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Season 2022-23
Manchester City (h) Premier League

 


Date:
Sunday 21st August 2022, 4.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

Venue:
 St. James' Park

Conditions: Sensational

 



 

Newcastle

 Manchester City

 

3 - 3

 

 

Teams

Goals

5 mins A goal of staggering simplicity that will have Newcastle's defensive coaching staff mystified. Joelinton, Dan Burn and Allan Saint-Maximin all assumed the overlapping Kevin De Bruyne down the right needed covering.

That gave Bernardo Silva time and space to check inside before floating a gentle left-footed chip into the box to the unmarked Ilkay Gundogan. He took a poor touch but still had time to knock the ball past Nick Pope from six yards before Fabian Schar arrived. To describe the marking as disappointing is an understatement.
0-1




Miggy and some hoarse punchers

28 mins An aimless City clearance was headed back upfield by Dan Burn and fell to Saint-Maximin, who had his back to goal. With Kyle Walker obligingly keeping his distance, the Newcastle winger headed for the left byline before nipping back infield as Ruben Diaz arrived to provide additional protection.

Maxi delivered a curling ball across the six yard box with his right foot, for Miggy Almiron to bundle the ball into the Leazes goal from around five yards out via a thigh. However the linesman immediately raised his flag on the East Stand side and the celebrations were curtailed as Miggy questioned him.

City players appealed for handball and the linesman may have flagged after thinking Joe Willock had touched the ball ahead of Almiron. However, a VAR review showed no touch from Willock and Almiron well onside as he netted - referee Gillett taking heed of the remote guidance from Peter Bankes without recourse to the pitchside monitor.

The signal of the goal prompted wild celebrations, Miggy charging towards Firebomb Corner pursued by most of his team mates.
1-1

39 mins Maxi picked the ball up down the left just inside the City half and ran inside at the City defence. He spotted the diagonal run of Callum Wilson across the box and played it into his path.

Wilson took a touch and found the corner of the net with the outside of his right foot before wheeling away to the Leazes/Milburn corner to celebrate
. 2-1



Half time: Magpies 2 Citizens 1

54 mins Another marauding Maxi run infield from the United left saw John Stones bring him down outside the box at the cost of a booking. Centrally positioned, 25 yards out, Kieran Trippier and Fabian Schar both stood over the ball before the former clipped a stunning strike over the wall and into the top corner of the Gallowgate goal on the side that Ederson had chosen to cover. Absolute perfection. 3-1

60 mins A corner kick on the City right was funnelled back to De Bruyne and he swept over a cross to the far post, where Rodri and Ruben Dias had both migrated. A combination of the two saw the ball ricochet into the path of Erling Haaland, whose first time volley flew past Nick Pope. 3-2

64 mins De Bruyne took possession in a central area outside the Newcastle box and threaded a pass to Bernardo Silva through the legs of Joe Willock. The midfielder ghosted into space around ten yards from goal and almost effortlessly touched home his 30th PL goal and first against United. 3-3

Full time: Magpies 3 Citizens 3

We Said

 

Eddie Howe said:


"It was an incredible game, a rollercoaster of emotions through the match. We go one-nil down and it's the worst possible start against this team because then you have to chase the game and potentially leave open spaces, but the players responded brilliantly to that.

"We scored some great goals. I was absolutely delighted with the effort and commitment, everything the players gave. I'm sure for the neutral it was an incredible game, for us as managers you're torn because we were 3-1 up and you're desperate to win, but we needed something from the game and I think the players deserved that.

"We brought our physicality to the match, it was something we spoke about all week. We wanted to make them uncomfortable, get our crowd in the match, these are things we felt we didn't do against them last year.

"We wanted to put them under pressure and make them leave here feeling like they'd been in a game. Not speaking for them but I think they would have felt that because certainly we were in their faces and committed physicality very well.

"Hopefully this is a glimpse of the future for Newcastle United. Were a bit disappointed not to win but the positives far outweigh the negatives.

On ASM:

"It was head and shoulders his best performance since Ive managed him. He was electric. He got every aspect of the game right and gave us a totally different dimension. His decision-making with the ball was very good, he defended well. He's so important: the challenge for Maxi now is can he do it every week.

"We rode our luck at times but, for where I want to get to, I dont see any point sitting deep against the top teams. The top teams are aggressive and brave so thats the approach we need, too.

On the home crowd:

"We always get that when we give them a reason to show it. I always think the responsibility is with us. I feared going 1-0 down in the game and what that would do to the atmosphere but as soon as the goal went in, the crowd responded. That really helped us get our foot into the game.

"From that moment onwards, they were outstanding. Even when Manchester City came back into it they were still there for us."


On Almiron and his pre-match banner:


"Miggys carried on his pre-season form into the season. The three games hes had this season in the Premier League have been magnificent. On and off the ball, hes been very, very solid. Im so pleased that he got the goal today.

"What a gesture from the supporters here - very understanding, very knowledgeable and very caring towards the players.

