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Hard done by? Newcastle 1-3 Manchester City.

Posted on December 26th, 2010 | 141 Comments |

Tevez makes it two!
Tevez makes it two!
Newcastle succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at St James’ Park this afternoon, but it wasn’t as straight forward as the scoreline may suggest.

It may well be a cliche in footballing circles, but there was certainly enough about the performance to give me hope despite the defeat.

It’s a strange feeling really, as usually I would be pulling what is left of my hair out after a 3-1 defeat, but I feel strangely mellow after witnessing a performance which saw us have the bulk of possesion and create many more chances than our rich, title-chasing visitors. Another heartening factor was the effort and determination on show from the players today. They didn’t give up, despite being behind for 88 minutes of the game.

Fabricio Coloccini returned to the starting line up in place of the poorly Sol Campbell. Wayne Routledge was recalled to play out wide with Joey Barton pushed into his favoured central midfield role whilst Kevin Nolan effectively took the place of the injured Shola Ameobi meaning that Newcastle lined up in a kind of 4-4-1-1 formation.

Play began and Newcastle fell behind almost immediately. Tim Krul tried to play the ball to Barton who was on the edge of his own box, but Carlos Tevez interecepted the ball and played it inside to David Silva who fed the ball through to Gareth Barry who had cleared the last defender and slipped the ball past Krul. It was a completely avoidable goal which meant that Newcastle faced an uphill struggle right from the word go.

Things got even worse on five minutes when the home side found themselves two down. This time it was Tiote who lost possesion in the middle of the park allowing Carlos Tevez to steal the ball and spread the play out wide through to James Milner. Milner crossed into the near post and found Carlos Tevez running in to convert the low cross high into the back of the net.

Newcastle should have immeditaley cut the defecit through Andy Carroll, but bigger lad’s free header was aimed straight at Joe Hart. Man City had their chances but the home side started to come back into the game and began to put their own stamp on proceedings. Andy Carroll was again proving himself to be a handful and offered the City defence little respite in the run up to half-time.

Newcastle continued to press in the second half as City sat back on their two goal lead. Andy Carroll tried an acrobatic overhead kick from 18 yards, but it went miles wide. Gutierrez also sent a looping header across the face of goal but nothing was to come of that.

The breakthrough came on 72 minutes when Andy Carroll headed home a Joey Barton corner. Joe Hart, the Manchester City ‘keeper, complained and got a yellow card for his efforts, although TV replays suggested that he may have had a point after Kevin Nolan appeared to block him from moving on the line.

The home side could have equalised with a bit more luck after Kevin Nolan gambled on a cross that the Man City defenders looked to have dealt with, but his foot on the ball landed just wide of the post. But Newcastle were dealt a cruel blow just nine minutes from time when City broke and scored their third through Carlos Tevez. It was another unfortunate goal that got deflected in off of Fabricio Coloccini, but it was perhaps indicative of our day.

That goal pretty much ended the game as a competition, but there was still time for Joey Barton to test Joe Hart with a low free kick. It wasn’t to be, but on another day it could have been a very different result.

Newcastle looked dangerous for long periods of the game today, but if you surrender two easy goals so early in the game then you are more than likely going to lose. This is something our lads need to learn as I have noticed that we have conceded goals at points throughout the season that can be attributed to schoolboy errors. If we can keep looking dangerous, and cut out the mistakes, it will leave in good shape for the rest of the season.

3-1, but it isn’t all doom and gloom, for a change.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Joey Barton, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll.

Subs: Steve Harper, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith, Leon Best, Nile Ranger.

Man City: Joe Hart, Aleksander Kolarov, Joleon Lescott, Vincent Kompany, Jerome Boateng, Nigel de Jong, Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure, James Milner, David Silva, Carlos Tevez.

Subs: Shay Given, Patrick Viera, Adam Johnson, Micah Richards, Pablo Zabaleta, Jo, Mario Balotelli.

Attendance: 51,635.

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141 Responses

  1. I’ve lost all patience and civility towards Guiterez and Routledge, i’ve never witnessed such a consistent lack of end product in attackers in all my life, they are both infuriating.

  2. “but I feel strangely mellow after witnessing a performance which saw us have the bulk of possesion and create many more chances than our rich, title-chasing visitors.”

    That’s because they knew that the game was almost certainly won in the opening minutes, so they just soaked up pressure and played on the counter. The lads did put in quite alot of effort though.

  3. I Love Mike says:
    December 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    “I’ve lost all patience and civility towards Guiterez and Routledge, i’ve never witnessed such a consistent lack of end product in attackers in all my life”

    I think you must have them confused with someone else, ILM.

