Two goals in the last five minutes of the first half sealed the fate of a brave Newcastle side at the Eitihasd sdtadium this afternoon, and our lads went down to their first league defeat of the season..
For the first 40 minutes of the game Newcastle had held out well against Manchester City moving forward, and in fact the best two chances up until City’s first goal had fallen to Demba Ba.
One was when he was brilliantly put through by Ben Arfa – who had a good game on his return to the Eihad, but Joe Hart saved to his left.
And then shortly after he had a free header from a Cabaye corner which he put past the upright, when he should have done better.
But then two mistakes from Ryan Taylor gave City two goals just before half time.
First Ryan handled the ball, although the ball seemed to hit his arm, and replays showed he never moved his arm to the ball.
But Balotelli made no mistake from the spot, and then after 44 minutes a Ryan Taylor mistake allowed Micah Richards through on goal and he put the ball into the net in an instant.
Ryan seemed to miss his clearance, and Richards had the ball in the back of the net immediately, so Newcastle were surprisingly 2-0 down at the break.
Then on the hour there was a brilliant move from Ben Arfa.
The Frenchman picked the ball up 15 yards outside the box and moved past several Man City players into the area, and then hit the ball with his right foot – but the ball came back off the post and was scrambled clear by Man City.
A wonderful piece of skill from the Frenchman and a goal would have been so fitting on his first Premier League start since breaking his leg in this game last year.
And then Danny Guthrie was through on the left and his shot was just deflected to his left by a diving Joe Hart, and City scrambled the ball away.
But after around 74 minutes Newcastle again gave away another penalty when Ben Arfa brought down Micah Richards down in the box from behind and Augero easily beat Tim Krul to make it 3-0.
As we expect from this Newcastle side, they never gave up, and after 88 minutes a great through ball put Demba Ba clean through on goal, and his shot was blocked by Joe hart, but Dan Gosling was there to get his first goal for the Newcastle club as he tapped the ball into an unguarded net.
Newcastle had no luck in this game and also missed four decent chances, otherwise things may have been a lot different.
But Man City were the better side on the day, and not only Newcastle are going to find if difficult to match a club who have spent around £850M on players over the last three years.
Newcastle will now need to regroup and hope the get more luck at Old Trafford next Saturday, and they played solidly again today. but it was the extra class and power of City that was the difference today.
We’ll have a full report of the game out shortly.
Howay The Lads!!