Yes Newcastle were beaten for the first time in the league today at the Etihad Stadium, but there were a lot of positive things that Alan Pardew can take out of this game.
Dan Gosling – first goal for Newcastle today
But bottom line, the Newcastle defense made three mistakes today, and were punished with three goals, and at the top level that’s what you re up against.
Two Ryan Taylor mistakes just before half time prevented Newcastle going in at the break at 0-0, after playing so well in that first half.
And then a Ben Arfa tackle from behind in the second half gave away another spot kick, and Newcastle were 3-0 down. But no heads were seen to drop and Newcastle tried their best to get back into the game.
And the lads still carved out the chances with Ben Arfa hitting the post after an amazing piece of skill in the second half, and Demba Ba was unlucky not to score in the first half, when put through by Ben Arfa, and Danny Guthrie was also in the second half when England goalkeeper Joe Hart saved very well, both times low to his left.
And Newcastle did get a goal back just before the end and it was Dan Gosling who got his first goal for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew seemed pleased enough with the Newcastle performance:
“It’s not often you come up against a team like them,” “They are a very, very good side – a powerful side who caused us a lot of problems.”
“We didn’t have our strongest team out because we were missing one or two today, but we did so well. We had the two best chances of the opening 40 minutes, and if we had got the first goal then it would have been a different game.”
“But the first goal changed the course of it, and it was a good day for Man City because they played very well today. We did too, but they were better than us.”
“We were too deep at times in the first half, but better in the second and more in control of the game. We can take something away from this. They were a strong side and we have to get better – we have to compete against sides like this.”
“We were hoping to offer some threat,” “Hatem did brilliantly to create that first chance for Demba, and nine times out of ten Demba would have scored that.”
“And with Sammy, I thought he had a great game on his first start. I was happy with all the players today.”
Newcastle will not finish high up in the table this season because they beat teams like man United and Man City away from home, and the lads gave it their best today, and they came up short – and there’s no shame in that.
And our boys also had very little luck, as with the chances Newcastle had, the rebounds always seemed to go to a Man City player, and on another day Newcastle could have had three or even four goals today.
Sammy Ameobi looks a player of the future, and he looked good on the right wing today, and Ben Arfa showed a lot of his best form today, and he’s the type of player Newcastle fans just love to have in their side, and he will help fill St. James’ Park.
Both chances were created by the Frenchman’s magic, and he can feel proud of his first start for Newcastle since his terrible injury – well done Ben Arfa.
And we thought Steven Taylor epitomized the warrior type attitude of the Newcastle defense, and he had a wonderful and courageous game this afternoon.
But hey, Man City were the better side, but we also think this game is the hardest of the three, and they get progressively easier at Man United and at home to Chelsea.
The Red Devils are not playing near their best form at the moment, so Newcastle could get something out of their trip to Old Trafford next Saturday, and no doubt we’ll go all out at home against Chelsea to try to beat the London side.
Hopefully the lads can do that, and in front of a capacity crowd at St. James’ Park, and that’s not beyond this Newcastle team at all.
And Newcastle should have three players back and available for selection for next Saturday at Old Trafford – Cheick Tiote, Gabriel Obertan and Leon Best.
Well Newcastle will have to begin another unbeaten run – starting at Old Trafford next Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!