Manchester City march on but Pep Guardiola once again appeared to find Newcastle United an irritant that was harder to shake off than expected.

Alan Shearer pointed out that this was basically a Championship team, with Joselu and Manquillo the only starters who weren’t in the promotion squad of 2016/17.

After losing to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola admitted that failing to win twice in a row might have created a slightly different conversation but claimed his players weren’t nervous.

Newcastle had a chance in the opening minute but after that it was predictably one-way traffic, though it was a little extreme for the Man City boss to claim that ‘Newcastle crossed the halfway just once and scored.’

The truth was that whilst Man City dominated, Rafa Benitez and his tactics just about kept Newcastle in the game, until once again making subs in the final quarter of the match to try and grab an unlikely point.

Perez was first on and then Yedlin joined him on 66 minutes, within 60 seconds Newcastle were back in it, thanks to Murphy’s tremendous goal.

Gayle followed with quarter of an hour remaining and Rafa now risked getting players forward and his players created a few decent situations.

However, his reasoning for simply trying to keep it tight for so long then is made crystal clear, as Manchester City broke in numbers and Aguero’s hat-trick goal ensured the victory.

I think a clear example of both managers doing their best to get a result with the players they have available.

Pep Guardiola and the broadcasters would obviously love it if Newcastle had tried in some way to match Man City and got smashed by seven or eight but Rafa Benitez is not going to play that game.

If Southampton win on Sunday at home to Spurs, then it will be goal difference that is the only thing keeping them out of the relegation zone. Who knows how important that goal difference could prove in that final analysis in May – Rafa Benitez needs to have every margin working for him when it comes to trying to keep this underfunded squad in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola:

“Even if I was nervous, the important thing was the players were not – no panic.

“We won the game but when the game was 0-0 we only conceded one chance in that first minute, then we didn’t concede absolutely anything (else) in the first half.

“Newcastle defended with 10 players in the box and it was so complicated.

“The few times when they did press higher and attacked us, we were able to make good combinations.

“Always after the defeat against Liverpool, you have a little bit of doubt how you would react, what would happen if you went two games in a row not winning.

“That’s why it was so important.

“We are not going to buy another striker.

“We have him (Aguero) and, in two or three weeks, Gabriel is back.

“We are so happy for him.

“Before his first goal, he didn’t touch the ball. It is his gift. No words to describe him. I am so happy for him.

“I think how Sergio played his career here – his reaction doesn’t depend on the fact that one player comes or doesn’t come. In the last games, apart from Anfield, he scores goals.

“This chapter is over, finished, so we are going to think of the future.

“We need 10 more wins to be champions and we’ll try for more points.

“It was an outstanding performance, often against 11 players behind the ball but we were patient, and we found the space really well.

“Newcastle crossed the halfway just once and scored…but we’re so happy.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Manchester City 3 Newcastle 1

Goals:

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

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo (Yedlin 66), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Hayden, Murphy, Diame, Shelvey, Atsu (Perez 64), Joselu (Gayle 76)

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Haidara, Merino, Ritchie

Crowd: 54,452 (Newcastle 3,000)

(Read instant fan/writer reaction to the Man City game HERE)

(To read the player ratings by fans and add your own go HERE)

(Alan Shearer explains in simple language why Newcastle fans want rid of Mike Ashley – Read HERE)



  • TheNutJob

    Lucky we didn`t have Sergio or we would have paggered them.
    😂😂😂

    • Mitros gotta start

      Rafa would have played joselu instead of him anyway

      • Damon Horner

        Doubt it. He plays Joselu because he doesn’t have a capable striker.

        • Guest 2

          Would be better playing without one at all given that performance. He’s there supposedly to hold the ball up and he can’t even do that. Can’t score, can’t pass and has no pace.

          • steve

            But if him tripping over the ball is going to set up counter attacks like that…

          • Guest 2

            Or passing to the opposition outside their box led to a City counter and a goal – even if disallowed.

          • Damon Horner

            Totally agree. None of them are up to standard.

        • Soldier

          a 1 leg Mitrovich is better than Joselu

          • Damon Horner

            Smart comment.

          • Alex

            Mitrovic just gets better and better each week…..by not playing.

    • mus

      newcastle parked the bus but forgot to put the handbrake on

  • Soldier

    if we don`t buy a striker we`ll be back in the championship sooner than May

    • anyobrien

      Or give mitro a run.

      • Guest 2

        He’ll get a run – to a new club

        • Jimmy_toons

          They’re queuing up for him.

