Newcastle Draw 1-1 – Augero Goal Clearly Offside


When you are second bottom of the league you don’t get many breaks at all and when Sergio Aguero put Manchester City ahead after 14 minutes from a free kick he was clearly almost two yards offside as the video replays showed.

However, Vurnon Anita came back with a very good goal after 31 minutes with a low shot with his left foot past Joe Hart and Newcastle will have finished this game thinking they could have won it – and we really needed all 3 points.

One point keeps us stuck in second bottom place – one point behind Sunderland and 2 points behind Norwich, but Sunderland now have a game in hand on us and a much better goal difference.

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Vurnon Anita’s brilliant goal with his left foot

It was another terrific game at St James’s Park tonight with Newcastle giving as much as they got from a good Manchester City side and the changes Rafa has made in the way the team plays and the attitudes of our players is now there for all to see.

We now look a good side and just hope there’s still time to get the wins we still need to survive in the Premier League.

In previous games this season Newcastle may have folded after the controversial first goal, but not this team and they fought back well and it was a really good goal from Vurnon Anita to level the scored and this lad is fast becoming one of the stars of the side.

In the second half both sides went for the winner – City to get further up the league from 3rd place and Newcastle to get further up the league table from 19th place – you wouldn’t have believed this was a game between sides at both ends of the table.

Rafa tried to change the game again and pushed for the winner in the second half and on came Aleksandar Mitrovic, Georginio Wijnaldum and Rolando Aarons, but we just couldn’t get that winning goal.

Wijnaldum was denied a goal near the end of the game by a good save from England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The Newcastle players had truly given everything they had in this game and were almost on their knees at the end – and it was great to see the lads very warmly applauded by the crowd after an all-out effort – unfortunately we just didn’t have the luck to get all 3 points.

Not surprisingly, referee Friend and his assistants were booed off the field and basically you can make a case they cost Newcastle 2 points in this game.

The Premier League officiating just has to improve the video replays were shown around the world and it was so clearly offside it was embarrassing  to the Premier League.

Somebody needs to ask the linesman what he was doing when the free kick was taken since Aguero had been in an offside position long before the free kick came over.

But we have to move on and try to get all 3 points at Anfield on Saturday and our players must turn up for that game.

Unfortunately we haven’t won a league game at Anfield since 1994 – so time to break that poor streak – obviously.

Newcastle: Darlow; Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett; Tiote, Colback; Townsend (Wijnaldum, 80), Sissoko, Perez (Aarons, 90); Cisse (Mitrovic, 55).
Subs not used: Woodman, Saivet, Shelvey, de Jong.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernando, Delph (Sterling, 68), Navas (Bony, 84), Toure, De Bruyne, Aguero.
Subs not used: Caballero, Demichelis, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Iheanacho.

Goals: Aguero 14, Anita 31
Bookings: Anita 44, Perez 56, Kompany 66, Sissoko 90
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

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83 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Got to dust ourselves down again and fight again !

    Recently watching Sunderland and Norwich give 100% but still not really getting any points was soul destroying now we are finally getting points through our performances it should hopefully make them nervous !

    Need a favour from Arsenal on Sunday !! He hates Big Sam so hopefully they get a few early goals !

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  • Thump

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #2

    @shaun: (from last) “We should def take it to the last day”

    Uh… you mean, we should be able to take it to the last day? Because I really, really don’t want to take it like that. Watching the Hull match while we were playing West Ham was fscking awful last season.

    @Lee: I can imagine Arsenal trying to pass it into the box, and the Unwashed getting a point (again)

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #3

    would it be asking to much for coutinio,sturridge and defoe to all pull hammys tomorrow and sunday?lol

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #4

    @Thump

    Well that is my worry because they should have been out of sight against Palace before the equalizer !

    Sunderland are pretty dire at the back though so will leave a lot more gaps for hopefully Sanchez and Giroud to exploit !

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  • shaun83

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Thump – I mean I think it’ll come down to the last day again. Really need it to be in our hands by that time though. I just can’t see us clawing so many points back off the mackems that we’ll be four points clear (goal diff an issue) by the last game. That would be the dream though!

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  • jordijohnty

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Still think were going down as we will run out of matches. However, Rafa’s first few games he continued with the same players as mclaren, gradually working out his best team and formations and prepared to mix it up, hence the improvements. mclaren/pardew/carver would just play the same “top” players ad infinite. shame weve got him too late

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Liverpool will be just as tough, because it’s away. It is a great fixture even ordinarily though. Liverpool consider it a big game and one with great history and often with plenty riding on them, this one in particular for us. Another point would be very good, and then we can go into the final three matches all out for wins.

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  • Thump

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Come to think of it, maybe a point could prove to be a good result for us. I mean, we could have won the game, and it was misfortune that largely dropped points — although we really need to cut out those daft free kicks, or at least get better at defending them.

    What the team might have just realised is that we can take the game to the big boys… which might just give us the confidence to kick on at Liverpool. Again, I’ll be happy with a good performance against and a point (especially if the other two drop points), but I fully expect to go down so…

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Excellent point which we would have all taken before the game but afterwards i can’t help feeling we should have beaten them. Through on goal twice with only the keeper to beat plus their goal was 2 miles offside.

    On another day we would have grabbed a goal at the end.

    On another day they would have grabbed a goal at the end.

