In a pulsating first half with both teams playing attacking exciting football the score at half time is 1-1.
Both teams from the KO made it clear they were going for the win and both teams attacked each other form the first whistle.
On 6 minutes Given almost scored when his first touch from a back pass was bad and he just kicked it away from the incoming City forward â€“ rustiness?
Then after 12 minutes Given made a brilliant world class save when he touched the ball with left hand around the post for a corner when he had no right to get anywhere near the ball as it was going into the top corner. A stunning save from the Irishman â€“ guess he’s back.
What’s apparent early on is the the midfield and attacking players of City have piles of skill and are taking on the Newcastle players â€“ a little worrying they seem to beat them one on one.
Milner is very prominent and is Newcastle’s best player and he makes a great run to the byline â€“ beating two City players but his pull back is to a Manchester City player.
Then after 22 minutes it looks like it’s a penalty when Richards seems to bring down Milner. The commentators say no â€“ but for me the replay shows Milner is brought down.
Milner is playing excellently on the wing and is only too willing to take players on. Then after 26 minutes a cross from the right wing eludes Given and shaves the cross bar before going out wide â€“ a similar scare to a similar incident in our win against Barnsley. Given was nowhere.
Manchester City aafter 30 minutes are starting to attack and Newcastle midi field have to help the defense â€“ it’s loking like waves of attacks from City and our midfiled needs to help out and keep the ball.
Then after 29 minutes Newcastle get a wonderful goal from Martins. A high ball comes in just inside the penalty and Martins kills the ball beautifully and lobs the ball over the onrushing Hart. He was just between the two center halves â€“ but a brilliant goal for Newcastle â€“ and yes Martins does his somersault.
Hart then has a terrible first touch to the ball and the ball dribbles along the goal line before he kicks clear â€“ it may have been over the line â€“ replays showed he kicked it clear when it was almost level (??) – of course the commentators say no but the replay shows it’s very very close to being a goal.
After 35 minutes Given makes a good save down to his left.>>>
City are attacking well and then after 40 minutes Manchester score . Newcastle are again caught short and the back and a diagonal cross comes over and Petrov puts is away at the far post. Bad goal for Newcastle to concede â€“ where was Beye?
Then after 41 minutes City should have scored when Ireland got clear through but the amazing Given stayed his ground and brought off another tremendous save to save Newcastle â€“ again. Ireland should have scored.
The worrying thing is that the last 10 minutes is almost all City â€“ they look an excellent side as does Newcastle. The entertainment value is sky high. We could have been 3-1 down but for two tremendous Given saves.
It’s going to be a difficuly game for us in the second half.
Following the KO after half time Mpenza heads home after Petrov and skinned Taylor on the wing before crossing. 2-1 to City.