      • Soldier

        why not, at least he can hold a ball up & he certainly causes more trouble to a defence than Hoss

        • anyobrien

          I would have him all the time my kind of player, reet handful, strong and a loose cannon he’d cause havoc…. Big mistake him not playing imo.

  • GToon

    Wow, thanks Pep. Praise indeed from the worlds best manager who has taken minnows Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now relegation battlers Manchester City to the top of their respective leagues with absolutely no money to spend on players, just relying totally on his talent as a manager. You know with such horrendous squads I don’t know how he manages to put a team together at times.
    It was interesting to note the length of time it took him to take the city job. That was all down to assurances about how much money he would have available because unlike the other clubs he’s managed there is more than one challenger in this league. He wanted to know that he could spend millions to negate any challenges so they gave him the money, he turned up, spent it and now we are meant to say how well he’s done. No chance. He’s the footballing equivalent of a coward. A schoolboy who joins the winning team on the playground. I’ve got no time for this bloke at all.

    • Soldier

      It proves he`s not daft

      • Guest 2

        And that his Club’s owner isn’t a liar.

    • Damon Horner

      No doubt his next moves would be PSG then Spain national side before he retires a managerial legend.

    • mus

      isnt that what a current north east manager did in the past and now with a poor team and no money he has been found out

      • nevfur

        Valencia bigger than Barca or Real now then?

    • KRS1

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    We let one of the Worlds best strikers have all the room he wanted yesterday.
    we should have had at least one player stuck to him like a limpet mine.
    as for the 3 Amigo`s Hoss, Manky & Slomo, the sooner we have players to replace them the better, they have relegation written all over them

  • Paul Patterson

    False manager. Manage a club that’s struggling and with minimal budget and see how you do. It puts Claudio Ranieri’s achievement at Leicester in an even greater perspective.
    400m team v 70m team.

  • Rev

    Well thats the cant win match out of the way, now lets see if Rafa goes with plan A … same again, hope 3 teams lose more points than we do or plan B … other teams are picking up wins lets give it a go. Wewill know soon enough whether he is a premier league survivor. I couldnt care less what he did before NUFC

    • mus

      he has proved he cant do it without money as he is only manager in league constantly crying about no money.

      • Paul Patterson

        Because he’s the only one not getting any/enough.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    He is smug arrogant and wears a funny scarf. We nearly scored in the first cuple of minutes and scored the best goal of the game. Without yet another soft penalty against us funny how we never get these decisions they would have been hanging on at the end the best we could have hoped for. In his first season he failed so had to spend even more money to buy the league.

    • Cockneytrev

      Couple

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        It’s a typing error what is wrong with people on this site first someone who likes vintage cars, someone who watches countdown and does crosswords what next train spotters,

        • Lol I think you’ll find the majority of Geordie fans on here, majority not all, are self righteous needy egotists that have a chip on their shoulder. I’m very acquainted with them. Bitter that your club weren’t the club bought out by Sheikh Mansour, they believe your club deserves to be where Manchester City are right now more because they think they’re a bigger club for many reasons. So they are extremely bitter and obsessed hence why this Blog is always talking about Manchester City even when your club aren’t even playing Manchester City.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I never give Man City a second thought unless we are playing them. However credit where it is due they did not fall down and bang the turf when no contact was made like a few weeks a go. Having said that the penalty was harsh and he only went down as we were getting back in the game. It’s a few years since we had a penalty or an opposition player sent off that score is currently sixteen of our players sent off none to the opposition. I often wonder why this is poor refs, cheating, honesty or pure fate.

          • Respect for being honest, don’t think that just because we are top of the league and are wealthy that, we get our own way and get favoritism. That would be absolutely untrue, we are always getting bad calls from referee’s, we are always being kicked about by the opposition and our opponents always get away with it. Lets be honest here a few of your players should have got a yellow here or there. We get that every single game, opposing players kicking, shirt pulling and shoulder barging, knocking our players off balance CONSTANTLY and never getting carded, all the referees ever do is constantly tell them off unless they really over step the line and two footed. Yet when a Manchester City player gives as good back, they instantly get carded. I’m not making it up, it’s what we have been putting up with for the past 3 seasons. Because we are Manchester city and because we are wealthy, Referee’s seem to think our opponents need an extra bit of help. We are where we are because our club fought our way back to the top of the Premier League with hardly any money from the old 3rd division, we stabilized our club in the Premier League as a mid table club before we were bought out by rich investors. We are where we are now by working hard, we had to prove ourselves season in season out to eventually attracted the players we have today, OK we’ve had the help of rich investors, but so have you got rich investors, every single Premier League club has had and has rich investors. We’re now a stable and profitable club and business who lives within their means without the help of our Owner anymore. Don’t think for a second that we get our own way with Referee’s because that wold be a lie, almost everyone wants us to lose, almost everyone hates us but we wouldn’t want it any other way because it just confirms we are were we want to be and that we are heading in the right direction. We never hardly ever get help from a referee, almost always the reverse but, when we do get help from a referee it’s because he’s had a great game and been fair to both sides. That’s all City fans ever want, is a fair referee and has a great game.