    I’m happy.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #10

    I can see Rafas brain ticking over as the games have came and gone. Looks like he knows what he’s doing this lad haha

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  • manxpie

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #11

    to get the goal difference down and the 6 points cut to 2 is a brilliant result and means we have a good chance again even if we lose against liverpool
    as norwich have arsenal and man u next
    so should lose against both
    sunderland have arsenal next plus stoke which ain’t easy

    we are still in it anyways and i didn’t think that a week ago thats for sure

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #12

    I noticed we tried a few creative set pieces today, which nearly came off a couple of times. There’s something funny going on in training. Rafa mustn’t have read the pamphlet McClaren left behind.

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  • Thump

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #13

    @Lee: Yep. I honestly wouldn’t put my money on it to be honest. It always seems like the big boys switch off against that lot down the road at this stage of the season, but hopefully you’re right about the space at the back.

    @Shaun: Ah, I’m with you. I don’t see GD as too much of a problem, actually. Had we have won by one goal tonight, we’d have been out of the relegation zone. Still, this was our game in hand, and we’d have taken a point had we have played them last.

    My heads all over the place. This is what Newcastle giving me a good show does!

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  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #14

    we jst have to win our games thats all. Positive winning.

    Its still puzzles me why Rafa benched Lasceles but that is in the passed we move on.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Buzzin. How good was Cheik tonight? Outstanding.

    Another top performance from Lascelles. Anita, Dummett, Mbemba and Townsend were all very good. Shinsoko drives me mad with his poor touch, although not as much as Cisse. At least they both put in a shift.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #16

    tsunki, rafts using it as roach paper hahaa

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Rafa sorry

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Darlow good too.

    Well done Rafa. Great showing. And correct call to drop Shelvey.

    I knew before their goal that the lino was not fit for purpose. Stupid fat old fart. We’ve suffered from poor officials all season.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Or a coaster, who knows

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Cracking atmosphere. Rafa Benitez…Rafa Benitez

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #21

    That save from Darlow was goalie porn

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #22

    It was such a gallant effort Old Blackas’ hands are sore with clapping.

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  • archaeomag

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #23

    We have to stay up – just so we can keep Rafa!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Wdftta
    It still puzzles me why so many bloggers wanted Lascelles benched.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Rafa’s shown he’s got the plums

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  • shaun83

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Thump – I just referenced the goal diff as it prob means we’d need to be 4 points clear of Sunderland for it not to come down to the last day. Unless we can thump (see what I did there) a couple of teams and same happen to them.

    Remaining fixtures

    Us:

    Liverpool away
    Palace home
    Villa away
    Tottenham home

    Sunderland:

    Arsenal home
    Stoke away
    Chelsea home
    Everton home
    Watford away

    Norwich

    Arsenal away
    Man utd home
    Watford home
    Everton away

    As it stands

    Norwich 31pts -25 goal diff
    Sunderland 30pts – 18 (game in hand)
    Newcastle 29pts -26

    Unfortunately with nothing to play for I can see the mackems picking up points against Everton Stoke and Watford. I don’t think Norwich will be the problem

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Sissoko was good I thought. Townsend has surprised me, he’s been a worthwhile addition to the team. Couldn’t help thinking tonight though what a shocking waste of money the last two transfer windows have been. Only he and M’bemba in the starting eleven after spending £80mill.

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  • manxpie

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #28

    tiote coming into form amazingly has changed every thing tbh
    infact the most important thing at the minute especially seen as he looks so slow generally but then is on crack at the important times
    so blaming mclaren for everything is very premature again

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Lmfco at goalie porn.

    What a fcuking result that was.

    Need to do the same at Annfield at the weekend and hopefully we’ll come away with something.

    Hwtf
    Hwtl

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #30

    just got in from match
    Tough when 12 play eleven- ref and assistants joke – got nowt from them just bookings.
    Agadoo’s goal looked a mile offside from the Gallowgate – positioning of linesman f**in joke

    MOM Tiote by a mile – absolute outstanding followed by Anita then Lasclles and Darlow.

    Lascalles – future interntional – just got to cut out the silly mistakes

    BUT I am angry got the players but why for F**ck sake have they not shown the same commitment for the season

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #31

    If we play like we did tonight in our remaining fixtures they all become very winnable.

    This is toon though eh, we’ll probably beat L’pool and Spuds and get ribcaged by Palace and Villa.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Throwing this out there but Liverpool away is a good game for us, they have Everton tomorrow and will play full strength team. Then they have Villareal away next Thursday, that’s the only route to CL for them a must win game. I can see a similar team to the one that played Bournemouth on Sunday against us

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #33

    The way Rafa has recently got the lads organised and playing is commendable.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Ps Man City fans a joke – 300-400 there you’re having a laugh

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #35

    AC, the harder stuff eh hhaha

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Yeah tiote was immense.

    Motm for me followed closely by big vern and lascelles (who I thought organised the defence and made the difference)

    Mention for Townsend too. I was one of his biggest critics before and after we signed him but he’s been pretty good so far and proven me wrong.

    Long may it continue.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Charlie, when they scored it were silent. I know they’re up with the gods but you could see the tumbleweed roll past..

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  • jane

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #38

    good points Our Toon

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Charlie
    It’s games like tonight that make it all worthwhile … loved it.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 19, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s just a pity that the officials are a bad joke

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