At the end of 90 minutes in the game last night at Selhurst Park, the news that the winner of the tie had been drawn against Manchester City away in the 4th round of the Capital One Cup was put out on the big screen, and it caused the hearts of fans from both sides watching the game to drop – since that may be the toughest draw any club could get at this stage of the competition.
A tense looking Alan Pardew last night
Certainly Crystal Palace had only just equalized two minutes into added time, and that coupled with the tough draw was tough to take, and there was a palpable groan from the crowd after the announcement was put up.
Manchester City are the dominant side you get when you allow a Billionaire to spare unlimited amounts of money on players for a few years, and they have already won two Premier League titles in the last three years.
Both managers agreed that the announcement by the Crystal Palace club should not have been made during the game, and Neil Warnock has said it was a disgrace that his club announced the draw, because it had a negative effect on the home crowd.
Manchester City had just walloped Sheffield Wednesday 7-0 last night and Alan Pardew talked about the announcement:
“I thought that was a really strange moment,” “They put it up on the screens, and I think that needs to be questioned to be honest.”
“It’s a tough draw. Manchester City’s third team is pretty strong, so we’ll have to give it a good go when we go there. But we’ll look forward to the game.”
And Neil Warnock was less than pleased with his own club after the game as he had this to say:
“I’ll be taking it further – I thought it was a disgrace,” “It had been announced and we had just equalized. “
“You don’t want to kill the crowd and I just felt it was a mistake on our behalf and I’ll be finding out why we did it.” “I thought it was wrong to do that.”
Newcastle have lost 15 of the last 16 games against Manchester City, and the only non-defeat was in our relegation season when we drew 2-2 at St. James’ Park, and that was after right back Habib Beye had been sent off after only 14 minutes of the game back in 2008.
So it looks like it’s time for a Newcastle win. 😀
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