          • Cockneytrev

            Fernandinho elbow against Joselu yesterday,,
            Not a mention on tv,,,

          • Big Al 1967

            Vinny Kompany the first couple of minutes Leicester away???

          • Jimmy_toons

            Delusional.

          • GToon

            The comments about the refs are fine. Most fans will think the same about their club. To suggest man city would have been anything other than a yo-yo club until the money arrived is crazy. Please look at your league placings before the money arrived and with regard to us look at your results against us before the money arrived. The money has changed everything. City were like we are now – making up the numbers, a team of a bygone era until the money arrived. I can still see the fans singing “we’ve got Robinho” on sky and a bewildered Mark Hughes not quite knowing what to say. People would have more respect (not that it matters) if city fans were quite open about where they were, where they are now and what it’s all down to. Money. Simple as. I also remember Robinho didn’t even know which club he was signing for! Hilarious or what. Before you take it personally please consider that I don’t like to see the money win in any sport or aspect of life in general. You have got better things to do than join in with us lot I would have thought.

          • Cockneytrev

            Wow!!!
            A first I finally agree with you!!!

        • Cockneytrev

          You did the exact same to me
          Your and you’re

          • Petty

          • Cockneytrev

            😂😂😂
            Coming from someone on a different fans web site,,
            Have you never heard of irony in Manchester,,

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Wrong bloke mate would not stoop as low.

    • And you lot are a bunch of delusional self righteous needy egotists who think you deserve credit for parking the bus and for being such a BIG club.

      • Cockneytrev

        Try and Fill your ground

        • Yeah you said that above lol

          • Cockneytrev

            No I didn’t, I said Try this time,,
            Great fans ,, 😂😂😂

          • 10 minutes ago you said above ‘Fill your ground’ you complete plank lmfao. Go on go and delete it like the muppet you are.

          • Cockneytrev

            Next time I said “Try and fill your ground”

          • Wow just because you added ‘try and’ that makes what you said different? How old are you?

          • Cockneytrev

            Learn to read
            The site won’t let you post the same reposte more than once,
            Why do you come on a different clubs site? That’s very sad!!!

          • Why post it more than once anyway, you’ve already said it once, isn’t that enough.

          • Cockneytrev

            Because you obviously have some kind of syndrome, so I was just reiterating the point , making sure it got through,,,
            You glass licker!!!

          • Ah being prejudice now are we, insulting human beings with syndromes and using the term glass licker. You’ve just shown yourself up for what you are pal, a low life form who doesn’t deserve to share the same oxygen as a person with say Downs Syndrome. You’re a real credit to Newcastle Football Club.

          • Cockneytrev

            Well if you lick glass this is what you get referred to,,
            SO why don’t you go downstairs have your breakfast with your mam and if your a good boy, she might let you clean the front windows with your tongue,,

          • Peter Stabler

            You’ve got the best attacking team I have seen for years and you are on here spouting rubbish, you need help mate.

          • They’re not playing right now gobshyte and everything I’ve said is relevant and valid, suck it up.

          • Peter Stabler

            You are calling me that – laughable!

      • Leicester Mag

        Short memory for a group of fans who once fought a pitched battle with Stoke as both went into the 3rd division. You were such a big club then. You have a great team, backing of a sovereign state. We have the opposite a gready arrogant owner. Envy? Partly, hardly surprising as we uniquely choose not to compete. Go enjoy your success, save your energy for that rather than being a bore on here

        • Get your facts straight, City are a profitable business and club who now live within their means and without finaincial help from it’s owner anymore. We spend what we earn, it’s as simple as that.

          • Leicester Mag

            So by facts you mean caviated facts ie financial help anymore. One with sponsorship deals 2-3 times the rate. You play the game financially so what good luck. I didn’t even comment on these points. Why are you writing on here anyway?

          • Because I can.

          • GToon

            That’s like somebody buying you a Ferrari and then saying that you only need to put the petrol in it. City were nothing before the money arrived.

          • paul mclaughlan

            No they’re not profitable.

