Newcastle held Manchester City for 70 minutes on Sunday, before the league leaders finally breached the determined Newcastle defense.
Vincent Kompany challenges Demba Ba on Sunday
And it was an excellent goal too by one of Man City’s real stars – Yaya Toure.
Yaya is a top player, because he produces when it matters – he’s like the mail man (post man) – he always delivers, and his first time shot after 70 minutes, was just an inch or two inside Tim Krul’s left hand post.
Tim moved well and tried to get to the ball, as he dived horizontally to his left, but the shot beat the young Dutchman and as the first goal – it was crucial.
Man City’s second goal was really caused by Newcastle being caught up field, trying to get the equalizer late in the game.
Both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse had quiet games for Newcastle on Sunday, and that was due to the excellent central defense partnership of the Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, and England International Joleon Lescott.
Kompany was elected to the PFA Premier League Team of the Season, with Fabricio Coloccini as his central defensive partner, and both players played extremely well on Sunday.
Kompany was a steal at £6M, when he signed from Hamburg in August of 2008, and he has turned out to be one of City’s best buys, and he’s not only an excellent player but also a great captain and a smashing lad.
And it seems that Vincent is impressed by the Newcastle side this season, because this is what he tweeted after the game on Sunday:
“Don’t let the “big four” fool you, Newcastle are comfortably amongst the best in the league. No leaving St. James’ without bruises. #Fact.”
Vincent obviously knows what he’s talking about, and he has now played 160 times for City with 5 goals, and he has 47 caps for Belgium with a couple of goals.
Newcastle were said to be interested in the Belgium International in the summer of 2008, but we brought in Coloccini instead, and Fab’s turned out to be an excellent buy for Newcastle, and of course is now the Magpies’ captain.
Kompany and Coloccini were voted the best two center-backs in the Premier League for this season.