Brave Newcastle Go Down 2-0 In Controversial Circumstances


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Newcastle played their hearts out in this game, and were pressing Manchester City in this game continually after  the first 20 minutes, when Dzeko scored from a lightning City breakaway after just eight minutes, and City were dominant in the first 20 minutes, but after that Newcastle were the better side, and things just didn’t go our way today. 🙁

Newcastle came storming back into the game and there was enormous controversy after 34 minutes when a loose ball went to Cheick Tiote who hit it with his left foot and the ball flashed like lightning into the back of the net, and the crowd erupted.

But then City players surrounded the referee and forced him to go over and talk to the linesman, who had raised his flag very late, and the referee after consultation with the linesman  disallowed the goal because Gouffran was in an offside position.

But he wasn’t interfering with play and Joe Hart hardly moved as he was beaten by the speed of the ball.

It was simply a terrible decision by the referee and his assistant, and there will be more claims that these officials are favoring the big clubs in the Premier League with some of their very dubious decisions – and there were several TV replays of the goal – and that’s what it was – an excellent goal by the Newcastle captain – disallowed.

Newcastle continued to press City in the second half,  but we just couldn’t get the goal and the best chance fell to Loic Remy who was straight through in the inside left position about 12 yards out  but Joe Hart saved his shot.

And as so often happens in these games, as Newcastle pressed in stoppage  time – there was over seven minutes of it because of an injury to Samir Nasri from a Yanga-Mbiwa tackle, Manchester City again broke away and Negredo scored an easy goal to make it 2-0 – but that scoreline just didn’t tell the story of this game.

We’ve said it before – the officials are messing up too many Premier League games  with their bizarre decisions – there are just too many wrong decisions being made that lead to goals either being scored or disallowed.

Newcastle were hopeless last weekend, but today the players gave everything they had to their credit, against probably the best side in the Premier League at the moment.

And  certainly they are the best team that big money  can buy, with £1B being spent on players since 2008 , and in the end the lads just came up short – and it was not unlike the home game against Arsenal.

But we didn’t have any luck today.

Teams:

Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Davide Santon, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Massadio Haidara 82); Vurnon Anita (Papiss Cisse 73), Cheick Tiote (c), Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 82)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi

Manchester City (4-4-2): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Vincent Kompany (c), Aleksandar Kolarov; Samir Nasri (James Milner 79), Fernandinho, Yaya Toure (Javi Garcia 61), David Silva; Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko (Jesus Navas 52)
Subs not used: Costel Pantilimon, Micah Richards, Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott

Referee: Mike Jones



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35 comments so far

  • toon1707

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #1

    All those slagging Taylor off before the game for me are eating there words I thought he played really well today

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Great performance from the players today; I still have some issues with some of the decisions being made from the sideline (won’t get into that right now)

    …but just a shame we had to give them that lucky second goal cause I really do think we had a great reason for complaining (know it won’t change anything, but we need focus on the bad referring in the PL)

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Felt like I was watching an NBA game at times.

    Zabaleta was called for a foul on Santon despite not touching him, then Santon picks up a foul outside the box just for touching a City player.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #4

    toonking

    haven’t we and everyone else in the world been over THIS fact:

    Just because you say fact, it doesn’t mean it’s a fact?

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #5

    according to nufc.com we are after bothe De Jong brothers Fingers crossed Toes crossed.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Anyone being negative should get real. We were playing against a team where most of them cost £20M+ and virtually all of them will be on £100kpw+. We gave a real go against the richest club in the world and should be very proud of the lads.

    Some days you get lucky and other days you don’t. We should be happier with the performance today than the win against Spurs. That day it was Krul who won the game for us. If we could play every game at today’s level then we’d be pushing the top 4.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think we were the better team, I think it was about equal. On some days we lose those games, others we win. That’s football.

    Some people are only happy if we get the result AND we put in a great performance. If they were a Man City fan, they’d be upset about their win today because they were matched by ‘lowly’ Newcastle?

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  • Harley

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Thought Taylor and willo looked good today.
    Mbiwa started shaky but got better as the game went on.
    Cabaye and sissokho played ok.
    Tiote and Anita my 2 best players.
    Santon, goufran and remy not so good today.
    Why he brought cisse on ill never know. I don’t even think he touched the ball. Should’ve brought HBA on earlier.

    Good performance but I never really thought we’d get anything from the game. It just seemed like one of those days.

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #9

    toon1707
    both him and gouffran were at fault for the first goal. he got better as the game wore on like most of our players, particularly mbiwa. he still looked a level below williamson.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #10

    @TDS

    If I could be a negative nelly, we were quite wasteful at times, doing risky passes and giving up possession to the likes of Nasri, Negredo, & Navas.

    Something I’m frustrated with because I’ve seen it from us so many times before: inspired midfield play with squandered chances in the final third. Hesitation, poor crossing, bad touches. We might have put pressure on City but I don’t feel we capitalized.

    We’ve done this before vs. Arsenal multiple times.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Good game, unfortunate result. We bossed the second half, though not enough chances. Same for them, however. MOM, Anita -Tiote. Maybe HBA should’ ve come on earlier, we needed a sharp shooter.

