Newcastle were hammered 5-0 today in what was the worst performance by a Newcastle side for a long, long time and we were 3-0 down after only 21 minutes.
Newcastle had lost the last 10 Premier League games against Manchester City, with the last four having an aggregate score of 12-0, and after the game today it was 11 games lost on the trot in the league, and the last five games had an aggregate score of 17-0.
We looked like a relegation side today.
David Silva after scoring this afternoon
This was nothing less than an alarmingly poor and woeful performance by Newcastle, and of course this defeat along with the terrible performance today will do nothing for the confidence of the players.
And this disastrous result was even worse for Newcastle – and included Jack Colback picking up his 10th yellow card of the season, and he will miss the next two games through suspension.
And Daryl Janmaat picked up an injury in the second half, and he was replaced by Ryan Taylor – so even our threadbare squad has been further hit in today’s game.
This also puts a big question mark over John Carver – as to whether the former assistant manager is up to the job, and although we are 10 points above the drop if we keep playing like this we could be dragged into a relegation scrap.
And if the truth be told the result could have been worse because City still managed to miss some gilt-edged chances.
But what Newcastle do we have no idea because the things the upper management at Newcastle (make that MD Lee Charnley and owner Mike Ashley) did last month ensures we are short of players for the rest of the season.
Maybe we are able to recall Davide Santon form Inter-Milan but we wouldn’t bet on it.
After 10 days to prepare for the game and all the positive words from John Carver before the game this was both an embarrassment and a nightmare for Newcastle fans.
This is how we saw the game – if you really want to read it.
Newcastle made a terrible start to this game and within the first minute of the game had given a penalty away.
Mike Williamson chased the ball down the City left wing and turned around 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 12 minutes when Manchester City played the ball down the left wing again and when the ball came inside Samir Nasri was on it in the penalty box and slammed the ball into the back of the net – more poor defending by Newcastle and they were throwing this game away with more poor defending.
After 21 minutes Newcastle went further behind and from the centre of midfield David Silva put a pass through into the penalty area and split the Newcastle defense wide open (with one pass), as he found 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 they are our only four 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 tried to come back into the game but at the beak it was 3-0 after the worst display by Newcastle this season.
Mehdi Abeid was brought on for Vurnon Anita, who had a stinker in the first half and gave the penalty away after 29 seconds.
Mehdi should have started the game and will from now on presumably.
After 47 minutes a high cross came in from the right wing and Papiss Cisse hit a magnificent left foot shot on the volley, and it was going it but for a great save by England goalkeeper Joe Hart who turned the ball over the bar for a corner.
But after 51 minutes City broke away and Dzeko was allowed run diagonally towards the penalty area and he laid the ball through to Samir Nasri who cut it back to David Silva to shoot home with that left foot of his.
The Newcastle defense was nowhere and this was getting embarrassing.
Two minutes later is was David Silva who made it 5-0 and a long ball was played into the penalty box and it was chested down by Aguero and Davide Silva slammed it into the back of the net first time – and it was five goals conceded and our goal difference was down to -11.
It looked like some Newcastle players have thrown in the towel.
After 64 minutes Samir Nasri should have made it six but rather than shoot home from eight yards out the Frenchman tried to be too fancy and the chance was gone.
This was not only the worst performance for Newcastle this season, but for a number of seasons as we were completely outclassed by Manchester City – it was embarrassing to say the (very) least.
After 70 minutes it looked like Daryl Janmaat was injured and he was replaced by Ryan Taylor, so things were even getting worse for Newcastle.
After 76 minutes Wilfried Bony should have scored his first goal for City as he was clean through but Tim Krul mad a good save and somehow turned the ball over the bar.
Gabby Obertan came on for Yoan Gouffran after 86 minutes.
The referee ended the nightmare after two minutes of added time – and it was 5-0.
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 (Ryan Taylor – 70), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Mehdi Abeid – 45), Jack Colback; Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan – 86)
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel Riviere
Referee: Chris Foy (Lancashire)