"That would have been a lovely touch for Miggy, he would have really appreciated that. It was great to see him get the goal with that acknowledgment from the supporters."

They Said

Pep Guardiola said:

"They arrived more than usual in our final third but they didn't have many clear chances apart from the Almiron shot. We had the clear, clear chances to score but scoring three goals is good.

"Newcastle are becoming one of the toughest opponents - they have quality, they are strong. This is the Premier League. Leeds beat Chelsea. It's so difficult for everyone. This kind of experience shows us how amazing we have done in the last five years and how difficult it will be but we will try.

"They managed to get contact into Saint-Maximin and when they arrive there, his aggression with the ball is so dangerous. You have to stop it before he gets the ball. He's an excellent player. Kyle [Walker] did an incredible job, I know it's a difficult job. That's why we had to run more than usual.

"We played an excellent game, the chances we had to score more goals. We were excellent.

"Saint‑Maximin was so good. Hes a difficult weapon.

On Eddie Howe:

"He has done a top-class job: you can see his team is growing. Newcastle have everything; they have pace, they have quality. They made it very physical, its a very difficult place to come. We started very well but Newcastle were so aggressive, we didnt have control.

"Newcastle are becoming one of the toughest opponents but we created a lot of chances and, in the end, we showed who we are.

On SJP:

"That atmosphere after the game, that is what football is all about."

Stats


United remain unbeaten after their opening three league games, something they last achieved in 2011/12. They've managed that in six of their 28 PL seasons (1994/95, 1995/96, 2001/02, 2007/08, 2011/12 and 2022/23).

And one has to go back to the 2013/14 season for the last instance of Newcastle remaining unbeaten after their opening two home league games.

Five points from the first three games is our best return since the 2011/12 campaign, when we had seven. It took us 11 games to reach five points last season.

Today was the first time that United held an interval lead against City since our 1-0 home win in September 2005 - a gap of 29 games.

Since a 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium in November 2006, City have scored at least once in all 28 of subsequent PL meetings between these sides.

In 45 home and away PL games between the two sides, Newcastle have beaten City on eight occasions. Seven of those eight came before 2006.

Since a 0-4 defeat at the hands of City in December 2021, Newcastle have lost just one of their 12 PL home games (won 8, drawn 3, lost 1).

At kick-off, these were the last two PL sides not to have conceded a goal...that didn't last long.

Kieran Trippier now has three goals to his name for the club; all coming from free kick conversions in home games - Manchester City the latest addition to a list that included Everton and Aston Villa.

Miguel Almiron finally made it to double figures in the PL, taking 113 appearances to do so (94 starts). The Paraguayan's ten goal haul takes him past Tino Asprilla, level with current colleagues Fabian Schar, Joelinton and Joe Willock and one behind Allan Saint-Maximin and Jonjo Shelvey.

Callum Wilson's 22nd goal for United drew him level with Laurent Robert in our PL scoring charts, one off Kieron Dyer and three behind Michael Owen.

Answering a reader query, here's a Miggy & Wilson SJP goal breakdown:

Almiron PL goals @ SJP (8 of his 10 scored at home):

Dec 2019 Crystal Palace Gallowgate End / second half
Jul 2020 West Ham
Leazes End / first half (BCD)
Dec 2020 West Bromwich Albion
Leazes End / first half (BCD)
Jan 2021 Leeds United Gallowgate End / second half (BCD)
Feb 2021 Southampton
Leazes End / first half (BCD)
Feb 2021 Southampton
Leazes End / first half (BCD)
Apr 2022 Crystal Palace Leazes End / first half
Aug 2022 Manchester City Leazes End / first half

Wilson PL goals @ SJP (12 of his 22 scored at home):

Sep 2020 Burnley Gallowgate End / second half (BCD)
Sep 2020 Burnley Gallowgate End / second half (BCD)
Nov 2020 Everton Gallowgate End / second half (BCD)
Nov 2020 Everton Gallowgate End / second half (BCD)
Dec 2020 Fulham
Gallowgate End / second half (BCD)
Aug 2021 West Ham
Leazes End / first half
Aug 2021 Southampton
Gallowgate End / second half
Oct 2021 Tottenham Hotspur
Leazes End / first half
Nov 2021 Norwich City
Gallowgate End / second half
Dec 2021 Burnley
Leazes End / first half
Aug 2022 Nottingham Forest Leazes End / second half
Aug 2022 Manchester City Leazes End / first half

United v City @ SJP - PL era:

