Toure sinks Magpies! Newcastle 0-2 Man City

Toure seals the points for City
Newcastle United’s penultimate game of the season, and final home fixture of the season, saw a 2-0 defeat inflicted by Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City.

It was only Newcastle’s third home defeat of the Premier League campaign, highlighting the improvement that has been made of home form over the course of this particular season.

Two goals from Yaya Toure sealed the game for Manchester City although with fairness the Magpies had put up a decent fight against the Premier League leaders. It was to be one of those days when all Newcastle threw at City was not enough to gain a result and in the end that extra bit of quality a few hundred million buys you showed through.

The opening minutes of the match saw both teams keeping hold of the ball without really threatening. City were the first to have a ‘proper’ effort on goal when Sergio Aguero shot low but Tim Krul was able to get down low enough to keep the Argentinan’s effort from going in.

Manchester City cranked up the pressure on the home side when Tim Krul had to save a 25 yard freekick from Carlos Tevez following a foul on Gael Clichy.

It was half an hour before Alan Pardew’s men mustered a shot on goal; Hatem Ben Arfa beat Joleon Lescott to a ball on the touchline and he cut inside before passing to Demba Ba. The Senegalese international turned firing a left-footed shot which went narrowly over the top of Joe Hart’s goal.

This was a bright spark for the home side and Jonas Gutierrez capitalised on this new momentum by robbing Pablo Zabaletta, passing to Ba who had his shot blocked and then Hatem Ben Arfa’s follow up was saved by Joe Hart.

Yohan Cabaye then had an effort on goal himself which was dragged wide and Ba headed over from Ben Arfa’s cross. Newcastle were creating chances but it seemed that whatever they tried they were not able to penetrate City’s defence.

Manchester City nearly went in with the lead at half-time but only some superb last ditch defending stopped an effort from Gareth Barry going in. His first shot was blocked by Fabricio Coloccini and then his rebound effort was cleared off the line by Davide Santon.

At half-time the score was 0-0

The first chance of the second half fell to Yaya Toure who struck a 25 yard effort towards goal but he was unable to keep it down. It was another free-kick in a dangerous area for the visitors and served as a reminder that City had the capability to cause damage. Lucky enough for the team the effort was over and Newcastle escaped danger.

Manchester City gained the lead in 70th minute when Yaya Toure curled a 25 yard effort into the back of Tim Krul’s net. Alan Pardew responded by bringing on Shola Ameobi and Shane Ferguson on for Ben Arfa and James Perch but the visitors had the ball in their court and managed to direct another chance at the home team’s goal.

Papiss Cisse had an effort on target but he was unable to direct his headed effort properly after Coloccini and Ameobi had combined to send a cross into City’s box. With not much of the game remaining Shola Ameobi came close to gaining a point for the home side connecting with a volley 18 yards out only for Micah Richards to block.

Immediately after this attack, City gained their second of the match and again it was Toure who grabbed a brace by finishing from six yards out.

That was enough to seal all three points for the away side but for the majority of the match Newcastle had defended resolutely and took the game to Manchester City. It was just one of those days but it should’nt put a dampener on the tremendous season that Alan Pardew and the team have had this year.

Champions League is still a possibility going into the last game of the season but whatever the outcome, Newcastle are guaranteed a place in European Competition. Who would’ve thought that would’ve have been the case?

Onwards and upwards for the men in Black and White!

Newcastle: Tim Krul, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse

Subs: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi

Man City: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez

Subs: Costel Pantilimon, Micah Richards, Aleksander Kolarov, Nigel De Jong, James Milner, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko


About Zoë Vicarage

A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

27 thoughts on “Toure sinks Magpies! Newcastle 0-2 Man City

  1. Good write up Zoe and welcome back.
    Sorry to be picky but you’re 2 out on the crowd, it was 52389 which is a record in the rebuilt stadium apparently 😉


  2. Need liverpoo to beat chelski on Tuesday, to guarantee us at leasy 5th.
    Ha Ha. come on you racists. (groan)


  3. Beardsley

    Don’t be so negative. 😉

    We’ll get a point against Everton, so we need the racists to draw with Chelsea.


  4. Zoe good read, it was just one of those days, and it no big shame getting beat by the richist club in the world.
    As I said before the game if we put up a fight and give 100% I would be happy with that, so i’m happy enough.


  5. Credit to Manchini for his substitutions allowing Yaya Toure to become more attacking. Up til then their attacks were tame.


