Norwich v Newcastle reaction

Goals from Wes Hoolahan, Steve Morison, and a double from captain

Grant Holt ensured the Canaries became just the third team to

triumph over Newcastle in the Premier League this season after an

entertaining encounter which saw the visitors end the match with 10

men. Pardew was forced to ring the changes at the back in the

absence of captain Taylor, who is out for the season with an

Achilles injury, and Coloccini, who was absent thanks to a thigh

problem. The former West Ham manager started with James Perch and

Danny Simpson at centre-back, but the inexperienced duo failed to

handle Norwich’s attacks, and in particular the physical threat of

Morison and Holt. Slow reactions from the Newcastle defence allowed

Hoolahan to open the scoring from close range before Morison and

Holt sealed the win with a trio of headers from virtually unmarked

positions. “It’s fairly obvious we missed them,” Pardew said. “Our

squad has been stretched to the limit. “Having three first team

centre-halves missing is major. We did very well other than the set

plays today. Morison and Holt are a handful and so was Hoolahan in

behind. They gave us some tough times today. “We expect to have one

or two back next week and we certainly need them. “We can’t concede

from three set plays and expect to win the game.” Demba Ba made it

1-1 just before half-time and the Senegalese set the game up for a

tense finale by scoring to make it 3-2 with 20 minutes to go, but

the damage had already been done by Morison and Holt. Newcastle’s

hopes of bouncing back from defeat by Chelsea last week were not

helped today by the dismissal of Dan Gosling in the 65th minute.

The midfielder, making his first Premier League of the season, was

given a straight red for a late two-footed challenge on Russell

Martin. Pardew had no complaints with the red card, and admitted it

was a crucial turning point in the game. “I don’t think he has gone

to hurt the player, but he was late for sure, so he has put himself

in the ball park for being sent off and unfortunately he was,”

Pardew added. “We were right in the game then so that was

disappointing.” Pardew was unhappy with referee Martin Atkinson’s

decision to give the corner which led to Hoolahan’s opener, as he

thought Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul had not carried the ball out

for a corner. “Tim caught it where it was. He didn’t take it out.

He caught it where it was so if it was out, it must have been a

goal kick, not a corner.” Like Newcastle, Norwich lost last week,

going down 5-1 to leaders Manchester City. The league newcomers

looked anything but short of confidence this afternoon, however,

with Hoolahan, Andrew Crofts and David Fox all impressing in

support of Morison and Holt. “I’m delighted to get that win after

last week,” Canaries boss Paul Lambert said. “Newcastle are a good

side. You can see that in how they have been doing in the league.

They have a big threat up front. I thought we played very well and

we deserved to win.” The Scot paid tribute to fans’ favourite Holt,

who has had to settle for a place on the bench for large parts of

the season. “He’s as important as he was two years ago when I

joined,” said Lambert, whose team are now ninth in the table. “He

and Morison were excellent today. I’m delighted with everyone’s

contribution.” Lambert thought his team could have won by more had

Atkinson given what he thought was a blatant penalty in the first

half when Davide Santon handled Kyle Naughton’s flat cross. “It was

a penalty,” Lambert said. “He did everything but catch it, but the

linesman, for some reason, never saw it.”