/02, 2013/14) four draws (1993/94, 2000/01, 2017/18).

Newcastle are the fourth team not to win any of their first PL 14 games, following Swindon Town (1993/94), QPR (2012/13) and Sheffield United (2020/21). That trio all went on to be relegated.

Magpies versus Canaries - post WWII:

2021/22 drew 1-1 Wilson (pen)
won 3-0 Gayle 2, Ritchie (FR)
drew 0-0
2016/17 won 4-3 Gayle 3, Gouffran (Ch)
2015/16 won 6-2 Wijnaldum 4, Perez, Mitrovic
2013/14 won 2-1 Remy, Gouffran
2012/13 won 1-0 Ba
2011/12 won 1-0 Cisse
2004/05 won 2-1 Jenas, Sh.Ameobi (LC)
2004/05 drew 2-2 Bellamy, Hughes
1994/95 won 3-0 Beardsley 2(1pen), Kitson
1993/94 won 3-0 Cole, Lee, Beardsley
1988/89 lost 0-2
1987/88 lost 1-3 Gazza
1986/87 won 4-1 Goddard, Gazza, McDonald, D.Jackson
1984/85 drew 1-1 Waddle
1981/82 won 2-1 Varadi, Mills
1977/78 drew 2-2 Burns, Kennedy
1976/77 won 5-1 T.Craig, Gowling, Oates, McCaffery 2
1975/76 won 5-2 Gowling 2, Macdonald 2, OG
1973/74 drew 0-0
1972/73 won 3-1 Tudor 2, Guthrie
1964/65 won 2-0 Cummings, Robson
1963/64 won 2-0 Cummings, Iley
1962/63 won 2-1 Fell, Thomas
1961/62 drew 0-0

Top scorer Callum Wilson extended his PL total in 2021/22 to five goals. He now has 17 for United in that competition, level with Yohan Cabaye.

Jamal Lewis made his first PL start of the season and only his second appearance of 2021/22 in that competition, following a brief substitute outing at Manchester United back in September.

Federico Fernandez returned to action following a six game absence, having failed even to be given a place on the bench since Steve Bruce's last game in charge, at home to Spurs.

Ex-Magpies Tim Krul and Grant Hanley are yet to lose competitively to their former club since leaving SJP in 2017 (3-1 at Carrow Road and 0-0 at SJP in 2019/20, 1-1 at SJP in 2021/22). Krul featured in City's 0-3 friendly loss on Tyneside this pre-season but Hanley was absent.

Eddie Howe took charge of the club for the third time in the PL and awaits his first victory. It took Kevin Keegan nine attempts to get off the mark during the 2007/08 season and Steve McClaren the same number in 2015/16. Rafa Benitez took five in that same 2015/16 season.





The fourteenth instalment of an increasingly surreal season saw basement dwellers Newcastle fail to defeat the second-worst team in the division, at least according to the current Premier League table. 

Having made a COVID-delayed debut at Arsenal on Saturday, Head Coach Eddie Howe had a bemusing introduction to life in the home dugout at SJP. Forced into a reshuffle after going down to ten men in the first ten minutes, he saw his side go ahead after a hotly-disputed VAR decision only for Martin Dubravka to gift City an equaliser then make a vital stop to win a point.

The enforced absence of Matt Ritchie and Jamaal Lascelles due to suspension meant recalls for Jamal Lewis and Clark to a back four retaining Fabian Schar and swapped Javier Manquillo for Emil Krafth. Federico Fernandez meanwhile returned to the bench - something that Graeme Jones had advised wasn't of "any value" during his brief time as interim coach. 

Latecomers in a 50,000+ crowd were still settling after the Amazon-prompted 7.30pm start when that formation and personnel were wilfully dismantled. Ciaran Clark had a routine clearance to make outside of his box, but kicked the ball straight at Teemu Pukki, allowing the striker to run through on goal. The Newcastle defender illegally halted Pukki's progress by pulling his arm and was then shown a straight red. City's Josh Sargent and Christos Tzolis needlessly embracing Pukki as if he'd scored.

Ryan Fraser was instantly sacrificed in order to introduce Fernandez, while United comfortably dealt with an unhurried City side until the interval; Lewis denying his old colleagues with a timely block of a Josh Sargent shot.

At the other end, the reshuffled 4-3-2 home line-up produced two moments of danger; Joelinton firing narrowly over from distance before captain Wilson emulated him from closer in.

United's Brazilian then pursued the referee after the break when obviously convinced that he'd been fouled in the City box - and his colleagues were soon collectively lobbying for a spot kick when Jonjo Shelvey's corner was diverted on to the outstretched arm of Billy Gilmour around the hour mark.

The ferocity of those protests ultimately saw VAR intervention and Madley invited to walk across to consult the monitor in front of the East Stand with the almost inevitable award of a penalty kick.

That's in stark contrast to Saturday at Arsenal, when a clutch of dubious incidents in the opposition box didn't seem worthy of even a cursory inspection, such was the speed with which the game restarted with the hosts in possession. The moral appears to be make a song and dance as much as possible, basically downing tools to force the officials into making repeated checks.
Wilson kept his nerve and netted via Tim Krul's glove and the underside of the Gallowgate End crossbar, leaving United with the job of keeping the Canaries out at all costs.

Things were going to plan until the 79th minute, when Dubravka made poor contact with a cross and Pukki hammered the loose ball home to break black and white hearts.

United attempted to push forward for what would have been an improbable winner but a repeat of the incredible 4-3 added time victory over City here five years ago never looked remotely likely.

The visitors rightly sensed they could get another, as we inevitably became leaden-legged and they were almost served up another gift in added time; Schar stupidly attempting to dribble out of defence and gifting Pierre Lees-Melou possession of the ball.

The Norwich substitute bore down on goal and looked a certain scorer, only for Dubravka to stick out a boot and successfully deflect the ball over the bar. A vital stop, but in the context of a must-win match against fellow strugglers, taking only a point and allowing them one was simply disastrous.

Only Clark can explain his brainlessness which, for an international defender, defied belief. His recent penalty stupidity against Brighton points to him being a liability, although he's certainly not the only one. He just shouldn't be here: any normal club would have allowed their squad to evolve, rather than dissolve.

That tonight was the closest we've come this season to a clean sheet despite being a man short and fielding an out-of-favour substitute barely even registers on the mad scale in this bizarre campaign.

We said after Arsenal that a failure to field Fede here would confirm his career here was over for an as-yet undisclosed reason: a personality clash maybe, or an obscure legal clause that meant exceeding 87 appearances guaranteed a new contract - or the chance to gamble and go for the speedboat.

As it was though, it took the stupidity of Clark to see FF return. Suffice it to say that he should keep his place rather than lose it to Lascelles - assuming Howe now trusts his own first-hand judgement, rather than Jones.

Despite a valiant effort from the ten men on the field, we're quite literally running out of road and a failure to keep clean sheets can only have one consequence. We're now in uncharted territory, at least in the Premier League: nobody has failed to win any of their first 14 games and stayed up.

If nothing else though, we managed to get two actual proper full backs on the field and play them in their preferred positions. Joelinton meanwhile was again an asset and seemed to thrive on the task at hand. Some individual coaching or motivation maybe? rather than just a general "gan on son."

Attention switches to Saturday's visit of Burnley, but beyond that a gruesome sequence of games leading up to the start of 2022 does little to alter the feeling that we'll be totally adrift by the time any reinforcements become eligible to play - assuming that anyone can actually be persuaded to sign.

Page last updated 21 June, 2022