Newcastle Pass Up Gift Of A Semi-Final Place
Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2 (AET) Capital One Cup 4th Round
Wednesday 30 November 7.45pm
Only four minutes on the clock and route one almost pays off, Krul to Shola and while not the easiest of chances, you just know Cisse’s lob would have found the net 18 months ago rather than falling wide.
Well that is half right. While City had a much changed team they still had a lot of money and international quality on the pitch, yet they seemed totally subdued with little invention or enthusiasm.
It was almost as if they were just going through the motions and possibly that is what some of their players were thinking as they very nearly gifted the game to Newcastle.
United moved the ball about well and comfortably retained possession, the only problem being that we couldn’t finish off nay of the decent/half-decent moves that were put together.
Gouffran had a decent chance, Shola should have done better, Anita volleyed wide when he should have hit the target and Cisse screwed his shot wide which an offside Shola finished, the reality though that the Senegal striker should have burst the back of the net.
While most of our players had decent games, no one more so than captain Cheick Tiote again. The truth is that when you list those names – Tiote, Shola, Anita, Cisse, Gouffran; with the exception of the last named possibly, up to a point, none of them look like scoring. Which sums up where Newcastle are at the minute.
In contrast we had Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Remy watching on from the bench, easily our three most creative and/or likely goal scorers.
A combination of a decent home defensive display and a subdued visiting attack meant Krul’s goal was rarely threatened.
Of course as time wore on and United didn’t take their chances AND didn’t bring Remy on, we feared the worst.
Belatedly Pardew brought on both Cabaye and Ben Arfa but by then Silva was also already on and starting to pull the strings as time dragged on.
Newcastle needed to score first and the opportunity passed us by.
Extra time arrived and after nine minutes we were at least mentally already on our way back home or to the pub, then Dezeko adding to Negredo’s strike simply sealed it with fifteen minutes to then endure.
A disinterested City now move on to what would have been a very winnable match to put us in the semi-finals at Leicester.
A little more quality on the pitch at the sharp end would have put us into that last eight spot and given everybody who cares about Newcastle a much needed lift.
Roll on Chelsea and Premier League survival…
Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Mapou, Williamson, Haidara (Dummett 46 (Ben Arfa 81)), Sissoko, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran, Cisse, Shola (Cabaye 67)
Unused Subs: Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan, Remy
Manchester City: Pantilimon, Richards (Zabaleta 83), Boyata, Lescott, Kolarov, Garcia, Rodell (Silva 65), Milner, Jovetic (Negredo 11), Navas, Dzeko
Ref: Neil Swarbrick
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