Let Us Know Who Was Newcastle’s Best Player Against Manchester City

Pundits are criticizing Rafa’s game plan last night when Newcastle defended deeply with five at the back and tried to quickly counter-attack.

The players did well and in the last 15 minutes or so Dwight Gayle and Rolando Aarons both had chances to equalize – so you have to admit the game plan worked!

Pundits have to think about something to criticize (or talk about), so that was the best they could come up with last night.

And Newcastle didn’t lose 4-0 as some pundits had predicted.

Dwight Gayle – booked for diving – after missing late great chance to equalize

Now Newcastle have two games coming up we can win.

Let’s hope we can get all 3 points against both Brighton at home on Saturday and Stoke away on New Year’s Day (Monday).

If we can do that it will relieve the pressure on the team and we should be around mid-table on Monday night.

That would be great!

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Manchester City?

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20 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ve gone with Dummett.
    So did Toontaff1, tafftoon2 and toontaff22 😆

  • toontaff2

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    It only took about 20 minutes to scan/read the 600 comments on the match thread. Jesus, there are some lunatics on there! Why can we not block the trawler’s wifi? 💡

  • toontaff2

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Not sure what the pundits apparently thought, but losing 0-1, to the best ever PL side, the best team in Europe, on an 18 game winning streak – almost sneaking an equaliser – resting players, ready for a far more important match, only 63 hours later.
    By the way, it’s 2017, not 1917 and professional sportsmen are now finely tuned athletes, and cannot put 100% into a performance if they’re still recovering from their previous 100% performance.
    Thankfully, Atsu, Merino, Ritchie, Gayle, possibly Perez, Clark, Saivet, Hayden are all rested and raring to go v Brighton.

  • Jib

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    I think we were lucky David Silva
    has family affairs to sort out and
    has been in Spain over Christmas.
    That game last night was made for his
    type of game.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5

    First off, Rafa got his tactics exactly right. That’s the best performance against city I have seen all season. Most teams get pulled apart. We did not. City are deservedly 15 points clear. The best side the premier league has seen. Yes Barcelona-esque.
    This side are something to be very proud of in terms of team spirit and the way rafa has them working together is both a miracle and a joy to see.
    However the gulf in quality is huge.
    How anyone thinks rafa can miraculously match that without huge investment I don’t know because man Utd have spent 300 million without being able to do anything but park the bus against them.
    I hope we get new owners and big investment but the likes of lascelles need to be part of that as the team keep their heads high like no other side I’ve seen under Ashley.
    If rafa had been able to land Abraham and Hernandez in the summer we would be top half without a shadow of a doubt.
    I can only think people don’t understand football if they think last night was a disaster. Before the game I looked at the table and tactically we needed to protect the goal difference and avoid losing players to suspension or injury. Then have a right go at the next 3 games. That was all that mattered. Proud of the lads effort last night. Put up a great fight. The pundits are clueless.

  • beefman13

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    If Man City had of pinned us down last night and we tried our best to get out of our half but couldn’t then fair enough, but we were actually just kicking the ball up field then stopping regrouping and getting everyone back behind the ball, sorry but it is sacrilege for any club to do that and for us to do it at the Cathederal, well, Benitez you ought to go to confessional, a low point in my time as a toon fan.

  • jonnyshaw85

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Morning all.

    Despite the setup, I actually enjoyed watching the game last night and the plan almost came off. As mentioned, there are a lot more important games coming up; yeah tonight was a free roll of the dice but we couldn’t afford to just go going-ho and risk conceding a load of goals to only score one as goal difference may prove vital.

    What annnoys me is that there is such a big team bias on tv/radio. I’ve ust watched the sky sports interviews and highlights. Guardiola saying “I want teams to play for the spectators” (yeah of course you do so you can score more goals!). Interviewer asking questions that insinuate that Newcastle were wrong to just try n defend. The sky hghlights didn’t even show Newcastles closest chance! (Aaron’s off the line).

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Reading some of the posts about last game shows the majority on here have no idea about football

    It was only 1-0 (not because of how we played) it’s avout how poor Man City’s finishing was.

    We were awful , we were way way way to deep , and didn’t put any pressure on the ball in the first half.

