Newcastle played too deep in that first 45 minutes at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Cabaye challenges French International team mate Nasri on Saturday
But the lads still managed to hold Manchester City until four minutes before the break, but City then scored two quick goals and Newcastle found themselves 2-0 down at half time.
Newcastle came out and gave it a go in the second half, and things may have turned out differently if that Ben Arfa shot had gone in, rather than agonizingly rebounding of a post.
Gosling got Newcastle’s late goal on 88 minutes, to make the score a little more respectable at 3-1, and certainly a better reflection of the game.
And Newcastle certainly did a lot better than Man United did against their Manchester neighbors, as they were smashed 6-1 at Old Trafford by City a few weeks ago. Wonder how they will do when the visit the Etihad Stadium?
French International Yohan Cabaye, like other Newcastle players, was disappointed to lose the unbeaten record in the league, but now says Newcastle must simply press on, and he talked on the Newcastle web-site yesterday:
“We lost the game and our unbeaten record so that is always going to be disappointing,” “We only scored at the end of the match, but if Demba scores the first chance then maybe it was another game completely.”
“But we can do nothing about that now. City scored two goals just before half-time and that made it difficult for us to come back in to the match.”
“We didn’t want to come away from the match or the stadium with bad thoughts about how we played. We wanted to play much better and much higher up the pitch in the second half.”
“So we tried and unfortunately we scored just too late at the end, but we have to now look forward and keep working hard.”
“We were 11 games unbeaten. The team is a good team, we have good players and a good mentality and we are good on the pitch.”
Newcastle were not at full strength against City, with Cheick Tiote, Leon Best and Gabriel Obertan all out with injury, but all three are expected to be fit for Saturday.
Tiote is almost certain to return to partner Cabaye in the middle of the park, and depending on how well the two top midfielders can get a grip on the game on Saturday, will probably decide just how well Newcastle will do against the Red Devils.
The Man City game was the hardest of the three successive tough games, and we think the next two games will get progressively easier, and we expect Newcastle to even beat Chelsea at St. James’ Park a week on Saturday.
Obertan could return to the right wing, although Alan Pardew may give young Sammy Ameobi another start, after he did so well last Saturday, and we think Ben Arfa could well get another start up front, with Leon Best likely to be on the bench on Saturday.
Alan must also decide if Italian International Davide Santon comes in for Ryan Taylor, but somehow we think Cheick Tiote for Danny Guthrie could be the only change on Saturday.
What do you think?