Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1 – Wednesday 27 December 2017 7.45pm
Elliott 7 – Thought he did ok and made a few good saves including one key one from an Aguero header. However, could he have done better for the City goal? Beaten too easily at his near post perhaps.
Yedlin 8 – Once again, one of the better players in the side. Did his best in the second half to push the team forward and I thought he coped with the threat of Sterling really well. Turning into one of our big players at the moment.
Mbemba 6 – Caught under the ball far too often for me on a night in which I think he struggled. Along with Dummett, it was always going to be tough for them going into this game having played so little this season.
Lascelles 9 – Another captain’s performance as he marshalled the two players either side of him through the game. The defence came under a lot of pressure and I honestly think this guy didn’t put a foot wrong.
Dummett 6 – Looked very rusty back in the side but did ok. Caught out a few times and looked very poor (or some would say no-nonsense) on the ball. Either way, he is still a welcome addition back to the side.
Manquillo 7 – Defended well. Couldn’t offer much going forward but did his best to nullify Silva who looked quiet for City.
Aarons 4 – Looked poor, and unfit, to be honest. Overran a few times defensively and it looked like men against boys whenever he went up 1v1 with Walker. This definitely wasn’t the game for him to get his chance. Luton may be his next chance.
Diame 7 – I thought he did alright again, much like the West Ham game. Lacks confidence, and quality on the ball, but got himself around the pitch well, and put himself about a lot more than he has done recently. Well done to the big guy for the vast, and much-needed, improvement lately.
Shelvey 6 – I wouldn’t have picked him but he did ok nonetheless. Provided a threat in the last 15 minutes when we started to put a bit of pressure on but that was it. Needs to step up and get on the ball more in the big games.
Murphy 6 – Another player who looks like he is lacking in confidence. However, he is slowly beginning to hold his own at times. I just wish that he had more confidence in himself when in possession.
Joselu 5 – A tough night for him up front, nothing really went his way at all. Still a committed runner and did his best to win his fair share in the air.
Gayle 4 – Looked more of a threat when he came on but I just can’t get away with any players diving. The worst thing about it was that if he had stayed on his feet then he might have had a shot at goal. I never want to see an NUFC player cheating.
Atsu 8 – Looked very dangerous when he came on and was the first Newcastle player to really get at Walker and cause him some trouble. Was oh so close to setting up an equaliser for Dwight Gayle.
Merino – N/A (Not on long enough). Slotted in comfortably when he came on and helped us retain possession far better. Expect him back in the side for Brighton.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1
Man City: Sterling 31
Possession was Man City 78% Newcastle 22%
Total shots were Man City 21 Newcastle 6
Shots on target were Man City 6 Newcastle 2
Corners were Man City 8 Newcastle 3
Referee: Andre Marriner
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Mbemba (Merino 77), Dummett, Manquillo, Diame, Shelvey, Murphy, Aarons (Atsu 71), Joselu (Gayle 62)
Darlow, Clark, Perez, Ritchie
Crowd: 52,311 (Man City 3,000)
(Rafa Benitez claims he played his best team…Read it HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game – Read HERE)
(Give us your fan ratings on all 14 Newcastle players HERE)
(Pep Guardiola “It’s not easy when Newcastle don’t want to play” – Read it HERE)
(Jamie Carragher calls Rafa’s tactics ’embarrassing’ – Read it HERE)