  6. Nice write up Zoe and nice to see you back on . 😀 Thought the lads were great yesterday ,gave their all and looked really tired at the end. That Citeh defence is well tight mine and I think Joe Hart was very assured in goal too. They may of Bought the title but there is no denying they have some brilliant players there and if they had dropped Ballotelli sooner I suspect they’d be out of sight by now .Happy for everyone at NUFC who have rightly earned a lot of pludits this season and long may it continue. 😀


  7. Beardsley’s Boots,

    We need Chelsea to beat Liverpool, then both West Brom and Fulham have something serious to play for, finishing above Liverpool, and Everton will be guaranteed to finish above Liverpool and won’t need to get anything out of our game.

    Fulham will then draw at White Hart Lane, and West Brom will beat Arsenal at home, we’ll scrap a victory at Everton and then…

    We’ll finish third and take that automatic Champions League spot!! Happy days!!


  8. RICHIE they say it was a record by 1 pardew joked it was quinn who broke the record so they should have put him oot 😆 😆 😆


  9. @Zoe

    Good write up.


    I’m reporting the club to the health & safety executive if that’s the case as the official capacity is 52, 388 and that is all they are insured for. 😯


  10. @JJ

    don’t you be so negative! We are going to beat Everton and claim 3rd spot! 😉


  11. Vincent Kompany ‏ @VincentKompany
    Don’t let the “big four” fool you, Newcastle are cormfortabely amongst the best in the league. No leaving St. James without bruises. #Fact


  12. I’d definitely prefer Chelsea to lose to Liverpool so we are guaranteed 5th. I’m not a big believer in this “nothing to play for” mularkey – don’t you believe that Moyes and Everton will try any less just because they are sure of 7th. Ask Bolton – did West Brom have anything much to play for?


  13. I don’t normally watch the game again when we get beaten but I was at the match and recorded it – just watched the whole 90 minutes again and I have to say we were decent today. Great defending, created chances and could have scored 2 or 3 ourselves – we were 1-0 down after 88 minutes and got done on the break for the 2nd. We could have got a draw today with a little luck and the players worked their socks off. Maybe a little tiredness from Wednesday and obviously City knew if they won this the Championship was virtually guaranteed. They are a team full of class players and there is no disgrace getting beaten by them.

    It is incredible given the money they have spent that they haven’t romped the Premier League and we are certainly a match for them on a good day – just need 3 or 4 decent additions to strengthen the squad and we will be right up there challenging for CL again next season. I’m really proud of the performance yesterday and the effort from the lads having watched it again…the season we have had is just unbelievable. Can’t wait for next season now and you never know we might still sneak a CL place

    Tell me Ma me Ma, I won’t be home for tea, we’re going to Italy, tell me Ma me Ma


  14. Id rather chelsea lose to liverpool which would guarantee us 5th, The team that finishes highest of the UEFA qualifers (us, chelsea and liverpool as it stands) gets an automatic UEFA cup place instead of playing a qualifying round.

    Then we could approach the everton match with nowt to lose…


  15. Don’t give up. you are a superb team and a superb club. You didn’t need to boo us all day though! You have some wonderful players although I think Coloccini should join the “Argy Army” at the Etihad!!


  16. Rich that stadium number is the only good figure you will be associated with 🙂 🙂
    Agree with BD, the effort was certainly there through out the game, so I’m not too upset with the result.. it was always going to be tough..


  17. Pedmachine, not really sure what all the boos were, I guess we were just trying to make it hostile and see if your lot got scared 😆
    Having De Jong doesn’t help mind…

    Colo is worth about, 30mil, you can have him for 25+Kompany? :mrgreen:


  18. Pedmachine, the boos were aimed at De Jong only after his tackle on Ben Arfa. Hope you go on to win the league next week, always stood by the only one club in Manchester saying


  19. AMF ime happy with the whole season and i do think if we could have sneaked a goal first it would have made a diff game m/city would have had to open up a bit as we had to and got done with a 2nd.

    p.s.divnt be to hard on richie hes trying he only books two seats on the plane now down from three 😆


  20. Ice 🙂 I totally agree with you mate, however I reckon most of our boys tired badly in the second half due to 2 games in 5 days.. An early goal for us certainly would have put the cat amongst the pigeons tho..


  21. Its been a great season, Nice to see people who usually would have pissed off as soon as the 2nd went in stayed and gave the lads the appreciation they deserve.

    Whatever happens against everton pardew is the manager of the season and we are on the road back… 😎


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