31 mins Phil Foden found time and space on the right edge of
the United box at the South end of the stadium and took a pass from Kovacic
before finding the unmarked Julian Alvarez.
The Argentinean took a
touch before firing an unstoppable shot past Nick Pope and into the top corner
of the net; the 'keeper getting a glove on it but beaten by the power of the strike.
Half time: Manchester City
1 Newcastle 0
1 Newcastle 0
"Tough game. As we knew it would be. They are an
elite team. We tried our best to execute our plan, press high, and
make it difficult for them. But they did well against that.
"When the moments came for
us we weren't clinical enough. I don't remember too much about the
opening of their goal, I remember the final action - that's one for
me to analyse.
"I was angry at half time because I didn't see what I wanted to
see. I think anger can be a useful emotion when used in the right
On what changed in the second half:
"Mentality. Simple as that. I thought there was a change in focus and
a change in energy. We were fearless, we were braver and we got our
rewards for that. We were a lot more front foot and won the ball back in
dangerous areas but it just didn't translate into anything meaningful.
"The second-half showing
was much better. Fitness wise we looked good, but we were
technically off today, and that's where we lost the game. We turned
the ball over quite a bit.
"I still thought we
defended well. You can go one of two ways here, you either sit in,
or try and get after them and we went for the latter. We wanted to
be ourselves but we didn't quite execute that.
They are there for a reason and a top team and it is our job to close that
gap, I know we can perform better so I am disappointed. You have to be at
your very best to get something."
On Lewis Hall - still to be announced as an NUFC player:
"Lewis will probably have seen the quality of the game, but I don't
think that will have surprised him coming from Chelsea. He will have
learnt a little bit by looking directly at us for maybe one of the first
times with exactly how we play and what we do."
Pep Guardiola said:
is the second game of the season but it is proof of the reason why we won
a lot. The mindset and mentality of this group of players amazes me every
time, surprises me every time.
"Against that team and the conditions, we arrive with a lot of
injuries and no rest. They played really well, how they defend and how
they run and the commitment of everyone was absolutely amazing.
already one title (Super Cup), we are six points from six, we have
scored goals, we donít concede much chances, not even at Burnley and
against Newcastle; an exceptional, exceptional team.
"We spoke a lot; in an open game,
in a transition game, they (Newcastle) will destroy us, so we have
to make a lot of control with a lot of passes. Thatís why we put a lot
of players in the middle to have extra, extra passes, and in the right
moment we will find the moment.Ē
On speaking to a fan sat near the
bench during the game:
"He said to me 'Make a sub'. I said come sit here and do it. The
game was in a good tempo, a good rhythm. I didn't see the players too tired. It wasn't easy to make the
changes so I didn't do it.
"I saw the team in that moment were alive. In that game to come in
sometimes the rhythm was difficult. I know they were tired but tired but
they were still there and fighting every ball.
"The managers have the option to make the substitutions but the
manager decides whether to apply or not. I thought less substitutions
would be less extra time so thatís why."
About Phil Foden:
"Phil has incredible ability between the lines; the way he
turns and attacks the last lines, it is one of the best I have seen. He
doesnít need two or three touches. We thought for the way Newcastle
defend we can find him.
"We are not at our best but it is completely normal. Today the
biggest difference is the team showed me we are ready to try it again. He is a real threat. I am really pleased. The way he behaves with
everyone. The mentality is always there. That is the most important
Newcastle's five game unbeaten run came to an end as they were
beaten for the first time since Arsenal left SJP with all three
points last May. On the road this was a first reverse since the 0-3 defeat at
Aston Villa in April, after which they won at Everton
then drew at Leeds and Chelsea.
There was a Magpies debut for Tino Livramento
from the bench, becoming the 260th player to have played for the
club in the Premier League.
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 30 subsequent home and
away meetings in the Premier League.
This was United's 20th PL
visit to this venue and they have lost all but two of them, both
ending in draws. Their sole victory came in a League Cup tie. Eddie Howe's side
failed to halt what is now a sequence of 15 PL losses since that
most recent stalemate here in 2006.
