Date: Saturday 21st February 2015, 5.30pm.
Live on Sky Sports
Conditions: normal service resumed
Admission: £44 (£45 in 2013/14)
Programme: £3.50 for a shrink-wrapped edition that came in handy
during the pre-match hailstorm....
5 - 0
Vurnon Anita mis-controlled a pass from Mike Williamson on the edge of his own
box and let in Edin Dzeko. Attempting to make amends, a clumsy barge sent the
City striker tumbling and gave referee Chris Foy no alternative than
to award a spot-kick after just 26 seconds.
Sergio Aguero left Tim Krul rooted to his line with the penalty kick after 72
seconds, notching up his fifth goal against Newcastle in seven appearances for
Samir Nasri virtually ended the contest when he had time to
take a touch after Dzeko's pass reached him via Williamson before firing past Krul
with ease 0-2
Dzeko ghosted behind a particularly ragged
backline into the box, controlling David Silva's precise ball (possibly with his arm) and
stroking it past Krul.
Half time: City 3 United 0
Aguero embarked on a lung-busting run upfield
before playing the ball to Nasri, who in turn found Silva in space by the penalty spot.
Without further ado, he thumped a low shot past Krul
Yaya Toure's forward chip found Aguero who chested the ball back for
Silva to drill the ball past Krul again. 0-5
Full time: City 5 United
"An apology, first of all."He
has got a tight groin. I donít think heís too serious at the moment but it
is tight and we took him off as a precaution. You know me, Iím not going to
make excuses, Iíll deal with it and just have to adjust accordingly, just
get on with it.Ē
"We all know we have a fantastic following, they were behind the team, but when
you concede that early goal, it is disheartening. They kept staying behind us
and kept singing.
"We weren't great, we came up against a top side. I have seen better sides than
us come here and get a hiding.
My job now is, do I sulk and start talking behind people's backs? Do the
players start talking behind people's backs? I hope not.
"We will have a discussion on Monday and air our differences, talk about
today's performance and then take that forward into the game against Aston
"No matter what you plan during the week, when you concede a penalty within the
first minute, more or less straight from the kick-off, then you are on a hiding
"To concede a penalty in the manner we did is really annoying and frustrating.
"Then all of a sudden we concede another. Within the first 10 minutes of any
game you should try and stay in the game and play in their half. We didn't do
On Daryl Janmaat:
Ryan Taylor added:
"We went into the game full of confidence after winning here back
in October in the cup, but our confidence was zapped within a minute. We
thought they might have an eye on their game against Barcelona and that we
could capitalise on that, but we shot ourselves in the foot and everyone's
faces tell the story.
"Being 3-0 down at half-time, we wanted to go out and try to win
the second half. We wanted a goal to try and build our confidence back up, but
it just wasn't to be.
"They scored early on and then got their fifth within another
minute or two, and you look at yourselves and think 'hang on, let's not make
this embarrassing'. I wasn't on the pitch at the time but it was tough to
take, even as a substitute.
For me, it was pleasing to get back on the pitch. I love playing for this
football club and have done since the day I signed. I was given the chance to
play about 20 minutes and it was nice to be back out there, although not in
the circumstances of the game.
"We can build confidence through the week on the training pitch. We
have to put it right against Villa and get three points for the fans, because
we let them down. All we can do is apologise and try to correct it for them
Manuel Pellegrini said:
"Of course was a good day because we won
our game but (it was) not only (that) we won, (but also that)
we returned to being a scoring team
here at the Etihad and we repeated our last performance against Stoke.
"We were a solid team and an aggressive team from the beginning.
"For Edin (Dzeko) it is very important. Maybe one of the things that happened in January was that Edin was just coming
back from a long injury and Sergio Aguero was also. Both of them, the way they
had minutes, will help them return to their normal performance.
"Edin not only scored but worked very well the whole game.
"The experience is always important but I think all the teams will drop points
from now until the end of the season so we will see which team will drop least
Carver first eight games: lost 4, drawn 3, won 1
Pardew last eight games: lost 5, drawn 1, won 2
Newcastle were beaten by Manchester City in the Premier League for an eleventh
successive game and haven't taken a point off them since a 2-2 draw on
Tyneside back in October 2008.
