It’s a knockout! Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City

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City slickers
Newcastle bowed out of the League Cup last night at the hands of Manchester City thanks to extra-time goals from Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko.

It was a game of fine margins and it could be argued that United deserved the win in 90 minutes, but that extra bit of quality that Manchester City possess proved decisive and ensured that United’s interest in the competiton ended at the last 16 stage.

This is not to say that United didn’t have their chances. Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse all wasted good chances with anoffside flag chalking off an effort from Shola in the first period, but it was always going to be a tough ask and despite giving it a go we just weren’t good enough despite matching City for large periods of the match.

Papiss Cisse twice wasted good chances for Newcastle in the first half as he lobbed the ball wide after Shola Ameobi flicked on Tim Krul’s kick before miscuing a shot from close-range. Shola Amoebi did find the net but, as mentioned earlier, was adjudged to have been offside before Vurnon Anita fired wide from the edge of the box. All Manchester City could really muster was a headed effort from Micah Richards which flew over the bar.

The second period wasn’t quite as industrious as the first but it was still United who should have drew first blood after Shola Ameobi cut inside and shot towards goal only to see his effort tipped wide by Costel Pantilimon who played in place of Joe Hart in goal from Manchester City.



For me though it was two substitutions which tipped the balance in favour of City. The introduction of David Silva gave the away some much needed creativity but on out part it was the introduction of Yohan Cabaye, or removal of Shola Ameobi whichever you prefer, that changed the game. With Shola, as much as he is maligned, we did have a presence up front and Papiss Cisse, despite his misfiring ways, was rarely left isolated but after Ameobi went off we found ourselves struggling in attack.

Extra time started and with came a glorious chance to take the lead after Hatem Ben Arfa lobbed a through ball to Papiss Cisse who timed his run perfectly and controlled the ball with his left foot before firing at the chest of Pantilimon. That miss proved costly as just a few minutes later Edin Dzeko waltzed down the left and squared the ball fro Alvaro Negrado to tap home.

At the end of the first period of extra time City put the game beyond doubt after David Silva and James Milner exchanged passes on the edge of the area with the former Magpie feeding the ball through to Edin Dzeko who rounded Tim Krul and had the easy task of slotting into the back of an unguarded net.

United were out, but they still came close to grabbing a consolation through Hatem Ben Arfa who saw his volley cleared off the line by Joleon Lescott.

Simply put we just weren’t good enough. We tried and created chances but were unable to finish them and that will cost you against the top teams who have the ability to punish you. City did just that. It’s all well and good having the best chances but you need to finish them to win games.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Cheik Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse

Subs: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Yohan Cabaye, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan, Loic Remy

Manchester City: Costel Pantilimon, Micah Richards, Dedryck Boyata, Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov, Jack Rodwell, Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas, James Milner, Stevan Jovetic, Edin Dzeko

Subs: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri, Alvaro Negredo, David Silva, Fernandinho, Martin Demichelis

Attendance: 33,846

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290 thoughts on “It’s a knockout! Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City

  1. @amf – 106

    Of course i am a know it all. I know you know you are a know it all too, if you know what i mean πŸ˜†

    We all like to lord our opinion, i know that’s the whole point of the comments section just as much as you know it.

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  2. John McGrath. I remember that name ice mate. He played well for us at CB for a few season didn’t he? Joe Harvey seemed to get the best out of him. Gone before his best years to Southampton. He sounds like he was a good man to know.

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  3. @newkie – 126

    I’m one if those ‘ashley isn’t as bad as we think’ supporters.

    I’m also a “sack Pardew + coaches asap” supporter.

    About joe kinnear – if he stays quiet i could ignore him.

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  4. KK…I wasn’t attacking you, just correcting your “misinterpretation” of my comment yesterday “when I wasn’t looking” πŸ˜‰

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  5. [email protected] mate…

    Regarding your “I’m one if those β€˜ashley isn’t as bad as we think’ supporters.”
    From your perspective would you say Ashley seems to have a lot of support amongst the fans ?

    I don’t live on Tyneside anymore, and I was just curious.

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  6. DAVE didnt know you could count or did dede do it for you πŸ˜€
    Richie is a bit moody lately batty said he on a diet at the moment he down to 15 burgers and 10 hot dogs a day diets do funny things to people πŸ˜€

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  7. Ice god love him it must be hard going starving himsel like that πŸ˜†

    Richie surely not our Ice, I thought @ 233 you were getting stabbed in your back

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  8. I’m not halving my burger intake for nae fecker πŸ˜†

    Dave…Nah that was yesterday, KK had misinterpreted/misread one of my comments so I was correcting him πŸ˜‰

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  9. Cool time. Autumn/Winter in Eurospeak – winter only exists as a concept here and doesn’t last more than a couple of weeks. I prefer thinking in terms of hot time and cool time, with shoulders in between.

    May to August is my favourite time of year. Day temps about 17-22, drops to single figures sometimes at night. Usually dry. Almost always with the sun shining in a clear blue sky. Beautiful time of year.

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  10. KK seriously you don’t think Ashley’s not that’s bad ?
    I respect your opinion but have the opposite opinion myself.
    I agree about sacking Pardew but he can’t be blamed for everything going on at the club. His not getting the financial help of Ashley but it would be intresting to see who he would bring to the club. Hopefully not players like Bent because we have the Ameobi’s as it is and that’s throwing five million down the drain. Is Ashley realign on the youth academy to solve our lack of transfer activity in the summer. I don’t know if it’s the coaches or the standard of the premiership ? Players not going out on loan etc. Southampton have done wonder’s producing there own players. Can’t we trade coaches with them

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  11. It would be good to have good players coming threw and not having to spend in the transfer market but non of them seem good enough. Pardew’s wont even hire the best coaches because they would make him look stupid and do a better job than him.

