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.
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)