Since Demba Ba headed past Joe Hart at the Gallowgate End in December
2012, The Magpies have failed to score against City in the Premier League, a
barren run stretching to 489 minutes.
Sergio AgŁeroís 72 second penalty conversion was the second fastest in
Premier League history, only beaten by the 60 seconds it took Stuart
Pearce to register for Nottingham Forest away to Aston Villa in October
1994. At least one person witnessed both: Steve Stone was playing for
Forest in 1994 and part of Newcastle's coaching staff today.
Conceding three goals in the first quarter of a Premier League game
may be painful to watch, but sadly not unknown for Newcastle, especially at this time of
Feb 1995 QPR (a) 4,7,18 (lost 0-3)
Nov 2007 Portsmouth (h) 8,9,11 (lost 1-4)
Feb 2011 Arsenal (h) 1,3,10 (drew 4-4)
Feb 2012 Spurs (a) 4,6,20 (lost 0-5)
Feb 2015 Manchester City (a) 2,12,21 (lost 0-5)
Newcastle suffered their biggest defeat of the season, conceding five goals for
the first time since Liverpool knocked in six without reply at Gallowgate
in April 2013. Away from home this was and our largest losing margin
since a 0-5 reverse at Spurs in February 2011.
United also conceded three goals in one half for the first time since Manchester
United turned a 0-1 half time advantage into a 0-4 full time outcome at SJP
in April 2014. They'd done exactly the same thing a week earlier in March
2014 at Southampton.
Heaviest NUFC PL defeats:
2007/08 0-6 Manchester United (a)
Ryan Taylor made his fourth senior
appearance of the season, but the first since November after recovering from a
fresh knee injury sustained in that game. He's played a total of 151 minutes
in those four games and United have failed to concede a goal during that
2012/13 0-6 Liverpool (h)
2000/01 0-5 Arsenal (a)
2003/04 0-5 Chelsea (a)
2011/12 0-5 Spurs (a)
2014/15 0-5 Manchester City (a)
tenth yellow card of the season gave him an automatic two game ban.
v United - PL era:
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
2002/03 Lost 0-1
2000/01 Won 1-0 Shearer
1995/96 Drew 3-3 Albert 2, Asprilla
1994/95 Drew 0-0
1993/94 Lost 1-2 Sellars
1993/94 Drew 1-1 Jeffrey (LC)
(games before 2003/04 at Maine Road)
Football may be experiencing an unwelcome resurgence of racism,
but Newcastle did their bit to promote multiculturalism here on Saturday. Rather
than donning T-shirts or holding banners though, John Carver's side posted a
performance seemingly inspired by the Chinese New Year of the sheep.
We may have lost by greater margins and endured more gut-wrenching and
unexpected reverses on many other occasions, but in terms of a mismatch then
this was almost without parallel. To claim that the penalty took the wind out of
our sails assumes that we weren't already becalmed and the meek and miserable
response to conceding. Lambs to the slaughter - although it's mostly mutton.
Despite protestations to the contrary from Barrack Road, this season is
following exactly the same pattern as the last one - and there's not even the
excuse of their talismanic colleague being sold (Cabaye) this time round to
account for the mass mournfulness. The departure of Pardew had seemed to offer
an opportunity for reassessment but at best that has been adjourned until the
summer - or ignored totally, in the mistaken assumption that wasn't broken
didn't need fixing.
Having trimmed the squad to the bone and beyond, those players left have almost
all become "the first name on the teamsheet" by default, a lack of
options meaning only injury will see changes to substantial parts of the lineup
- certainly not a loss of form.
Like loaning Davide Santon, signing crocks, loaning duck eggs and making no
attempt at recruitment in January, none of this fits in with the club's stated
ambition of aiming to finish as high up the league as possible. Our new club
motto? "aut quod melius quartus" (fourth bottom or
Much was made of our preparations for this match by the press, but the game plan
mentioned can only be who was playing dominoes on the team bus, or whether the
chippy at Wetherby would still be open. Such is the lack of defenders that we
couldn't play five at the back if we wanted to....
