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Season 2023-24
Manchester City (a) Premier League


Saturday 19th August 2023, 8.00pm
Live on TNT Sports

Etihad Stadium

Conditions: Compliant


Manchester City



1 - 0





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. 0-1

Half time:  Manchester City 1 Newcastle 0

Full time: Manchester City 1 Newcastle 0

We Said


Eddie Howe said:

"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 way.

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."

They Said


Pep Guardiola said:

"This 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.

We won 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 thing."



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.

Magpies @ Etihad:

2023/24 Lost 0-1
Lost 0-2
Lost 0-5
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 (??)



Those 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 players.    

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.

The 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.


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