      • Cockneytrev

        As for delusional,,
        AgaIn ironic, from a club in the shadow of a bigger club in their own city,, who come on to other fan sites websites to spout on about how great they are,,

        • We’re in nobodies shadow, quiet the opposite, United are now in our shadow. Even with the signing of a 29 year old, almost 30 Sanchez who’s in fact right now crying an injury, they don’t stand a chance of competing with us, in fact I think Liverpool and Chelsea are stronger opposition than United. We laugh at United, they are over rated nothing to us anymore. Nice attempt at using another club to troll though, using another club because your club are not as great.

  • Cockneytrev

    I really like Pep, I think he’s a class act, so a pretty disappointing appraisal of the Newcastle performance,,,
    His Barcelona side (along with Brazil 70) are my favourite team of all time, but I remember Inter Milan doing a job on them at The Nou Camp in th semi final of the champions league,, doing the same as we did yesterday day, the only difference being,
    A) they were champions of Italy (later champions of Europe)
    B) they had world class players to catch them on the break
    C) they had players who could play in a different way if needed
    (Swap England for Italy ) we have none of the above, ffs give us some credit, I would love to see what he would do with a championship squad and that goes for the likes of Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher.

    • If you want credit then do what Everton, Wolves, Pool and Bristol City did and get at us. No you just parked the bus. Sorry but you don’t get credit for parking buses, give it a rest.

      • Cockneytrev

        Fill your ground

        • Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

          • Cockneytrev

            Well it was half empty yesterday,,
            The great city fans, absolute myth,,
            At least Manure fill their stadium

          • Check out my post to Monkseaton below cockney boy, it sums you up Mr Bitterly obsessed, ah the old using another club you don’t support to have a pathetic little dig at another club, that’s a new one lmfao.

          • Cockneytrev

            Who’s a cockney?

          • If you’re not a Cockney then why you posing as one you twonk.

          • Cockneytrev

            When I was at away match missed the bus home from London, had to spend the night in Victoria bus station, nickname stuck,,
            You mug

          • Fcking weirdo, gave yourself a nickname lmao.

          • Cockneytrev

            Where did it say I gave myself a nickname?
            What have you called yourself in this site?
            Moron

          • CiTyBlUe no other City fan uses it so I can be identified, it’s relevant unlike your Alias which is false. I’m a City fan and I’m a Blue. It’s not a nickname for me, it’s an Alias which I’ve used for almost 20 years online and it can be associated with a Manchester City Blog pal. Relevant, look it up in a dictionary.

          • Cockneytrev

            No one uses my Nom de plume (means alias) so by doing this I’m doing exactly as you are,,
            Only difference is I don’t go into other fans forums,,
            Like a sad little girl,,,

          • Only sad little girl here I can see is you, so petty and pathetic that you have to alter posts just so you can repeat yourself and retaliating when someone corrects your grammar, you just have to turn the gesture lmfao.

          • Cockneytrev

            I’m not the one on a different fans web site,,
            Your own fans had enough of you?

          • The fact this site is always talking about my Club constantly, even when our clubs are not even playing each other justifies me being here you mug.

          • Cockneytrev

            By always you mean on the week leading up to a match or the week after,,
            HAve a look at yourself,,,

          • Not at all, this site couldn’t stop talking about us for at least 1 year after the Ben Arfa leg break, your bitter jealous and obsessed about City. Grow up.

          • Cockneytrev

            have you finished the windows?
            Because if you’ve made a good job your mammy will let you finish the bowl after she has used it,,,,

          • Dillon Tovak

            😂😂

          • GlasgowMag

            I have no gripe with your success based basically upon financial clout but if rafa had swapped places with pep yesterday the result would have been the same. Are you bored with your own fan platforms why are you even on here!!!

          • I have every right to be here when the article refers to my Club, just like you have every right to post on any article which refers to your club by an opposing fan. Considering this Site is constantly talking about my Club, even when your club are not even playing my Club, further justifies my presence here.

          • Cockneytrev

            I have no interest in your club,, would never dream of posting on another clubs web site,,
            Your just a sad glass licker, who can’t get any attention of his own!!!!

          • Mark Davies

            Well said sir. Doubt he was even at the match

          • GlasgowMag

            childs response. The only reason your club has been mentioned is due to the game yesterday no other reason. Personally i’m not interested in trolling other club’s websites but then again if you have such a sad life go for it mate if it cheers you up lol

          • Dillon Tovak

            Um no, this site is many things but Man City obsessed it is not.

          • GToon

            That’s what I don’t get. It’s the only club I’ve seen whose fans come on here full of hate and anger. Even when we play and lose to the mackems their fans come on, have a laugh as is their right and then that’s it. Nearly every club we have played this year have fans on here having a chat, sharing a joke etc but not this lot. Is that what money does to people? Get Clarko onto them!