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  • toonking

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #12

    matt
    let me tell you this, when it comes to opinios on the game and who will give the better conclusion
    out of bloggers and football pundits
    i know who i would take the opinion of first.

    not so long ago when we were playing stoke guyes like yourself were saying that we only won that one because of that red card given so if decisions going our way can help us win games then bad decision that go against us can be the reason we loose.

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  • bishopblaize

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Only just come out of work .. How was match?

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Good account from us. Sad that the ref was the deciding factor. Just hope we take something from the game which is that we are a good team

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #15

    @TDS I wonder how much Mike Jones is being paid by City owners. How many decisions went against us today? …You see him calling offside on saylor who was clearly onside then Negredo looks offside oh but ofcourse he lets play go on and let’s him score.

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  • The Atlanta Geordie

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #16

    sign more quality players and we will win these kind of matches

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #17

    btw I won’t dispute we deserved a draw..but we could have gotten one (and possibly a win) in spite of that idiot Mike Jones.

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  • Graeme

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #18

    In the end, it was a cracking football match, in which we matched the best team in the league for large portions of it. They tore us open for their opener but we kept at them.

    The equalizer, by Tiote, was a perfectly valid goal, as demonstrated by the sky panel throughout the half-time interval. The Linesman didnt flag for offside, the Ref over-ruled him and gave off-side. Pardew gave him a proper verbal bollocking as he left the pitch, clearly telling the Ref he was wrong.

    However, no matter how wrong the Ref gets it, the Ref is always right and there is no way to appeal against it. This ref should be dropped for 2 weeks and made to learn the revised off-side laws. A shocking injustice for NUFC, but such is life.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Kevy, we got away with two reds, in fairness.

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  • Harley

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Tds

    Got to disagree with you there. I thought we were the better team. Thought we had more possession in their half, thought we passed it better and shouldve been level at half time.

    I know that still doesn’t mean we’d have won but I feel we were totally robbed today.

    I felt we outplayed the most expensive team in the world (maybe) but their finishing was clynical.

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  • Assam Toon

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s good for us and cisse that he moves on. He was not upto the level everyone else was. Wish our finishing was a bit better, but how many chances wud u expect against a side like city.

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #22

    That gap from 7th is getting worringly bigger

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #23

    89Norcal

    Those 3 players you mention will have cost more than our entire first team! And they might get paid more too!

    I don’t think we can criticise our team for occasionally being outplayed by players like them.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #24

    FOK THE REFF THATS ALL.. I DNT WANT HIM IN ANY OF OUR MATCH… M SO PISSD I WANA BEAT UP RANDOM PPL

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  • bobby mango

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Was eased with our performance, didn’t see us getting anything out the game beforehand. The goal ruling was probably the best thing that could’ve happened to Pardew, he can fall back on that as an excuse now. Thing is I think City would’ve stepped it up a gear had we equalised.
    Really hope we start picking up some results – lost 4 in a row now. 3 of those at home. That’s pretty worrying. We can look at reasons/excuses, say we played well etc but the table doesn’t care for that. 9 points dropped and out the cup. Happy new year.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Mike Jones that lanky piece of shit

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #27

    @TDS

    Fair point but also what I was getting at, you just can’t afford to give away possession to a counter like that. Along with Dzeko.

    But of course City’s backline was superb and the pressed well at times. I’m proud that we didn’t lie down vs one of the best teams in Europe but I’m also immensely annoyed that we once again didn’t capitalize on our chances to actually get a result, ref considered.

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #28

    @Cyprus? 2 reds? maby cabaye but please do not tell me that you think mbiwa should have been sent off. Because that was a yellow every day of the week when it happend I was screaming at my tv get up you wimp and stop trying to get him send off…And besides that’s the least the ref could have done for us…You remember de jong broke ben arfas leg and the ref then didn’t even stop the game for him never mind give a fk or red card.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #29

    kevymartins

    Don’t be daft. Some days we get the decisions, others we don’t. No need to suggest that the ref was being paid off!

    Ref doesn’t usually call the offsides and Saylor shanked his shot anyway. The Tiote decision was woeful that’s for sure but nothing to do with being bribed…

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  • blew

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #30

    2 decent strikers and we
    would have had 3 points

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  • cyprus

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #31

    We’ve sunk into no man’s land. Still, we can play with no tension. And try different players. Marveaux?

    PS, Hoofball Liverpool.

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  • The Atlanta Geordie

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #32

    @blew

    cabella Shane long and siem de Jong and we would have our l

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  • manxpie

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #33

    norcal our final balls this season are shocking and sissoko anita n cabeye really need to work on that
    but the fact we scored a cracking goal (feel so sorry for tiote!)
    plus we hammered arsenal in the last 10 means we need more attacking options
    which i keep on saying for the people who say “this is the best squad ever!”
    pardew hasn’t got much options for attackers to change a game!
    so both de jong brothers would do us nicely!!?

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  • The Atlanta Geordie

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #34

    last 4 games won^

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  • Blofal

    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #35

    In the end we were lucky… Cabaye should have had a second Yellow and Mbiwa should have been given a red.

    I think the ref knew his life was forfeit if he gave them though.

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