  4. nope worky, i’m not thanks, it’s a common critique labelled at them both from most quarters, they consistently have no end product.

  5. “but I feel strangely mellow after witnessing a performance which saw us have the bulk of possesion and create many more chances than our rich, title-chasing visitors. Another heartening factor was the effort and determination on show from the players today. They didn’t give up, despite being behind for 88 minutes of the game.”

    ????? You watching the same game as everyone else????

    Created far more chances????

    Deluded!!

  6. I thought we were going to see a rugby score against us after the first 5 mins . At least we got going after their second goal , thought Tiote looked a bit off his gamefirst half

  7. sidsMCFC sidsMCFC says:
    December 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    BBC stats shoe NUFC 60% possession, 20 chances 10 of which on target,

    Citah 9 chances 6 on target

    not deluded, observant.

  8. sidsMCFC says:
    December 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    BBC Stats show 60% possession to NUFC, and 20 shots 10 on target
    Citah only 9 shots 6 on target

    not deluded, observant

  9. I think City were worth their win today. They took their chances and then sat back until, after we scored, they popped another one in.

    We showed good attitude though and never gave up fighting for it and I’m encouraged by the fact that City didn’t look the millions of pounds better than us that their transfer budget would suggest.

  10. Don’t get wound up by the fools, they aint won owt still and until they do I won’t take them seriously. All the city fans coming on here, you beat Mike Ashley’s Newcastle wow, you got beat at home by Everton last week ffs, your team is inconsistant thats why the reds are still better than you.

  11. I Love Mike says:
    December 26, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    “nope worky, i’m not thanks, it’s a common critique labelled at them both from most quarters,”

    Exactly, ILM. Lots of people try to sound ‘critical’ because they think it makes them sound more knowledgable than they really are. One of the commonest cliches of all used by such people is that a player, especially a winger has “no end product”. It was the same with Milner when he was here too. It doesn’t matter how many of them copy each other, it doesn’t necessarily make them right.

  12. I said it when Given went….Harper isn’t good enough and neither is Krul. Personally would like to see Given back at NUFC.

    Decent performance and considering the first 5 mins we outplayed them, just silly mistakes that we need to get rid of.

    as for sidsMCFC …… you call us deluded!!!!

    You’ve got a decent team but the BBC facts support the assumption that we created far more chances than you.

  13. Hugh de Payen says:
    December 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    “I think City were worth their win today. They took their chances and then sat back until, after we scored, they popped another one in.

    We showed good attitude though and never gave up fighting for it and I’m encouraged by the fact that City didn’t look the millions of pounds better than us that their transfer budget would suggest.”

    Exactly, Hugh. Ironically though, we are not so different despite the relative levels of investment. Both teams have gone through lots of changes and still need some time to get used to each other.

  14. Lumping a ball up to a 6 foot plus striker is hardly CREATING a chance its more like playing the way big Sam does and I don’t wanna see you play like that all the time do you?
    Good luck for the rest of the season though the league is a better place with you in it for sure.

    The referee was trying his best to get you the equaliser though!

  15. The reason we had more posession and shots is because they sat back they could have had more goals if they’d wanted but it was mainly mistakes that gave them their goals. They arn’t good enough to win the league or anything so who cares. We never win on boxing day anyway. When we go to Spurs they might make similar mistakes remember we are Spurs bogey team.

    If we’d had Ben Arfa in the two city games I think it would have gave us more of a chance but we didn’t coz of that fool that cannot tackle properly. Im just gonna forget about them now its over. I’ll be watching to see if they achieve anything but I doubt it.

  16. sidsMCFC says:
    December 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm
    Lumping a ball up to a 6 foot plus striker is hardly CREATING a chance its more like playing the way big Sam

    Actually sidsMCFC it’s hard to believe but we actually started to play better football down the wing today compared to what he been like for the last few years. The long ball stuff is the legacy of C.H and Colin Calderwood but there was less of it today if thats possible to believe.

  17. DJG says:
    December 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Ha Ha know way!

    Maybe because you were chasing the game thats why they started lumping it up a bit more.

    Your players are technically good though, Barton, Nolan, Carroll etc are all good players.

    Can anyone enlighten me on the ben arfa chants as I find it hard to believe we are definitely not the type of fans that would do that? I hope not anyway they clapped him off at Eastlands!

  18. worky, it’s one of the more common things said about wingers because that is how you gauge their performance, with end product.

    Just as you would do with a keeper, saying he has had a good game as he has made some saves or as you would with a striker with goals.

