Mancini – We Were Lucky Against Newcastle

This morning it’s all about what could have been in Saturday’s game at the Eithad Stadium.

Roberto Mancini on Saturday

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has talked today of the disappointment in the dressing groom after the game, as Newcastle’s tremendous run came to an end – and the undefeated streak was ended at 11 games.

But many of the players, including two local lads,  Steven Taylor and Sammy Amoebi, both of whom were very good on Saturday afternoon, have already spoken of their desire to start another unbeaten streak.

Alan talked about the disappointment  in the dressing room after the game:

“Twenty-five points after 11 games speaks for itself.” “We’re a good side, how we’re going to evolve, how we’re going to deal with disappointment is still unanswered.”

“But the dressing room afterwards was one of disappointment, of things that didn’t fall for us, and I sensed that, it wasn’t made up, it was a genuine disappointment that we didn’t get something out of the game.”

“It wasn’t like ‘oh we came here and we did ok’, we were really disappointed we haven’t got anything.”

Newcastle had their chances to make this game a lot closer and to even get something out of the game, but it was essentially three mistakes that handed City their three goals, two were made just before half time by Ryan Taylor, and another by Ben Arfa in the second half.

Apart from his second half error that provided Man City with their second penalty of the game, one very pleasing thing coming out of the game was Ben Arfa’s very good form,  as he provided much needed creativity for the Magpies. and he also worked his socks off for the side.

The mercurial Frenchman also showed he has an excellent temperament in the way he bravely returned to the Manchester City ground, where he broke his leg in two places in the same fixture last season.

Our hearts went out to him on Saturday,  and he came through in great style – and deserves enormous credit for that.

Roberto Mancini was well aware that Newcastle could be threat to his moneybags side, and even admitted after the game that his side had been lucky at times:

“It was a really difficult match because Newcastle is a really strong team, they played really well. After the international break is always difficult.”

“Before the game I told the guys ‘today is difficult because Newcastle is a strong team, because they have good players, they are playing very well, and if we want to win this game we should play very well.

“We played very well, we had a lot of ball possession, we scored three goals and we had other chances, but in some other moments we were also lucky.”

It says something about this Newcastle side that top clubs are starting to take us seriously again, and although the lads got nothing out of the game last Saturday, we must go all out for something out of the game at Old Trafford this Saturday.

Something out of the game on Saturday at Old Trafford will set us up nicely to go all out against an out of form Cheslea side in the next game at St. James’ Park.

Howay The Lads!!