For the second game at St. James’ Park in a row, Manchester City scored a late goal to beat Newcastle 2-0, but Newcastle had surged late in the game, and missed some chances near the end , and we could have easily taken a point out of this game, with late substitutes Perez and Aarons giving the City defense all kinds of trouble late in the game.
David Silva put Man City ahead in first half
And one minute after Ayoze Perez came on after 83 minutes he was through on the right, then he beat his man in the box, and sent in a right foot shot that was just deflected and it grazed the outside of the post – and what a start that could have been for the 21 year-old Spaniard.
But it was not to be, and late in the game Aguero scored City’s second goal, after Tim Krul could only block the Argentines first shot, to make the score flattering for the PL Champions.
Newcastle were surging forward and Sissoko in added time put a great chance over the bar with his left foot – when he should have done much better.
We suppose on paper this looks again like a fairly easy win and City’s 11th successive victory against Newcastle, but there were a lot of positives to take out of this game.
The first half was fairly even – although Newcastle lacked bite in the final third and far too many times Riviere was up front on his own, but this lad shows a willingness to chase every ball, and he runs at the defense at the first chance he gets.
But Manchester City were probably the better side in the first half, and they went ahead with a very well worked goal down the left after 38 minutes, and Spaniard David Silva finally slotted home to put City 1-0 up at the break.
But Newcastle kept in this game, and then over the last 25 minutes the Magpies were surging forward at every opportunity, cheered on by a boisterous St. James Park crowd.
Alan Pardew brought Gabby Obertan on for Vurnon Anita after 63 minutes, and then Rolando Aarons made his debut for Newcastle when he was brought on for a hard-working Yoan Gouffran after 74 minutes.
Newcastle were starting to press City, as both Aarons and Obertan started to run at the opposing defense down the flanks.
And then Perez made his debut after 83 minutes when he came on for Riviere – who had a decent debut for Newcastle.
Sergio Aguero scores Citys second very late in the game
And in those final few minutes Newcastle had at least two gild edged chances to score when Perez ran though on the left after he had been on the field for one minute – beat his man brilliantly – and the ball would have been in the back of the net, had it not been deflected and it grazed past the post for a corner.
And then some brilliant work down the left wing saw Sissoko set up with a great chance which he blasted over the bar, when it seemed easier to stick the ball in the back of the net, and Moussa held his head in frustration.
And then what happened too many time last season – the opposition broke away and caught Newcastle short at the back, and Aguero scored City’s second.
There were a lot of positives to take out of this game, and the lads worked their socks off for the cause.
But Alan Pardew may have to think very seriously about giving Gabby Obertan, Ayoze Perez and Rolando Aarons more playing time – because they added a significant threat when they came on.
It was never a 2-0 game and with a little bit of luck we could have easily come away with a point today.
The attendance was about 1500 short of capacity.
Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett; Anita (Obertan, 63), Colback; Sissoko, Cabella, Gouffran (Aarons, 74); Riviere (Ayoze, 84).
Subs not used: Elliot, Haidara, S Taylor, Abeid.
Manchester City: Hart, Clichy, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Nasri (Milner, 78), Silva, Jovetic (Fernandinho, 73), Dzeko (Aguero, 83).
Subs not used: Caballero, Boyata, Zabaleta, Navas.
Goals: Silva 38, Aguero 90
Bookings: Silva 34, Demichelis 54, Kolarov 57, Kompany 75, Janmaat 78, Fernando 88
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Bradford)
Attendance: 50,816 (3,150 City)