    It’s an attacker’s/winger’s primary job to have some sort of impact on the game in the final third, neither Routledge or Guitierez this season have, and to be honest, i’m now doubting either of them have to quality to do so in this league. They have had chances and haven’t produced what they are paid to do

    If you or I at work didn’t meet our job specifications, we would be disciplined or replaced by someone who can do the job.

    If they prove me wrong i’ll hold my hands up and say i’m wrong, i’m not a nob, however i’m pretty sure most would agree with me our wing/attack play isn’t creative enough, doesn’t supply enough and doesn’t chip in with it’s fair share of goals, I believe this is a fair statement.

  19. sidsMCFC – It wouldn;t surprise me if it was true. You should have seen some of the comments from some of your lot just after it happened to be fair. You wouldn’t be saying that it is so hard to believe then, I can assure you.

  20. Even though people have said Gosling is slow and a CM, do you’s not think we should at least try him on the wing? He seemed ok when he played there for Everton and I think he would create something. He can pass the ball to some extent unlike Jonas.

  21. I thought we were very poor today and i worry about us staying in this division. The stats don’t really tell the true story. Most of those twenty ‘chances’ were Carroll hitting the corner flag with headers or some randomer blazing ten yards over the bar completely unchallenged.

    I’m beginning to really like the look of this City side. They play some beautiful passing football away from home. James Milner, in particular, had an excellent game. They’re title contenders, no doubt about it.

  22. workyticket says:
    December 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks I thought they were too!

    And I do apologise for any idiots who make sad chants or post sick comments about Ben Arfa hope he gets better soon for you he was looking really good.

    Can I also just say that when the incident happened, that evening on manchester evening news website it was awash with sympathetic comments from all city fans wishing him well and not one negative one out of over 200 comments so whoever it was is most definitely in the minority.

  23. We played into their hands by giving them a headstart straight away just like we did against Blackburn, Letting them sit back and play for the counter.

    We had the majority of possession and created as many chances as we have in any match this season.

    @DJG

    ————Tiote—————–
    —Barton————–Ben Arfa—
    ————Nolan—————–

    Thats the way forward with the current squad when injury free but hopefully we may dip into the market and sign a winger in a week or two…

  24. I love Mike

    We could have done with him on the pitch rather than in the stands. :)

    Hope he is back at the end of Feb and when he does come back we arn’t 17th or something.

  25. Ross says:
    December 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    Oh well, let’s just hope someone goes in like a battering ram on De Jong. Only good that can come of today now like.

    See we all have fans that say sick things..

    There was three more and I only got to comment 63.

  26. jay jay-I saw that on Carroll’s twitter, wonder what they were singing. Pathetic regardless of what it was. Benny was there today aswell.

  27. MCFC-De Jong deserves a clattering to show him what it’s like mate. There were a few dubious tackles on Barton today aswell but that’s common practice and folk would argue it’s his own fault. I personally don’t agree that he deserves to be kicked around due to his past but he’s given his fair share of poor tackles too. De Jong on the other hand told Ben Arfa to get up and claimed he was faking seconds after he’d broken his leg. The lad doesn’t realise how poor his tackling is half the time.

  28. DJG says:
    December 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    “The long ball stuff is the legacy of C.H and Colin Calderwood but there was less of it today if thats possible to believe.”

    DJG, the Prozone stats don’t really bear you out on that I’m afraid.

  29. worky – usually when someone’s opening statement involves calling us deluded, it’s not a good sign. I’ll happily be proven wrong though.

  30. I’ve just got the prozone stats back from my source. Routledge and jonas came out on top in terms of work rate. You can’t knock them for that.

  31. “The challenge on Ben Arfa was only a bad one because it resulted in an injury”

    Utter nonsense. Look at the tackle again and see how, after taking the ball, de Jong wraps his trailing leg around Ben Arfa’s giving him no room to move out of the way or jump for that matter.

    The truth behind that tackle lies in HBA’s previous away performance at Everton which was encapsulated in that 7 minute YT clip which everyone in football saw including Mancini and he didnt want a repeat performance. Simple as that.

  32. Michael Essien would argue otherwise with regards to De Jong being the best in the world in his position, im sure. I disagree that the challenge on Ben Arfa was a good one. He still scissored his leg.

    http://www.aizuddindanian.com/voi/images/ben_arfa_broken.jpg – Note where the ball is in the picture.

    As for the “about three” bad challenges he’s made, there are three that are regularly mentioned. Probably because two of them left players with broken legs and the third would have been more at home in a Bruce Lee movie. I can pretty much guarantee he has made far, far more than 3 bad challenges in his career they’re just not as heavily publicised due to the severity of the others mentioned.

