Manchester City 3 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 20 January 2018 5.30pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle lose 3-1 at champions-elect Manchester City.
“Well if there ever has been a better attacking team than this City side, then there can’t have been many.
“Dads and sons day out at City today, son’s first away at 9 years old, but didn’t expect much, and so it proved.
“First half like the Alamo, second half much improved and for as good as City were, they always give you a chance – we could have had a couple.
Chuffed for Murphy. Bigger games ahead.
“Well we hammered them for the first and last 90 seconds, the bit in the middle was a bit more even.
“We defended well, though when Rafa talks about mistakes getting punished then their first goal was a typical example, Darlow and Clark switched off and it was in the net.
“Likewise, Manquillo for the second goal, even though it was more of a dive than a foul.
“My only real moan was that again against City we had no plan going forward, all of the training ground time seems to have been spent on defendin, but maybe the attacking plan relied on Shelvey and Atsu and they were both poor.
“Maybe there isn’t a plan in the world that would have fitted Joselu today.
“Mostly well done though, Diame continues to progress, super goal from Murphy and as a unit we defended as well as could be expected.
“One day I hope we have greater aspirations.”
“Other than us actually scoring, pretty much as expected.
“This game was a write off from the minute the fixtures came out.
“Not to ignore the perilous position the ownership of the club is putting us in, but just move past it, we can put this defeat to an implausibly assembled selection of expensive superstars…by moving on to lose to another set of outrageously priced mercenaries next week. Meh.”
“Outclassed by the league leaders (again).
“Great goal by Murphy made the journey (sort of) worthwhile!
“At least we didn’t look like a doomed relegation team tonight, it gives be (a bit of) hope…”
“We had a plan, and until the third goal, we were in it.
“Dwight Gayle needs some headers in him, but we were calm.
“Murphy showed a bit of intelligence for the goal. Onward.”
“Pretty much as expected.
“We don’t have the players to go out and give them a game like Liverpool did, nor do we have a side capable of containing a team of Man City’s quality.
“We stayed in the game for as long as we could.
“We scored a goal, our goal difference didn’t take a hammering, which in the grand scheme of things are the positives we can take from today.”
“A week that saw matters off the pitch making all the headlines, and then rounded off with the almost inevitable loss away at oil-rich Man City.
“It was actually a spirited performance this evening, capped by a lovely goal from Jacob Murphy.
“We were in it for a bit at 2-1, but in Sergio Aguero they have a pure goal machine. He makes it look so easy.
“So we leave Manchester empty handed.
“Whether or not Mr Ashley, or anyone else at the club is listening remains to be seen, but we are are in dire need of a few extra players in what is left of is transfer window.
“We’re left teetering on the edge of the bottom three.”
“We had some decent performances from Dummett, Murphy, and even Diame did some good.
“The result doesn’t destroy our goal difference or our confidence.
“If anything, I think we can take good heart from this.
“Murphy took his goal very well and will make it tough for Ritchie to get back in the team.
“I have to mention Manquillo and Joselu though. El ChuckleBrothers por favor. Shocking the pair of them.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Manchester City 3 Newcastle 1
Newcastle: Murphy 67
Man City: Aguero 34, 63 (Pen), 83
Possession was Man City 81% Newcastle 19%
Total shots were Man City 21 Newcastle 6
Shots on target were Man City 9 Newcastle 4
Corners were Man City 18 Newcastle 0
Referee: Paul Tierney
Darlow, Manquillo (Yedlin 66), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Hayden, Murphy, Diame, Shelvey, Atsu (Perez 64), Joselu (Gayle 76)
Elliot, Haidara, Merino, Ritchie
Crowd: 54,452 (Newcastle 3,000)