Our unlikely triumph at this venue in the League Cup last year was due in no small part
to good fortune - along with competence, concentration and effort - but despite
the magnitude of this loss, United should still consider themselves to have had
a further rub of the Etihad green today.
Had it not been for the impending visit of Barcelona in the Champions League and
the delayed debut of £28m acquisition Wilfried Bony, then this could have gone
from a stuffing to a massacre. Five goals down before the hour mark, those
financing the spread betting / in play markets could be excused for putting the
farm on Pellegrini's forces continuing to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
The lack of a sixth, seventh or even eighth goal was down to the home side
decelerating rather than some new-found defensive prowess on our part: the City
women's team playing across the road today would have fancied their chances
against us. Although ending up just three goals shy of title rivals Chelsea,
City may yet regret not keeping the hammer down.
Going five down did prompting some speculation as to whether a) our worst
Premier League return was in danger and b) how many we'd need to concede for
someone to suggest a refund for the away fans (answers: a) seven at Arsenal b)
you're at the wrong club.
Perez had presumably forgotten his PE kit and been punished by banishment to the
left wing, while messrs Ameobi and Obertan looked on from the bench. The
ruination of our Spaniard continues and Riviere's next move looks to be as a
catwalk model for tracksuits.
Our offensive threat consisted of a few forward forays from Moussa Sissoko, a
long-range whistler from Janmaat and a first time volley from Papiss Cisse early
in the second half: the latter the only genuine threat to Joe Hart's successful
quest to register his first clean sheet in eleven attempts.
Forced to reckon without Jack Colback for the next two games and with no sign of
the Ivorian bigamist, Carver did give Mehdi Abeid the second half to get back up
to speed and hopefully the free transfer signing did enough to rise above the
£8m Dutch duffer in the pecking order.
If there was any uplifting moment at all - apart from the final whistle - then
seeing Ryan Taylor return to the fray provided it. This drubbing left
United stuck in 11th and with a severely dented goal
difference, but still ten points clear of the bottom three. No panic then, at
least until April.
And what of the coach? Despite the cringeworthy efforts of some local
journalists to portray him as a man for all seasons, his side remain
unconvincing and his public unconvinced. It may well matter to him, but it's
getting harder to fight off the rising tide of indifference on and off the
Comments about Alan Pardew's failure at NUFC being due to his southern roots
meanwhile undermine Carver's claims to understand his fellow supporters. That
regional mistrust may well still apply to a section of the support, but it's a
provincial, narrow-minded attitude that's hardly representative.
It's also a blatant two fingers to those lads and lasses who absorb
ever-increasing costs and travel complications to support the team home and away
from Essex, Kent, Surrey and beyond. Geordies are black and white - and some of
them have dodgy accents.
Dusting off the defence mounted when similar charges were levied by misinformed
hacks; messrs Ferdinand, Peacock, Lee, Macdonald, Roeder and Varadi didn't seem
to noticeably suffer when on the books, because they happened to pronounce
Newcastle with an R. If Carver genuinely believes that was the root of the
bedsheet protests and abuse, then he wants to try speaking to the people who
traipse around the country paying to watch this glorified pub
The unexpected show of support from within the club for Carver following the
"Pardew in disguise" chant at Selhurst Park meanwhile succeeded only
in highlighting something that most folks missed.
A brief chant carried off by the breeze at the fag end of a forgettable midweek
encounter seems to have assumed artificial importance. To what end remains
Doubtless our viewpoint here will alter once the extra tier is complete and
capacity goes to 62,000, assuming we're still in the same league of course. Even
from the very back row of the highest tier though, it would be apparent that
something is fundamentally wrong with our approach. Or maybe this is just the
consequence of removing competitiveness and making the season meaningless.
There may well be a massive gulf in finance between the teams, but for there to
be a similar gap in attitude and aptitude is completely unacceptable. This was
utter tripe and symptomatic of a drift even from the first weeks of Carver's
time at the helm, when we at least tried against Chelsea.