  33. Beatski says:
    December 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    “worky – usually when someone’s opening statement involves calling us deluded,”

    Beatski, where does he write in his opening statement that we are “deluded”?

  34. Maverick says:
    December 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm
    I said it when Given went….Harper isn’t good enough and neither is Krul. Personally would like to see Given back at NUFC.<<<< well i personally think u should gan and shove your head in a bucket of shite

  35. Asa7 says:
    December 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm
    City fan here, genuinely interested in your views on Andy Carroll. I like him as a player, but spending £15m+ on someone who’s still relatively unproven would be a huge gamble, in my opinion.<<< why ? you spent 17 mill 33 mill and alot more on players that turn oot too be shite , and your owners will soon get bored when you win the same as us fck all ,1 team in machester and its red ,thats why tyou call him sir alex

  36. “Yep. The footballing world was collectively soiling itself”

    No just you lot because when all is said and done you’re a classless team with no real team spirit because you’re a team of overpaid mercenaries.

    Take Tevez out of that side (and he will be by the end of the season) and you’re struggling for seventh/eighth place.

  37. Jay Jay – Agree. I used to have a lot of time for City fans as they were the better of the Manc teams in terms of support. They were a good laugh generally.

    Now it seems that they have been replaced, probably in the last two seasons, by pompous arseholes.

  38. The arrogance of a bog standard club who have had a lucky break, If you were impressed by that from a side assembled for hundereds of millions against a promoted club then you have my pity.

    You are a classless club and will be brought down a peg or two when the arabs fcuk off and buy an F1 team or some race horses.

    You wont win fcuk all and i cannot wait until the real top clubs put you in your place…

  39. I’d actually say that up until being bought out and trying to buy the league, City and Newcastle were similar clubs. Alot of people made comparisons between the two when we were relegated, mentioning the fact that City still drew big crowds and made their way back to the premier league. As has already been mentioned though, seems the cash has went to their head’s these days and they suddenly think they’re gods gift. Shame, because they’re most definitly not.

  40. The sad thing is whether it’s Hughton or Pardew, we have to be the most predictably one dimensional team there is. Absolutely everything is aeriel to Carroll’s head. It’s our one and only tactic. 50/50, hit and hope, play the percentages football. There are no people moving on to through balls or cutbacks or getting in behind defences at all. There’s no method at all. Jonas always gets a game no matter what when I’m sure Ferguson couldn’t do any worse and wouldn’t give possession away every time.

    Carroll would do well in a ” footballing ” team because they would mix it up and he wouldn’t be the only scorer in the team.

  41. “When we’re outclassed, just put our hands up and say we were beaten by the better side. Life’s too short, fellas”

    Nowt to do with the result, just some twats assumption that de Jong is a world class player who happens to break legs just for fun. Football is the loser when de Jong gets away with maiming players.

  42. Think we’re being slightly hypocritical here. Didn’t we buy shearer for 15M a world record at the time and put him on £10000k a week, plus sir Les etc etc and later Owen, luque, Boumsong etc etc !!We’ve wasted millions on crap players and average managers all in the name of trying to buy success. No one had a problem with that at the time.

  43. I went to nearly every single game home and away when we were relegated twice and so did all my mates so for you to just brandish us all glory hunters is ridiculous.

    Honest opinion now is you sound very bitter and a tad jealous some of you.

    Well so much for the friendly banter that didn’t last very long did it. Thought we was getting somewhere too with the topic’s.

    Poor, and a little bitter me thinks..

  44. Nick Dryden says:
    December 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    “Carroll would do well in a ” footballing ” team because they would mix it up and he wouldn’t be the only scorer in the team.”

    Nick, Nolan has scored almost as many goals as Carroll, either from a midfield role or linking play behind the striker. Others have scored over 16 goals this season as well.

  45. Anyhoo, off to bed. Got a lot on tomorrow.

    I also not long found out that an acquatance of mine passed away so I’m feeling a bit shitty.

    Catch you in a bit.

  46. toonsy says:
    December 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Sir, he started it!

    No Toonsy says you started it!!

    But sir!!

    Oh shut up toonsy and learn your two times table!!

  47. RedTony says:
    December 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    “How can fans of a club who sacked Chris Hughton in the fashion they did talk about ‘class’?”

    “Staggering”

    Its a valid point as fans obviously own and run the club dont they mate, Were you dropped on your head at birth ??

  48. AS9 says:
    December 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    “No complaints about the result today. City outplayed us, then when we got physical they outkicked us, too.”

