Newcastle Lose Ground On Relegation Rivals – No Match For City

Newcastle were simply not at the races today against a good Manchester City side, and a patched up Newcastle side were simply no match for the reigning Premier League Champions, and this was one of our worst defeats of the season, and our goal difference has slumped to -14.

komany after scoring third goal

Vincent Kompany celebrates third goal

It makes the next two home games against Fulham and Sunderland of the utmost importance,  and we have to think that Alan Pardew will need to play his best team in the two league games coming up – as today we slipped down to 15th in the league and lost another 3 points to Wigan, who again scored a late winner against Norwich at home.

Wigan are now only 3 points behind Newcastle with a game in hand.

Southampton and West Ham also won their games – with Southampton beating Chelsea 2-1 – and West Ham beating West Brom 3-1,  so it was another bad day at the office for Newcastle – there’s no doubt about that.

It was all one way traffic in the first half as Newcastle could’t seem to match Manchester City, who were playing good slick passing football, and when we did get the ball we gave it away all too easily.

But on 24 minutes a terrific high cross into the penalty box  from Anita, had Cisse hitting the ball first time with his right foot and it hit the near post.

A minute later Gareth Barry somehow ballooned the ball over the bar from five yards out when it looked easier to score.

But Newcastle were still just  holding out under constant pressure, and Elliot made a fine save on 37 minutes, and then on 38 minutes Silva had the ball in the back of the net net, but he was well offside.

But then in the final five minutes of the first half City got two goals.

After 41 minutes Tevez finally scored scored,  and then in the second minute of added time Silva got the crucial second and we were 2-0 down at half time, and that was a fair reflection of the play in the first half, with Newcastle decidedly second best and overrun by City.

Newcastle started a little  bit brighter in the second half, and we were pressing forward more than we had in that first half.

Newcastel were threatening with Yohan Cabaye shooting just wide of the post, and Cisse had a decent effort which was just over the bar, but then Manchester City scored their third goal.

Vincent Kompany stuck out his leg and was lucky to turn the ball into the net past Elliot,  just ten minutes into the second half, and then in the 70th minute Toure burst into the box and smashed the ball, which was then deflected into the net past a helpless Rob Elliot.

But this was a poor below par performance from Newcastle, and we had about six starters out of the game through injury – and we didn’t expect much out of the game in any case.

But with Wigan just 3 points behind us now with a game in hand, and Southampton and West Ham going above us on points – we are in a relegation scrap now – make no mistake about that.



Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (c) (Javi Garcia 74), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure; David Silva (Scott Sinclair 83), Samir Nasri (Sergio Aguero 71), Carlos Tevez; Edin Dzeko
Subs not used: Costel Pantilmon, Kolo Toure, Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez; Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye (c) (Gael Bigirimana 74); Yoan Gouffran (Dan Gosling 63), Moussa Sissoko, Gabriel Obertan (James Perch 46); Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Curtis Good, Sylvain Marveaux, Adam Campbell

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Bookings: Manchester City – none; Newcastle – Anita (26), Cabaye (29)

18 comments so far

  • manxpie

    Mar 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #1

    jesus bad performance but i expected it really with that team i’ll be happy to never see obertan again full stop really!!
    i’d bet that he was told all week to follow and track there winger but his concentration and effort AGAIN was shocking
    but the over reaction on here is laughable again aswell, we had a new defense again and a midfield that was just not at the races!
    and some1 said before that injuries weren’t to blame are you mad?
    so no collo,debuchy,santon,arfa,tiote n krul ain’t a problem then?
    go and pick the same type of players out of the rest of the league’s teams and imagine how they would cope!

  • hdavid23

    Mar 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Ashley & co are gotta do something… let’s say if the lads don’t beat Sunderland and don’t show acceptable effort the next 2 games, they get fined 2 months wages… today’s showing was simply unacceptable

  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 30, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #3

    breaking my matchday silence here fella’s but one question – is Gouffran now eligible for Europa selection?

    That why he brought him off?

    I was not aware of this but from reading some comments that seems the case…??