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  12. I wonder if there would be so much anti Jabba talk if we had beaten Sunderland? I am guessing no.. πŸ˜‰ cant wait for our game against Chelsea, it might give this place 90 minutes of grace from the repetitive complaints…. πŸ˜•

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  13. I know, I know, everyone is entitled to an opinion….. over and over and over and over and over again πŸ˜†

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  14. Oz: I wonder if there would be so much anti Jabba talk if we had beaten Sunderland? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. Mind you, he deserves all he gets, in my very, ever so humble opinion.

    I’ve been wondering about the comment: what’s the point of supporting Newcastle?

    It’s an interesting question. I started mapping out what lay behind the question, with the thought of writing something, and found the more I got into the idea the more it raised questions about personal aspirations, pride, ego, class, politics, culture, envy. I thought it best to leave it alone – too hard to distil it into an accessible blog post.

    To paraphrase Proust: I could only write a long article; I wouldn’t have the time (or inclination) to write a short one.

    However, on the surface it would seem that if we aren’t challenging for Europe or close to winning silverware then there’s no point. If that had been the reason to support the team in my 50 or so years of football fandom I think I would have given up long ago, if I’d even become a fan in the first place.

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  15. Vegas, I agree Jabba deserves some stick! There is no doubting that and I am not defending him. Most of the bloggers on here are regulars and we all pretty much know where each other is coming from on most things Newcastle Utd. It doesn’t necessarily mean you hate Jabba more than the next person if you write about it all the time!

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  16. Yeah, agree, the constant barrage of emotional statements is tedious, but I guess that’s the nature of football blogs.

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  17. True enough Vegas, although it is not wise to question the Jabba criticisms on such blogs πŸ˜†
    I will await the reply fan mail with bated breath πŸ˜†

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  18. Andymag says:
    November 2, 2013 at 01:11
    who else is going?

    Just you mate apparently…in fact not even you if you’re on the train to Edinburgh, the match is in Newcastle young ‘un πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†

    [email protected] indeed, I almost preferred those days(not 50yrs ago as only Ice & G” were around with you then) but it was just love of the team no matter how they were doing. When I started going to live games we were an average(on a good day) 2nd Div team so there was never any expectation, just football and craic with like minded fans, Happy days!

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  19. like I predicted the 2-0 loss to man City πŸ™„ I’m going for a 3-1 loss v Chelsea.

    Pardew citing we cant compete with the big boys and we were tired…

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  20. Aussie,It’s a good job your other team are doing well, maybe that’s why your not as depressed as the rest of us, or maybe it’s all that sun πŸ˜‰

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  21. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/5lfd

    What a brilliant podcast (at least the first 30 minutes)…giving brilliant insights from elequent guests… especially so Martinez….
    oh to have a unified club pulling in the same direction, club and fans alike πŸ™
    Surely we should be in a position to be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Everton…there again why…? their recent history over the last 20 years leave us standing..there again that is true of most of the EPL clubs πŸ™„

    As always, it’s amazing that the absolutely bizarre situation at SJP doesn’t seem to get any national coverage at all, and the podcast focuses on the “big clubs”..FFS Toon – Chelsea is the big televised game today, and the media usually fawn over Mourinho. There is so much controversy to provide a long media discussion… but nah…not a peep. A concerted southern media decision by the BBC to keep their fingers well away from Ashley and the madness toon ?

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  22. Kim, kfc it today, you will get indigestion anyway from the game πŸ™‚ I got a little too much sun today and got a bit burnt.. silly, should have gone some sun screen..

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  23. I am not expecting a win today but we have served it up to chelsea on a few occasions over the last few seasons.. hope we give it a real go…

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  24. MM, you should know by now Toon are too far north for the southern press to be interested in anything other than the occasional bout of shit stirring when they’re bored .

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  25. Aussie, SUNBURN!, fry you jammy bugger πŸ˜€

    Re-lunch, I’m prepared mate, tex mex tray today, just bung it in the oven, no prep πŸ˜€

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  26. A lot will depend on how tired the lads are from Wednesdays cup game. Sadly it’s gonna be mental tiredness too, having kept them at bay and had some good chances to then throw it away in ET will be gutting. I would like to think we have a chance of doing well being at home but our inconsistency is really worrying, it would be just like us to beat Chelsea and lose to Norwich .

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  27. The midweek match wont affect us too much, as we are so much fitter than last season. 😯
    Apparently πŸ˜›

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  28. We have nothing to lose in this match.
    No one gives us a chance.
    I will be content enough if we go out and make it difficult for them.
    Make them work for the points and battle hard for a change.
    Don’t roll over like we did against city in the first match of the season.
    Howay the Lads

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  29. KIM dont worry about AMF he to tight to buy sun screen,he has skin like leather anyway,just as well for the stick he gets on here πŸ˜€

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  30. JFK talking about FFP in his programme notes today. Why is only NUFC following the Rules? Although if the fat twat paid for his advertisements that would be another Β£10m per year in the coffers.

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  31. Ice πŸ˜† true mate, I had just finished lecturing the kids about sun burn and the dangers involved and I go and cook myself.. dickhead! πŸ‘Ώ

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