    Colin Ball, why are you trying to pretend to be several Newcastle United fans? It’s pathetic. Grow up!

  49. Its probably been said before but I think Routy & Simmo had a good game down the right today, Routy got stuck in played some good passes, him & simmo seem to click ok today but as others have said, it’s inconsistant!!

    As for Jonas, he had some good runs but he does need to work on his final ball, I’d still prefer Barton out right & we seems to work them hard & give Carroll more chances after Routy went off & Ranger came on, with Barton going out right!!

    Even my misses who’s not into footy said that we played the better footy today, she wasn’t inpressed with the ref either, said he was card shy & let MManc Citey player get away with too many ‘dirty tricks’ as she put it… lol

    But hey, if you give team like them a head start, you’re gonna have to suffer the loses I’m afraid!!!

    Well at least the Scum lost as well to the other half of Mancland… lol

  50. LMAO Thanks for that Batty…. Next time I find a bucket of shite i’ll stick me head straight in it!!

    However Given was, is and will continue to be better than Harper and Krul!! regardless of how much shite my head is in!

    I work with some Man C fans and they’re quite reasonable people who have no illusions about they’re current standing or how fragile it is, all clubs have a certain amount of nobs that support them, they’re usually the most vocal on forums!

  51. richietoon says:
    December 26, 2010 at 9:16 pm (Edit)

    “worky… ya mean no more PB and Geordie Baz then?”

    Richie, No more ‘Shearer’, ‘AS9’, ‘Red Baz’, ‘PB’, ‘Geordie Baz’, ‘Ged B’, ‘Colin Ball’, ‘Asa7’, ‘Colin Bell’, ‘Wealthy Club’ and ‘Pure Delusion’ to be exact. There were quite a few more Man City fans trying to wreck the ‘blog as well.

    It really is a shame that they can’t behave themselves and give some of the real Man City fans such an awful reputation.

  52. missed the game today but saw that we were 2 down after 5 mins and was expecting a cricket score, be interesting to see how city get on next season without tevez – he’ll def be off in summer leaving the rest of the mercenaries behind, to be fair he loves the fans and the man u fans and the west ham fans oh hold on a minute he loves the money :-)

    city have spent enough and should be challenging for the title, to be fair to the fans they’ve suffered as badly as toon fans since the 70s so can’t begrudge the ones who’ve stuck by the team

    good luck to you

    defoe out for toon game so we have a chance as long as we dont give stupid goas away again!

    quick chance to turn it round – tho realistically not expecting anything other than a defeat

  53. “Here’s two on a silver f*cking platter.” I mean are you shting me? So what we played football after that? So what? Only skirted cheerleaders will take something positive from this result. Jesus H Christ!

  54. What was up with the Where has Ben Arfa gone? and De Jong chants just to rub it?

    Disrespectful, I didn’t really think City fans would do this lost all my respect for them. -.-

  55. workyticket says:
    December 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    ‘It really is a shame that they can’t behave themselves and give some of the real Man City fans such an awful reputation.’

    worky if we were 2nd in the league some of our fans would be like that though. It’s what happens at any club that hasen’t won owt for generations. Man U, Chelsea fans just see it as the norm and Liverpool, Asenal fans are getting a bit windy about not winning anything in a while but they’ve still won loads. Man City are in fact very similar to us, if they look like they might actually win something they all getting jumped up and excited mate its the same with some of our fans it’s like the pot callin the kettle. Until they actually win something tho their just sad little muppets and they’ve done nowt yet.

  56. You say where would we be without tevez? How about where would you be without Carroll? He’ll be gone soon so you will find out and you won’t like it. Ashley has screwed you before, he’ll do it again

  57. I am concerned that by the time we play WH in the new year at home we may have lost 3 on the trot. That then makes it a massive game!

  58. Routlage wasn’t great today, but thought it was on of his better games he’s had here.

    As for Jonas, he can do it when he wants to, but seems like he just can’t be bothered for 80% of the games, it’s almost like playing with 10 men with him in the team

  59. No he won’t Dave because if Carroll goes we get relegated and the shity £20M he would get for him is not as much as the £40M it costs him everytime we get relegated so he’s going nowhere in jan and your talkin shit you mug.

  60. Alright Toon? City fan in peace here.

    I think you have a cracking side, said from day one that I liked the look of that Tiote, brilliant little player. You need time to settle though(just like us) and I think keeping the big lad up top is a must if you’re to push on and get into Europe.