      • Mark Davies

        Theyre here there there theyre every effin where empty seats enpty seats. Lots of blue plastic on show yesterday. Explain that amazing man cteh

        • Whitehurst

          I know….empty seats every home game at Etihad. Great loyal fans like. They need to spend £££ on buying some fans too. Ha ha

          • Mark Davies

            Aye. Plastic fans to match their plastic empty seats

          • Noodle

            So ‘where were you when you were sxxt’ why sign that? bit of a contradiction in terms isn’t it? hahaha funny as this site ya get slapped on the pitch on on here!

      • Ross Graver

        We get it, your a man city supporter. Although your bitterness in victory makes me wonder how long you’ve been a man city supporter. You sound like a plastic fake fan who switches clubs. Maybe an ex man u fan haha. There is no other reason for you to stamp your feet for attention. Football goes in cycles so be ready to switch again soon you fucktard.

        • paul mclaughlan

          Well done for getting the f word in there mate.

  • HarryHype59

    I wonder how Pep would fare in the EPL, managing our Championship level team?

    • Paul Patterson

      And in the summer, he’ll go out and spend another £150m+. Sadly he’s not alone with the likes of Sanchez getting £350k a week.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Exactly…..

  • Quite a few bitter Geordies on here constantly banging on about money and our owner, news flash, while Manchester City were wallowing in the old 3rd division, you Geordie were enjoying rich investment from owners in the First Div then Premier League so don’t come that tripe with us. You self righteous self glorified no marks who think you have a status given right to be where we are are deluded. Pretending your club have never had rich owners and investors just like the ignorant and arrogant no marks who are Man United and Arsenal fans. We don’t care what you think of us, we don’t care that you think we’ve bought our status, we dont care that you point out a few empty seats, we don’t care if you’re relegated or not. We don’t care if you’re still upset about Ben Arfa, we don’t care if your owner is a tight wod, none of that is our problem. You float your boats and be bitter and jealous all you like, we’re enjoying it. I’m enjoying it. You hate us because you aint us.

    • GlasgowMag

      R u still on this platform are you just bored. i wouldnt even bother replying guys utter rubbish if this what to much money gets you basically arrogance you can keep it.

    • nevfur

      You mouth off on another clubs board a lot for someone who cares so little. We don’t think you have bought your status. It’s a fact that you have but I don’t care, I don’t love it in the game but it’s part of it and would take it myself.
      Ben Arfa? Forgot about him ages ago.
      Still, we don’t care you will probably never win as many titles or Champions Leagues as Liverpool or Man Utd as it doesn’t really affect us.

      • GlasgowMag

        nice one!! can you also give him a shout his mum’s has told him to get of his computer as his tea’s getting cold lol!!!

    • Mark Davies

      It wasnt a few empty seats. I reckon you werent even there. Just another keyboard warrior.

      • Mike Ashley

        Hahaha Newcastle fans talking empty seats??? A one team City who when struggling in the old 1st div had a16k av and up to date could only get 27k v Forrest in the cup this year! In contrast City are in a 4 team city who when they struggled in the old 1st were getting 28k av in a 28,764k stadium (more than your Forrest game!) and in the same cup had 51k v Wolves. Why is it the Newcastle fans are the most Delusional in the league? They really think they should be at the top table. City fans are well aware the won the lottery. Something that can never happen again as UEFA have put a stop to investment. So the takeover you lot crave will make zero difference other than maybe mid table. I mean the last time you won the league was before the second World war!! Suck it up you bunch of delusional, bitter tools lol

        • Mark Davies

          Wow. Have you jumped on here as we upset you little sister. Man city are just what makes football vile these days. And yes we did have lower crowds in the past, so have most teams. The point is your top of the league, playing apparantly the best football the world has ever produced (certainly not by the way) and you still cant fill your ground. When we were decent we had a waiting list and id guarantee even the mackem would sell out given your position. Soooo whats the excuse for loads of empty seats?

          • M A

            What makes football vile are little no marks like you talking utter tripe and singing Ashley out from practically day one because you’re under the delusion you some how deserve more, Any lower div to bottom prem table
            club, which is what you are would have been happy with him!

            I have never seen the Sunderland fans behaving like you lot with similar status now, but that’s just the difference in class I guess.

            You’ve already had lower crowds this year 27k, that is now not in the past!! What are u saying?

            We’re top of the league and get 54k+ every league game and we don’t force fans to pay for cup matches either like Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Utd which are the real empty seats in the game, or City could put 54k
            when there’s 48 just like Utd and others do. coz even though they’ve had to pay they still don’t turn up at those clubs.

