One of the positive things coming out of the game on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium was the good form of Aleksandar Mitrovic and he got his first goal of the season and should have had a second when the linesman got it wrong and disallowed a goal for offside.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in action on Saturday
The Serbian then had another great chance when Joe Hart saved and on another day when we had more luck we could have been 3-0 up – hopefully that luck will come soon.
We again saw some threat up front with Mitrovic and Perez playing very well together in that first half.
But we collapsed for 20 minutes and Manchester City scored six goals starting a few minutes before half time and Sergio Aguero got five.
Aleksandar was down to earth when he was interviewed immediately after the game on nufcTV:
“We´re very disappointed, a bad second half, the same as Chelsea we dropped too much too early and didn’t play football the second half that was the problem. First half we played good, especially first 40 minutes.”
“I don’t know really what to say to the supporters but we need to learn something from the game and we need to look forward.”
“We have two easier games coming up and get something from this and try to win the game.” “Everybody can see you fight for the team, do you think some players’ heads went down?”
“In two games against big teams we showed we can play – but just for 45 minutes. We need to play the whole game and play some football.”
“I’m very happy with my first goal, I needed that goal. I worked really hard for that goal and I hope in the next game I will continue with that and score more goals for Newcastle.”
“We have the International break and not think too much about this game, We have seven days to prepare for our next two games – one is at Sunderland.”
“We must win those two games for everything I think.”
With only 3 points on the board in eight games it´s obvious we need to get some wins and if we can get two wins in our next two games against Norwich and Sunderland or even 4 points from them that would be a good start.
But we cannot have these total collapses and must try to put together two good halves in every game.
The players need to show some tougher mentality and stand up to the pressure during games.
Newcastle have the skill – we just need to see our players show the determination and passion to get the wins.
That´s possible, especially when we have Mitrovic in the side.