    As for de Jong. Listen, the man is the most honest footballer at Manchester City, he’s a grafter and he’s one of the only players in our side that I can say really earns his doe. Kompany, Barry and Tevez being the other ones. There was no malice at all in the HBA challenge, it was hard but fair, maybe too hard in some peoples books but this is England! That’s what we want to see week in week out, without the breaks obviously! Unfortunately his stud got stuck in the ground and there you have the pivotal moment in the break.

    You’ll find there are a few n*bs who browse the internet and give us blues a bad name but which club doesn’t have their muppets? We’re still the same bunch, always will be.

    Good luck for the season, lads. Please can you stuff that Red sh*** at St. James’? You’re more than capable.

    Regards.

  61. batty says:
    December 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm
    dave go and suck on ya mams tw@t ,thats if ya can get ya brother of it, c unt

    Top of the class was you?

    Batty wasn’t dirty, deluded deluded deluded, as always..

  62. P.s. the de Jong chants were,

    “Oh when de Jong goes sliding in, there will only be one winner.”

    We’ve sung it all year. If he played for you, you’d see what we mean.

  63. ‘It really is a shame that they can’t behave themselves and give some of the real Man City fans such an awful reputation.’

    I’m not sure “they” is the appropriate term ? I would be prepared to put money on GedB and Colin B being one and the same tosser but I could be wrong :)

  64. city fans glory supporter – JESUS u got 2 be you taking the piss.

    i’ve been a season ticket holder at city for 15 years went to wembley for the play off final been to evey home game and most away games.SO dont call me a glory supporter. remember we were here when we were shite.

    and btw there is only one team from manchester and thats Manchester City F.C

  65. JAY says:
    December 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I was having a good chat with a few of these on here earlier and everything was good but then like you said a couple of nobs that havent got a clue came on and spoilt it and now they all seem to be turning a bit.

    Every city fan is now a glory hunter, and all city players are mercenaries.

    Well the mercenaries battled a hard fought game today and came out on top on a freezing cold day after training on christmas day too. (against a good team too may I add)

    City to finish 4th, uefa cup final.

    Newcastle to finish mid table which is great for them to build on for next year and I wish them well and a speedy recovery for Ben Arfa too.

    Good night and God bless Colin the king.

  66. Listen man ya muppets, we’ve done it all before, we’ve finished 2nd to Man U (like you will) we’ve been in the champs league and beaten barcelona, (you will get in the champs league but you won’t beat barcelona)

    what do ye’s want a shiney medal and a paper hat or something. You’s have bought your team, big deal otherwise you would be a shitty little club still with lower gates than us, your the richest club in the world and Fergie still got yous sussed.

    Come back on here when you win something otherwise your just pathetic and really quite sad.

  67. I’m getting kinda sick of this constant vendetta against city. Why is when we were getting beat most weeks everyone was wishing us well and saying they preferred us over united, and now were actually winning games and points no one seems to have time for us. One word sums it up and that is envy.

    Onto todays game, both teams played well and it seems the difference between the two was that city just had the quality to punish newcastle’s mistakes where as you didn’t.

    The fans singing songs aimed at ben arfa are not speaking for the vast majority of city fans but with regards singing for De Jong i honestly cant see the problem as it was obvious you were going to give De jong stick today so we had to show him our support as you would do for your players.

    Anyway good look for this year and i hope you stay up as this league is a better place with you in it.

  68. DJG says:
    December 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Stop acting like an idiot and grow up.

    Also stop acting like a closet united fan by taking pride in their achievements. Be proud of what newcastle have achieved their your club

  69. PeacefulBlue says

    Newcastle have achieved nothing since I have supported them and they are similar to your club. Their both crap clubs that have won nothing compared to the ‘top 4’.

    You grow up what you coming on here for to rub our faces in the fact that we’re shit and won’t win anything in the next decade either. I would rather we operated like this than try and buy the league.

  70. peaceful blue… “Why is when we were getting beat most weeks everyone was wishing us well and saying they preferred us over united, and now were actually winning games and points no one seems to have time for us”

    You’ll have to get used to it mate same as Chelsea fans had to when Abramovich took over and spent his millions, same as we have to put up with the press on our backs all the time cos of arsehole owners we’ve had in the past and present. ;-)

  71. PeacefulBlue says:
    December 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    “I’m getting kinda sick of this constant vendetta against city. Why is when we were getting beat most weeks everyone was wishing us well and saying they preferred us over united, and now were actually winning games and points no one seems to have time for us. One word sums it up and that is envy.”

