3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Newcastle 2 Manchester City 1
Tuesday night finished Newcastle 2 Manchester City 1.
Going behind after 24 seconds to a team that Newcastle had a record of 19 defeats and three draws against, in the previous 22 Premier League encounters.
Yet coming back to win 2-1 against the reigning champions, quite bizarre.
The Editor asked me beforehand to write about 3 positives and 3 negatives from the game.
Moving up the table
An incredible win that takes us up to 14th in the table.
Amazingly, we are only two points behind Brighton who most people would say have had a fantastic season so far. We now find ourselves five points ahead of Cardiff in 18th.
You can always look at unexpected wins like this as a bonus three points, and considering that our goal difference isn’t that bad, it sometimes can count as an extra point as well.
The performance compared to last season
I thought the home game against Man City last season was probably one of the worst I have witnessed in terms of a manager setting up a side to quite literally park the bus.
Given the circumstances, especially with Longstaff and Hayden in midfield, I expected something similar on Tuesday night.
It certainly wasn’t the case this time though. Yes Newcastle were obviously very defensive, and conceded the vast majority of possession, but when they did get on the ball they looked to have a go and create chances.
They didn’t completely sit back, they pressed the Man City defence, and it was because of that pressing from Perez, and then Longstaff, that they won the penalty which led to winning the game.
Much easier to watch when you can see that the team are actively trying to win the game.
I have been hesitant to jump on the Rondon bandwagon, despite his brilliant performances over the past few months.
I thought his performance against Cardiff last week, even without scoring, was as good as you can hope for from your lone centre forward. However, against City he bullied two central defenders with a combined value of over £100 million.
If there is one action that would persuade Rafa to sign a new contract, I think signing Rondon now, rather than later, would go a long way in doing so.
Too little too late
For me there was only negative to come out of the game and it had nothing to do with the football pitch.
Tuesday was one of those rare occasions in which you couldn’t fault any of the players… even if you tried to, there is no arguing that they all chipped in to steer us towards a somewhat miracle of a victory.
We may have conceded after 24 seconds but I don’t think there is any doubt that a positive performance, followed some positive news coming out of the club that they were about to sign Almiron in a record deal. For me, it is too little too late. By too late I mean, about eight years.
If your opinion towards the club or Mike Ashley has changed because he spent a bit of money (via a loan/overdraft from Barclays), then I would suggest you don’t really care too much about Newcastle United and more about your own fan experience for 90 minutes on a Saturday afternoon.
If you are suddenly seeing things totally differently with Newcastle United and/or Mike Ashley, then what I think it says is that you don’t really care about Kevin Keegan, or Alan Shearer.
You don’t really care about the future of the football club over the next 50 years, you don’t care for workers rights or about the treatment of staff at Sports Direct, you don’t care for Jonas Gutierrez, or Shay Given.
Uou don’t care about ticket prices until they affect you personally, you don’t care about investment, you don’t care about the academy, you don’t care about the appointments of Dennis Wise, or Joe Kinnear.
You don’t care about being lied to, you don’t care about being misled, you don’t care about the roles of Keith Bishop, Derek Llambias or Justin Barnes in the failure of this football club… in truth, you don’t really care about this football club.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Manchester City 1
Newcastle United: Rondon 66, Ritchie 80 (pen)
Man City: Aguero 1
Possession was Man City 76% Newcastle 24%
Total shots were Man City 12 Newcastle 6
Shots on target were Man City 4 Newcastle 2
Corners were Man City 8 Newcastle 1
Referee: Paul Tierney
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie, Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu (Kenedy 87), Perez (Manquillo 90+1), Rondon
Woodman, Roberts, Clark, Murphy, Fernandez
Crowd: 50,861 (Man City 3,000)
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