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Newcastle Star – We Can Beat Manchester City For Sure

9:46 am, Thursday, October 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 59 Comments

Aleksandar Mitrovic made a huge impression on Newcastle fans last Saturday with this performance against Chelsea and he seemed to transform the Newcastle side which is something for a new signing who has only just turned 21.

His hold up play and threat up front had Chelsea defenders paying him all kinds of attention and that opened up space for his strike partner Ayoze Perez, who had another good game and scored his first goal of the season.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic in action against Chelsea

Maybe this new strike partnership of Mitrovic – Perez can get Newcastle some goals this season – we certainly hope so.

We have a tough game on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium and Manchester City are a team we haven’t done well against in the league over the last ten years or so.

The last league game when we avoided defeat was way back in October of 2008.

This is what Aleksandar has told the Chronicle today and the Serbian thinks we can win on Saturday:

“We don’t fear anybody.” “They are a team we can beat for sure, like any team in the Premier League.”

“We showed against Chelsea what we can do, especially in the first 45 minutes.  “We can play well against the big teams.”

“Of course, we must continue to work hard and in the second half we dropped a little bit, we didn’t play how we needed to. But OK, the players were a little tired and we can improve that this week.”

“We showed we can play well against big teams.” “This is how we should playing every week – not just big games. I think we are capable of playing like we did against Chelsea.”

“If we do results will come to us for sure.”

We noticed that Daryl Janmaat used almost the exact same phrase that Aleksandar has used – we don’t fear anybody.

It’s likely that Steve McClaren and the coaches are drumming that into the players this week after we certainly didn’t seem to fear Chelsea on Saturday and played really well against them.

But we were still unable to hold on to the lead and get our first league win this season.

It’s unlikely we can get our first win on Saturday, but if we do then spirits on Tyneside will be raised significantly.

But then we must beat both Norwich and Sunderland in our next two games.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Aleksandar Mitrovic · Ayoze Perez · Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League

59 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Oct 1, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    On youth academy players,
    let’s not forget Sammi Ameobi. It’s a shame the new coach didn’t get a chance to look at him. The lad is the biggest winger in football, in the world. Not important I hear you say, but the usually small FB’s will tell you otherwise I think. He can dribble and run, even cross (see below). I think the right coach could do something with him.

  • 2 beermonkey // Oct 1, 2015 at 9:56 AM


    Sammy stagnated here with us he will need another year out onloan before I would have him back he does have some skills but needs to perform week in week out if he gets there he could be a good squad player for us

    but I think he was given the extra year to go out onloan out himself in the shop window so we could get a fee for him

  • 3 Munster Mag // Oct 1, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    No major loss, let him develop and see where it brings us. Mind you, he looks better than Thauvin so far!

  • 4 cyprus // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Agreed on the stagnation, but, apart from Perez, I haven’t seen anyone really go on to the next level. Remember he was playing in a crap team with crap coaches. I must admit that I’m not sure, but I saw a spark there, potential star status if you will.

    Most of our players have been ‘pedestrian’ decent but without the potential to break stubborn teams. In today’s PL you need those players.

    But I get what you and Munster are saying.

  • 5 beermonkey // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    does the Cardiff manager know Sammy can take free kicks

  • 6 Munster Mag // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Cyprus, i was really keen on Sammy in his first appearances. But he hasnt progressed. As you said, it may be due to our legendary coaches, but he doesnt strike me as a player with huge desire to learn etc. That may be unfair. I’m glad we didnt sell him anyway.

  • 7 cyprus // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Can he?

    Just checked, Cardiff third (on points). Not bad.

    I’m not confidently waving the Ameobi flag, because I just haven’t seen him enough, even though I never miss an NUFC game. There is maybe potential star status is all I’m saying. A player that big should not be able to control the ball that well, the darned thing must look like a golf ball from up there.

  • 8 cyprus // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Munster, I was the opposite. Maybe I was biased against at first, re the name. I was so critical of Shola because he never lived up to it, let’s face it. So, I was surprised at Sammy’s speed and agility.

    But, really, the jury is still out, agreed.

