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Season 2014-15
Manchester City (h) Premier League

In association 


Sunday 17th August 2014, 4pm.
Live on Sky Sports

St.James' Park

Conditions: respectful

Newcastle United


Manchester City

0 - 2




Half time: United 0 City 1

A harmless-looking ball pumped forward from just inside his own half by Toure to Edin Dzeko led to a defence-splitting backheel by the Bosnian that took out both Williamson and Coloccini and left David Silva to tuck the ball under Krul and into the Gallowgate End net  0-1

Full  time: United 0 City 2

 Sergio Aguero ran on to Yaya Toure's through ball and shrugged off Coloccini before trying to beat Krul at his near post with a left-footed effort. The Dutchman was equal to that strike, but could only parry the ball back to Aguero, who calmly scooped home the rebound 0-2

We Said

Alan Pardew:

"I'm as pleased as I can be with a 2-0 defeat.

"It was frustrating for us because in the second half we really pushed on up and put some younger players on, who were a bit naive at times but who threatened with their pace. 

"It was a shame we couldn't get the equaliser - I feel that if we could have got that then we could have gone on to win it because we looked like we had more legs in the team. 

"We were brave, we went for it but we pushed and you know with their quality they can get that second goal. We have goals in the squad. 

"We were a bit unfortunate today not to get something from the game but it was a real solid performance from the team against real quality. In the end, the quality just won.

"All the players were solid and Remy
(Cabella) gave us some moments around the box that we haven't had for a long time. There were a couple of times when we broke down today and perhaps rushed it, with people not understanding Manu's (Riviere) runs, but that will come.

"We just didnít get a break, or a moment that goes in. Moussa
(Sissoko) and (Ayoze) Perez there at the end at one nil, they were big moments.

It was a great bit of play from Cabella
(for the Perez chance) and that is what he can do. He was a bit hit and miss at times today but when he has a hot day, he is going to create a lot of goals for us.

"I was pleased with a lot of the aspects of today's game - the defence was solid and the crowd were magnificent .....we've got a much bigger squad and we have some nice options.

"Thereís a lot of things about the players I donít know in terms of the new ones and what Iím going to get when we have a setback. 

"I was pleased, when we conceded the first goal, our reaction after half-time was terrific. Those things, I have to learn about the new players, they have to learn about me and how I work, so all of that takes time.

"There are many, many quotes from many, many Premier League managers about players needing to settle a bit in the Premier League, and we have got to introduce a lot of new players. That has to be taken a little bit into consideration in these first 10 games.

"I still think we are going to be a good side this year - I donít think itís a setback. I honestly feel we have come up against individuals today who we are not going to see every week.

"There were a lot of things about our performance today which bode well for the other 37 games we have got coming up.Ē

They Said

Manuel Pellegrini:

"Iím very happy - we played with two Hs Ė we were humble and hungry. Itís important we play like this if we want to keep winning titles. In England, in the Premier League you have five or six teams who can win the title, so we need to always have the same attitude as today.

ďItís aways important to start the season winning and we concentrated very well, we were well organised and we kept a clean sheet. I didnít feel Newcastle had clear chances to score until the last few minutes of the game. Our quality of concentration in defending was very high.

ďFor me Edin (Dzeko) was the best player of the game. He won a lot of aerial duels, heís a very good team player. Itís not strange for me to see him play like that. He finished last season playing very well. He has grown. Iím very happy for him Ė and thatís why heís renewing his contract. 

"He has a very important duty in our team. I donít think itís 100% finished but, yes, he will renew his contract. Heís a very important player for us.

ďI donít have any problem with Alan (Pardew). It was a mistake he made and he apologised (for swearing at him in the corresponding game here in January). He had a lot of problems last season Ė it wasnít just me.Ē


Since Michael Owen's goal divided the sides at SJP in September 2005, United have now failed to beat City in any of their 17 subsequent league and cup meetings. The Magpies have lost each of the last 11 matches against the Citizens and now haven't scored in the last 399 minutes, since Demba Ba headed past Joe Hart at the Gallowgate End in December 2012.

In addition to that recent head to head record, this result went to form in terms of the opening day record of defending Premier League champions - Manchester City becoming the 23rd consecutive side to begin their title defence without defeat, and the 20th to have won that season-opener.  

No less than six players made their Premier League bow for the Magpies: Remy Cabella, Jack Colback, Daryl Janmaat and Emmanuel Riviere all in the starting XI. They were then joined during the game by substitute duo Rolando Aarons and Ayoze Perez, taking the number of personnel fielded by United in this competition to 191 in 769 matches.

