Newcastle started the game well and were on the front foot until Manchester City cut our defense to ribbons after 10 minutes, and Sergio Aguero scored, and then Javi Garcia got a goal when he headed in from a corner after 39 minutes, and although Demba Ba got one back after 51 minutes – his 11th Premier league goal of the season, another soft goal from Yaya Toure did us in today at St. James’ Park.
Vurnon Anita - had great game today for Newcastle
And Alan Pardew gave a good display after the game of a manager who didn’t seem too worried after our sixth loss in the last seven league games:
“I look at us and I have been in runs with other teams and I have played in some teams as well where you don’t feel you can score, and that’s a real worry, when you don’t think you have got a goal in the team.”
“But you have to say over the last three or four games, you can’t say that about us. We look like we have got goals.” “We are just missing a bit of concentration, a little bit of resilience.” “At 2-1, we were really, really in a game there with a team who you couldn’t say had played poorly.”
“They were right at it, Manchester City, so there are a lot of positives for us.” “Unfortunately, it’s zero points and that’s putting us under pressure now going into QPR, which we know here is a big game now.”
Alan’s right, because at 2-1 Papiss Cisse missed a great chance to score, and just like at Fulham last Monday night it looked like Newcastle could win the game, but then a soft goal did us in again, as Danny Simpson was badly at fault for City’s third goal – and his mind seemed elsewhere today.
But the lads fought back, and if we can keep the fighting spirit we can still climb that league – but we are dropping an awful lots of points and that’s worrying – and we have only 4 points from the last eight league games, and wins is what we now need – in abundance.
We didn’t expect anything out of this game and we didn’t get anything out of the game – but the second half will give Newcastle fans some hope that we can beat QPR next Saturday.
And hopefully we’ll get a packed out stadium for that game, although QPR won for the first time in the league today, with a good 2-1 win over Fulham with Adel Taarabt getting a couple of second half goals.
We need a win next Saturday and we can expect to face a confident QPR side.
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