            City’s ground is mostly full maybe a hundred here and there like any other top club, because you see some empty seats may mean that out of 54k+some
            couldn’t make it just like the rest of the prem! imagine that! Carry on ’emptyhad’ look as dumb as the rags when they get 40k v Palace

            City were sold out V Burnley in the cup but there were still empties here and there as people buy tickets but can;t always make it. To show you how ridiculous your rag copying ’emptyhad’ nonsense is, in the last
            whole season City were 8th in the whole World for people through the turnstiles, it doesn’t quite fit with what your saying does it? How can that be, it’s the ’emptyhad’ lol

            ‘playing apparently the best football the world has ever produced (certainly not by the way)’ Your
            word but Hahahaha it’s tools like clearly you and your hero Shearer saying that not City or their supporters, Wow just how bitter are you?

            There is a two year waiting list for season tickets at City as we speak and has been for years. Go and try to get one lol

            City’s attendance yesterday was 54,452 the capacity is 54,700 so what do you want? that number cant be reached sold out or not To put it into perspective Utd’s last home game had 74,726 but the capacity is 75,700,
            and not forgetting their dodgy claims (ask GMP about their real attendances.) What’s the difference? Your bitterness towards city that’s what.

            P.S I’ll gladly prove any fact here, just for when you say it’s all lies, just to shove the custard pie that just slapped you in your bitter mug a touch harder. You on the other hand simply cant prove what you said coz ya talked gibberish!

            You just hate city coz ‘it should have
            been your ‘massive 16k club’ in your fans
            delusional head, not ’emptyhad’ 54K+ every game City ‘they looked at us first boo hoo hoo’ LOL

          • GToon

            Last 70 years our average was better than your son fifty times to your twenty. Last 25 years of the EPL our average is better than yours 20 to your 4 which included this year. Your team is great but your support isn’t. Sourced from European statistics website. Have a look yourself if you like. And by the way I do t do insults. Not really what this forum is about. Fans of every other club including Sunderland get that. Cheers.

          • Mike Ashley

            Hang on you’re going back 70 years to try and prove city stadium is empty now? What that gotta do with it?

            What has happened here son is you got a bit upset by the slapping you just read to your in-bread pal? and thought ‘I hate City so much, I’m gonna find anything to get back at them’, Now that’s all well and good coz ur upset, I understand.I’m not going to go checking 70 years

            but will simply say your average isn’t better than City’s this year even though our 54.5k stadium is always apparently half empty and I quote…….

            ‘our average is better than yours 20 to your 4 which included this year.’

            I’m afraid not kidda…….

            Well this year up to now City’s Av is 54.019k (because of the new tunnel suite not being finished in time for the first game V Everton) Newcastle’s average is 51,106. So I think I caught you telling porkies straight off didn’t I!! LOL Maybe why you wallies think city’s always half empty ha.

            Seeing as you’ve wondered off on ya little waffle I’ll join you. You have a higher av in the last 25 years only because of a) larger stadium (simple) and b) the huge money at the time your owner put in, none of it I might add out of your own steam, something you hypocritically slag City for now, oh the irony!!!

            Without that money the writing was on the wall, relegation threatened your lot deserted the club, facts show this 16k near the bottom of div 1. City were in three Divs down and setting records for attendances! That’s the difference, just like the classy Sunderland did in the Div you got a 16k av when football was on the up.

            City cannot fit 54k or 47k in a 28k stadium but they would if they could proved in 2004. City still hold the record crowd for their a club at a home stadium match over 84k Newcastle’s record is nowhere near. Both clubs have had similar av over years. but when the chips were down City were there, your lot not so much, I know you’ll hate that but it’s a fact you can’t wash over ever.

            The term ‘where were you when you were sxxt’ fit your lot much better than ours! Your fans sang it out loud yesterday to an half empty ground apparently LOL but at least 47k of those city fans in that stadium knew they were there when they were sxxt, and as they always do laugh at that song.

            Again what this has to do with City being empty god only knows. If you want to come on and try and call me wrong show it in facts not digs and lies.

          • hetonmag

            What a load of absolute long winded Shyte, trouble is it doesn’t matter fantastic you are you can’t fill your ground especially when it rains.

          • M.A

            Maybe you should have read it, probably just foregt it in seconds any how. 8th most fans through turnstiles in Europe yet can’t fill the ground, face palm moment

          • M.A

            It’s like ground hog day lol City in the top ten attendances in Europe. Has that entered you head yet?

