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Season 2022-23
Manchester City (a) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Saturday 4th March 2023, 12.30pm
Live on BT Sports

Venue:
 Etihad Stadium

Conditions:
Perpetual

Programme: £4
 

Manchester City

Newcastle

 

2 - 0

 

 

Teams

Goals

15mins: Phil Foden wove into the box, eluded three defenders and shot. His on-target strike would probably have been saved but deflected off Sven Botman to wrong-foot Pope in the goal nearest to the visiting fans. The luckless Botman had been in a similar situation against the other Manchester club at Wembley the previous weekend. 0-1

Half time: City 1 United 0

67mins: Trippier lost possession to Nathan Ake midway in the United half. and a rapid series of passes involving Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland led to Bernado Silva striking from 12 yards out as he fell. The Portuguese midfielder had come off the bench barely two minutes earlier.

The goal was later confirmed as the 1000th that City have scored in the Premier League on home territory, both here and at Maine Road. No less than 59 of those came against Newcastle. 0-2

Full time: City 2 United 0

We Said

Eddie Howe:

"I thought it was a very good performance from us in many aspects. I thought we pressed really well and were brave. I thought the players were committed to that. I thought we unsettled them.

"But they have a habit of scoring with minimal chances, which is what they did today. And we had chances but it weren't as clinical as them.

"It's just one of those things, I think we're going through a phase where that's happening to us.

"I think our general performance, we have to be very positive about. We have to acknowledge that there's improvements to make, but, compared to last year, we're getting closer. We have to be positive about that.

"We're trying to be the team. We want to be in every game. We haven't tried to change our approach, because I don't think you learn from it, and the scoreline probably becomes a heavier defeat.

"I thought we were well in the game today. It was a similar performance to last week where we were good in the game, very dynamic in our play, aggressive, good with the ball, hurt them at times but couldn't put that final piece together.

"Our overall performance in all three games
(against Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City) has been very good, high-level games, we've gone toe-to-toe in all those games. We've been beaten in all three but that's probably a harsh reflection.

"We were competitive today, we had our chances and we didn't take them and City did. If you're still creating chances, I'll back the players over the long term we will start scoring again. We need to as the confidence of the team is dependent on it.

"When you lose such a huge game (the Carabao Cup final), naturally there's a disappointment in the group. But I don't think you saw a team wallowing in self-pity. You saw a team very brave, very aggressive and very much in that game.

"Our plan was to come here and attack and to try and give our all physically and then give an opportunity to new players coming onto the pitch to do the same.

"Keeping that high energy up for 90 minutes is difficult so we wanted to break that up with the substitutions. "I was pleased with the impact but then the second goal comes at a bad time for us. It could have been different, there were moments for us today.

"Probably the one that sticks in my head is Joelinton's chance at 1-0. They're big moments and when you play games like this you have to be clinical because you're not going to get many chances. Unfortunately. that didn't happen."

They Said

 

Pep Guardiola said:

"They had their chances to score goals. It's Newcastle. It's an exceptional team. They were in the final of the Carabao Cup one week ago and have been top four or top five, what do you expect to happen?

We played a really good first half, the second we started really well, then they had the momentum and then we break the game - up and down.

"That is why we decided to bring on Bernardo because he helps us to make possessions longer. We needed to keep the ball and that is part of his intuition, to take the ball in the middle. To always take the ball between the legs, he has this incredible ability. We won the game, we didnít suffer much at the end - an incredible result for us because it was a tricky game.

"Bernardo has never been a top, top scorer or top assists but he helps us to play better. If you want statistics, you can go to big data and write a big article about that, but there are some things that people donít come to in the data. Itís something that is unique. And Bernardo is unique.

"To make us, all of us, play better, be aggressive and play our rhythm that we need to play better. The game, in some moments, is so quick, so quick, so quick. Sometimes it is necessary but sometimes it is not. Bernardo helps us to play in a different pause to have to make the explosion. He is unique. Bernardo is unique in the world in doing this.

"We started the first five minutes (just OK) and after we got the goal that helped us with a brilliant action from Phil. We were a little bit lucky with the deflection but he was aggressive like he always has been. We missed that a little bit this season Ė (the mindset of) it doesnít matter what happened, Iíll go at you. When that happens, a deflection will come for your side.

"An incredibly good result for us because it was a tricky game. Now we have three games in different competitions before the international break which will define our season." 

