Game on! Manchester City v Newcastle – Sammy and Benny start!

Welcome to the Etihad?
It feels like an eternity since I’ve last written this bit, so welcome one and all to the ‘Game On’ article which will take us through every twist and turn of the match against Manchester City.

In a season that has been full of first real tests, the game against Mancini’s title-chasing outfit provides with another as we go toe to toe with the superstars of the Etihad Stadium.

There is an edge to this game today. Whilst a lot of Newcastle fans aren’t expecting much apart from a decent performance, there are some other interesting sideshows that could develop today. The first one being Hatem Ben Arfa who will revisit the scene of his horror injury for the first time since Nigel de Jong put him out of the game for a year. The other one being an unbeaten record that both teams possess, with only one being the overwhelming favourite to hold that accolade come around 5pm this afternoon.

This is a match that needs little build up. The task is huge and the odds are against us, but we’ve dealt with that already this season and at the end of the day it’s only 11 v 11 on a little grass field. Simple, yet true.

If you fancy having a look at some impressive stats, potential team news, injury updates and a bit more background to the fixture then why take a look at Shamrock’s fantastic match preview article here. Honestly, it’s a cracking read.

In terms of streaming, the match is on numerous overseas channels so picking one up should be easy enough. Once again the emphasis is on the word ‘should’ as trying to grab a stream can sometimes be hard work. However, should you stumble across a good one then make sure you leave a link for it so others can share it.

That just about wraps it up for me and now we must leave it to our boys to write the rest with their actions at the Etihad this afternoon.

Howay the lads!

Manchester City: Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy, Nigel De Jong, James Milner, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli

Subs: Costel Pantilimon, Kolo Toure, Aleksander Kolarov, Garteh Barry, Adam Johnson, David Silva, Edin Dzeko

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor’ Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba.

Subs: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Davide Santon, Alan Smith, Dan Gosling, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi

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436 thoughts on “Game on! Manchester City v Newcastle – Sammy and Benny start!

  1. The bigger question is why wasn’t jonas watching when silva made a run into space for the throwing?

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  2. Ah well, we normally concede 3 at City… The lads have actually looked pretty good today, just silly individual mistakes costing is along with below par finishing. On another day it could have been a very different story. No shame in this performance as a team that’s for sure. The scoreline is misleading, but it shows the difference in class.

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  3. R.Taylor has been woeful. Don’t normally get dropped for one bad game, but he has had a total shocker.

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  4. Lads whats with all the fighting we are getting beat by one of the best and richest teams in the world 🙄 it’s no shame and doesn’t take away from the fact that we have had an unbelievable season so far.
    COME ON LADS WE ARE UNITED 😉

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  5. Raylor has had a nightmare game cannit even pass a ball today lets hope he bounces back next week

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  6. Big Dave agree entirely. Why are people disappointed that we lose here at the one place we really couldn’t expect anything else realistically?

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  7. Dave I would have given Santon some time and started Raylor in the next game. If he has other poor one Santon comes in.

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  8. Well we done better that Man Utd :mrgreen:

    Paid for individual mistakes unfortunately. Although on balance of play we deserved to lose but there is no shame in that. We had eough good chances to make it a different game on a different day and I’ve seen enough to not be concerned about this .

    HWTL 🙂

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  9. Got to agree with Dave, we played pretty well and got beat by a team that stuffed Man U 6-1. So what? I thought we’d lose and we did. No shame there. It was always likely with the pressure of defending for 90 that we’d concede after a silly mistake it just happened to be Raylor.

    Having said that I think Santon deserves a chance.

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  10. As an overall performance we can hold our heads up high. However, too many individual errors and wastefulness in front of goal.

    Good things from the game. Hopefully it is the start of Santon and Ben Arfa in the starting 11…

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  11. Dave it is. They’ve only come to watch us. Apparently all the seats and corporate boxes are full for the first time today.

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  12. Does Pardew not rate Santon? Or is he trying to make a point to the board about needing to invest in the squad? Why Perch? Why?

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  13. Well couple of stupid mistakes, but overall a very good account has been given by the Toon against an extremely good side away from home. Very promising for the rest of the season 😀

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  14. Thanks for the links as always guys…..a decent performance…..many teams wil get a hiding there this yr!

