Date: Friday 14th May 2021, 8.00pm.
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: St. James' Park
3 - 4
Jonjo Shelvey's flag kick from the North West Corner found Emile Krafth who powerfully
headed beyond Scott Carson into the Leazes goal, Nathan Ake making a futile
attempt to out-jump him.
Joao Cancelo's speculative shot from the edge of the area struck Jacob
Murphy's foot en route to beating Martin Dubravka. 1-1
Ferran Torres met Ilkay Gundogan's free kick from the left with a first-time aerial back heel
that survived a lengthy VAR offside review.
VAR determined that Saint-Maximin
wasn't offside as he found Joelinton in the City area and then deemed
that Nathan Ake fouled the number 9 at the cost of a penalty.
With match referee Kevin Friend declining to check the pitchside
monitor, Joelinton stepped up and hammered in a powerful spot kick. 2-2
Half time: Magpies 2 Citizens 2
Joe Willock was impeded by Kyle Walker in the City box
and a clear and obvious penalty kick was awarded.
Willock claimed the ball and although Carson blocked his
right-footed spot kick, the
on-loan Gunner overcame a stumble to fire in the rebound from close
range with his left foot.
It's unclear whether Willock was designated to take the penalty kick or it
was a question of finders keepers with the ball. Steve Bruce's post-match
ramble on the subject mentioned that Matt Ritchie wasn't interested in
taking one since he'd missed (at Southampton in March 2020) and that after
Joelinton had netted one, "some South American thing" meant he preferred not
to attempt a second during the same game. 3-2
fierce pull back from Gabriel Jesus on the right hand side of the United box was guided into the roof of the net by
Torres at the near post. 3-3
Torres volleyed home in the loose ball after Cancello's effort came
back off Dubravka's far post. 3-4
Full time: Magpies 3 Citizens 4
Steve Bruce said:
"We gave it a right good go but when
you play against these, defensively you have to be better than what we
"The sloppiness of a couple of goals is the disappointment of the whole
evening for me. I mean, how often do you score three against this mob?
Not very often.
"So, the disappointing thing is we were a bit naive and our defending
had to be a bit better at times. But for the way the went about their
work I was delighted with them but we weren’t quite good enough.
“Overall our attacking play was good on
the counter attack and we just weren’t quite good enough on the night.
"The biggest compliment I can pay them is that it’s difficult to set up
against them. There are large periods where you don’t get a kick because
they’re so good in possession.
"We have to respect that Joe (Willock)
is Arsenal's player but if it's possible we'd love to keep him.
"If you're going to do the job in the
Premier League you come in for criticism, sometimes it's unjust. I always
said when we had our players fit we'd be alright.
"I'm a football manager and I've been doing it a long time but I'm prepared
to work away at it and grow an even thicker skin."
Pep Guardiola commented:
"We made mistakes because we are champions, because the players were
distracted a little bit in the last days, this is normal. We knew it but the
spirit from the first minute until the end was absolutely there.
"I'm really pleased and hopefully we can learn from our distractions. I knew
it could happen but at the end we won and now the team are going to
celebrate and we're going to prepare to face Brighton.
"I'm pretty sure we'll be more focused to prepare for the final of the
About Scott Carson:
"He says straight away to the young guys and the old guys what he
believes, because he has incredible experience around locker rooms and in
"He is an incredible person and we are delighted, not just me but
all the players, that today he could play.
About Ferran Torres:
"Not just this evening, of course this evening was important, but his first
season in England and his number are exceptional. He came as a winger, but
he has to think about a striker. When Sergio, Gabriel were out, he was
there. He scored against Leeds and Crystal Palace. He didn't have many
minutes, but when he played, he had a sense of goal.
"Yeah, he can be [a number 9]. We will use him, we used him and he
was brilliant. His rhythm, especially defensively he has improved a lot. The
game at Palace, he makes a turn [in his season] - so good. The
movement he makes as a striker, for the [third] goal, it hits the bar
[post] and where it goes, he knew it.
