Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2 – Full Match Report

This is how we saw the game today – as it happened.

Newcastle made a good start in the first five minutes or so,  and had lots of of the ball and launched some good attacks.  But then City started to come more into the game, and after 11 minutes Tim Krul made a nice save from Silva low to his left and held the ball well.

On 17 minutes as City were starting to press,  Tim Krul made another decent stop from Aguero.  But then on 20 minutes Krul was in no-mans land as he came out to his left for the ball, but didn’t get it, and it was Mike Williamson who hacked the ball away for a corner to save the situation.

On 27 minutes City had a free kick on the left,  just outside the penalty box,  but Tevez’ shot was well saved by the Newcastle goalkeeper low to his right.

On 29 minutes Newcastle broke quickly with Ben Arfa on the right wing, and the French winger gave the ball inside to Demba Ba, who tried his luck from 30 yards out with his left foot, but the ball went over the bar.

Then Perch fouled a player on the half way line, and he became the third Newcastle player to receive a yellow card, after Ben Arfa and Tiote had previously been booked.

On 34 minutes Demba Ba had a shot blocked and the ball was hit on the volley by Ben Arfa, who hit the ball with his right foot, but Joe Hart made a good save to his left.

Newcastle were coming more into the game now,  and a Ben Arfa cross from the left was met well by Ba, but he headed the ball over from about 12 yards out.

Then a minute later Gareth Barry had a shot kicked off the line by Davide Santon, and that was the second game in a row the Italian had made a terrific goal line clearance.

The half time whistle blew and it was still 0-0, with the game evenly balanced, and both sides going close to scoring.  Both sides needed the win today, so we should see both sides increasing the tempo  in the second half.

Gutierrez became the 4th Newcastle player to go in the book, when Howard Webb gave Zabaleta a soft free kick, after he dived under what looked like a fair challenge from Jonas – but then Jonas kicked the ball away.

City had a free kick just outside the box,  which Toure lined up to take, but he shot  a foot over the bar, with Tim Krul covering.  Manchester City were now pressing forward to try to get a goal, as a draw wouldn’t be much good to them.

Then after what looked like ping-pong in the Newcastle penalty area, Carlos Tevez had a half chance but shot well wide from a decent position.   City players were starting to get a little edgy and after 55 minutes Carloz Tevez tried a shot from 25 yards out which was easily saved by Tim Krul.

Demba Ba beautifully brought the ball down just inside his own half, and tried to play Papiss Cisse through the middle, but his pass was off base.

Newcastle were giving a very tidy team performance, and they were just about holding the Manchester City forwards, who were starting to become just a little frustrated with things, which was good news for Newcastle.

After 62 minutes the games was still very finely balanced. It was ping-pong again in the Newcastle penalty area after 65 minutes, as Manchester City tried to get the ball into the net, but finally captain Fabricio Coloccini came away with the ball, to great applause from the home crowd.

City were starting to mount some terrific pressure on the Newcastle defense, and following a corner there was a foul by Lescott on Tim Krul, and that gave the Magpies a free kick and a little relief.

With 22 minutes to go Demba Ba made a good run on the left,  but his shot was blocked and then cleared,   as Newcastle were trying to mount quick counter-attacks as City  had to press forward to get a goal.

Then on 70 minutes Mancsheter City went ahead.

Toure took the ball through and did a quick one two with Aguero, and he then guided the ball beautifully into the back of the net to put Manchester City 1-0 up. That was the all important first goal – and City got it.

After 74 minutes Shane Ferguson was brought on for James Perch, and Shola Ameobi for Ben Arfa, as Alan Pardew tried to get some thrust back into the Newcastle attack.

Then shortly after, Aguero was clean through but he put the ball just inches wide of Tim Krul’s left hand post – that could be an important miss by City.

On 78 minutes Papiss Cisse, who had not been in the game much at all, headed over from a right wing cross from Shola Ameobi.

Then on 82 minutes a right wing cross from a free kick came into Newcastle’s penalty area, and Toure headed wide, but the Ivorian should have done better.

Toure was through again on 84 minutes but Krul somehow stopped his shot, when it looked like he must score – and the ball went loose to Aguero who shot over the bar, but the TV replays showed it had touched Krul on the way, and it was a corner.

But then on 89 minutes any chance Newcastle had of drawing level went out of the window,  when Clichy broke quickly down the left and Newcastle had been caught short at the back, and the Frenchman put the ball to Toure who was wide open a few yards out,  and he swept the ball home.

Terrible defending from Newcastle but they couldn’t get enough players back in time.

After three minutes of injury time that was it – and Newcastle lost their final game 2-0, and it looks like Manchester city will be Premier League Champions.

It was a bridge too far for this gallant Newcastle side this afternoon, but the lads gave a very solid team performance against a top side – in fact the best team money can buy.