    No one is asking to go toe to toe with Man City but you have to be at least 10 yards further up , put pressure on the ball , stay with runners and at least have a plan when going forward

    We were undone time and time again which isn’t what Rafa would have wanted, the whole idea on going 5 at the back and 4 across the middle is to give them no space to play through (but we didn’t even do that)

    Ps- I am a huge Rafa fan but we were awful last night (first half especially)

    Probably the most annoyed I have ever been watching newcastle in 35 years

    There is nothing wrong with trying to play a bit more open at home (with the sane formation )

  • Jib

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #9

    James Tavernier the right back
    who was with us for 5 years and
    only played in the League twice
    looks like he’s moving from Rangers
    to wearyside.
    His kid brother plays for Boro

  • Binney

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Any news on this takeover? It’s went very quiet…

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #11

    @onealanshearer – spot on, pundits and done so called fans on here are deluded if they think we can match city over 90 mins – playing a higher defensive line with the quality they gave would have been suicide and resulted in a cricket score – Rafa got tactics spot on and with a little luck we could have snatched a draw (although with a little bad luck we could have lost 4-0 but for the post )

  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Mindshaft- agreed. Some individual mistakes at times but you cannot fault the lads for effort and rafa for how he set up. I’m convinced we’d be 4 or 5 goals worse off right now if we had tried anything else.
    The vast majority would park the bus and try and pinch a goal now.

  • Geordie-john

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13


  • Wayayman

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Frank, it seems that you (like a lot of other people) missed the subtle tactical nuances last night. Usually, we press every team high up the pitch, putting pressure on their defenders to hit it long or go back to their keeper. That doesnt work with this Man City team. Look at the next team who press them high and see what happens to them. The the defenders are great on the ball and can ping passes long or short to feet so don’t feel pressured on the ball. The midfielders are so bloody good at drifting into spaces which moves the oppo midfield up the pitch with them, what does that do? It creates the space for whichever little, fast, skillful, multi-million pound player they have on the pitch to move into and then their attack is on the move. They pass with such precision and intent and each players first touch is dynamite. That’s how they destroy teams.
    Rafa set up to keep them very, very compact and the genius decision almost paid off. The defenders couldnt play into and space as our lads were grafting their balls off keeping to the plan, their midfielders dropped in to get the ball to try to create and yet our boys kept their discipline despite some chances going citys way. Any other Newcastle team down the last ten years would have crumbled once that first goal went in, hell we’ve done it against poor teams in recent history!

    If anyone still doubt’s Rafa’s ability, how did Pep do early on at City before he could buy pretty much any player he wanted?

  • giimps

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15

    How would Pep do with the team we have vs the team he has assembled?

  • fairscup

    Dec 28, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #16


    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:20 AM
    Comment #5

    SPOT ON MATE, it’s nice to hear from someone who knows a bit about the game.
    SOME people do not have a clue (or can spell)

  • Goofy

    Dec 28, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #17

    Thought we defended a bit to deep in the 1st half but we were playing probably one of the top 3 in europe.
    The guys stuck to their tasks and dug in. As much as i find Diame slow, clumsy and probably the worst first touch i’ve ever seen, he was given a job to close City’s mid down and he done that great yesterday, he never left tbem with an easy pass on the half way line, as soon as a City player had the ball he was on them in a shot, jockeying and making them pass back, for that reason he was my motm.

  • BeeGuy

    Dec 28, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #18

    I can’t watch these matches, it’s like a colonial power comes to town to torment the slaves.

  • geordiesteve520

    Dec 28, 2017 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #19

    How audacious a move was it from Guardiola to bring on Jesus for Kompany after 11 minutes? Anyone with less confidence in their (and their team’s ability) would have brought on Mangala but no, he brought on the best youngster in world football! It was stomach churningly hard to watch but we worked our socks off and nearly snatched something. GNev, trying to get Murphy banned too! Anyone else think Gayle should have taken his touch and stayed up? There was no way Danilo could have tackled him fairly if he did.

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Dec 28, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #20

    So annoyed by Dwight Gayle. He has room to get a shot off but instead waits just so he can try to cheat! He was pathetic. Then he goes on his own when he could’ve played Murphy in and gets easily tackled.


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