Stats

 
Newcastle lost their unbeaten Premier League away run after eight games - a record for them in the PL and their best run of league form on the road since a 10 game stretch in the 2009/10 Championship season.

The last Newcastle goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in the PL against Manchester City was Steve Harper, back in November 2006 - a 0-0 draw at the Etihad. City have netted at least once in all 29 subsequent home and away meetings in this competition.

This was United's 18th PL visit to this venue and they have lost all but two of them, both ending in draws. Their sole success came in a League Cup tie.

Since DeAndre Yedlin converted Salomon Rondon's pass in September 2018, no Newcastle player has netted here in 420 minutes at the Etihad. In that same period, City have scored 15.

The Magpies have failed to score in any of their last three league and cup games - their longest barren run since a four game streak back in January 2021.

Jamaal Lascelles made his 200th league appearance for Newcastle (182 starts). 43 of those came in the Championship, with the remainder in the Premier League.

NUFC after 24 PL games - last eight seasons:

2014/15: 31 points, 11th GD -6
2015/16:
21 points, 18th  GD -19
2017/18:
 23 points, 15th, GD -12
2018/19: 24 points, 14th, GD -11
2019/20: 30 points, 13th, GD -12
2020/21: 25 points, 17th, GD -15
2021/22: 22 points, 17th, GD -19
2022/23: 41 points, 5th, GD +18


Magpies @ Etihad:

2022/23 Lost 0-2
2021/22
Lost 0-5
2020/21
Lost 0-2
2019/20 Lost 0-5
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

Full record v Manchester City:

  P W D L F A
SJP 86 49 18 19 160 99
MR/CoM 86 16 20 50 82 174
League 172 65 38 69 242 273
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 188 72 41 75 264 294

 

Waffle

Saturday saw Newcastle suffer a third successive 0-2 defeat in league and cup, Manchester City taking full advantage of our profligacy to record their 14th successive win over us at the Etihad Stadium.

Although matching the reigning Champions for much of the game, the Magpies suffered only their third league loss of the season largely due to another forgettable afternoon in front of goal.    

Presentable chances fell to Anthony Gordon, Callum Wilson, Sean Longstaff, Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin, but the game was into second half added time when City 'keeper Ederson finally faced an on-target effort, that an unthreatening free kick from the boot of Kieran Trippier.

Winless in their last four PL games, Newcastle made a trio of changes to their starting line-up but both Dan Burn and Wilson kept their places.
Jamaal Lascelles replaced concussion victim Fabian Schar, Gordon made his first Toon start for Saint-Maximin and Nick Pope returned following suspension, Martin Dubravka on the bench in preference to Loris Karius.

A long afternoon seemed on the cards when Phil Foden's mazy run into the area on 15 minutes ended with the ball in the back of the net via the boot of Sven Botman.

That was poor from a defensive perspective, but City's advantage should quickly have been wiped out when Bruno Guimaraes centred for Kieran Trippier to nod back across goal - only for Wilson to inexplicably scuff his attempted shot barely six yards out.

Longstaff then seemed a certain scorer before the break but couldn't get his shot away, Gordon having similarly failed earlier when it was still scoreless.

A subdued away end woke up to the fact that the visitors were still in this contest after the hosts resumed the second half in listless fashion - the usual morgue-like atmosphere here hardly inspiring Pep & Co.   

That optimism increased as a proactive treble swap by United brought Joe Willock, Alexander Isak and Saint-Maximin into the fray. A trio of near misses quickly followed, most glaringly one from Joelinton after Joe Willock fired a teasing low centre across the six yard box from the right.

Sadly though that mini-revival soon stalled as Pope's clearance led to Trippier losing possession and City stylishly cutting through the visiting defence or Silva to fire home in the 67th minute - ending the match as a contest.

So near but so far once again then; still a sizeable distance away from competing with the league's elite, despite their evident uplift this season. The progress made though is in real danger of being undone by our recurring goalscoring issues since the World Cup.  

If nothing else, avoiding our habitual humiliation at this ground was the cause of fleeting satisfaction and the way in which Lascelles stuck to his task of shadowing Haaland belied the fact that this was his first league start since August. Sadly though he was unable to help remedy our ongoing lack of prowess from set pieces at the other end of the field.

Preparations now begin for a tricky home game on Sunday against a Wolves side who ended their own three game winless run by beating Spurs. There'll be at least one enforced change from today's XI, Joelinton's tenth yellow card of the season prompting a automatic two game suspension.

Niall/Biffa


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