  • daztoon

    Mar 30, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Load of tosh like simpson and Guti never played in defence for us.Elliott was our best player.Mbwia is more than good enough to cover colo.Santon has been slagged off most of the season for being out of position.Hba been out most of the season

  • Eddie

    Mar 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #5

    A la prochaine mes amis.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 30, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #6


    In spite of all your snidey tagnut insults when have I ever called you thick?

    I think Ashley has implemented many good things but I have always been horrified by his choice of managers. None more so than Pardew who was completely unqualified for the job in the long term.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #7

    trouble is if your only tactic is to try and and keep a blank sheet you have nothing to hit back with when you inevitably fall behind when you concede so much ground and possession.

  • manxpie

    Mar 30, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #8

    daztoon load of tosh??
    tell me the last game simmo taylor mbwia n gutti last played together as the back 4??!!
    and add the FACT they played against an attackin line worth over 90 mill!!
    so a load of tosh was it??

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 30, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Rotonda heights //

    dont you know that because you have a different opinion, everything you say, is miss read as you calling them thick, blind,

    just like they think they never gang up on us and try to belittle us, by saying we are not fans, we support the un washed,,,


    my son is newcastle, my daughters are not interested,

    where we live, most of the kids like man u, but my son( who has 2 left feet) is a toon fan, he couldnt tell you any of the players though,, he is more into skiing

  • ash1001

    Mar 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Lets cut the crap about been under strength, everyone of those players on the pitch today is been PL wages.
    OK so there was players missing but that is no excuse for lack of effort by some who shall remain nameless but I think we all know who they are.
    For my part I would rather see a second team put out against Benfica, points against Fulham are for more important, we are in the mire and the PL is our bread & butter.
    Another point – We have the worst injury list in the PL for the 3rd year in a row

  • maximan23

    Mar 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #11

    afforded city far too much space most of team ran round like headless chickens.
    now we are really in the mix.we really need the next six points.
    feeling depressed away to cook my head(electric oven)


    Mar 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Its not over yet for any team results today mean any team could drag themself safe Im not two sure 40 points will be enough

  • daztoon

    Mar 30, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #13

    You talk like there complete strangers they must train together work on tactics and defending and they had a five man midfield sat just in front of them

  • maximan23

    Mar 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #14

    watching the game when city had the ball we backed off when we had it we were pressed into mistakes they had so much time on the ball thethey could of had a picnic and still kept the ball.
    i know city are a class team but where the hell was the fight from us gabriella was shocking anita gave it away far too much if it was not for our keeper it would of been far worse.BUCK UP LADS WE ARE IN A RELEGATION FIGHT i personally hate being negative agaist the toon but i am now worried for our survival.
    i can see us relying on other fellow strugglers results too much hope im wrong PLEASE let me be wrong

  • manxpie

    Mar 30, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #15

    @daztoon but how can you say its not strange? where does gutti usually play? and how limited is simmo and that 5 man midfield u were talking about they were shocking
    ober shouldn’t even be in the squad and for some reason gouff n sissko were well under par and anita was for me the worst player on the pitch apart from ober offcourse not pardews fault??

  • Blofal

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought Mbiwa was colossal today. His interceptions today stopped a number of sure goals. Obertan? Why did he even start? I think the subbing at half time may indicate we don’t see him anymore though. And for the first time I am seriously having doubts about Pardew. I’m all for stability and I only hope he can learn. But for god sake it doesn’t matter how many goals the opposition score as long as you score one more! If you give it to a team like Man City and let them take pot shots at you for 90 minutes they are going to score! The start of the second half we counter attacked and actually looked dangerous for a split second. I do not believe in being defensive and defending leads. We need goals…. more goals. Evening if we are winning.

  • Footballwatch

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #17

    If you wish you can watch the game in full or its highlights on

  • toonluvva

    Mar 30, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #18

    All those hoping never to see Obertan again will probably be disappointed as I expect Pardew will wait a few weeks and call him up again. He never seems to learn that guy.


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