"The smell, the strikers know, intuitively where it will arrive. He has this
talent and the first goal is fantastic. Very pleased."
With one home game left, Steve Bruce's side have collected 20
points at SJP this season: that's six less than last season and two less
than their lowest PL tally of 22 set in 2008/09.
The three goals here boosted our seasonal home tally to 25 ahead
of Wednesday's final game at SJP. That's the highest PL return since the
Conceding four goals though means that we've let in 33 at SJP in
18 PL fixtures - our leakiest defence in any of the 26 seasons of the
scored his first Magpies goal, becoming the 155th player of the
246 to have represented us in the Premier League to get off the mark.
He's the second Swede to net for United, following on from the
blonde bombshell himself, Andreas Andersson.
Krafth's goal was Newcastle's 50th of the season (in league and
cup), which matched last season's entire total. With two games remaining
the Magpies now have a tally of 52 - their highest total in a top flight
season since scoring 59 in 2012/13 (they hit the net exactly 100 times
now has four Premier League goals to his name in 2020/21 and six this
season in all competitions. Tonight was his first penalty conversion,
which took him up to 10 in league and cup matches for United (from 62
starts plus 17 substitute appearances).
scored his sixth goal in our colours and his fifth in successive
appearances, the first Magpie to achieve that feat since Papiss Cisse in
In the club PL scoring list, Willock and Joelinton each have six, a
total they share with current colleagues Allan Saint-Maximin and Fabian
Schar. Old boys with half a dozen to their name include David Ginola and
United's 43 PL goals so far this season have come from 14 different
players, compared to last season's final total of 38 goals from 17
Newcastle were awarded two penalties in the same PL game for the first
time since a home meeting with Stoke City in December 2013. That
day saw Loic Remy denied by Thomas Sorensen but Papiss Cisse convert his
Ferran Torres became the fifth player to have scored a hat trick against
Newcastle in the Premier League at SJP, following on from Dwight Yorke
(Villa), Michael Owen (Liverpool), Paul Scholes (Manchester United) and
Somen Tchoyi (West Bromwich Albion).
United v City @ SJP - PL era:
2020/21 Lost 3-4 Krafth, Joelinton(pen), Willock
2019/20 Lost 0-2 (FAC)
2019/20 Drew 2-2 Willems, Shelvey
2018/19 Won 2-1 Rondon, Ritchie (pen)
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2015/16 Drew 1-1 Anita
2014/15 Lost 0-2
2013/14 Lost 0-2
2013/14 Lost 0-2 (LC)
2012/13 Lost 1-3 Ba
2011/12 Lost 0-2
2010/11 Lost 1-3 Carroll
2008/09 Drew 2-2 Ameobi, og(Dunne)
2007/08 Lost 0-2
2006/07 Lost 0-1
2005/06 Won 1-0 Owen
2004/05 Won 4-3 Robert, Shearer, Elliott, Bellamy
2003/04 Won 3-0 Shearer 2, Ameobi
2002/03 Won 2-0 Shearer, Bellamy
2001/02 Won 1-0 Solano (FAC)
2000/01 Lost 0-1
1995/96 Won 3-1 Ferdinand 2, Beardsley
1994/95 Drew 0-0
1994/95 Won 3-1 Gillespie 2, Beresford (FA)
1994/95 Lost 0-2 (LC)
1993/94 Won 2-0 Cole 2
Having clinched the title without kicking a ball on Tuesday - and
reportedly partying afterwards - Manchester City inevitably added the
record for consecutive away wins to their considerable honours list at
SJP on Friday.
Far from strolling to that twelfth away victory though, they encountered
a Newcastle team who were patient, precise and fortunate before becoming
the latest side to succumb to the rapier-like attack of the Champions.
While the hosts made only the enforced change of Joelinton for Callum
Wilson from the side that won at Leicester, Pep Guardiola reshuffled in
What wasn't expected though was a belated bow for veteran goalkeeper
Scott Carson, on loan at City since 2019 without playing a single senior
Carson's last top-flight game had come at Gallowgate a decade ago when with
West Bromwich Albion; and although he was to concede three goals as he
did that day in a 3-3 draw, he ended up on the winning side this time.
