Newcastle found themselves one down at half time, mainly because of their inability to take a number of half chances, in the first half against Manchester City tonight.
Newcastle had quite a few chances in the first half against City but couldn’t put any of them away to take the lead. And then with one half chance Manchester City had, Brazilian Elano drove the ball just inside Shay Given’s right hand post for the Geordies to go one down. That was the score at half time in what is a must-win game for Newcastle.
It was a fairly even first half with Newcastle probably having the better of the chances but Martins, Duff and Milner all had chances on goal, but either delayed their shots or shot straight at goalkeeper Joe Hart. In fact Newcastle looked so laborious in front of goal it surely will not be long before both Michael Owen and Emre will be introduced into the game. That will give the Tyneside side more creativity in front of goal.
The game started off slowly and nothing much happened in the first 15 minutes or so, but then some chances came at either end, with neither side taking advantage of them. The Newcastle defense had looked fairly solid until the goal, when it looked so easy for Manchester City to score. There were at least 5 Newcastle players between Elano and the goal, when the Brazilian rifled home from about 15 yards.
Newcastle will once again need to increase the pace of their game if they are to take anything from this game, and a win is what most fans expect. Anything less will be another huge disappointment for the Newcastle fans, who have had a lot of poor football to watch this year at St. James’ Park.
It seems ages since we’ve seen a free-flowing Newcastle side in action, if at all this season. Sir Bobby Robson, please come back – all is forgiven. 😀
Sam has to instill in his players that this is a crucial game, and a defeat will be simply unacceptable this evening.