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon: Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi

Manchester City: Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (c), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure; Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez, David Silva; Sergio Aguero
Substitutes: Costel Pantilimon, Micah Richards, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nigel De Jong, James Milner, Adam Johnson, Edin Dzeko


20 comments so far

  • Garreth

    May 6, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Great effort lads! Did well to contain for so long, and a few good chances on the break. Shame we couldn’t get a result, but Spurs and Arsenal also failed to win so CL (and 3rd) are still in our reach!


  • Spuggy

    May 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #2

    All to play for on the final day, and 5th place a strong possibility with the 4 point gap over chelsea and they play Liverpool away next game who will be seeking revenge.

    Great Season and an exciting summer to look forward to. Euro’s, Olympics and hopefully a few quality signings and no one leaving (unless for crazy money.

  • pbNcl

    May 6, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #3

    We should get a lot of plaudits for that performance, it sounds cliche, but we showed character haha

  • Spuggy

    May 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Kompany and Toure are the difference in City, that spine is incredible, so strong, I even saw Tiote brushed off the ball a few times.

  • ShanghaiMag

    May 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Such a shame, I really believed we could hold on for the point.

    However, Spurs and Arsenal both dropped 2 points, If Spurs draw against Fulham (good team, aiming for top 7) or Arsenal lose to West Brom (Roy’s triumphant good bye) we can get top 4 with a win.

  • pbNcl

    May 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Toure’s the best in the country in that position I’d say. Phenomenal. They bought the best there was really, and stuck him next to gareth barry XD

  • mansize scotty

    May 6, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Let’s get things in perspective,,,, we defended well fought well in midfield and couldn’t break their defence down??? We played a hell of a game!! WELL DONE THE TOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Great effort from the lads. Unfortunately that extra touch of class did it for City. WE couldn’t handle them for the whole match and a goal was enivitable. Our midfield was bossed today as Cabaye and Tiote were off the mark today.

    Gutierrez was my man of the match as he was the only midfielder that rarely lost the ball and looked a threat.

    Oh well what can we do, we tried our best. Though I am glad that we’re still in there with a shout after Spurs draw. We could still nick it! 🙂

    Ps. Anyone have any footage of the Lap of Honour I want to see it.


  • pizzicatochan

    May 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #9

    1. We are playing better than the “big-guns” like Chelsea and Liverpool.
    2. We have been qualified for Europa, and still chances to go for the 4th.

    I strongly believe we have achieved more than we thought of. How many of us believed that we could be in this position? We aren’t Real or Barca, but we are getting to the top tier step by step. Building from the base, we will certainly be looking at the better progress next season (with a few quality signings and a few promotions from the young group, of course).

  • LGFUAD21

    May 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #10

    My usual post game essay now.

    Good game. Look at the stats. City had 12 shots on target and only got 2 goals out of us. Thats pretty good defending considering the talent they have in their squad. We may have had 9 on target. But alot of those were only really half chances.

    Pardew’s tactics were spot on. The only thing I would have done is taken Cisse off for Shola left HBA on. Had Marv been match ready I would have probably tried to involve him as well.

    I saw Mancini in the crowd at Chelsea and thought immediately, he is a good manager, he will prepare well. And I think that showed, especially with Clichy’s handling of HBA (Which I think is the best Ive seen a defender do this year against HBA).

    We were always going to struggle against their defense. It is tight as feck. Our defense is also tight and did well. Perch seemed to struggle against Tevez a bit. but it is Tevez.

    Yes I think less long balls would have maybe helped. But we are getting better each week with taken them down. At times we showed that we could create something with the little possession we had. Lots of nice medium length arial passes executed well.

    Howard, IMO was a bit trigger happy with his cards. Perch’s was a foul but never a card. Fergie’s was neither foul nor card. If anything Silva kicked Fergie. But I do like Howard Webb. He is one of a few consistent refs. That’s all I look for in a ref. Some are harsh but as long as they are harsh both ways then he is doing a good job. Here’s my player breakdown.

    Krul: Made some questionable decisions but got settled and produced some good saves. This guy is the dogs testes tbh up there with Hart, Scezny, Friedel, Reina (pains me to say his name). I often wonder why Sir Alex never considered him to replace VDS. Glad he didnt mind.

    Perch: Not as good as Chelsea game but he held it together against some top players. In a game with a tactic that relied heavily on our defense the stats would suggest he did his job well.

    Willo: After a dodgy patch he is looking more and more comfortable at CB. It’s not his defending that gets me and he is clearly forging a great partnership with Colo. It’s that he seems to panic a lot and hoof the ball out and back to opposition. Still same point I made about Perch applies.

    Colo: Always great. I was worried about the pace of City against him, but he made some great interceptions and tackles. He does great when he brings the ball out from the back. A great calm and collected captain who really should get another go in the Argentina squad IMO.

    Santon: Seems to get better each game. Today he brought a lot to the attack and I thought, if we had got anything it would have been down to this lad or HBA. Still gets skinned a bit at the back but he is improving very fast. Enrique who?

