In the last 12 meetings with Manchester City in all competitions, Newcastle have lost 11 and won one – which was the win in late October in the Capital One Cup, when we fielded a weakened side but came away with a surprising 2-0 win.
Wilfried Bony – in Ivory Coast colors
Newcastle will visit the Etihad Stadium again this afternoon, and it’s an opportunity for John Carver to get his second win in eight matches he will have managed the team since he took over as caretaker manager Alan Pardew.
The 3-2 win at home to Everton in the final game of 2014 turned out to be Alan Pardew’s last game in charge of Newcastle United.
It could be that Wilfried Bony will make his debut for City after his transfer from Swansea, now that is back from the African Cup of Nations which the Ivory Coast won on penalties after the final with Ghana ended up 0-0 after extra time.
Bony and Tallo missed the first two penalties for their country and Ghana scored their first two, so it was a shaky start in the penalty shoot-out.
Bony has been a handful for Newcastle when he was at Swansea, and this is some of what John Carver said about Bony and the game at City on the Newcastle web-site:
“I’m sure Bony will be raring to go if he does make his debut.” “Every time we’ve come up against him when he was at Swansea he’s been a handful. We’ll just have to deal with him.”
“Our defenders lately have defended quite well – they’ve been strong and we haven’t conceded too many goals. Mike Williamson likes the type of player that Bony is so that could prove a good competition between the two.”
“You have to deal with it and get on with it.” “Yaya is a good player and I’m sure he’ll have a point to prove but we’ve been up against him before we will get on with it.”
“Whatever team City put out we know we’re in for a difficult game.” “We’re going to go to City with confidence. We do have a game plan and we aren’t just going to park the bus we’re going to have a go at them.”
We’ll see how Newcastle do this afternoon, but the confidence is not too high that we can get anything out of this game.
But it is also a chance for Carver to get Newcastle a shock win today and away from home too, and he will need quite a few wins if he is to have any chance of getting the head coach job permanently in the summer.
In that sense the time of truth is fast approaching for John Carver.
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