Since DeAndre Yedlin's goal in September 2018, no Magpie has netted
here in 510 minutes of play. During that same period, City
have scored 16 times. Newcastle last took the lead at this venue when Alexander Mitrovic opened
the scoring in October 2015.
Jacob Murphy was omitted from the
matchday squad in order to remain on Tyneside and be present at the
birth of his bairn.
2023/24 Lost 0-1
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
First PL away results:
(final finishing position in brackets)
1993/94 Coventry City lost 1-2 (3rd)
1994/95 Leicester City won 3-1 (6th)
1995/96 Bolton Wanderers won 3-1 (2nd)
1996/97 Everton lost 0-2 (2nd)
1997/98 West Ham won 1-0 (13th)
1998/99 Chelsea drew 1-1 (13th)
1999/00 Spurs lost 1-3 (11th)
2000/01 Manchester United lost 0-2 (11th)
2001/02 Chelsea drew 1-1 (4th)
2002/03 Manchester City lost 0-1 (3rd)
2003/04 Leeds United drew 2-2 (5th)
2004/05 smoggies drew 2-2 (14th)
2005/06 Arsenal lost 0-2 (7th)
2006/07 Aston Villa lost 0-2 (13th)
2007/08 Bolton Wanderers won 3-1 (12th)
2008/09 Manchester United drew 1-1 (18th)
2010/11 Manchester United lost 0-3 (12th)
2011/12 mackems won 1-0 (5th)
2012/13 Chelsea lost 0-2 (16th)
2013/14 Manchester City lost 0-4 (10th)
2014/15 Aston Villa drew 0-0 (15th)
2015/16 Swansea City lost 0-2 (18th)
2017/18 Huddersfield Town lost 0-2 (10th)
2018/19 Cardiff City drew 0-0 (13th)
2019/20 Norwich City lost 1-3 (13th)
2020/21 West Ham won 2-0 (12th)
2021/22 Aston Villa lost 0-2 (11th)
2022/23 Brighton drew 0-0 (4th)
2023/24 Manchester City lost 0-1 (??)
Newcastle fans in a sold-out away end who negotiated ID checks
outside to take their places witnessed the usual Etihad Stadium
experience first-hand on Saturday: no goals and no points.
Behind the stark facts of United's fifteenth successive league defeat here
- and fifth without scoring - lay some consolation that the black
and whites stayed in the game until the final whistle and enjoyed
their best period in the closing stages as they tested City.
Rather than relief at avoiding a humping though, there was
frustration that the visitors weren't able to give a better account
of themselves, indulging in bouts of meaningless possession as they
struggled to chart a course through the ranks of home
And when there was a late surge from Eddie Howe's side, they lacked
the poise to create genuine scoring opportunities -
Miguel Almiron, Bruno Guimaraes, Callum Wilson and Harvey Barnes profligate at
crucial moments. If nothing else though, like last season's 3-3 draw
at SJP this was a contest.
decisive moment came just after the half hour mark, when
the industrious Phil Foden set up Julian Alvarez on the edge of the
Newcastle box and the Argentinean World Cup winner fully exploited a
moment of space to smash his shot past Nick Pope.
In stark contrast to previous visits here when we were routinely pummelled
by a home side who barely broke sweat, tonight never threatened to get out
of hand. City's recent return from midweek Super Cup duty in Greece may
have contributed to that, but Guardiola's decision not to use any
substitutes undermined any claims of fatigue among his starting XI.
An unchanged line-up from that which dismantled Aston Villa meanwhile
showed a good level of defensive solidity and calmness exemplified by Sven
Botman's handling or Erling Haaland. Despite
some late flurries though and an enjoyable cameo from Elliot Anderson, we
never truly threatened an upset or even that elusive goal.
Progress of a sort though and certainly an element of relief
that our bubble hadn't burst - hence our Joy Division inspired post-match
headline, "Closer". Better sides than us have lost here by more.
The level of celebrations from the reigning Premier
League champions on the pitch following the full time whistle betrayed the importance
that City attached to beating us - and not just because this seventeenth successive
home win in all competitions a new all-time club record.
Solace of sorts, but this wasn't
our night and attention quickly switches to the next task, that of
landing a long-overdue blow on Liverpool. Our day here will come, but
there's an immediate score to settle with Klopp & Co.