  • 9 beermonkey // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:22 AM


    I am glad he got the time and loan move to prove his worth to many players get written on early

    McLaren sent a few out onloan it needs to be more
    but the ones that have gone out appear to be playing regular which is important

    would love to see something done with bigi
    is it an attitude problem with him
    I dunno but his first season showed there was promise there and now he has just disappeared

  • 10 Tsunki // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    “But OK, the players were a little tired and we can improve that this week.”

    Maybe they should get their finger out in training then? How long until our former coaching legacy is finally expunged? Dear me, this lot are on pretty nice money.

  • 11 mindshaft // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Sameobi has done quite well at Cardiff when he’s come on as a sub – He is not starting games for Cardiff and is usually on the bench, I seem to remember him always looking completely knackered after 60 mins.
    Saying that it seems to be the case with most of our players, maybe McClaren and co arent actually training them hard enough – bizarre – we seem the most unfit team in the prem

  • 12 cyprus // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Bigi doesn’t seem to be an attitude type player.

    Loans are good, the only concern is, are these players being loaned to a level more suited to them? That Armstrong is doing very well, in that league, can he hack it in the PL? His admittedly short PL cameos said otherwise.

    Teams like Chelsea have bigger (in status) players, whom they loan at a PL (or equivalent) level, but I guess we can’t do that.

  • 13 cyprus // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    You open up a very interesting and important subject.

    Stamina and ‘knackeredness’.

    The thing is, NUFC is high up on distance covered, at 6th.

    The thing is: Teams which seem to be all over the place, pressing high, hustling, like Swansea Everton, are way lower.

    So, I’m not so sure it’s a fitness team. We use up too much energy doing – well nothing. The coaching team needs to work on strategy tactics, a lot. They still haven’t figured it out and Steve’s original judgment day (10 games) is fast approaching 🙂

  • 14 martoon // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Presumably Man City flew back from Germany late last night? They probably won’t train until later today. That only leaves them 1.5 days to prepare for Saturday – could that help us????

  • 15 cyprus // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:44 AM


  • 16 cyprus // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    I’d be drilling that point in my players. Wear those fxxxxxs down, they’ll be needing a rest and not in the mood.

  • 17 beermonkey // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:46 AM


    Chelsea are in a different league they run the loan system to make money they have 33 players out onloan at a cost over over 70mill I think
    players like lakaku never played for them but they doubled his value when they flogged him

    Armstrong I hope joins a championship side in jan

  • 18 Lindisfarne // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    I don’t fear anyone either, my expectations are so low because I presume we will lose. Win, draw or even playing well and losing by a goal is still better thany worst fear.

  • 19 cyprus // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    33? Crazy, that

  • 20 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    FUTURE CAPTAIN. Our Rooney.

  • 21 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Shld he say the same for Arsenal, Manure, Chelsea and Man City? Donkey jst.

  • 22 Toon XI // Oct 1, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    In the relegation season we lost two points when we gave up a late goal to allow Wigan a draw with us at St James Park. I turned to my friend at the match with me and said those two points will get us relegated at season’s end.

    I fear these two lost points to Chelsea will loom just large come May.

    For as much as I want us to beat ManC I just don’t see it happening. They have dominated us for years.

    It is a long season that will be a stressful one for the Toon Army.

  • 23 terencelim // Oct 1, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Only if Ashley has 1% of ManCity owner’s ambition.

  • 24 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Sissoko. …Wijnaldum….Colback…Thauvin
    Darlow, Dummett, Redmond, Aarons, De Jong, Anita, Lassango.

    GK: Krul, Darlow, Woodman
    RB: Janmatt, Mbabu
    LB: Willems, Haidara
    CB: Matip, Mbemba, Dummett, Lasceles
    CM: Wijanldum, De Jong, Colback, Anita
    RW: Sissoko, Redmond
    LW: Thauvin, Aarons
    CF: Perez, Mitrovic, Lassango, Arma, Toney.

  • 25 hibbit // Oct 1, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    will die …..stick to football manager

  • 26 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    I think the oldest player wld b Krul of 28 yrs old . The team can grow together and all we will need is a few signings to improve the team.

    An average age of 23 yrs old. It wld b Mccaz job and Ian Cathro to get the best out of them. That team has pace like for like and hunger. All we will need is a manager who leads and a Captain who believes we can win something.

