Newcastle will stay in the bottom three (third bottom) throughout the International break having lost three of our first four league games to Tottenham, Chelsea, and today to Manchester City – all by a score of 2-1.
We have one point from our first four games – the worst start since we were relegated under Steve McClaren in 2016, and then we had only 3 points from our first 8 games before we finally got a win – 6-2 at home to Norwich City.
Hopefully, we will be a lot better off after 8 games this season.
The lads put up a good fight today but couldn’t stop City from scoring.
The first goal was due to a poor clearance from the returning Jamaal Lascelles and the ball went to Benjamin Mendy and then Sterling on the left cut inside and put the ball just inside the far post.
Man City players celebrate their second goal – scored by Kyle Walker
City had loads of possession as expected but they couldn’t add to the scoreline in the first 45 minutes as they were being frustrated by a well-organized Newcastle side.
Just 7 minutes after the break a quick move down the left led to Kyle Walker getting the ball and scoring just inside the left-hand post.
Rafa then brought off a limping Robert Kenedy and replaced him with Christian Atsu.
In the 65th minute, Dubravka distinguished himself with a terrific triple save from Fernandinho once and then twice from David Silva.
Manchester City continued on the attack but couldn’t add to their score so it was kind of a respectable result for Newcastle but another loss and we have now conceded 6 goals and scored only 3.
But you cannot say the Newcastle players didn’t work hard to take something from this game and hopefully against weaker sides than City – who have spent over 1B on players in the last 10 years since they were bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owner of the Abu Dhabi United Group,.
Newcastle have paid about 25 shillings on new players under Mike Ashley in the last 11 years.
Money may not be able to buy you love – but it does get you Premier League Titles, and both League and FA Cups – City can attest to that.
Newcastle will need to start picking up some wins starting against Arsenal at home in two weeks time.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva (Kompany, 89), Mahrez (Gundogan, 76), Sterling, Jesus (B Silva, 58), Aguero.
Subs not used: Muric, Delph, Otamendi, Foden.
Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Clark (Murphy, 80), Dummett; Perez, Diame, Ki, Kenedy (Atsu, 53); Rondon (Joselu 73).
Subs not used: Darlow, Muto, Sterry, Longstaff.
Goals: Sterling 7, Yedlin 30, Walker 52
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)