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Eddie Howe reflects on a bad day at the office – Manchester City 5 Newcastle United 0

2 weeks ago
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Eddie Howe left to reflect on a match where he experienced his biggest Newcastle United defeat, so far.

The five goal scoreline going one better (worse!) than the home defeat to Pep Guardiola’s team, whilst both Leicester and Spurs had also won by four as well since Eddie Howe took over.

It is always possible for any team to concede for fun against Man City, such is their quality, though Eddie Howe will have been gutted that Chris Wood didn’t give Newcastle the lead early on. Then that failure compounded when ASM gifted the home side their opener when not tracking back, though it was still a brilliant move that picked NUFC apart.

Dubravka’s mistake on 38 minutes then ensured it really was game over, when failing to hold a standard shot, Man City’s work done for the day.

Rodri making it 3-0 maybe gave the scoreline a somewhat fair reflection, the two late goals a bit cruel on Eddie Howe and his team, as this wasn’t a 5-0 game for me.

Eddie Howe reflects on losing 5-0 at the Etihad on Sunday:

‘There is a huge gap between ourselves and Liverpool and Manchester City.

“However, that would be the same for most clubs in the Premier League.

“We have to try and close that gap through the seasons (ahead).

“That requires evolution and not revolution, you have to be very careful you don’t change too much, too quickly.

“We are looking to improve in every transfer window but it has to be small gradual steps.

“There is no magic wand or quick fix, it is hard work and smart moves when trying to improve the team.”

Eddie Howe asked about the clear the air meeting he said he was going to have on Friday, following Allan Saint-Maximin’s comments in an interview with the publication So Foot in France:

“All good (at the meeting), no problems internally with the squad.

“We have moved on from it.”

As for ASM’s performance against Man City:

“I thought Maxi in the second half saw more of the ball and I thought he was a real counter threat in that second half.

“He had moments but I think, whenever you play Manchester City, they’re only sporadic moments for any attacking player, because it’s so difficult to get the ball of them.

“I think he would probably have been frustrated because you want more of the ball, you want more of a chance to impact, but as a team, it is difficult to get strong enough possession to see your attacking players really influence the match.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Manchester City 5 Newcastle 0 – Sunday 8 May 4.30pm

Goals:

Man City:

Sterling 19, 90+3, Laporte 38, Rodri 61, Foden 90

Newcastle:

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was Man City 71% (68%) Newcastle 29% (32%)

Total shots were Man City 21 (10) Newcastle 7 (2)

Shots on target were Man City 9 (5) Newcastle 3 (1)

Corners were Man City 8 (4) Newcastle 2 (1)

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Attendance:  53,336 (Newcastle 3,000)

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Krafth (Trippier 68), Lascelles, Burn, Targett, Guimaraes, Longstaff, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Almiron (Murphy 80), Wood (Wilson 68)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Dummett, Schar, Ritchie, Manquillo, Gayle

(Newcastle v Manchester City player ratings results from NUFC fans – Brutal but fair? Read HERE)

(Three Newcastle United players set to miss the rest of the season – Official NUFC injury update – Read HERE)

(3 Positives and 3 Negatives taken from Manchester City 5 Newcastle 0 – Read HERE)

(Manchester City 5 Newcastle 0 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(Manchester City 5 Newcastle 0 – Instant NUFC fan / writer reaction to Sunday’s defeat – Read HERE)

(Manchester City 5 Newcastle 0 – The three big points that I’m taking from the match – Read HERE)

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