Colback became the eighth player to appear in the Premier League for both NUFC and SAFC, after Paul Bracewell, Titus Bramble, Michael Bridges, Andy Cole, Michael Chopra, Steve Caldwell and Louis Saha. 

Lionel Perez was on the books of both clubs but never played competitively for NUFC, while Patrick van Aanholt and Robbie Elliott played for both clubs in the Premier League era, but not in the top flight for both: the Dutchman joining United in our Championship season and "Gosforth's Roberto Carlos" winding down his career with a stint in the second tier for the mackems).

Injury sidelined Siem De Jong, while fellow new boy Facundo Ferreyra is lacking match fitness and wasn't named in the matchday 18, gettiing 90 minutes under his belt for the reserves on Monday.

Aarons slots into the very top of the all-time A-Z player listing for United, ousting Mehdi Abeid who was named on the bench today and is yet to appear in the Premier League for the Magpies.

Discounting our very first Premier League game (when every player debuted in the competition), the highest quantity of Magpie debutants in one game was five - Sheffield Wednesday at home in the 1997/98 season-opener (Given, Pearce, Tomasson, Pistone, Ketsbaia) and Aston Villa at home in the first game of the 1999/00 campaign (Goma, Marcelino, Dumas, Dyer, Robinson).

City v United since an NUFC victory:

2014/15 Lost 0-2 (h)
2013/14 Lost 0-2 (h)
2013/14 Lost 0-2 (h) (LC)
2013/14 Lost 0-4 (a)
2012/13 Lost 0-4 (a)
2012/13 Lost 1-3 (h) Ba
2011/12 Lost 0-2 (h)
2011/12 Lost 1-3 (a) Gosling
2010/11 Lost 1-3 (h) Carroll
2010/11 Lost 1-2 (a) Gutierrez
2008/09 Lost 1-2 (a) Carroll
2008/09 Drew 2-2 (h) Ameobi, OG
2007/08 Lost 0-2 (h)
2007/08 Lost 1-3 (a) Martins
2006/07 Lost 0-1 (h)
2006/07 Drew 0-0 (a)
2005/06 Lost 0-3 (a)
2005/06 Won 1-0 (h) Owen

Total record against Manchester City: 

  P W D L F A
SJP 79 48 15 16 149 83
MR/CoM 78 16 20 42 79 144
League 157 64 35 58 228 227
SJP(FA) 6 3 2 1 8 5
MR/W 4 3 0 1 10 7
SJP(LC) 2 0 0 2 0 4
MR/W 2 0 1 1 2 3
Cup 14 6 3 5 20 19
Tot 171 70 38 63 248 246

Home comforts? First PL home game results:

1993/94 Spurs lost 0-1
1994/95 Coventry City won 4-0
1995/96 Coventry City won 3-0
1996/97 Wimbledon won 2-0
1997/98 Sheffield Wednesday won 2-1
1998/99 Charlton Athletic drew 0-0
1999/00 Aston Villa lost 0-1
2000/01 Derby County won 3-2
2001/02 mackems drew 1-1
2002/03 West Ham won 4-0
2003/04 Manchester United lost 1-2
2004/05 Spurs lost 0-1
2005/06 West Ham drew 0-0
2006/07 Wigan Athletic won 2-1
2007/08 Aston Villa drew 0-0
2008/09 Bolton Wanderers won 1-0
2010/11 Aston Villa won 6-0
2011/12 Arsenal drew 0-0
2012/13 Spurs won 2-1
2013/14 West Ham drew 0-0 
2014/15 Manchester City lost 0-2

Newcastle's 385th Premier League home game saw their 90th defeat and a failure to add to the victory tally of 203 and draw total of 92. 656 goals have been scored for the home side, while today's pair made it 419 to benefit the visitors.

The Beaten Generation - those 90 home losses by club:

Manchester United
Manchester City
Arsenal, Liverpool
Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea
mackems, Tottenham Hotspur
Fulham, Leeds United, West Ham

2: Aston Villa, Hull City, Southampton, Swansea City
Birmingham City, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, QPR, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Wimbledon.



A new-look Newcastle side gave their all on Sunday, but lost out to the reigning Champions by a two goal margin for the sixth successive time on home territory.

The manner of this latest defeat by City however gave rise to some optimism, all six debutants making promising starts and contributing to a display several levels above the dross endured on Tyneside late last season.

While some plaudits came the way of Alan Pardew's team for their passing, movement and general approach work though, the visitors conjured up a clinical finish in each half to outwit Tim Krul and claim all three points. 

