This is the very lowest point of the season for Newcastle United, and Sam Allardyce will have lost even more support tonight, from Newcastle’s huge fan base. Here are some early reflections on the game tonight, but they’re not good. 🙁
- Newcastle were in this game in the first half and should have probably capitalized on their many chances before Manchester City went ahead, when Elano struck after 38 minutes. But chances were missed, especially by Nigerian Oba Martins, who seems to have lost his way in the last few games.
- Once ahead Manchester City controlled the game, and even invited Newcastle to come at them and then counter-attacked from which they got their second goal after 76 minutes.
It was Sven Eriksson’s game plan played to perfection by his team.
- Manchester City are a good side but have won only once on the road before their fairly easy victory over the Magpies tonight. They are beatable on the road, but obviously not by this current Newcastle side.
- Newcastle have now lost 3 and drawn 2 of their last 6 home games. and their only win was against Birmingham City, when we scored the winner in the last minute. This home form is the worst at the club for a long time.
- If we don’t have an immediate improvement in our form in the league, Newcastle will soon be dragged into a relegation dog-fight with both Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
- Confidence means a lot in the game of football and Newcastle players’ confidence was seen to drain out of them tonight. Just where we go from here is anybody’s guess, but the fans cannot boo the players, given their complete lack of confidence at the end, and to their credit they didn’t tonight.
- Tonight’s game, especially in the second half was very difficult to watch for any dedicated Newcastle fan. Fan depression set in when it became apparent the Newcastle side didn’t have the attacking prowess to get back into the game. We deserve better than this.
- Newcastle will need some heroes for Saturday in the very tough game against Stoke City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. A defeat then will send shudders through the Newcastle board-room.
- This will heap massive pressure on Chris Mort, more than anybody else, since Chris has already come out and said Big Sam will not be sacked anytime soon. Just what exactly Sam and Chris will say after this performance, will at least be interesting. But it will hardly be anything else than we need to stick together etc etc etc etc etc etc etc.
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Newcastle United: Given, Beye, Taylor, Cacapa, Nâ€™Zogbia, Butt, Faye (Emre 73), Duff (Enrique 64), Milner, Viduka, Martins (Owen 46)
Subs: Harper, Rozehnal
Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Ball, Onuoha, Ireland (Fernandes 76), Elano (Etuhu 71), Vassell (Bianchi 88), Petrov, Corluka, Hamann, Dunne.
Subs: Isaksson, Garrido.
Ref: Martin Atkinson