    Competion for places will be available and we will have a replacement per position.

  • 27 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:04 PM


    Was bored so thought abt that? Those r realistic buys.

  • 28 hibbit // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    will die……not for mike ashley

  • 29 martoon // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    will die for the toon army @21 – That is one of the most pathetic articles I’ve ever read – the writer does not present one fact to back up their argument. You might as well say West Ham are second from top and we are second from bottom because they are in the South and we are in the North or because their name begins with a ‘W’ and ours with an ‘N’ 🙂

  • 30 Derek // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Previous article title “Newcastle’s Striker Target Is A Surprise”

    Second sentence in: “but this interest is probably not too surprising”.


    There are some pretty ridiculous commenters on here (but some decent ones which is why I come here), but none are ever as ridiculous as some of Ed’s articles

  • 31 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    I think we can keep Rivere and Send Arma and Toney to a Championship team next season.

    We have: Perez, Mitrovic, Rivere, Lassoga as the strikers for next season.

  • 32 Derek // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    will die @31,

    That all well and good if we are not also a Championship team next season! we dont want our own youth players running circles around our defense are preventing our promotion back into EPL. Imagine the humiliation!

  • 33 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:40 PM


    Lassago – 8m
    Matip – 8m
    Redmond – 10m ( because he is English)
    Thats 26m. MA jsr spent 50m give a guy a break.

    And we ship out the rest of the mercenaries.
    Colo, Willo, Taylor, Tiote, Marvuex, Obertan, Cisse, Goufrann. Wages and some money recovered.

  • 34 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Derek. I dont think we will be relegated. That is crazy. We have worse teams than us.

    Sunderland, Aston Villa, Stoke, WBA, Chelsea and Swansea is abt to join the party.

  • 35 NezzaNUFC // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Question is will we buy in January or will McClaren use the youth system?

    Armstrong, Mbabu look very promising but why did we let Kemen go is beyond me but I did hear there is a clause that we will get 25% of his next sale, can anyone confirm this?

    Also who is that young winger we got? Suppose to be full of skills and fast.

  • 36 Sliema // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Will die

    Stoke Chelsea and Swansea are worse than us therefore we will probably stay up?

    Are you being serious fella? I’ve always wondered why people think we are nuts!

  • 37 Derek // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    will die,

    I hope you’re right but I don’t agree we are better than Chelsea or Swansea. The others you list well it’s very close to call. If we get any more long term injuries to key players we could definitely be worse than those teams and facing a huge struggle to stay up.

  • 38 NezzaNUFC // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    When January comes then look at the table!

    Sunderland and Villa for me would be bottom by then, Stoke will pick things soon.

    Teams are looking at Bolasey at Palace so if he goes I think palace would falter, Cabaye is doing a good job atm but can’t always rely on him like what Pardew did here because Palace would be in the same situation as us back then.

  • 39 Bobbybee // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    I’ve just read an article penned by Ian Pearce in newsnow about how Newcastle fans can’t relate to our players the same way as West Ham fans can. His reasoning is that they’ve got more English players than us. To be frank, I find that insulting. Why has he picked our fans for the comparison? I know the sourthern press love to have a dig at us, but this is, imo, bordering on calling us f@cking racists and it annoys me to hell. Who does he think he is? When was he last up here to make such a comparison? What does he know about the Toon Army? To make such a stupid remark, I think it shows who the real racist is. What a tosser.

  • 40 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Now that is a HATRICK.

  • 41 NezzaNUFC // Oct 1, 2015 at 1:58 PM


    I’ve got bets on this but also




    Which one’s do you’s reckon might happen?

  • 42 Bobbybee // Oct 1, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Nezza, the young winger is Gilliead, who has just gone on loan to Carlisle for a short term loan. He scored our goal v Arsenal U21’s recently. We also have Callum Roberts, another tricky winger waiting to break through.

  • 43 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 2:03 PM


    That’s my bet.

  • 44 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Watvu r saying we shld not buy wingers?

  • 45 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 1, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    So according to this all the really good young prospects we have signed in the last couple of years have been spotted by this guy ?

    So is Carr’s remit just France or older players then ? What is Carr’s actual role if this guy is doing the talent spotting ?

