Newcastle are 1-0 down at the break through a goal from Shaun Wright Phillips, which was set up by Robinho.
Newcastle have a strange line-up tonight with 22 year-olds Bassong and Taylor at the center of the Newcastle defense, and Coloccini playing in front of them in defensive midfield.
After just 17 minutes Newcastle’s patched up side found themselves 1-0 down, when Robinho pulled away from the marking of Bassong, just on the edge of the penalty area and the Brazilian slotted Shaun Wright Phillips through and in behind left-back Enrique.
The England International then fired through the legs of goalkeeper Steve Harper, who was making his season debut tonight, in place of Shay Given, whop presumably has already played his last game for the club.
And then shortly after the goal, Michael Owen received a knock and was replaced by Argentine Jonas Gutierrez, and the Newcastle side looks even weaker than it did at the start of this game.
But in this first half Man City were having all the possession and it will take a big improvement in the second half if Newcastle are to get anything out of this game.
Shawn Wright Phillips was booked for a foul on Enrique right before half time, and the referee added a couple of minutes of injury time and then that was it for the first half.
This has been a poor performance from the Newcastle side so far tonight, and they just cannot seem to get going at all.
We desperately need to pick up league points as we have just a single point from our last 4 league games, and a defeat tonight will probably see us back in the bottom 3 again.
Add to that the fact that two of our better players, Given and N’Zopgbia are on their way out of the club, and defeat tonight will surely bring more doom and gloom to Tyneside.
Newcastle have an awful lot to do in the second half and have looked second best in the first 45 minutes.
And it could be that all the upsets at the club and the complete ineptitude of the Newcastle Board, as well as players wanting to leave the club, are starting to get to the squad, and that could signal disaster for Newcastle, if this downward spiral is not corrected soon.
The next 45 minutes of this game would be a good place to start, if we are not going to go down to our 7th game without a win.
Manchester City: Joe Hart, Nedum Onuoha, Wayne Bridge, Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany (c), Nigel de Jong, Stephen Ireland, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Pablo Zabaleta, Craig Bellamy, Robinho
Subs: Kasper Schmeichel, Darius Vassell, Jo, Elano, Javier Garrido, Gelson Fernandes, Felipe Caicedo
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, David Edgar, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Sebastien Bassong, Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini, Damien Duff, Geremi, Michael Owen (c), Andy Carroll
Subs: Fraser Forster, Peter Lovenkrands, Xisco, Kazenga LuaLua, Ryan Donaldson, Brad Inman, Jonas Gutierrez
Referee: Michael Jones