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  15. Seriously, who would have thought this far into the season and only lost 1 and to the strongest team in the league. No shame here.

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  16. 1-1 in the second half and we really should have had AT LEAST one more goal. It’s a shame, but I hope the press give the credit we deserve.

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  17. @big dave 3 goals per game ratio last time I read.

    No shame in losing (be it a few mistakes) to the new prem Champs imo.

    and we had players missing..
    well done lads. roll on ManU 🙂

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  18. well done to the lads, a couple of daft mistakes to give penalties away but let’s face it…. the class that man city is in is unbelievable.

    micah richards in and unbelievable RB.

    Silver lining? Dand goslings goal means we’ve still got joint best defensive record…. get in!!!!

    bring on manure, if we play with that heart i fancy something from that game :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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  19. thought we deser ateast another goal. Ben Arfa looked good, but I thought we were missing Oberton. I’m probably the only one who thinks that last point though

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  20. Couldn’t be prouder of the lads. What a run we’ve been on. Sloppy mistakes today but our luck was bound to run out some time. I say we meet United with a full head of steam and nick all three points next week. HWTL

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  21. Our goal apart we never created a single goal scoring chance………that’s how MOTD will show it anyway 😕 😆

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  22. Come on man get off Ryan’s back, we arn’t gonna play Man City every week some ppl need to hit their head off a wall. This is what happens when your owner sells the only LB in the squad, is that Ryans fault? the lad just wants a game.

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  23. Good performance from the lads we’ll play worse than that and win this season. Hope we keep it up for the manure game and cut out the mistake s and we could get a draw at manure.

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  24. Can’t say I’m disappointed in the slightest with the lads. Horrible luck and a 3-1 loss to Barca North on the road. Heads held high

    2 pens (one questionable), a Raylor mistake, and at least 4 great chances for us, 2 of which would normally have gone in. Very pleased with the way we kept fighting which is becoming a hallmark under Pards…

    A lot of players played well today. Sammy proved he belongs and Ben Arfa showed his ability to create something out of nothing which will serve us well moving forward. Though Staylor/Collo were outstanding again. Happy for Gosling as well.

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  25. re Raylor – he lost his head after that howler for 2-0. A concern going into next week

    Overall though – decent shift from the lads, couldve been very different if Ba had’ve scored at 0-0……

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  26. Roll on Man U and cheers for the fixtures PL you always manage it 😉

    Can you imagine a team getting Inter Milan away then AC Milan away? Neither can I.

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  27. I thought we played well, probably didn’t deserve anything but that was our own fault

    I hope we get the credit we deserve in the press as we weren’t hammered today, and could have scored a few ourselves. Not many teams will play as well away to City this season so we can’t be unhappy with it really.

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  28. Only got to hear and second half and see from 60 mins, but hey, we can’t complain, no matter how they got there, Man City are a different class. At least we didn’t give up and got that goal back toward the end. Only saw the 2nd pen and a silly mistake to make. but we have only lost 1 game this seaon and against a class team. Lets bounce back next week

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  29. well ime not down hearted,we gifted them two we missed two thats your luck sometimes had the bonus of benny getting a good run out although he should have put that one away,it will come good again imo.

    hwtl

    not going to say dave got it wrong and toonsy got it right 😀

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  30. Demba ba in the first half should have scored, Ben Arfa in the second half should have scored, Gosling did get a goal. To be beaten by 2 penalties which in truth flattered the scoreline in city’s favor is not the worst result.

    I declare myself proud of the team. You do not win the league by beating city but by beating the Boltons, Everton, and Westbroms of this world.

    My assessment from the game suggests we lacked in the midfield battle. Had Tiote been able I think we might not have lacked so much so as we did. Ba upfront alone was a bad tactic if I am to be critical. The style and formation we played today needed a big centre forward i.e. Shola not Ba.

    All in all, great start to the season and may we navigate our way through the next two fixtures with at least 4 points at the end I would be happy.

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  31. ‘Some have been pleasantly suprised by Newcastles start’

    Not you though Lawro and I’m sure you are thrilled by today. Ya silly bugger.

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