  • 46 Bobbybee // Oct 1, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Will die, the plan for Arma is to have him play for Coventry until January, then move him up to the Championship for the rest of the season. Next season he should be back here, doing what he does best – scoring goals.

  • 47 will die for the toon army // Oct 1, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Was reading thru Lee’s articles and I have realised, Lee and Mike r very good at the way they run business.
    1. They wtd a Head Coach not Manager. Traditional managera want finished articles. A coach trains and develops hence that keeps the policy going of buying young talent.
    2. The targets were too high so the Head Coach will do all he can develop the players and watch all development games.

    Traditional mangers don’t do that stuff and I think Mcca is e right man for the job. He is a very good coach. Blackie is there to do his man management stuff.

  • 48 Bobbybee // Oct 1, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Lee, i think the way it works is that Carr is the chief scout, who the other scouts report to. No one scout could ever cover everything, so diffetent scouts cover different areas. Once they identify a prospect, Carr will then run the rule over him and make a decision.

  • 49 Bobbybee // Oct 1, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Cyprus @12. When Arma played for our academy and U21’s, we played to his strengths – through the channels. When he played for Pardew and Carver, we played long high balls towards him and his 6’5″ markers – it just doesn’t work. When he plays for England youth teams, they also play to his strengths and for all those sides, his goals return is phenomenal. He’s electric over the first ten yards and when he starts that burst, that’s when the ball should be played – his natural finishing does the rest. His cameos for us were a disgrace, because he had no hope getting high balls – he’s too short to chalkenge for headers

  • 50 Mag52 // Oct 1, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Anyone putting money on Palace being in the bottom three come January must have money to burn.
    No way Jose. Probably a bit of wishful thinking going on there.

  • 51 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 1, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    whose this ghanian 17yr old we apparently bought from man city and no one knows about? and he’s being fast tracked to the first team.

    anyone ever saw him play for the u-18s or u-21s?

  • 52 martoon // Oct 1, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Bobbybee @39 – It’s a ridiculous article – see my comment @29

  • 53 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 1, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    With regard to the Matip thread, if the club are really interested in him then they ought to get their fingers out and sign him quickly.

    From what I’ve seen of him on the German highlights show I would expect to see the top European clubs also trying to sign him. He’d be a bargain at £10m IMO.

  • 54 beermonkey // Oct 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM


    that’s all I have seen and read on him

  • 55 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 1, 2015 at 3:18 PM


    Matip is out of contract next summer so it would not surprise me if the club decided paying the full fee for him so they could gamble away our first half of the season on getting him and Austin for half price in the January sales or even better a free next year!!

  • 56 Bobbybee // Oct 1, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Martoon, the guy’s a flaming moron. I just fail to see how he can come to such a conclusion, unless it is based on race. Players don’t need to be English for me to relate to them, they just need to put in a shift. In his world, maybe the race is important, but we all know what that makes him if it’s so. How dare he make such a generalised statement about us, when he doesn’t even come up here? He’s a disgrace and needs bringing to book about his comments. Insinuating we’re racist up here, so we can only really relate to english players is outrageous. Maybe he can only relate to English players, but not everybody’s a bigot like he sounds. It’s really narked me.

  • 57 hibbit // Oct 1, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    i lovetoon……. we got him for nowt i believe

  • 58 Ibizatoon // Oct 1, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Bobby…I’ve just read the article in question. Not sure why you’ve jumped to it having anything to do with racism.

    “English or British” doesn’t refer to race, but nationality.

    However, I do understand you questioning how he reached the conclusion that he has. As fans, why would we only have a connection with a fellow Brit (assuming the fan is in fact a Brit)? It is of course nonsense, some of Newcastles fan favourites weren’t British. Solano for instance.

    Another however though, having a decent British “core”. He may well have a point. Our list of English players is pretty pathetic, and bar Colback, they all constantly feature in fans lists of players they want to upgrade.

    Its all about balance. I do believe our balance of quality British players is lacking. Does that have an impact of crowd connection? Perhaps, but it’d feature quite far down my list or reasons.

  • 59 James RS // Oct 1, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Not without Colback…once he went off at Chelsea that’s when the rot set in.

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