Manchester City 3 Newcastle 1 – Full Match Report

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

28 comments so far

  • joppadoni

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #1

    we suck citeh did well… lol.

  • Snubs

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #2

    bloody hell ed, calm down!

  • joppadoni

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #3

    disappointed at the result tbf. but i have to say we showed nothing in the way of being a top team in this league. we can look at man city and gain some insight on how we want to improve though which is positive


    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Well done lads played well considering the curcumstances. 2 daft pens seperated the game that’s all we were good today

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #5

    still dont know what to do with RAYLOR one game he IS awesome he IS awfull

  • kevymartins

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #6

    swansea loook like there gona do man u

  • LGFUAD21

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7


    Very good point. If there’s one thing Pardew has done this season well it is taking something from each game and improving it for the next.

  • Thump

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Link to the Man U game. Swansea is dominating in the opening minutes!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #9

    still dont know what to do with RAYLOR one game he IS awesomE and in another game he IS awfull

  • joppadoni

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #10

    woo woo …. we were terrible and the pens were correct.. and roshan raylor defo doesnt do things by half lol 🙁

  • Thump

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Anybody else reckon that the lads will come out fighting against Man U?

    Today we showed City way too much respect and gifted them possession. We showed a few times that we could play around City and pass through their defence. A lot of positives methinks.

  • Chinzaknuk

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #12

    I thought the lads did us proud today……two penalties today i thought was a bit harsh…first one probably was, Raylor was naive to be holding his arms out like that in the penaly box….second penalty was definately dubious.
    Anyway although Man C played the better we certainly had our chances but we didn’t have the luck with us today.
    Certainly no disgrace, we still showed character and we still created some great chances. I think our performance today against the best team in the league (when you take into account the teams Man C have beaten more convincently than us ) shows that we deserve our palce in the league and shows we still have lots of potential for the rest of the season….we are no flukes

  • joppadoni

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #13

    also would like to mention that not one of man citys players tore us a new one.. which many of them have to other teams. so thats another positive. we fu cked up more than anything. although they deserved the win overall

  • LGFUAD21

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Also i think the score makes it seem worse.

    With a team like city it is important to delay that first goal as much as possible.

    They are a team that gets better and better and build momentum with each goal.

    This was clear in the way they stepped it up after the goal gave them some leverage.

    The result was bound to be either a low scoring draw or a high margin win for them. Had we equalized soon after the first goal i reckon it would have been a different story. The fact we didnt spured City on

  • shirtonapole tinooo

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #15

    @joppadoni from prev

    oops, you´re right of course. ah well liverpool will concede to chelsea tomorrow, just hope it´s a draw 😉
    it feels so good to be hoping the big teams results go our way… it just hasn´t mattered for far too long!!

  • Thump

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Unlucky for Swansea.

  • joppadoni

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #17

    ‘ I think our performance today against the best team in the league (when you take into account the teams Man C have beaten more convincently than us ) ‘

    absolutely matey.

  • joppadoni

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #18

    aye defo shirtona 😉 lol.

    we are deeing alreet like. bring on man u!

    when did i ever feel that way in ernest! howay the toon. have a good weekend all


    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #19


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    She also said the company would love to talk at the “right time” to Newcastle United about sponsoring the club.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #20

    KRUL 7
    SAYLOR 7.5
    COLO 7.5
    RAYLOR 6
    SAMMY 7
    GUTHRE 7.5
    CABAYE 7.5
    GUTI 7
    BEN ARFA 8
    BA 7
    PEARCH 6


    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #22

    The perfect company to take over Newcastle United… IS
    Virgin And Sir Richard Branson.

    There is enthusiasim and a love of we Geordie’s within the company, and Sir Richard Branson in particular loves uz Geordies he has said that in the last 2 days ..

    Taxi for Ashley.

  • Brutooon

    Nov 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #23

    1) Its time to start Santon at LB and Raylor at RM. Raylor make two mistakes which lead to first two Man City goals. Man City attack a lot at his side
    2) Ben Arfa and Sammy show good promises – several more games both players will be sharper.
    3) Jonas didnt make any good attacking move
    4) If Raylor to keep him place at LB, then replace SImpson with Santon

  • geordiesteve520

    Nov 19, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #24

    They’ve done far more damage to quote unquote better teams that us and with more luck we’d have been closer. Well done lads keep it up!

  • SBergenwall

    Nov 19, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m dissapointed in the result but not the performace! I think we at times showed real class in the opposition half. But you cannot make that many mistake against this Man City side. The few chances we created were actually really good, too bad we didn’t score on them though…Considering we are missing key players like Tioté, i think it was an ok match.


    Nov 20, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #26

    I thought we did ok considering.. Jonas was poor-our worst player on the day. Jonas looked better last season with a ball playing, left sided full back like Enrique… We need to fill that position.. I thought HBA was very good and gives us another dimension offensively.. He would have scored against anyone else.. Guthrie didn’t have a good game, when he can’t get on the ball he looks a bit useless.. We missed Tiote basically.. Colo and saylor were very good gain-two top top centre backs

  • YankeeToon

    Nov 20, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Proud of the boys today. Result is as expected playing one of the most talented squads in the world. Had 4 real good chances and just couldn’t hit the back of the net and gave up two penalty goals. For me I am happy, we didn’t get run over in run of play which renforces for me that this unbeaten run, until today, has been well deserved. If they give the effort they did today in the next two days I definitely see a three pointer in there somewhere.
    Revaltion of the match for me, Sammy. Played well above his experience, and Arfa showed me he should be starting instead of Best even though he gve up that penalty.

  • Magpie_Man

    Nov 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Dont know why everyones backing up Raylor, hes absolutley shit, hes scored two goals and thats all. Dont know why padrews playing a RB at LB whos totally out of his depth when we have a future world-class LB on the the bench, RIDICULOUS. The team did us proud though


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