Newcastle players were told what to expect at Manchester City on Saturday that thew would be put under pressure from the first kick-off and that’s exactly what happened as City kicked off.
Mike Williamson – made the first mistake
But in the first 29 seconds three mistakes were made by Newcastle players and we were 1-0 down.
Mike Williamson did well to shield the ball from Sergio Aguero on the City left wing following the kick-off, but he then made a dangerous pass inside to Vurnon Anita with Dzeko close to him – that was the first mistake.
Vurnon is a good technical player usually, but he failed to control the ball, and it bounced off him to Edin Dzeko, and the Bosnian International went into the penalty box.
Vurnon tried to recover but only managed to bring the tall striker down in the box, and it was a penalty and Newcastle’s third mistake.
All in 29 seconds – or was it 28?
We’ll be glad if Newcastle are still 0-0 on Saturday against Aston Villa after 30 seconds.
Sergio Aguero dispatched the penalty and we were 1-0 down, and we didn’t even concede a goal last October when we won 2-0 in the Capital One Cup with a weakened side.
John Carver admitted it was not a good start to the game:
“It wasn’t a great start.” “There wasn’t anything that we didn’t expect.” “We expected them to put us under pressure from the start, from the kick-off.”
“If we’d have got the kick-off we’d have done exactly the same thing.” “Put it in their half and put them under pressure.” “They got kick off, the ball was put in our half and we just didn’t deal with it.”
“Mike Williamson had a chance to stick the ball back into midfield and he didn’t.” “Vurn turned back on himself and it’s a penalty.” “So 1-0 away at Man City and you are in trouble.”
John and his coaches will have another full week to prepare the side for the important home game against Aston Villa on Saturday.
We could even get a clean sheet in that game, since Aston Villa are finding it very difficult to score goals this season.
They have scored only 13 goals in their 26 league games, and only four of those away from home in their 13 games on the road.
Why is it that I am now a little nervous about conceding some goals on Saturday? 😀
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