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.
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