    PeacefulBlue, this ‘blog has been besieged for hours by really nasty Man City fans trying to destroy it by constntly spoofing different characters, trying to post abuse etc etc which hardly ever happens with supporters of other teams except perhaps for Sunderland occaisionally. There is a section of your fans who are behaving like arrogant, obnoxious arriviste scum and that is why you are getting such a bad reputation. THAT is why people are getting sick of you. Either sort it out or get used to being despised.

  72. Aye well said worky, Im starting to dislike City fans, I knew they would be arrogant jumped up tossers now that they got rich owners but I didn’t think they’d be this bad. It wasn’t long ago they were just a similar club to us in fact with quite knowledgeable and reasonable fans desperate for things to get better, how they turn and lose their identity so quickly is amazing and I dread to admit it but I think som our our fans would be the same under the circumstances.

  73. Beaten by some totally shit defending today.
    Krul’s howler, Saylor out of position yet again, another pathetically shit OG.
    We kicked their ass but gave ’em too much of a head start.
    The stats bare that out, 62-38%. Not clinical enough in front of goal.
    AC still needs to go & attack the ball/cross sometimes, instead of waiting for it to arrive on a plate.
    Oh well, decent performance, shite result.

  74. CLiNT FLiCK

    We didn’t man once they had a 2 goal cushion, (which mistake or not took them not time at all) they were happy with that and would have just soaked us up forever, thats why the stats look like we bossed the game, we got the goal back but you just knew they would then hit us on the break for the 2 goal cushion again and it was so easy for them I honestly think if we had scored first or started well they still would have turned it on and beat us. Tevez is just awesome, who the hell scores a goal like that where it looked like he miskicked it. We huffed and puffed but they were the best side be miles mate.

  75. DJG says:
    December 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    “We didn’t man once they had a 2 goal cushion, (which mistake or not took them not time at all) they were happy with that and would have just soaked us up forever”

    Very Italian, DJG.

  76. CLiNT – Harsh on Taylor. How was he supposed to a player would turn his back on the ball and it would hit them on their arse and deflect into the path of Tevez? Taylor played well today. In fact as a whole I think we defended well. How many saves did Krul have to make?

    Oh and by the way, why are we all arguing with City fans? I pity them. Their owner wants them to be the biggest club in the world, ha! They’ll never be the biggest club in their own City let alone the world!!!

    Ha ha ha!

  77. batty says:
    December 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Sorry batty you said get your brother of?? Didn’t understand that one mate.

    Anyway your a very sore loser, don’t know why you must be used to it.

    Some of us have made some respectful comments on here about your players and fans and all you can do is slag us all off as one.

    So much for banter, more like bitter if you ask me.

    And how any of you can say anything about our owners when you have a fat cockney bleeding your club dry and naming your ground after his biggest asset is beyond me.

    Bet he hasn’t spent millions of pounds on regenerating the local area, millions more on a state of the art youth academy, and proposed millions and millions more to build a training complex which when complete will rival the very best in the world?

    Oh and a couple of mill on the website so thats up there with the best also??? http://www.mcfc.co.uk

    Think you’l find our owners are here to stay or why would they have bough all the clubs debt for the last two years and just wrote it off?

    We’re here for the long haul and its been a long time coming and guess what my friend, WE F U C K I N G DESERVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for the six points and the two goals today.

    P.S. How can you ban opposing fans when its states that this is a banter between Newcastle vs Manchester City???

  78. workyticket says:
    December 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Very Italian, DJG.

    I was happy enough with that worky, it was like they didn’t want to embarrass us on our own pitch. I think they could have scored 4 or 5 easly if they could be bothered.

  79. DJG,
    i didn’t understand that mate, soz. :)

    Stu,
    Saylor was backing off, out of position, that allowed tevez to attack the space & get a crap deflection. Check it out mate. Rewind motd.
    He was caught between stations for the 2nd too.

  80. “P.S. How can you ban opposing fans when its states that this is a banter between Newcastle vs Manchester City???”

    and it states that where exactly?

  81. sid >>>We’re here for the long haul and its been a long time coming and guess what my friend, WE F U C K I N G DESERVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! <<< you fckin wish ,they will soon fck off and leave you high and dry when ya divent win oot ,the red devils will always have the upper hand ,that must make you feel sick :lol: now good night and get ya bro off ya mams tw@t

  82. Sorry CLiNT, I think you have to be cute with Tevez in the box. He went down a couple of times and I think the ref would of given a pen if he went down again, rightly or wrongly. He’s a skillful player and getting too close could cost you. I guess he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

    At the end of the day the difference between the sides were the finishing. But that’s what you get for a lot of money. it makes a difference in the business part of the pitch.

