Saturday 19 November 2011 3pm

Manchester City 3
Newcastle United 1 (Gosling 89)

“He’s (Ryan Taylor) has been a hero for us, the boy has been absolutely brilliant, you do make mistakes here and there and unfortunately he has made two today, he’s a cracking lad and I thought he’d done very very well today” Alan Pardew

Down but not defeated. Credit to the lads, they kept their shape even though luck was against them when they needed it this time.

I’ve always thought Raylor/Ryan Taylor would get found out sometime but to be honest he has grown on me as the season has gone on and good for him he’s done a job at left-back so far.

As it happens I don’t think that day arrived today because I thought he did ok, as did the team, give or take the odd individual error. The team was set-up today to contain City and then play a bit football, it actually almost worked like a dream.

For half an hour City controlled possession and had the odd scramble but with ten or so minutes to go to half-time we had a five minute spell where Ben Arfa brilliantly played in Ba who should have scored, quickly followed by a decent headed chance for the striker.

Predictably, Man. City went straight up the other end and scored a soft penalty when Raylor (Ryan Taylor) defended with his hands outstretched, a comical goal quickly following, with Raylor again to blame.

Newcastle had gone with the right tactics but the people part had at last let them down, we deserved to get beat against QPR but today a 3-0 scoreline was very undeserved when Richards dived full length for maximum effect.

Thankfully Gosling tapped in for a consolation but 3-1 was not fair and then again who said (football) life was fair? Even though we were beaten I prefer to look at more than matching the eleven teams before that match, we’ll live to fight another day.

“The breaks didn’t really go our way today we had two big chances at 0-0 and suddenly the atmosphere in the stadium would have changed and we’d have had a little bit of extra belief and it could have been a very different score line but they are a powerful side make no mistake about that, at times we were at full tilt just to hang in there which we did and at 2-0 we hit the post and if we had got a goal then it would have been great timing for us it just didn’t go for us today.” Alan Pardew

“The third goal was a killer because Steven Taylor is of the pitch for a bloody nose and we’ve got Hatem in a false position and we concede another penalty it was just a day when it didn’t really break for us, in games like that against opposition like that you need the breaks to go your way….” Alan Pardew