Newcastle will play their first game of the season today against Manchester City, and there was a shock in the very first game of the season yesterday when Manchester United, under new manager Louis van Gaal, were beaten 2-1 by Swansea at home, and that result held even though the referee played six minutes of added time, when he was supposed to play four minutes – obviously in an effort to try to get United (extra) time to equalize. 😀
How many times does that seem to happen with the top clubs?
Jack Colback – has looked good playing for Newcastle
And even Arsenal needed an added time goal to beat Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium in the late game yesterday, after Palace manager Tony Pulis had left the club on Thursday night, presumably over a disagreement in transfer policy with Crystal Palace’s co-Chairman Steve Parish,
So maybe Newcastle can produce a shock today, and get something out of this game?
Newcastle new boy Jack Colback will play his first competitive game at St. James’ Park for his home town club, and Newcastle gave a sterling display last January in this fixture last season – and we were unlucky to go down 2-0.
Pardew is hopeful and seems to think local lad Jack Colback can make a difference this season, with his 100% all out performances he has given in pre-season.
Last year Sunderland beat City at home 1-0, and were unlucky to draw away 2-2 when City scored a last minute equalizer at the Etihad Stadium, so Jack Colback has done well against City.
This is what Alan has said today in the Mirror when reminded of that:
“Thank god for that – it’s why I signed him!” “One of our best displays last season was against City, and we were beaten. They’re the type of team who, even if you’re at your very best against them, will still beat you.
“But I do think we’re really well set for this game. Hopefully we can get some kind of result against them because our record isn’t great. With Jack in the side, obviously anything can happen!”
Jack Colback can make a (big) difference at Newcastle this season, and maybe that may be why Newcastle seem prepared to sell Cheick Tiote if they get a decent offer for him this summer, but we would much prefer to keep Cheick at Newcastle.
Tiote – along with new boy Siem de Jong – will miss this game due to injury and Cheick had a fantastic game for the Magpies against City in January, and should have scored his second ever goal for Newcastle, but that terrific effort was disallowed by the referee – and that was another poor decision by a match official.
Newcastle have not done well against City lately, and Alan Pardew has lost all eight games he has played against the Manchester club – so maybe it’s time for a different result today – for a change?
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