          • M.A

            It’s like ground hog day lol City in the top ten attendances in Europe. Has that entered you head yet? haha

          • M.A

            It’s like ground hog day lol City in the top ten attendances in Europe. Has that entered you head yet? haha pmsl

          • M.A

            Seeing as you like your searches search for stadium database and highest attendance 2016. As it wont let me post that or 100’s of other site that show City had the 8th best attendance in the World. But City’s support isn’t great? Hahaha facts seem nit to be a geordies friend as much as they’re not a Rags. So tell me again about the club with 8th most people through the turnstiles isn’t good. See who silly that might look to someone not bias?

            Why the hell are you having ago at me ‘ I do t do insults. Not really what this forum is about’ You may not but upto now most bitter city hater on here (and theirs a lot!) who you conveniently seem to have missed were giving it large, did you miss the idiot, and numbnutssss calls? and many before that all before I said a word! Funny bias isn’t it? Just how do you answer that after what you’ve said?

            The Newcastle and Sunderland fans mustn’t have got the memo about it ‘not really being what the forum is about’ eh? That’s just comical, I insult people but they never said a word eh? Take ya black and white specks off, so bias!!!

            BTW When i say delusional that’s not an insult, your fans really are! You are well below teams like Leicester in terms of the Premier league but seem to think you’re up with Everton or Spurs! just because you had spent a lot of money in the 90’s but didn’t do anything, yet behave like it wasn’t in the 20’s you last won the league. It’s you who needs to take a ‘look at yourself’. I don’t mid what insults they say really as it’s banter maybe you should lighten up mary jane? (Banter lol)

          • Mark Davies

            Hahahahaha. Really. Seriously young un a few empty seats and a waiting list. Were you at the match or even watch it. Youre like sunderland, always in the shadow of a united

          • Good old Mike strip the club

            Yes I was mark, and there, were over 54, 400k there you’ve never seen that at your ground have you? lol You probably talking about first 8 mins, 35 mins onward or the end as people make their way in or out the pic don’t verifiy a thing your saying. Again over 54.400k there sweet pea! And I was there also when you lot had spent fortunes on on players like Shearer and did nothing that’s when you lot appeared or over three times more of you, probably why you ever went in the first place all that money, as there was only 16k of you before it (again fact) ;) And I guarantee you weren’t one of them!

          • Mark Davies

            No kidda. Been going since 1980. A lot longer than you methinks. And ive beem there when we have been tripe. You on thenother hand ahem. And no kot the first 8 mins or bear the end. The whole match. Ive watched it back and the stamd on the bt cams and the stand left had loads of empty seats. Just saying mr man city since the sheikh

          • M.A

            Yeah course you have like you lot say to City blue eh? and if you were going since 80′; I got 4 years on you. Are you lot ever right about anything? Lets do the math and fact City three division down 20 odd thousand, your lot before the money 16k one div down fact. You watched it back did you? I was there and the pics on here back me not you again that;s a fact So to proven fact’s to your none, sure your not a rag? Joker!

          • Mark Davies

            Yes son. Been going that long. Am i meant to be ashamed or bothered that you have 4 years on me. Wow. Sure your that other noone in a didferent name. Look kidda all im asking is explain the empty seats. Meant to be sky sports or bts ad to the world. Just aking like when you play in europe, why the empty seats. Dont take it personal, arsenals the same. Its just a question kidda/son/young un

          • hetonmag

            Long winded post full of Shyte.

          • Ashley would only spend £30m

            Well some people like to use fact not, like you lot on here, ‘your ground empty coz the rags said. Sorry it that’s to much for you peanut to take in! (note’shyte’ insult Mary jane lol)

        • Dillon Tovak

          Gateshead and Blyth are football teams numbnutssss.

          • Mike Ashley

            Are you serious hahahaha yeah ok the add Oldham Stockport, Bury, Rochdale, Hyde, Salford City! What did I say about delusional? lol

          • Mike Ashley

            Four big clubs you silly boy City, Utd, Bolton and Wigan all command large crowds and have large followings, Gateshead lol

          • Mike Ashley

            This is my point, are you really this dumb? So are Droylsden, Stalybridge, F,C United and many more in Manchester. Now why didn’t i include them and the Six other teams in my original 4? Come on get that brain cell fired up you footie genius you! LOL Honestly you can’t make the level of idiocy up on here. I know there are smart Newcastle fans looking and grimacing.

            P,S Most of the six I mention have a much bigger following than Gatehead, just a clue to why I mentioned 4 clubs

        • GlasgowMag

          Is this a Manchester thing I thought the red half of the City were the arrogant ones. Amazing what sort of idiots start following your club when to much money is involved or mabye the real blue fans have vanished as its now to expensive to follow their club.In any event I’m not interested what seats are empty at your stadium or what over priced ego you buy next so please do us all a favour and keep your bile to your own fan forums!!!

