Here is the full match report of Newcastle’s loss to Manchester City today, which we compiled as the game was being played.
The game kicked off and Sammy Ameobi got involved well down the right wing.
It was obvious the Newcastle were going to press Man City players when they god the ball.
James Milner had a chance from just outside the penalty area on five minutes, but it was well blocked by Danny Guthrie.
Things were fairly even after 7 minutes as both teams were trying to get going in the game.
Ben Arfa seemed to have a free role up front with Demba Ba.
Newcastle were cut open after 9 minutes when Richards was clear down the right but Newcastle managed to clear the ball when it went loose in the penalty area – that was close. Gutierrez seemed to have switched off and he was nowhere to be seen.
Danny Simpson did well to block Lescott down the Man City left wing after 15 minutes , and he got a free kick for the Magpies.
The main thing Newcastle were trying to do in the first minutes of the game was to be solid and not give away an early goal.
Sami Nasri made a good break and wa sin the box but a great block by Coloccini ended the danger for the Magpies.
Good defending by Newcastle kept Man City out as City went across the penalty box looking for an opening.
On 21 minutes Sergio Aguero had a chance but hos left foot shot from just outside the box was just over the bar.
Demba Ba seemed to be injured on 23 minutes and it seemed to be his foot but after going off, he was able to continue.
Newcastle survived a scare when on 287 minutes the ball was loose on the six yard box and Steven Taylor hacked the ball away – great defending by the Tyneside lad.
Then a magnificent save by Tim Krul saved Newcastle when he turned a Balotelli header over the cross-bar.
Man City were starting to get some control of the game and they were starting to test the Newcastle rearguard.
Newcastle were putting a lot of effort in to contain the Man City continuous drive forward. and the Newcastle players were working their socks off.
On 34 minutes Ben Arfa brilliantly put Demba Ba through in the penalty area, and the Senegal striker hit a good shot that Hart just turned around the upright – that was a good chance for Newcastle.
Newcastle then got a free kick in his range outside the penalty on many City’s left hand side, but his attempt on goal was blocked.
Then on 38 minutes a right wing corner found Demba Ba free but he header was wide – he should have done better, and that was two chances that Ba had missed.
On 40 minutes Newcastle gave away a penalty when Ryan Taylor seemed to handle the ball in the box, so after being so strong for 40 minutes they gave away the spot kick.
Balotelli then scored easily form the spot and it was 1-0 to Manchester City. But Ryan Taylor didn’t move his arm at all and the shot seemed to just hit his arm and didn’t seem like it was deliberate.
And then after 44 minutes a Ryan Taylor error allowed Micah Richards through on goal and he put the ball into the net. Ryan seemed to miss his clearance and Richards had the ball in the back of the net in an instant.
So two unfortunate defensive errors from Ryan Taylor and Newcastle were 2-0 down, although it seemed the ball went to hand for the penalty.
Half time came and after Newcastle had done so well for the first 40 minutes, two mistakes in the last 5 minutes of the half saw them 2-0 down at the break.
You cannot make mistakes against a side as good as City and expect not to be punished.
It seemed that Newcastle would have to change their game plan a bit in the second half, and try to come back into this game, and Newcastle had to score the next goal.
The second half kicked off and Alan Pardew was shown looking rather glum on the touch line, and the unfortunate thing for Newcastle is that City have scored 75% of their goals in the second half this season.
Ben Arfa had a good run down the left wing and was brought down, but the Newcastle free kick was cleared. Ben Arfa was showing some good form and he seemed to be getting back to his best form.
Coloccini then did well to stop Yaha Toure getting through on goal when he got into the penalty area..
On 55 minutes Man City were starting to stretch Newcastle as the Magpies were also trying to push forward more to get back into this game, and the next goal would be crucial.
The two goals had given City massive confidence and they started to pass the ball around well.
On 57 minutesa Steven Taylor made a great clearance just in front of the goal line in the six yard box, as Man City again opened up the Newcastle rearguard – Steven Taylor was having a massive game for the Magpies.
Then a brilliant move from Ben Arfa, he picked the ball up 15 yards outside and moved into the box, beating two man City players in the box and he he hit the post and the ball went for a corner.
Wonderful play from the mercurial Frenchman – who was looking good for Newcastle.
Aguero then almost got through the Newcastle defense but he was just stopped by Danny Simpson in the box, and Tim Krul grabbed the ball just before Aguero could reach it.
Then a ball was played through to Aguero but he was offside but didn’t initially go for the ball, and Yaya Toure was running through but Aguero played the ball and was therefore offside – a daft move by the Argentine.
Guthrie was then through on the left, and he hit a great shot but Hart just got across to his left to deflect the ball – Newcastle were having no luck in this game.
On 70 minutes Steven Taylor was having some treatment on his nose again.
And then Newcastle again gave away a penalty when Ben Arfa brought down Micah Richards down in the box from behind and Aguero easily beat Tim Krul to make it 3-0.
Peter Lovenkrands came on for Hatem Ben Arfa after 76 minutes.
Then on 78 minutes Dan Gosling came on for Sammy Ameobi and on 85 minutes James perch came on for Yohan Cabaye as some of the Newcastle players seemed to be leg weary.
And after 88 minutes a great through ball put Ba through whose shot was blocked by Joe Hart, but Dan Gosling was there to get his first goal for the Newcastle club, and it looked like a consolation goal.
The final whistle blew and Newcastle’s bubble had been burst, but don’t bet against Newcastle next week at Old Trafford, and the lads will hope for some better luck, and some better finishing on the day.
Newcastle never gave up in this game, and they would have beaten a lot of PL sides with today’s form – so keep the faith.
And we saw some of Ben Arfa near his best today, and the brave Frenchman worked his socks off for the Newcastle cause, and was so unlucky not to score in the second half.
We’re satisfied with any game if the lads give it all they have – and we’re satisfied that’s what every single Newcastle player did today – we’re proud of them.
Howay The Lads!!
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany (c), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Nigel de Jong, Yaya Toure; James Milner, Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri; Mario Balotelli
Substitutes: Costel Pantilimon, Aleksandar Kolarov, Kolo Toure, Gareth Barry, David Silva, Adam Johnson, Edin Dzeko
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Jonas Gutierrez, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Sammy Ameobi; Hatem Ben Arfa; Demba Ba
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi