Manchester City 2 Newcastle United 1 – Saturday 1 September 5.30pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle losing the game but with a bit of dignity intact.
Yedlin scoring a very good team goal and whilst Newcastle did have to defend most of the game, they did try to get numbers forward when given the opportunity.
An international break maybe coming at just the right time to get players back from injury.
“To play Spurs, Chelsea and Man City in our first four fixtures is a real pig.
“To lose all three after equalising is an even bigger pig.
“Makes that penalty miss against Cardiff the biggest pig of the lot, in lipstick and heels.
“We will obviously get easier fixtures and this one truly is one of the hardest around in world football, due to the disgusting wealth of that lot.
“Going to drink rum and watch top of the pops 1986. Good night.”
“Well… before our goal, we’d barely strung together a bunch of passes falling in front of a black and white shirt.
“So after a bit of a steadying improvement, we let Kyle Walker score through three defenders.
“Positives… we can defend. Negatives… not for long enough against class. And it’s a surprise when we score. Or shoot.
“Rondon held up the ball and we frustrated City for a while.
“But it’s never great when your goalie is probably your man of the match and you still lose.”
“Having started badly and conceding a poor early goal, the players did well to stay in the game.
“We equalised with a lovely goal on the break but an even better Walker strike won it for them.
“The last half hour was all about Dubravka but honourable mentions for a fine performance by Rondon and total effort from the defence and Diame.
“We had nowt on the bench to change the game so it all fizzled out but all in all a better performance than the last 3.”
“There’s a deflating inevitability about playing oil rich Man City, so to come off 2-1 was a decent effort from the players.
“If we’d invested a bit more in creative players we may have got something from all of our games so far this season.
“We’re lame ducks under this owner.
“Any billionaires out there fancy taking a punt?”
“You can’t believe you go to City and get beat by a Kyle Walker 30 yarder.
“Good work out of possession.
“In possession we are dreadful. Truly awful.
“Rondon was outstanding and bullied City defenders. An improvement on Joselu but that isn’t saying much.
“Being in the bottom three will add some pressure though.”
“Went as expected – a solid performance where the containment game plan worked well but it was never a contest and the result was never in doubt.
“Theoretically, we were in with a shout going into the final few minutes but it was just never going to happen.
“Credit, as ever, to Rafa, the coaching staff and the players for their diligence but diligence just doesn’t set the pulse racing.
“A club primed for lift-off has been grounded by one man’s greed – we’ve been neutered, neutralised and numbed. It really is beginning to feel utterly hopeless. Ashley Out!”
“An improved performance for sure (that wouldn’t have been hard mind you!).
“Only a couple of shots on target and no corners doesn’t fill you with hope for better things in our next game against Arsenal.
“Here’s hoping we give it more of a go than we have in the last few games.”
“Sad though it may be, it keeps the goal difference respectable after a valiant effort.
“Onto the next game.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Manchester City 2 Newcastle United 1
Newcastle: Yedlin 30
Man City: Sterling 8, Walker 52
Possession was Man City 78% Newcastle 22%
Total shots were Man City24 Newcastle 3
Shots on target were Man City 8 Newcastle 2
Corners were Man City 4 Newcastle 0
Referee: Kevin Friend
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Clark (Murphy 81), Dummett, Ki, Diame, Kenedy (Atsu 54), Perez, Rondon (Joselu 73)
Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Muto