          • Dave

            Newcastle fan talking about ‘arrogance’ comical to big for Ashley you lot!

          • GToon

            What does that mean?

          • M.A

            It means you are arrogant DOH. Too big for Mike Ashley and your yoyo club! Get your feet on the ground you have no divine right to be in the premier but seem to think it’s your right full place. That’s what it means

          • GToon

            I’m not arrogant. I didn’t understand what the sentence actually meant. The grammar was appalling. Sorry. Please don’t waste your time on our website mate it’s not worth your effort.

        • paul mclaughlan

          According to Cityblue (or whatever his name is) Manure aren’t in Manchester.

          • MA

            He’s right in one respect, but as the should like Oldham and Bolton, Wigan etc be called Salford/Trafford/Stretford Utd. They were only ever in Manchester central for around 5-6 years in their history. To explain this better for you, it would be a bit like Oldham calling themselves Manchester Athletic. Manchester is not big until you add Greater Manchester. Oldham is a town in gtr Manchester not Manchester. So it is a fact Utd are not in Manchester but Greater Manchester but kept the name after they moved a Manchester is a City which ahs more people than the area they moved. Trafford rangers

        • Toon Arnie

          1995 – average 22k , 1988 average 19k. Cup crowds… do you really want to go there ? Macclesfield 3,000. Bristol City 35,000 in a semi final with 8,000 away fans. Arguably the best team in Europe at the moment but let down badly by their fans.

    • GToon

      The investment we enjoyed was results based. Keegan took up a team of cast offs and youth players: Clarke, Watson, Howey, Venison, Bracewell, Brock etc etc. as the results improved the money rolled in and it was reinvested in the team. Errr, that’s not quite what happened with Man City. I don’t hate Man City. To be honest I think they are a beacon in some ways for what all clubs should aim for in their approach to training and their academy. But it would NEVER have happened without the money.

      • Full of it u lot

        Please explain how ‘results’ gave you millions to spend on players, then explain how those players finished second in the 90’s without there very expensive team mates? I tell you now also when city spent they’d finished 10th in the premier league the season before with a team of shyte Joey Barton, Ball, Dabo, Jihai etc, When you spent you were in the 1st div the season before so explain how you was in a better position to spend, then while you’re at it tell us how John Hall spending got the club £129m in debt??? Oh what was that again about ‘The investment we enjoyed was results based’ and how ‘as the results improved the money rolled in’ Yeah right it rolled in that much your club was is so much debt it was on it’s way out of business until Ashley save you. A fact is City’s 47k fans that were their before take over would still be their without it. You had 20k and 16k when the sxxt hit the fan, so it’s clear to say you wouldn’t be anywhere without the money! Comical Again before more lies and rubbish come though explain £129m of Newcastle DEBT!

        • Toon Arnie

          1995 – your average was 22k ( when crowds were generally rising everywhere ) , 1988 it was 19k, 1965 it was 14k. Macclesfield in the cup 3,000. That took me 2 mins to find, easy really. We are the 5th best supported club in England historically behind Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal & Spurs. You have a fantastic team but you’ll never have better support than us.

      • M.A

        Oh did you stop reading now Gtoon? Bit hard to answer with out lying through your teeth?

    • Whitehurst

      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      can you even find manchester without google maps?

    • wheyayeman

      If NUFC won the Title we’d fill our ground twice. Where the actual f are your silver spoon fed fans hiding?

      • M.A

        Oh my god, thickest bunch ever 54,452. The ground only hold 54,700. Now think about cordons between fans and staff seats etc. Again this time for you Wheyayeman in the top ten in Europe if you won the league you wouldn’t be. Where the actual f are your brains?

    • thewildchimp

      Bitter much? If you don’t care ’bout us – then what are you doing here?

    • Albert Stubbins

      We don’t want to be like you sad t***!! Get back in the woodwork. You’ll never take the Geordies. Never!!

  • Noodle

    ‘City have no fans’ yet are in the World top ten attendances LOL. So thick, love it

    • Albert Stubbins

      Aye this year. What about the last century?lol. Glory hunters just like your cockney neighbours. Do one!!

  • guest

    Maybe Josep would go all out attack if he managed a club with no money against a club with unlimited money. He’d find the games would be more open against him then. But he’s chose to only manage where he should be winning the league.

    Until he does something somewhere that he shouldn’t – like win the Champions League with Porto, he’ll not be definitvely better or the equal to Mourinho will go the arguement.