Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Weds 30th Oct, 2013.
Kick off: 7.45pm.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick.
UK TV: Sky Sports.
Well it would certainly be something of a shock if we beat Manchester City this evening, then Chelsea in the league on Saturday, though I would think that even the most deluded Toon fan won’t hold out much hope of that!
Even in recent times we’ve had our moments against Chelsea, however, we have failed to beat Manchester City in the last fourteen attempts on all competitions, the record being P14, W0, D2, L12. Even against a team of Manchester City’s resources, that is bogey form. Our last win against the ‘Citizens’ came in the Premier League back in the days of Graeme Souness, with a 18th minute Michael Owen goal separating the two sides.
Of course, we might have been more philosphical going into these two matches against the titans had we done what we should have and secured a nice, juicy three points in our derby against a failing Mackem side. But we didn’t and the pressure is mounting once again on our Silver Supremo.
Anyway, I won’t waffle and just get on with all my usual reminders that I’ll be putting up the team sheets, as well as links for the game about an hour before the kick off, as well as posting highlights and a video of the whole game if I can. Which only leaves it for me to say
Howay the Lads!
What the manager have been saying.
Alan Pardew: “The derby was a really demanding game on the legs and on the emotions. We’re disappointed for the fans and ourselves. But, if we could beat Manchester City, I think it would get people talking, because then we’d be down to the last eight and it all becomes a bit serious. I think any team in the Premier League can consider this a tournament they can win. For the Champions League clubs, maybe it’s a little down on their agenda, but it’s high on our agenda. For us this year it is a priority. We want to win a trophy for our fans.”
Manuel Pellegrini (after losing to Chelsea): “We repeat the story. We had absolutely the control of the game. We played very, very well in the second half. We didn’t have any problem with Chelsea but finally in the last minute we lost. We are losing stupid points.”
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Paul Dummett, Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Loic Remy.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Costel Pantilimon (G); Micah Richards, Dedryck Boyata, Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov; Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell; James Milner, Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas; Edin Dzeko.
Subs: Joe Hart (G), Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho, Samir Nasri, David Silva, Alvaro Negredo.