Manchester City 3 Newcastle 1 – Magpies Meet Their Match


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!!



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19 comments so far

  • kevymartins

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Ben arfa was class 2day an that performance from sammy was effin class

    saylor and collo for the first 35mins lookd like they were gona keep a clean sheet

    so the only player’s back im getting on is raylor’s you just cant play like that against any of the top teams it was just a stinker performance jonas was stuck in are half the hole game because of him and he cost us 2 goals and gave away possession everytime he had it…santon has to get his chance has to after that

    ps.simmo played very good 2day

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  • niafron

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Ok, got to go lads. THis game wasn’t what i expected, but well, season will be long.

    HOWAY THE LADS!

    Et bonne soirée messieurs.

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #3

    man city deserved the win and played much better than us. onwards and hopefully… not downwards 😀

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  • dazza

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Micah said city enjoyed 70% – 30% possession in the post game.

    It didn’t feel like that to me but then I’m slightly biased, anyone get any statistic on overall possession?

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  • Oleg G

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Come on Ed. Raylor was like a second goalkeeper with those arms spread. He should have “suicides” on that ball and block the shot. Also the ball wasn’t that strong and I think Krul would’ve stopped it because Yaya Toure wanted to hit a “smart” ball and not a strong shot.

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #6

    merci Niafron. have a great evening too

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  • Thump

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #7

    @dazza: I think it was something like 68-32 or something.

    Still quite happy with the performance – especially defensive play (with exception to Raylor’s two mistakes).

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  • shirtonapole tinooo

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #8

    think we played a decent game today, soaked up early pressure, started creating chances…. then it went tits up obviously. 2nd half we looked the better team for stretches.
    tip of the day, man utd have never won at swansea, so if they lose or draw we´ll be fighting for 2nd place next week!!! 😉
    HWTL

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  • kevymartins

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #9

    And wtf was raylor doing in saylors posision for the hand ball?? get him on then bench to fcuk facking terrible

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  • Oleg G

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #10

    And enough with these figures. This team cost around 200M, not 850M. 650M is a big difference.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #11

    funny how people are missing OBERTAN but some time ago people were booing and clapped him off during substitution

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  • Thump

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #12

    @kevy: Because we use zonal defence and the attack came from the right wing, so the lads moved over.

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  • Thump

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Agreed roshan.

    Also to whoever was saying earlier that “Jonas should have done more otherwise he shouldn’t have been on the pitch” – I seem to remember Arsenal doing the same thing to Messi at the Emirates, should Messi, one of the greatest players in the world, have “done more” despite being marked out of the game due to similar tactics?

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Raylor’s done the real biz for us a couple of games this season and kept the winning run going. He’s a utility squad player not a specialist where he’s playing, he’s done a pretty good job over 12 games and he just happens to have made a couple of errors against a top top side. Cut him some slack.

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #15

    @ Oleg

    City’s owners already subsidise each match by £5 million.
    How long can they keep that up for ?

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Saw Rtaylor keep looking over to the line, he seem wanted get Sub.

    Why was AP so insistent just get SuB him out for Santon & let him have a taste of it.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #17

    angelswithdirtyfaces // Nov 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Any truth in it.? Source?

    But they just got the cash to spare..everyday..itz oil price and other commo keeps going up..?

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Oleg G // Nov 19, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Tats why plp are asking what was Rtaylor doing??? Trying spreading his new Left wings???

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  • bardigianni

    Nov 19, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Rtaylor was a disaster waiting to happen – today. Delivering good free kicks does not make up for
    deficiences in defending v top class teams. Give Santon a chance.
    Sammy did good and Gosling late on. Lets get Abeid and Vuckic involved too.

    Best wishes and prayers are with you Ed on your treatment.

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