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

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Mbemba (Merino 77), Dummett, Manquillo, Diame, Shelvey, Murphy, Aarons (Atsu 71), Joselu (Gayle 62)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Perez, Ritchie

Crowd: 52,311 (Man City 3,000)

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  • Michael Smith

    of the starting players Joselu once again came bottom of the list, who bought this guy, Stevie Wonder.

  • Paul Patterson

    Shelvey- ‘Needs to step up and get on the ball more in the big games.’
    He’s not a big game player, he’s a decent to good lower half Premier League player. Plus I’d rather he just did it more often in the so called little games, we’d be better off.

    • Leazes Ender


  • Leazes Ender

    Any stats on he number of ‘touches’ for each player?

    • Damon Horner


      Elliot – 42
      Yedlin – 45
      Mbemba – 23
      Lascelles – 28
      Dummett – 31
      Manquillo – 27
      Aarons – 24
      Shelvey – 44
      Diame – 33
      Murphy – 33
      Joselu – 29
      Gayle – 9
      Atsu – 11
      Merino – 13

  • Mrkgw

    I thought that Mbemba had a decent game given the circumstances. Gayle made a decent impact when coming on as well as Merino. Manquillo was anonymous but I agree that Aarons looked poor. Injuries have seemingly taken their toll on the lad. Real shame.

  • Big Al 1967

    Rob Elliott ‘Could he have done better with the goal’ From my vantage point in the East Stand without a shadow of a doubt. Left his near post unguarded as he did earlier in the half when Aguero hit the post. Small margins I know but quality players will nigh on always take advantage of them

  • Phil Yare

    diame – 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????? you have to be joking! seriously, he did nothing apart from give the ball away and you give him ‘7’. also joselu and murphy also deserve 3 or less and thats just for putting on their shoes on the right feet.

    unfair on aarons, who has more quality than them 3 jokers put together. he was obviously not as sharp as he could be but his chip provided the only piece of quality in 90 mins from anybody in black and white

    if atsu, gayle, richie and merino had started we could have tested them.