Disaster At The Etihad – Newcastle Taken Apart 4-0


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.

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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..

Teams:

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



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161 comments so far

  • archaeomag

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s the Curse of W@nga. . .

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Dummet was bril… really was…he should play at LB RB Mbiwa

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  • alext109

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #3

    “Spend some ******* money!!!”

    Doubtful. Here come the excuses from Mr Pardew……

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  • jokinoot

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Headless chickens

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #5

    What do people expect?

    We have some good players but a manager who does not have a clue how to use them.

    I don’t think it matters who we buy. .. we cannot possibly do anything with this guy and coaching staff in charge.

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Supporting Newcastle is not good for my health and im young.

    At least it wasn’t 5…

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  • BuckLuck

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #7

    This was aweful. Even though it was City we were ripped apart.

    I guess the answer will come against West Ham. If we doesn’t produce a good display and win that game I think Pardew will relegate us if kept at the helm. No doubt!

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry but NUFC are absolute sh1te. It goes to show that NUFC have spent less then every other club and we are also bottom. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE INVEST NOW!

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Lads its very simple….. we need a new owner who is serious about this club….. nothing else…. night lads….f+uck it…its not worth fretting….life is too short…..

    watch Bundesliga, look at other clubs playing good football, watch united get smashed in the CL….

    stuff it FAT ASH is not worth it…

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  • DENIro

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #10

    No balls in the team .. We lost them with Nolan, Barton and finally Demba Ba … Players as individuals are maybe good, but as a team, we are a disaster …

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  • Thump

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Did anybody actually expect us to come away with anything? The way some of you are going on, we’d just been torn a new hole by Macclesfield!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Martyn Hepple ?@martyhep 15m
    If I was Remy I’d plead guilty to rape #nufc
    Retweeted by Mark Mac
    Collapse

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  • Blofal

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Cisse to leave now I reckon. Why would he play for a team who cannot get the ball to him? We can’t even tell if he is in form because he doesn’t get a chance!!

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  • toonking

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #14

    repost

    what do you think now of these so call super stars?

    it was clear from day 1 these players are over rated forget the fact they are internationals because players like shane ferguson are international but is he quality no.

    this team right now is simply that 10 game upbeat run was an unbeaten run for a reason

    simpson and raylor were two FB who were ready and waiting for them crosses, they weren’t miles down the pitch causing the midfield to get scrambled up.

    also you had 2 forwards that linked up well together and always stayed close, it wasn’t a lonely striker who now has midfielders nowhere near him and wide men always running into the centre

    4-4-2 was the formation that should be used and I bet that is what he would have wanted to use but when the owner is forcing him to use the players that greedy bastard chooses it a recipe for disaster.

    BTW 4-4-2 is not hoofball or boring only a stupid excuse the basher want to use to aim the blame at pardew unless you are putting pelegrini and moyse down as rubbish managers because both them teams did 4-4-2

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Give me 5 minutes alone in a room with Mike Ashley. I’ll make him wish he was never born the fat cockney wan*er .

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  • FrankfurtMag

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #16

    I dont see the disaster. Same Management, same team, same mentality. We picked up where we left off last season.

    No surprise at all.

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  • believeintoon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Somebody please help me…

    I truly love this football club, but recently to support this club makes me feel really awful.

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  • Hettoon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #18

    touches in opposition area ‘3’

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  • PontiusLee

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #19

    honestly i didnt mind losing (which says one thing about my faith this season)
    but the way we lost was absolutely pathetic.

    pardew is seriously delusional.

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Positives…
    Taylor is suspended
    Gutierezz is injured
    Dummet should start at LB
    Hart, Fernandinho and Navas are in my fantasy team.
    Negatives….
    To many to list and i’d rather not

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  • JackButler

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Never mind lads only 2,861 days left on Pardews contract

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Hope we’re relegated. We need a fresh start.

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  • AaranD

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Team for the next game, judging Cabs goes.
    Can be 443 443 or 4231.
    Krul
    Santon – Yanga – Colo – Dummet
    Sissoko – Anita
    HBA – Marv – Gouff
    Cisse

    And just go for it, get the supporters excited a little bit after this rubbish!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Well done Pardew playing Cisse as the lone striker again bravo . Learnt from his mistakes ? , the guy isn’t fit to run a pub team and should be ashamed of himself.

