Newcastle 1 Manchester City 3 – Big Mistakes Cost Magpies


To go two goals down in the first four minutes of the game, when you are playing at home in front of over 51,000 fans, is hardly the best way to start a game – but that’s exactly what happened to Newcastle United this afternoon.


And Tim Krul did his prospects of keeping the goalkeeper jersey no good at all, when after just two minutes gone he gave a belated Christmas present to City, and they accepted it willingly.

Krul, before most players had been warmed up, put a terrible pass out of his box, which was easily intercepted by Carlos Tevez, and the Argentine quickly found Gareth Barry.

And within a twinkling of an eye, the English International finished all too easily, by slotting the ball home into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal.

So Newcastle were 1-0 down almost as soon as the game started, and for the third game in a row the defense had absolutely gifted the opposition a soft goal – and Sol Campbell wasn’t even playing for heaven’s sakes.

But worse was to come when City went 2-0 up after 4 minutes.

Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote’s tried to send the ball up-field,  but his pass came back off the back of Kevin Nolan’s legs, and is was that man Carlos Tevez again, who got the ball quickly out to former Magpie, James Milner on the right wing.

And in an instant Milner fed the ball through to Carlos Tevez and the center forward hit the ball home first time, with his left foot, and City were up 2-0.

Four minutes gone, two mistakes by Newcastle, and the Magpies found themselves 2-0 down against a side that were second top of the Premier League – not good.

Could Newcastle have made a worse start to the game today?     It would be hard to beat what happened this afternoon – that’s for sure.

But Newcastle almost hit back immediately when the impressive Andy Carroll forced a decent save from goalkeeper Joe Hart, but Newcastle had dug themselves into a very deep hole very quickly in this game.

Newcastle came more into the game as the half progressed, and played some decent football after the calamitous start,  but the score was still 2-0 at half time.

Wayne Routledge then gave way to Nile Ranger after 60 minutes, as Pardew went into a more attacking 4-4-2 formation to try to get back into the game, and after 72 minutes Andy Carroll scored his 11th Premier League  goal of the season, and the 5th successive game in which he has scored.

And it was a familiar goal again for Newcastle, when big Andy headed home well from a Joey Barton corner (who else?), and Newcastle were back in the game.

But then Carlos Tevez scored his second goal of the game after 81 minutes, when his shot took a deflection off not one, but two Newcastle players – before hitting the back of the net and it was 3-1.

But this game was lost in the first 4 minutes, make no mistake about that, and after Man City sleep-walked through the first 25 minutes of their game with Everton last Monday night, surely the Newcastle players expected a fast start from the opposition today.

They didn’t need any Christmas gifts to get them going in this game, but they got two very quickly.

Newcastle will not do very well this season if the lads continue to give away sloppy goals,  as they have in their last 3 games with 7 goals conceded, and maybe as many as five of them that could (and should) have been avoided.

Today Newcastle were not good enough – it’s as simple as that at least not in those first 4 vital minutes – – and whatever happened to our wonderful home form of last season?

Let us know your Man of the Match for Newcastle in our poll on the home page.

Next game is at Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night, and we just have to hope that all eleven players that start that game are not in a comatose state when the referee blows his whistle  to start the game.

It was hardly a good start to the four league games in the next 10 days,  that Newcastle must navigate through.

Teams and stats:

Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique; Routledge (Ranger, 60), Barton, Tiote, Gutierrez; Nolan; Carroll. Subs not used: Harper, Perch, Williamson, Guthrie, Smith, Best.

Manchester City: Hart; Boateng, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; Milner, De Jong, Barry, Silva (A Johnson, 70); Y Toure (Viera, 83); Tevez (Balotelli, 85). Subs not used: Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Jo.

Goals: Barry 2, Tevez 5, 81, Carroll 72
Referee: Chris Foy
Attendance: 51,635



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22 comments so far

  • fungus44

    Dec 26, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #1

    sorry ed we where good ,only hteir shot,s went in the goal ours did,nt they had 6 on target we had 10 ,if our,s had all gone in then the goal diff would be in the plus rather than minus,and we are still in top half of the table

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  • Ghali

    Dec 26, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #2

    NO LUCK..that’s it no luck..2 goals in 5 minutes its the ball that wanted to go in not tevez’s efforts…no luck again when there is yet another very very very pathetic performance by a clueless referee i mean could he have helped any further no way and when finally started giving the right calls it was after he made sure that we lost,come on how many times can lescott and kompany grab Carroll and get away with it and how many fouls does Boateng have to do in order to get booked a thousand maybe…its just Luck and we simply fight against it every game,bad fouls,mistakes,poor referring calls and to all that a bad owner its just luck and we simply dont have.but we forget everything and just our hearts out everytime Carroll beautiful head score he’s propably bring back our luck
    Great Team performance and response..they can work on their defensive mistakes and be ready for spurs

    Howay the lads

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Dec 26, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Good performance

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 26, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Great game. very proud of the team. I thought the ref (given there will ALWAYS be a variance with humans officiating) had a really good game. Sooooo many times he could’ve brought play back, either way, and he didn’t. the official was fair and gave just as much to us as to them

    Can’t stress how proud i am after such a dismal start. I think it was some of the best football we’ve played all year, it just wasn’t our day

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  • cynicaltoonfan

    Dec 26, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Hi lads been ages since i posted
    I have been busy plus the whole CH thing annoyed me.
    My thoughts on the match are
    1) Overall iu think we can all agree that the team
    played well given the circumstances after the first 10 mins. However they stuck to it and kept on pushing where Newcastle sides of the past would have fell to pieces.
    2) This sounds slightly controdictal but we
    contributed to our own downfall Kruls error in particular was a calamity, however when keepers make mistakes they usually get punished and credit City who took thier chances.
    3) There was one noticable diffrence today with AP in charge. I felt that we tried to deliever more crosses into the box and i thought routledge did well despite being intially being sceptical about his inclusion
    4) I thought it was pretty evident today that we need more bodys and in particular a striker to help Carroll upfront if Pardew does not believe in Nile Ranger who i thought did well again when he came on.
    5) I have finally had it with Gutierrez, the man has no end product and i feel that if we get a decent offer for him we should let him go and get someone who can cross !! equally does anyone else think simpson is a very average player ? average crossing ,average speed going foward dont get me wrong he is better than perch but i feel where they someone better on the markert we should consider investing in a right back

    And thats it from me sorry for going off on a tangent.
    However merry christmas and feel free to comment on my points !

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  • Whitecap

    Dec 26, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m furious.

    If this is any indication of what the Pardew era will be like, consider me not impressed. The players did not deserve to lose this match. What was Pardew thinking tactically?

    Pardew has had a chance to watch all of NUFC’s matches this season. Surely he would have noticed that this team plays better in a 4-4-2. Surely, once the team had gone down 2 goals so early he would have tossed his old tactics and put out the extra striker just to give the team a chance to get back into the match.

    Did Pardew not watch the Man City vs. Everton match? If he did, he would have noticed how Everton’s 4-4-2 worked fantastically against them.

    Obviously Pardew was not responsible for some of the sloppy play at the back nor was he responsible for Tevez having yet another great performance. But Pardew never gave the lads much of a chance to win today.

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  • callie9

    Dec 26, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #7

    This is not a fair reflection of the game at all. We dominated every aspect of the game and looked the better side. They sat back after 5 minutes and offered nothing at all for the rest of the game. We should be proud of our performance today, we have matched a side with many world class players in 2 games this season. 2 silly mistakes but this is no reason at all to lose our heads and cry relegation etc again. We played well today.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 26, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Good performance calm down….Toon Toon Toon!!!

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  • branunited

    Dec 26, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #9

    in particular, today was a good game, I think the error Tim Krul was what cost us the game (no one had thought of a goal so quickly against and less that way), after the second goal, the boys had a very good attitude, and fought to the end, if it was not our best game (at least not that we lost), but the team with AP, there is different, (different depending on whether there is improvement), you have to work more in the defensea, which is undoubtedly our weak point (except Coloccini, everyone else liked me) was making curly today as a hundred thousand feet away, looked like he was celebrating Christmas even, taylor, simpson and enriched very well.
    Wayne Routledge made a very good game though came out of change, (should play more instead of Jonas Gutierrez).
    for the first time I’ll say it was the worst game of JONAS GUTIERREZ, is a guy who throws many centers but only 1 in 10 is good, and that does not help, is very disciplined tactically, and brings good things on defense, if Winter arrives in a good offer I would sell the Routledge can do great things, I hope to play badly.
    in general it was a good game, many arrivals, shots were close as the 75-80 minutes to equalize the uinic do not like is that they send many centers, the luck was not on our side of the football thing. the season will end between 60 and 65 points, which would give us to enter the UEFA Europa League, or at least a playoff in the same competition.
    need to strengthen the lines, 2 strikers (and nile ranger), a creative midfielder and a central (more kadar).
    I hope, managed to get the victory, before the hotspurs, and departed thence, against wigan, sunderland west Ham your calendar, 12 points from 12 ¿may be?