    Cabaye: A slight bit quieter today but even when this lad is not on the ball he is impacting the game. His energy is great, he pressures players and I think if the relationship between him, HBA and strikers could improve just a little bit this guy could be our very own Modric. Probably my favourite Toon player (after Shola that is)

    Tiote: He made heeps of great tackles and interceptions. Unfortunately (and same kinda applies to Cabaye) The middle of the field was neglected by us today. But we really need cover for this guy, we look a much better side with him than without.An absolute hero playing a few days after getting 7 stitches.

    Jonas: Started the game poorly but got into it a bit later as we played very wide. He made more runs today which was good, he needs to do so more I think. But there are still times he can look a bit headless, like he doesnt know what is going on. But he had a decent game.

    HBA: Did well. Clichy had him sussed from the beginning and he was always going to struggle. But he showed his intelligence by adapting his play slightly and fast realising he wouldnt be allowed to do what he normally does. I love this guys work rate. He is always providing options to his team mates. Always tracking back. I think he should have played the whole game (even if he was knackered) he would’ve been the one who scored for us. He could walk into any prem team. Best £5m ever spent I reckon.

    Cisse: Quieter today. To be expected given how good City defense is. I think he was probably our least good (see what I did there) player on the pitch today. Purely because there are so many times Demba, Cabaye, Benny will feed him balls that I feel other strikers would get to. But given what Pards has been saying in interviews this week, I think this was an element of his game missing when he came. And over time it will improve. He never had a chance today. And was largely marked out of the game.

    Ba: The more dangerous of the Senegal boys today. He is a lot more versatile than Cisse. Couldve scored a number of times today and he makes some very nice little moves. When him and Cisse develop the relationship Ba was showing with Best and Shola our front line will be lethal (more so than it already looks). People assume he has a good partnership with Cisse already because they both play for Senegal. But they never actually play together for their country. It’s good that he is not moved by his lack of goals. He knows that with time the goals will come again. The dissappointment on his face after the second goal was touching.

    Fergie: Did well today. Replaced a knackered Perch. Is faster than he looks and I swear he has bulked up a tad. A very daunting game to be thrown into but he always does something noteworthy in each appearance with a nice run. It’ll be tough for him to break into the squad but at his age, with patience this guy is hot property for the future. Should never have been booked.

    Raylor: Came on for Tiote (to prevent a sending off). His appearances lately have never been long enough to comment on. So I have nothing to say about him really.

    Shola: Had 2 good chances. Thought he was gonna score tbf. I expected him to come on with the same fire as he did against Spurs. I think he should get a bit more playing time because when we are down in games this guy is one of those players that has the drive and belief to keep the team going. He wasnt on fire like against Spurs but he did his duty.

    In short, nothing special to comment on today. We weren’t bad at all. We could have done things better (you always can).

  • LGFUAD21

    May 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Fulham have overtake Liverpool. YES.

    I have hope Fulham can take spurs next weekend


    May 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #12

    was sad wen.we lost but well play we attackd n defended well + points now 3 pts at everton

  • Louis583

    May 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #13

    It was always going to be hard competing with a team that’s spent 286m for their first 11 and bench.


    May 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #14

    nxt game arsenal.n spur loose n v win ….on.over the moon 🙂

  • Oleg G

    May 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Fulham are in great shape and may surprise.

  • Wor Shearer

    May 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Fulham looked good today, hopefully they’ll take that through to the final day.

  • gstadt

    May 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #17

    So proud of the lads today, to think we were in the championship 2 years ago and now we’re back where we were with SBR

  • Beattie25

    May 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m going to be controversial here and go against the grain.

    What a great season with many outstanding memories but today we were truly awful. We looked sluggish, lacked quality and our goal threat was non existent.

    I am not trying to dampen a great season but I beg to differ from the general ‘we tried’ consensus.

    That was a mid table performance at best and we showed a real ck of character today. It goes to show we are crying out for more players who can make a difference.

    Willo was poor, Perch was decent but got done a lot, Tiote looked concussed, Cabaye had a torrid time, Benny was average, Ba was sloppy and erm Cisse didn’t turn up.

    Like I said though 1 game shouldnt over shadow a terrific season. I am proud of the players for the year we’ve had but not proud of the players for today.

    Yes City are ‘world class’ but we are the same nufc that stuffed Man Ure and there was a lack of similar ferocity today.

    I may get lambasted for my opinion but I hope you can appreciate the honesty in my appraisal and wonder if anyone else feels the same?!

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Yup no one could have predicted this. I had predicted a top 6 finish but this season is even better than what I expected, much better.

    Pardew is our King and long it may continue.


  • wynsleap

    May 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Great game today and a good hardworking performance from everyone. Thought Santon was the stand out performer for us however.
    This lad is starting to find his feet and if he keeps improving next season the way he is doing we are going to have one helluva player on our hands. We will need another top class full back to complete an excellent back four although I’m not convinced Pieters is the answer.
    No shame in being beaten by the League’s top team and a £200,000 per week midfielder.
    All to play for in the last game, but hope people haven’t forgotten that Chelsea can end up higher than us if they win their last two games and we don’t get 3 pts. at Everton.
    Finally, though, can’t see Cisse not scoring for two games in a row. Think Everton should be worried.


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