Date: Sun 06th May 2012.
Referee: Howard Webb.
TV: Sky Sports 1.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our latest “match banter” feature, this time for the game against the only club to be named after a Gay anthem, Man City.
Despite our recent good form, it will undoubtedly be a very stiff test for the boys in black and white as we continue our quest for the holy grail of Champions League football next season against the prospective Champions. Still, we comfortably disposed of resurgent, FA Cup winning Champions League finalists, Chelsea, thanks to Papiss Cisse and his wondergoals. Here’s hoping we can do it once more against moneybags Man City!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Magpies’ Silver Supremo, Alan Pardiola, for making my job slightly easier for this post by naming his team yesterday, the same one as last time against Chelsea. As a kind of addendum to the “What the managers say” section of my colleague Hugh’s excellent match preview for this site, here’s what a confident and bullish Pardew had to say:
“It’ll be the same team that plays Man City. I’m not hiding that from Man City – they can know our team – and they’ve got to beat us.”
Continuing, he also said of the forthcoming game:
“It isn’t a season-defining 90 minutes, as our season’s been magnificent, but what it will be is a real test for us in terms of playing a team going for the title.”
“We’re going for fourth place and that Chelsea game was about setting up this game. We couldn’t have done any better – it was a great performance.
“Forget about Papiss’s two goals, which were special, it was a brilliant performance.
“Even without the goals, we’d have got a 0-0. We tied them up. We did that part of the job and I’m immensely proud of the players.”
Looking back at our last game against City, a 3-1 defeat, he went on:
“We really put in a great effort, but I thought we were a little distance away from them. I think it’ll be a lot closer this time.”
So anyway, thanks Alan, I’ll just paste in the team from the Chelsea game below.
In conclusion, I will just remind you that as usual, we will also be posting match highlights shortly after the game has concluded, as well as a match report, and also a video of the full match if / when one becomes available, which only leaves it for me to say:
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G), James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi.
Manchester City (4-4-1-1): Joe Hart(G) Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (C), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure; Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez, David Silva; Sergio Aguero.
Substitutes: Costel Pantilimon (G), Micah Richards, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nigel De Jong, James Milner, Adam Johnson, Edin Dzeko.