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  • daneevz

    Dec 26, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #10

    i thought we played well no luck they had lucky goal at the end but as we are a sleep for early mins in most games we were punished for it and mad it a up hill battle but we look much better than wen Hoots was in charge W.Routledge was playin well and didnt understand him takin him off for the absolutly shite jonas his end product is crap!!oh well trip to spurs it is

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Dec 26, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Great team performance
    However WTF is Jonas doing ?

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  • G

    Dec 26, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think anybody on our team disgraced themselves today. Sure TK made a howler early on, but he is young, and that is all part of learning his trade as a keeper, so I am sure he will come back stronger. Roll on the next game, and hopefully we will get a rub of the green. We were unlucky, these things happen.

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  • Ruvio

    Dec 26, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #13

    The ref was fat, and miles behind play. He was relying on his asst’s far too much, and was having to give decisions from far too far away.
    It wasn’t that he was letting the game flow, he was 10 seconds behind play.
    I’ve had patience with Foy for years, but this season, he’s not fit enough, and has been beyond pathetic.

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  • supervil

    Dec 26, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #14

    To those bemoaning the performance, have a f*cking word with yourselves will you? Have you seen the team we were up against? They’re challenging for the title. Tevez is awesome – he beat us today.

    Otherwise, we were a shining beacon of attacking football. Man City should be ashamed of themselves – negative, boring, cheap football. But, that’s what gets you ahead in the PL.

    I thought Krul was shaky, but Simpson, Taylor (makes a change), Enrique, Colo (for the most part), Barton, Tiote, and Carroll were great. Nolan was off-colour, and could(should)’ve nicked a few half-chances. Jonas, whilst he worked(ish), has come to the end of the line for me. I thought he was absolutely average. Didn’t beat anyone on the ground, didn’t provide a single good cross. We need Ben Arfa more and more. Routs is average too.

    Don’t panic. We did well. I was with some Citeh fans who were very impressed, didn’t think they deserved anything out of it.

    On a side note – referee was SHOCKING. But, that’s commonplace at the moment. I’ve not seen one game where I haven’t thought the ref was either overzealous or inconsistent.

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  • nuttyward

    Dec 26, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #15

    we need a left winger SWP and robbie kean up front IMO

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  • DannyboyNUFC

    Dec 26, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Was a good game today, definatley wasn’t a 3-1 game we played to well to have a scoreline like that . Also was good to have Ben Arfa at the game today despite the result!

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  • expatgeordie

    Dec 26, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #17

    The team showed great spirit in coming back from an awful start when we gifted a multitalented Man Shity team 2 goals. One thought is Pardew falling in to the CH trap of playing 5 in midfield with Carroll up fron when we play this system we fall in to the long ball trap. He should have played Ranger from the start. Without Nolan on Tuesday we should go for broke Spurs are very good going forward but cr*p at the back (a bit like us) should be a high scoring game I may have a bet on 4-4 with a Carroll hattrick & one for Van De man for Spurs

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  • Vinicinhos

    Dec 26, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Nolan was bad, Tiote didn’t played how he plays every game.

    I liked Enrique and Barton (Best Player).

    Smith had to enter, NO ROUTLEDGE

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  • Toon XI

    Dec 26, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #19

    The rollercoaster called Newcastle United rolls one.
    Horrible one minute (or should I say five minutes) and great the next.

    Just another performance to frustrate you and please you all in one.

    Pissed we missed any points though. Wigan and West Ham coming up are huge for us.

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 26, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #20

    9 out of 10,krul always put a long clearance

    If u guys notice, we been playing attacking football with pardew in charge. Last night remains me of sir bobby robson era where we always cconcede first and then win the match

    This is not the same nufc squad that are relegated two season ago.

    Seriously we need a competition for jonas, this guy can give one good cross in 5 games and still be in the starting eleven?

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  • branunited

    Dec 27, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #21

    because they play kevin nolan (for acomulacion yellow cards)?, we rely on gutrhie danny is a boy with a huge future quality (but not been given much chance.) I think you must start with carroll Lovenkrands on, the midfield would be for my Routledge, Tiote, Guthrie, Barton.

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  • expatgeordie

    Dec 27, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #22

    We can’t play Guthrie against spurs he’ll be out of his depth. Routledge, Barton Tiote, Jonas (I know he was poor yesterday but he’s all we’ve got at the moment) Carroll & Ranger up front. Same back 5 (though Harper has to be pushing Krul)

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