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  • toonking

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #25

    what do you think now of these so call super stays?

    it was clear from day 1 these players are over rated forget the fact they are internationals because players like shane ferguson are international but is he quality no.

    this team right now is simply rubbish
    that 10 game upbeat run was an unbeaten run for a reason

    simpson and raylor were two FB who were ready and waiting for them crosses, they weren’t miles down the pitch causing the midfield to get scrambled up.

    also you had 2 forwards that linked up well together and always stayed close, it wasn’t a lonely striker who now has midfielders nowhere near him and wide men always running into the centre

    4-4-2 was the formation that should be used and I bet that is what he would have wanted to use but when the owner is forcing him to use the players that greedy bastard chooses it a recipe for disaster.

    BTW 4-4-2 is not hoofball or boring only a stupid excuse the basher want to use to aim the blame at pardew unless you are putting pelegrini and moyse down as rubbish managers because both them teams did 4-4-2

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Jack Butler
    that will be 2,860 in a couple of hours

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  • fatman

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #27

    What a let off it should have been 8-0 thanks to Tim Krul and a dodgy lineman. anything but a win next week should set us up nicely for a seasons long relegation battle.

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Shame when you figure 2 years ago we were taking the league by storm. Could have capitalized on it by strengthening the squad, building depth, and attracted higher class players as well as make more money.

    But we stupidly didn’t invest And the same damn thing is happening this summer. No wonder the players are disillusioned.

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  • iggystinger

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Debuchy was a complete and utter joke,was impressed with dummet tho lost count of the amount of crosses he blocked from navas handled him well I thought

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  • Eddie

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Oh well, it could’ve been 4-0 even with Saylor on the pitch.
    Positives were:Tim, Mapou, Colo, Moussa, Benny, Dummy. Jonas gets a lot of unfair stick on here – thought he did ok.
    Negatives: Cisse was a ghost – not a lone frontman etc,etc.
    Debuchy was all over the shop – hopefully just down to his pal’s imminent move.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Cabayes head wasn’t in the right place,more like Mashley ordered him to be dropped ahead of the bidding war about to start.

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  • Levi

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Can i just say Swansea lost 4 1 at home to a team of the same calibre. And you would be an idiot to say Swansea will be relegated.

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  • SharpEnough23

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #33

    I will not spend another penny on this club until our players decide to actually try and win a game of football.

    Ben arfa, dummet and krul were the only players fit to wear the shirt tonight.

    man city are a good team but we showed no desire whatsoever

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Good f***ing god any team in the league should beat that tripe we put out tonight!

    Am not one to heap blame on individuals but Debuchy and Saylor were utterly sh*t FFS Dummitt showed up a fully capped French international defender

    Disgraceful nothing’s changed since last season

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  • colwell

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Why didn’t we play all of our new signings? Joe?

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  • JackButler

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #36

    Wonder who or what Pardew will blame for that shambles

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  • northernirishtoon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #37

    In our last 9 premier league games we have been beaten –

    4-0
    3-0
    6-0
    4-0

    Something has to change

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  • toonking

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #38

    BPC what can he flaming do
    you would be twisting if shola was started cambell was sent out on loan we didn’t replace ba in January remy is injured.
    we fen have only got 1 striker study this team.

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  • Twatter

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Horrendous display. Yes, we never expected to win this but the manner in which we went out from kick-off was all wrong. It’s a sad day for this football club. To have a manager whose incompetence is only beaten by an even more feckless Joe Kinnear, an owner who frankly doesn’t care one iota, content simply to get by and commit to the bare minimum. Put all that aside and there’s still issues with the players at our disposal – there can be no denying Debuchy, Taylor and Tiote should be nowhere near our first team on the basis of their continually disappointing performances. But they will be, they’ll be chosen by a manager committed to defending the indefensible, only beaten by the man who should care most: supposedly the owner of this football club, Mr. Mike Ashley.

    I know it’ll be hard but try not to get too down on the back of this performance. The optimist inside me says it would be silly to read too much into this game and the pessimist says there will be much worse to come this season. Either way, at this desperate stage of the club’s existence, as fans we must stick together.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #40

    HELP

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