Manchester City (a) Premier League
14 mins Raheem Sterling deceived left back Matt Ritchie before squaring the ball for Ilkay Gundogan to drive in from close range in front of the South Stand, where away supporters were formerly housed. 0-1
Half time: Citizens 1 Magpies 0
Full time: Citizens 2 Magpies 0
"The attitude was pleasing after a difficult week or so, you always know you will come here against a world-class team and we were beaten by the better side.
"It was a decent performance. The game in midweek has gone, we needed to respond to the criticism and they have done as much as they could. They rolled their sleeves up and had a go.
"You accept mistakes, the one thing I wanted to see was a response
from a poor display in midweek and they did that.
"Of course for Newcastle, in many people's eyes that isn't enough, but that's where we are, but we have to accept it, we have to try and move it a little bit forward.
"We lacked a bit of quality in the final third, we gave the ball away for the second goal, but I couldn't fault their effort, application and attitude towards the game.
"(There are) Plenty of positives to take out from the attitude
and application of the team, which has been questioned in recent weeks. We
were beaten by the better team, but the effort, endeavour, work rate and
attitude was there for all to see.
"We're witnessing the after-effects too, and we've still got problems,
it doesn't just come and go over you, it's been a factor. We've had no
option but to rotate, so we hope we're going to get a bit more healthy,
because it helps, but I couldn't fault their endeavour and application.
"We struggled to score goals but we played like we needed to play. It was important the way we played.
"It was the best performance of the season in terms of our football has to be played in one rhythm Ė it canít be up and down all the time.
"We have to make a tempo. To do this, everyone has to be in the right position and do his job.
"Itís not easy with ten
players behind the ball but the guys did really well and Iím glad for the
way we played.
"Results are a consequence of the way we play. We are
getting better Ė the players realise why it is important to do what we do.
"It was unfortunate we didnít score more but it was good. We have to improve on our clinical situation Ė we missed two chances two metres from the goal. When we improve here, we will score many goals.
"We climbed some positions but now, we donít stop. In less than 48 hours, we have another game at Goodison Park and we will try to play well.
On Joao Cancelo:
"But he always has to be
focused. He can be distracted, which is dangerous for a defender. In the
final third, he has a special quality. He has courage.
endured their usual difficult visit to a rain-soaked Etihad
Stadium on Saturday, losing there for a twelfth successive time in
the Premier League.