The opening quarter of the game gave precious little hint of what was to
come; City perpetually camped in the United half and giving every
indication that their title win would be followed by a procession.
That all changed after 24 minutes, when Emil Krafth's pass
picked out Allan Saint-Maximin. His ball across the edge of the box into
the path of Joelinton allowed him to shoot, but the ball deflected off a
defender for a corner.
Both Bruce and Guardiola seemed to think later that Matt Ritchie took
the resultant corner at the Leazes End, but it was Jonjo Shelvey's flag
kick that reached Krafth, who headed in his first goal for the club.
Shelvey came mighty close to doubling the lead when his 35th minute free
kick struck the crossbar, but within four minutes City were level - Joao
Cancelo's speculative shot from the edge of the area striking Jacob
Murphy's foot en route to beating Martin Dubravka.
If there was an element of fortune about that goal though, the one
Spaniard Ferran Torres notched 185 seconds later was pure genius;
meeting Ilkay Gundogan's free kick with a first-time aerial back heel
that VAR approved.
Darren England would be exercised again though before the half time
whistle blew, the VAR referee called upon to determine that Saint-Maximin
wasn't offside as he found Joelinton in the City area and then deeming
that Nathan Ake fouled the number 9 at the cost of a penalty.
With referee Kevin Friend declining to check the pitchside
monitor, Joelinton stepped up and hammered in a powerful spot kick deep
into added time.
2-2 at the interval replicated the half time score when City won the First Division
Championship here 53 years ago - and their 4-3 away win that day in May
1968 was to be improbably replicated here by full time.
A full eclipse of the blue moon fleetingly appeared possible just after
the hour, when Joe Willock was impeded by Kyle Walker in the City box
and netted from the rebound after his spot kick attempt was saved.
Willock claimed the ball and although Carson blocked his spot kick, the
on-loan Gunner overcome a stumble to fire in the rebound and extend his
scoring record to a remarkable five matches.
Reality intruded within 90 seconds however, City's instant reply a pull
back from Gabriel Jesus that Torres blasted into the roof of the net for
And just two minutes later, Torres had his treble and City had the lead
again, on hand to volley in when Cancello's effort came
back off a post.
That was to be the end of the scoring, City content to play keep ball to
a seldom-seen extent; Newcastle kept waiting to make a double
replacement by an elongated passing sequence timed at over three and a
Friend blew for full time after adding five minutes on, but the only
moment that United had sight of goal had come a good deal earlier, when
Willock saw glory and fired high and wide rather than passing.
If the outcome was predictable though, the scoreline and our
contribution certainly wasn't: this the first time City have conceded
three away goals in the Premier League since December 2019, and the
first time we've scored that many against them here since October 2014.
Hopefully United have a few goals left in them for Wednesday's home
finale in front of a crowd: incident-packed though this was, being
played in front of
empty stands meant that it bore no comparison to that day in 1968, or either of
the two infamous 3-4s at Anfield for that matter.
No matter how admirable the talents on show, watching them second-hand
on TV diminishes the impact of whatever they accomplish.
52,000 punters would have gone home captivated by what they'd seen
tonight in this meaningless match, with a few bruised knees when the
goals went in. Jigging round the front room just doesn't cut it.
Thankfully this appears to have been the conclusion to our year and a
bit of small screen purgatory, but what an unforgettable final
We've been of the opinion that COVID meant Bruce has been spared the
anger of home fans, but tonight he and his players have been denied what
would have been a deserved ovation for their efforts.
That's not to suggest that we share in the media adulation for April's
Manager of the Month and his "achievement" in avoiding relegation again,
but rather to acknowledge that this is what we are and the set task was
This may be have been another version of Rafa's short blanket, but like
Leicester, it was an entertaining one. That the potential of this team -
and club - remains untapped under the current leadership is beyond
doubt, but you'd need to be stone-hearted not to enjoy tonight's game in