Alan Pardew ‘In The First Half We Gave A Decent Account Of Ourselves’
Manchester City 4 Newcastle United 0
Monday 19 August 8pm
Phew, glad to get that one out of the way, only another 37 to go…
This match very much brought back memories of that semi-final in Cardiff, the only difference was that only 1500 or so of us wasted our time and money tonight rather than the tens of thousands of Geordies who marched to Wales.
Just like that FA Cup shambles against Man Utd, once again I didn’t hear a single fan saying that they thought we’d get anything at the Etihad.
Stoke are giving their fans free away travel all season, we should get medals the size of dustbin lids for spending our time and money on this rubbish.
When I say everybody knew we were in for a shocker against City, I obviously discount Alan Pardew, if you believe what he says…
Before the match Pardew was full of bravado, talking about shocking the home team and and making them pay for underestimating our lot, talking as though he had a few aces up his sleeve.
in the real world of course this was almost an action replay of the shambolic four goal defeat at the Etihad last season, no reinforcements bought in and the same outcome. It is the definition of insanity to believe there will be a different outcome if you keep doing the same thing.
Actually there was a difference this time, it was a whole lot worse and it could and should have been a whole lot more for the home side.
The match was over after 6 minutes, though we were fortunate to get that far!
Tim Krul had already made two brilliant saves on 2 and 3 minutes but with his defence all over the place a cross was deflected into the path of Silva to head home unmarked.
On 22 minutes Cisse is caught in possession and with the middle of the pitch wide open, City lash down the other end where Taylor is really poor in attempting to stop Dzeko getting a shot in, even Krul can’t save this one as it goes in off the post.
The rest of that half is chaos as the defence is pulled all over the place and Dzeko could have had a hat-trick if he hadn’t chosen to keep throwing himself to the floor. Jonas pulls up with what looks a hamstring problem on the stroke of half-time but then there is still just time for Taylor to get a red card for swiping his arm across Aguero’s head, it has to be a sending off but the City striker’s reaction is still embarrassing.
It could have been 6-0 at half-time such was City’s dominance and United’s disarray, predictably Ben Arfa was the only inspiration. He went on a handful of mazy runs but usually lost out eventually due to being outnumbered and having little or no support. He sent a 25 yarder just over the bar and spread some nice passes around but with Cisse in splendid isolation, it was embarrassing when Newcastle sent aimless long balls and crosses in the striker’s direction as he was hopelessly outnumbered…and is hopeless at holding up the ball, it is just not his game.
His thing is more running on to clever through balls from Cabaye…doh!!
Coloccini did his best in front of Krul but they can’t do it all, especially when our midfield are anything but a tight unit.
I would have taken Ben Arfa off after that first goal on 6 minutes just to protect him for the relegation battles with West Ham and Fulham, same with Cisse, however it was only on 64 minutes that Pardew chucked Sammy Ameobi on to save Ben Arfa for another day. Needless to say he was as hopeless as ever, though Dummett did relatively ok when Mapou moved across to fill Taylor’s spot and the young United left-back made his Premier League debut.
Anita was totally out of his depth as well, god knows who will be on our subs bench on Saturday when it was poor as this tonight.
Alan Pardew’s pre-match bravado was possibly exceeded when he spoke afterwards and said;
“I thought in the first half we gave a decent account of ourselves against top top opposition. I was pleased with the guts and spirit we showed second half.”
Manchester City: Hart, Kompany (Garcia 71), Lescott, Clichy, Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva (Negredo 80), Dzeko, Aguero (Nasri 61)
Newcastle United: Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Taylor, Mapou, Ben Arfa (Sammy Ameobi 64), Tiote,Sissoko, Jonas (Anita 44), Gouffran (Dummett 45), Cisse
Unused Subs: Elliot, Shola, Marveaux, Obertan
Ref: Andre Marriner
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