Neither of the two World Cup 'keepers on show had a busy afternoon, but while the United stopper made two decent first half blocks, the shampoo-related insults hurled at Joe Hart by home fans hit their target with better accuracy than anyone clad in our new black and white kit.

An emotional day at SJP saw tributes paid to John Alder and Liam Sweeney before kick off, with both team captains joining members of the victims' families to lay wreaths in the centre circle. 

Ex-Sunderland goalkeeper (and Magpies coach) Jimmy Montgomery was joined by fundraising founder Gary Ferguson to represent SAFC, with a minute's silence immaculately observed by all present.

Six of the side beaten at Anfield remained on the team sheet - messrs Krul, Coloccini, Williamson, Sissoko, Anita and Gouffran - Paul Dummett preferred at left back to Massadio Haidara and available for selection after his red card against Liverpool back in May was rescinded. 

Vurnon Anita deputised for the unavailable Cheick Tiote in the holding role, Daryl Janmaat slotted in at right back and Remy Cabella and Jack Colback made their bows in a midfield four with Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran flanking them.   

That left former Monaco player Emmanuel Riviere to lead the line and within six minutes he'd learnt his first lesson in English football, crumbling under an unflinching block from a defender but appealing in vain for a free kick.

Cabella then had his and United's first attempt on goal after 16 minutes, trying a cheeky lob from the edge of the box that dropped narrowly over the Leazes crossbar. That came shortly before applause rang out in tribute to the two fallen supporters - exactly a month after the MH17 air disaster.

The vital breakthrough for City came on 38 minutes, when Edin Dzeko brilliantly teed up David Silva to tuck the ball under Krul and into the Gallowgate End net.

Both home players and crowd redoubled their efforts following the break and United began to build up some momentum, Colback's corner falling to Gouffran at the back post but his attempted shot and pass both blocked. 

City's response was to noticeably slow down the tempo and retain possession - a tactic that had some effect on United and caused Alan Pardew to look to his bench to alter the angle of attack.

The manager repaid the efforts of wide pair Gabriel Obertan and Rolando Aarons in pre-season by giving both some pitch time - the former making his first league outing since last December and arriving to some mild booing. Rolando meanwhile became the second Jamaican-born player to represent the club, debuting at the age of 19 - rather different to 33 year-old John Barnes in 1997.

Also appearing was Ayoze Perez and the Spanish forward almost conjured up a sensational start to his Newcastle career, dashing forward after Williamson's clearance was knocked on by Cabella and turning Demichelis on the edge of the six yard box to create a shooting chance.

Agonisingly for Ayoze though, as he looked to curl home a right footed shot, City debutant Fernando arrived to get a slight but vital touch on the ball, his outstretched leg sending it spinning beyond Hart and just past the far post.

One further chance was fashioned by the lively Cabella (who supplied the hoped-for creativity but was guilty of over-elaboration at times) when he played a neat 1-2 with Perez and pulled the ball back from the left byline.

Colback was initially closer to that pass but got out of the way as Sissoko took aim from the edge of the box. Sadly the French international failed to emulate his low, controlled conversion against Real Sociedad last week, blasting the ball over the crossbar.

There was to be a sting in the tale though, as Sergio Aguero replicated his opening day strike of last season against us, the substitute running on to Yaya Toure's through ball and shrugging off Coloccini before trying to beat Krul at his near post with a left-footed effort.

The Dutchman was equal to that strike, but could only parry the ball back to Aguero, who calmly scooped home the rebound with his right foot - a virtual re-run of Alvaro Negredo's goal here for City in added time last season.

Despite the pointless and goalless return though (it's now just one goal in 11 hours against this lot), the feelgood factor persisted after full time and the beaten Newcastle players were applauded off for their obvious efforts.

The contrast from the 3-0 home win over Cardiff three months ago was immense: the manager able to occupy his technical area without being shouted back into the dugout, the owner (present today) and his company escaping without abuse, and no mention of Ben Arfa. 

The defeat leaves United as the only side to have lost by more than one goal in the first round of fixtures with Burnley still to host Chelsea on Monday evening. 

While that should only be a temporary low however, the shortcomings of the side seem evident - with worries about the solidity of the defence adding to the pressure on an unproven forward formation to score regularly. 

Whether the introduction of De Jong improves that is a question yet to answered, while forgotten man Papiss Cisse could yet prosper from playing with a team who provide the service he has so often lacked.  

The level of effort put into landing a so-called "marquee" striker in the next two weeks may give a measure of what genuine ambition lies in the club - and whether we're serious about a top six spot, or merely content to linger in mid-table, bank the cash and act as a lucrative launching pad for more ambitious players.  


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