    Today did highlight our over reliance on Carroll. The sooner Ben Arfa is back the better. I would also like to see us get Wright Phillips on loan too.

  83. I think those 3 points against Liverpool were priceless because it could be a while before we get 3 again and Wet Spam are getting better we won’t beat them easily will still have to work hard.

  84. Stu,
    fair enough mate, i take your point, i’m just a bit pissed at the loss still.
    Agree about our over reliance on AC & aye we do need HBA back, fast.

  85. richietoon says:
    December 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm
    “P.S. How can you ban opposing fans when its states that this is a banter between Newcastle vs Manchester City???”

    and it states that where exactly?

    Newcastle v Manchester City – Match banter!Newcastle United v Man City video highlights and post match interviews. »

    Right at the top of this page pal.
    Hard done by? Newcastle 1-3 Manchester City.

  86. sidsMCFC says:
    December 26, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    It means banter between Newcaslte fans mate it always says that on matchday’s. Just because it comes up on your newsnow doesn’t mean its for opposition fans. We wouldn’t mind if half your fans wern’t bellends.

  87. sids…..match banter isn’t this thread and even on the match banter thread it doesnt state that its between the 2 sets of fans tho all are welcome……. but even if it did, the administrators of the site still have the right to ban any fans who are coming on here and acting like complete arseholes.

  88. We could get a good old fashion thrashin against Spurs but at least Blackburn are looking dodgy after sacking Big Sam.

    Still say it’ll be our home form that keeps us up. I just hope we don’t regret the fck ups against the shitter sides at home.

  89. stuart79 says:
    December 26, 2010 at 11:23 pm
    We could get a good old fashion thrashin against Spurs

    Aye it will be very sad as a few years back we used to always beat them. At least Defoe should be suspended but they’ve got loads of great players now like.

  90. Stuart…aye, I hate to say it but Spuds are looking good and really can’t see us getting owt there(hope I’m wrong tho)….I’d be happy with a point at Wigan and 3 of West Ham tho I think they’ll both be tough games.

  91. RE: Routledge and Jonas…

    I thought Wayne had his best game for a long time yesterday – if he sticks to what he does best (running at the LB) he can be an asset, though don’t think he’ll ever be good enough to start every week.

    Jonas was infuriating yesterday – he does all the hard stuff and then seems to take a second too long to make up his mind, and then he has no options anymore so he aimlessly passes it into the area. On the other hand, he wins a lot of free-kicks and creates space elsewhere, and is brilliant working backwards.

  92. To be fair we were all wishing Ashley was gonna splash the cash when our billionaire owner took over, if he had we could have been where city are now.
    Players are all mercenaries these days so you can forget about loyalty apart from a very few players

    Still think I preferred the championship but prob only because we were the man u of the league ;)

  93. Old school Blue here, was at the ’76 Cup Final – and have always looked forward to our games with the Geordies. Honest appraisal of yesterday, we snapped up two opportunities which we normally dont do, we didnt go for the killer third goal and it was inevitable you would get back in to it (later than you would have liked), and we got a fluke third to seal it. All the keyboard warriors make me laugh tho, I wonder how they would have gone on at SJP when we lost 5-0 in the 80’s, or when you won 2-1 at Maine Road? I rest my case , best of luck for the rest of the season lads Sean – CITY MANCHESTER ENGLAND

  94. Hardest thing in football is putting the ball in the back of the net. That’s what counts.

    Good aproach play is all well and good, but it’s just a means to an end. We battered Everton in midweek having over 20 efforts on goal, but lost and I suspect that explained our quick start to the game….the players were desperate to put that right.

    Good luck for the rest of the season. St James Park is always a special place to watch football, and this was a big result for City in a period where teams have all got lots of games in a short period an don’t always play full out for 90 minutes as they have half an eye on the next

  95. Even as a City fan, I agree that 3-1 was perhaps a little flattering scoreline but I still feel that we we’re worth the win. I thought Newcastle played well actually and theres probably only been a few occasions this season that we have been beat in possesion. (Probably due to our heavy numbers in midfield)

    We took our chances early on that were seemingly gifted to us (although I think the second goal was very well taken) and ofcourse when your 2-0 up everything changes. We probably invited pressure really but Newcastle were playing some smart stuff and paticularly in the 2nd half had a few decent chances. Carroll is a pain to play against and I do worry for Newcastle if he were to pick up an injury.

    I’d say barring a little spell after Carroll’s goal, we were never really in danger of conceding our lead and when we were, we went up the other end and scored. Thats probably why we deserved the 3 points.

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