Newcastle have made a terrible start to the game at the Etihad Stadium today, and within the first minute of the game Vurnon Anita had given a penalty away (it was after 29 seconds) and after only 21 minutes we were 3-0 down.
Vurnon Anita – gave away a first minute penalty
Just after the kick-off Mike Williamson chased the ball down the City left wing and turned around and beat Aguero, but he played a dangerous ball inside to Vurnon Anita just outside the penalty area, and the midfielder lost the ball to Dzeko, and as he went past him Anita just clipped him.
It was a penalty and Aguero made no mistake from the spot.
So after all the preparation of the last 10 days what a way to start the game.
Newcastle went 2-0 down after only 12 minutes when Manchester City played the ball down the left wing again, and when the ball came inside Samir Nasri was onto it in the penalty box and slammed the ball into the back of the net unchallenged – more poor defending by Newcastle and they were throwing this game away with poor defensive play.
After 21 minutes Newcastle went further behind and from the center of midfield David Silva put a pass through into the penalty area and split the Newcastle defense wide open (with one pass mind you), as he found Edin Dzeko who swept the ball past Krul and it was 3-0 down after just 21 minutes.
The Newcastle defence was being torn apart and don’t expect any changes in the defense when there are our only four regular defenders fit – maybe for the rest of the season.
After 28 minutes Jack Colback was booked and that was his 10th yellow card, so that means he misses the next two games – this was looking like a disaster for Newcastle and it wasn’t even 30 minutes into the game.
Newcastle were trying to get back into the game but poor defending and lackadaisical play against the Premier League Champions have caused this half time score-line, and Newcastle must now be wondering why they didn’t bring in reinforcements last month when they could have – it’s too late now.
Let’s hope we can recall Davide Santon from his loan spell at Inter-Milan – we wonder if newcatsle have that in the loan contract?
What do you think?.
The first half was probably the worst display of the season by Newcastle, and this doesn’t augur well for John Carver, who is supposed to be the interim coach through the end of the season.
And the defensive five, including Tim Krul are the only fit regular defenders we have at the club at the moment, so it’s difficult to see many changes being made for next week against Aston Villa at home.
This is what happens when you allow your squad to be weakened in January, and you also let an experienced manager go and not replace him with another experienced manager – all for £10M, but if we get caught up in a relegation battle it will cost us an awful lot more than £10M.
And if we continue to play like we did in the first half today – we will be caught up in a relegation battle.
We can only hope for an Arsenal type comeback in the second half.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (c), Eliaquim Mangala, Aleksandar Kolarov; Fernandinho, Yaya Toure; David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri; Edin Dzeko
Substitutes: Willy Caballero, Gael Clichy, Martin Demichelis, Fernando, Frank Lampard, Jesus Navas, Wilfried Bony
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel Riviere
Referee: Chris Foy (Lancashire)