2022/23 drew 3-3 Almiron, Wilson, Trippier
2021/22
Lost 0-4
2020/21 Lost 3-4 Krafth, Joelinton(pen), Willock
2019/20 Lost 0-2 (FAC)
2019/20 Drew 2-2 Willems, Shelvey
2018/19 Won 2-1 Rondon, Ritchie (pen)
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2015/16 Drew 1-1 Anita
2014/15 Lost 0-2
2013/14 Lost 0-2
2013/14 Lost 0-2 (LC)
2012/13 Lost 1-3 Ba
2011/12 Lost 0-2
2010/11 Lost 1-3 Carroll
2008/09 Drew 2-2 Ameobi, og(Dunne)
2007/08 Lost 0-2
2006/07 Lost 0-1
2005/06 Won 1-0 Owen
2004/05 Won 4-3 Robert, Shearer, Elliott, Bellamy
2003/04 Won 3-0 Shearer 2, Ameobi
2002/03 Won 2-0 Shearer, Bellamy
2001/02 Won 1-0 Solano (FAC)
2000/01 Lost 0-1
1995/96 Won 3-1 Ferdinand 2, Beardsley
1994/95 Drew 0-0
1994/95 Won 3-1 Gillespie 2, Beresford (FA)
1994/95 Lost 0-2 (LC)
1993/94 Won 2-0 Cole 2

Full record v Manchester City:

  P W D L F A
SJP 86 49 18 19 160 99
MR/CoM 85 16 20 49 82 172
League 171 65 38 68 242 271
SJP(FA) 7 3 2 2 8 7
MR/W 4 3 0 1 10 7
SJP(LC) 2 0 0 2 0 4
MR/W/E 3 1 1 1 4 3
Cup 16 7 3 6 22 21
Tot 187 72 41 74 264 292

Eddie Howe gained his first point against opposite number Pep Guardiola at the eleventh time of asking, having lost all ten of the previous meetings, eight while in charge of Bournemouth and two at Newcastle last season. Neither of Howe's sides scored more than once in any of those 10 games, going ahead only once and holding it for just eight minutes.
 

Waffle

An incredible game at St. James' Park on Sunday ended all square; Newcastle recovering from going a goal down to lead 3-1, before hanging on for a point after seeing a red card rescinded.

Two crucial decisions that initially went against United were overturned by VAR; Miggy Almiron's equaliser ruled out for offside and Kieran Trippier's red card amended to yellow after clueless referee Jarred Gillett was invited to review the pitchside monitor.

Having fallen behind to a soft opener from Ilkay Gundogan after just five minutes, the home side set about the defending champions, demonstrating a magnet-like attraction towards the City goal.

Having skied an earlier opportunity with the goal gaping, Almiron bundled the ball home via his thigh on 28 minutes before a typically smart finish from Callum Wilson nine minutes later put his side ahead.

That was the high point of a 30 minute spell when United were in irresistible form, tormenting the visiting defence with counter attacks of sublime quality, prompting ear-splitting backing from a home crowd lapping it up.

Lesser Newcastle sides would have gone behind and stayed behind, but the mental strength and belief that is evident here came to the fore against the highest possible calibre of opposition.

And nine minutes after the restart those fans were roaring again, after a weaving run from Saint-Maximin was halted illegally by John Stones and up stepped Trippier with the most perfect free kick conversion imaginable.

In the aftermath of that, United even had chances to grab an unlikely fourth but almost inevitably it was City who upped their game and hit back on the hour, Erling Haaland lashing in a loose ball.

And just four minutes later a sublime pass by Kevin De Bruyne allowed Bernardo Silva the chance to slot past Nick Pope to level the scores.

Trippier was red-carded in the 74th minute after scything down De Bruyne on the halfway line but a VAR call sent Gillett to check the screen at the front of the East Stand and the colour of the card was changed to a yellow.

That in itself was a departure from what habitually seems to happen around these parts, when a high point proves to be all too fleeting and reality swiftly intrudes via some misfortune or other. Not today though, thankfully.

The remainder of the game saw City put United under pressure but some great saves, blocks and resolute defending ensured that a thoroughly deserved point was collected after 98 minutes of play. A post-match punter enquiry revealed multiple man of the match selections, but ASM was assured of our vote for tearing Kyle Walker a new one, and much else besides.

It's a rare game when fans celebrate their side turning a two goal advantage into a draw, but that's exactly what unfolded here - the scale of the achievement not massively lessened by the outcome.

The record books will show that no Newcastle side have beaten City since January 2019, but today's point was infinitely more credible and convincing than the night that Rafa's side pulled off what resembled a giant-killing. 

A passionate crowd now have something to be passionate about - something tangible to support rather than just inherited memories of past glories.

Few would have predicted a performance and result of this magnitude when we conceded four goals without reply to City last December, but one defeat in 12 PL home games since then is testament to a development and progress; for too long dirty words in this postcode.

This was an absolutely immense game of football - a genuine pleasure to witness. And while the pedigree of the visitors isn't in doubt, those present here and tuning in across the planet had a tantalising glimpse of future promise from the hosts; potential that may finally be harnessed and realised, banishing that "sleeping giant" tag. 

His team may not have won, but the 30th league game of Eddie Howe's reign was the most enjoyable to date: a genuine source of both celebration and optimism.

Niall/Biffa


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