This was a disaster of major proportions tonight at the Etihad Stadium and the problems for Newcastle started even before the game started – when Yohan Cabaye was left out of the squad because he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play – after an Arsenal bid of £12M was rejected by the Magpies.
Sergio Aguero in action tonight
Maybe we should have realized what was in store for Newcastle when Tim Krul made two great saves in the first four minutes to keep Newcastle level, as Manchester surged forward and were cutting the Newcastle defense to ribbons.
But in truth Newcastle just couldn’t live with this City side, and the only really good thing for Newcastle tonight was the score was only 4-0 and those who watched the game will agree the score-line could have been a lot harsher on Newcastle, if City had taken more of the multiple chances they carved out against a weak looking Newcastle defense.
But this is almost the word ever start to a season for Newcastle for many years and we had Steven Taylor sent off for swinging his arm at Sergio Aguero – just to make things that little bit worse for Newcastle.
A good way to sum up this game is everything that could go wrong for Newcastle did – but we didn’t help ourselves much either – this is how we saw this game – which was torturous to watch.
Newcastle were being over-run at the start of the game, and following those two great saves by Tim Krul, the inevitable goal came after just 6 minutes from a David Silva header – one of the smallest players on the field.
And then after 22 minutes City mounted a swift counter attack on Newcastle and Sergio Aguero was through in the inside right position and hit the ball right into Tim Krul’s right hand post – a wonderful finish form the Argentine International.
Newcastle were being completely out-played by a much better side, and but for two good saves by Krul Newcastle could have been buried by half time, and then the Magpies’ cause was not helped by a straight red card for defender Steven Taylor, who caught Aguero with an arm as the pair challenged for a header.
In truth Newcastle couldn’t live with this Manchester City side in the first half and a score-line of just 2-0 was probably nor fully reflective of City’s complete dominance.
The only threat came from Ben Arfa, who was making some decent runs at the Manchester City defense.
And then to make things even worse for Newcastle Steven Taylor received a straight red card for hitting Aguero – and we suppose that will be a three match suspension – but Mike Williamson could come in for the next game, and he cannot be any worse than some fo the defensive displays seen in the first half.
Yoan Gouffran was brought off and Paul Dummett made his first Premier League appearance for Newcastle – and the score stayed 2-0 at the half – with Newcastle being completely over-run.
And with only 10 men in the seocnd half we hardly expected things to get any easier in what was turning into a complete and utter disaster for Newcastle in our very first game of the seoasn.
After 50 minutes Tim Krul made another great save from a Dzeko header as Newcastle tried to keep the score respectable.
Where was the wall?
But then a great free kick from Yaya Toure from just outside the box put Manchester City 3-0 and Newcastle were taking a complete hiding – and this could end up as a cricket score – and one of the worst starts to a season for a long time.
Manchester City were looking to heap the pressure on Newcastle, who simply could not cope with the Manchester side, and at times the defense was run ragged.
We said that the Newcastle defense had been our Achilles heel for the last three seasons, and in truth we looked hopeless at the back tonight – completely hopeless – and we should have signed Douglas – but ti does look like we need a top center-back brought in over the.
After 76 minutes Samir Nasri beat Debuchy to the ball about five yards out side the penalty area and he went through the Newcastle defense to score Manchester City’s fourth goal and it looked just too easy. Debuchy should have done a lot better with his challenge for the ball.
Alan Pardew has multiple problems to solve – and to think we were supposed to be very well prepared for this game – we’d hate to think what would have happened if we were not prepared.
A disaster – a complete disaster for Newcastle United tonight at the Etihad – and if this display doesn’t send alarm bells off at St. James’ Park – it should.
It was really hard to watch – and the pride of the Geordie Nation has taken a real beating tonight – that’s the very sad truth.
It’s only one game gone – but we are bottom of the league on goal difference after this hammering, and after conceding 68 goals last season – our worst defensive record ever in the Premier league – this is hardly a good start by our defense..
Manchester City (4-4-2): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (c), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, David Silva; Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero
Substitutes: Costel Pantilimon, Aleksandar Kolarov, Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell, James Milner, Samir Nasri, Alvaro Negredo
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi