mins Jesus and Silva combined for the latter to work the ball across the
face of the United area, only for Jamaal Lascelles to intervene, aiming a
first time pass at Kenedy near the right touchline.
However he succeeded only in reaching Mendy, who took a touch before finding
Raheem Sterling lurking out on the left. He checked infield to open up space
ahead of DeAndre Yedlin before marking his 100th PL game for City with a
smooth right-footed effort angled beyond Martin Dubravka. 0-1
30 mins Ki and Ayoze Perez broke up a City attack just over halfway and
United counter attacked, Perez angling a forward pass towards Kenedy in the
middle of the park. He brought the ball down in one movement then laid it
off to the advancing Salomon Rondon, who moved into the left hand channel
before threading an excellent pass between John Stones and Aymeric Laporte.
That was hammered right-footed into the net from six yards by DeAndre
Yedlin, shadowed by Jesus all the way from the halfway line to the point
of impact for no useful reason 1-1
parity is restored
Half time: City 1 Magpies 1
52 mins Sterling had possession just outside the Newcastle area
but was unable to find sight of goal and moved the ball infield to Aguero,
who was similarly unsighted. The Argentinean's remedy was to flick it
sideways into the path of Kyle Walker.
With Perez bearing down on him, the full back had time to take a touch to
get the ball out from under his feet before unleashing a venomous strike
that found the gap between Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez before
nestling in the far corner of the net for a memorable first City goal 1-2
Full time: City 2 Magpies 1
am really pleased with the effort, mentality and team spirit. We were in the
game for a while. We gave the ball away or the first and the second was a great
goal. It is the same situation for us, we have to improve on the ball and we
would have more chances against these teams.
"I am pleased to see the support of the fans and the way players were
working. That is the main thing to have everyone together.
"We cannot be watching the table, it is too early. The main thing is the
performance. We are not too far away, as soon as you start with a couple of
victories you can go up.
"This team in the last two and a half
years has worked for each other. They feel the passion of the shirt and the
fans, nobody can question that.
"I am disappointed because we lost - it
doesn't matter against which team. They won because they are a good team, but we
were in the game.
"We were close to maybe getting something and that is the positive thing
for the future - to see a team that is trying to do what they have to do to
maximise what we have.
"We have to do what we did, and we did well but still we need something
more if we want to get points against this team, especially away. The team
effort was there, the mentality was there - you could see the players fighting
for each other.
"I'm really pleased with that but really disappointed because we have to
manage better to get results here."
Pep Guardiola said:
"We thought the game would be
like this, difficult to attack. We defended really badly when we conceded
the goal we were unstable and the most important thing is to be stable.
"We have 10 points from 12. We played Arsenal away, so itís a good
result and we are delighted for the guys. Raheem (Sterling) made a
fantastic goal and fought a lot. Especially in second half, he was clever,
he moves the way we need to be stable. The wingers make stability in the
team and he did it well.
"The game, the goal we conceded we
defended very bad but in general we didnít concede many chances. We conceded
few set-pieces, free kicks. Our performance was good, especially in second half,
where we didnít let them run and created chances.
"I'm not really disappointed in the way we played. We created chances. I
was pleased with the patience of the players especially in the second half. I am
"We will improve. I donít
have doubts about that. The players know this is part of the process, itís
what we have to do, be better every game than the opponent. We donít target
lots of goals, we target to be better than the opposition.
Since a 1-0 home win in September 2005,
Newcastle have failed to beat City in all 22 Premier League meetings
of the clubs, losing 19 and drawing the other three.
DeAndre Yedlin scored his first Premier League goal, making him the
138th different Newcastle player of the 228 who have represented us to do
so - and the first USA-born one. Yedlin's only other Magpies goal came
away at Derby County during the Championship season of 2016/17.
Magpies @ Etihad:
2018/19 Lost 1-2 Yedlin
2017/18 Lost 1-3 Murphy
2015/16 Lost 1-6 Mitrovic
2014/15 Lost 0-5
2014/15 Won 2-0 Aarons, Sissoko (LC)
2013/14 Lost 0-4
2012/13 Lost 0-4
2011/12 Lost 1-3 Gosling
2010/11 Lost 1-2 Gutierrez
2008/09 Lost 1-2 Carroll
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Martins
2006/07 Drew 0-0
2005/06 Lost 0-3
2004/05 Drew 1-1 Shearer
2003/04 Lost 0-1
Newcastle's away results in 2018 (half time/full time):
Stoke City 0-0/1-0
Manchester City 0-1/1-3
Cardiff City 0-0/0-0
Manchester City 1-1/1-2
Magpies failed to avoid their tenth successive Premier League defeat at this
venue but if nothing else, left with some pride intact and their best league
result for eight years.
This reverse was a setback rather than a catastrophe, but there was never really
much doubt about the destination of the points - even though Newcastle enjoyed
parity at 1-1 for 22 minutes.
The Citizens led on seven minutes when Raheem Sterling bent his shot beyond
Martin Dubravka after the returning Jamaal Lascelles had fatally gifted
possession just outside his own penalty area.
But United levelled from a rare attack on the half hour - DeAndre Yedlin
finishing from close range after a lung-busting run saw him reach a Salomon
Rondon cross from the left flank.
That followed good work from Ayoze Perez and Kenedy and the remainder of the
first half passed without incident, our usual nemesis Sergio Aguero cracking a
shot just wide and sending a free kick straight into the wall after compliant
referee Kevin Friend penalised a fair challenge by Mo Diame.
However the reigning champions regained their lead seven minutes after the restart
thanks to an unstoppable low effort from distance by Kyle Walker that flew into
the bottom corner of the net - a reminder of the benefits of not being afraid to
shoot - and being capable of hitting the target.
(It's also apparently a by-product of cutting holes in the back of our socks to
relieve pressure on the calves - although from our lofty perch it looked like
Walker was wearing polkadot hosiery....)
Having reached half time at 1-1 here in 2015 only to then leak another five
goals in rapid succession, the worry was that City would move through the gears
and knock us into the middle of next week.
And that really was that; the remainder of the game seeing the visitors fail to
remotely threaten an equaliser and Dubravka deny City further goals. The
'keeper made some outstanding stops with one noteworthy triple save and a
perfectly-timed dash off his line to legally dispossess Aguero.
Christian Atsu came on for an unwell Kenedy and Joselu and Jacob Murphy replaced
Rondon and Ciaran Clark respectively, but those replacements proved to be futile
in terms of adding to our forward threat and the opportunity of a second
equaliser simply never arrived.
Again it has to be recorded that we sloppily wasted set pieces - something which
has absolutely nothing to do with the calibre of opponent. The bloody ballboys
showed better range at times.
More positively though, Fernandez quickly looked at home as a replacement for
the sorely-missed Florian Lejeune while Lascelles recovered from a slow start on
his return to the side.
So that's three of last season's top six now played with the same 1-2 result in
each game and an identical pattern of scoring (0-1,1-1,1-2). None of those
games were embarrassing defeats and if interspersed through the season, hardly
Facing them so early in the season was down to the fixture programmers and
sitting in the bottom three as a consequence comes as no great shock. Our
rivals may also end up pointless from these games and with a worse goal
difference than ours, but this run needs to stop soon.
Four points from our next two games (Arsenal at home Saturday week and Palace
away eight days later) must be the target: no wins from six games would begin to
see us get cut worryingly adrift.
Off the field, the home side celebrated 10 years of ownership by Sheikh
Mansour's Abu Dhabi United group, who were once mentioned as potential suitors
for Hall and Shepherd's shares.
To say the two clubs have gone in opposite directions is beyond question; City
increasingly dominant in domestic competitions while we've endured a decade of
decay and disharmony, punctuated by unnecessary Championship successes caused by
two needless and avoidable relegations.
Apart from sharing a pitch, the only commonality seems to be use of the word
'torture' by critics of both clubs, theirs allegedly centred in the Gulf, ours
served up in regular 90 minute sessions.
While City are looking to become major players in the Champions League though,
the Sheikh of Shirebrook seemingly has his eyes on a hat-trick of demotions,
leaving us merely relieved not to have been walloped here. If that's not living
in reduced circumstances then I don't know what is.
Television news is now polluted by faceless representatives of think tanks,
whose motivation and backers remain opaque as they peddle their version of
reality. And sadly that now also applies to football punditry, where a grim
cavalcade of blokes with a grudge against us gain ample
latest episode of this was played out on BT Sport, Rio Ferdinand squeezing into
the elfin footwear of Sky favourite Dennis Wise to urge our gratitude for the
Ashley regime - fresh from signing a deal to flog his own range of clobber via
Sports Direct. What a remarkable coincidence.
That's not to say that Rafa is blameless in all of this; his patchy track record
of signings not totally explainable by fiscal issues and a lack of club control
giving him free rein with the press and more ammunition for the Ashley acolytes.
In the propaganda war, the club is the real casualty.
With all possible transfer windows now closed and a fortnight before our next
game, this would seem like a perfect time for the manager and the owner to
actually meet face to face, to discuss budgets, contracts, investment or
whatever, just to actually talk - no matter who sends the invite.
That seems a fairly forlorn hope at this point though.