Newcastle United vs Manchester City match banter!

Posted on December 15th, 2012 | 94 Comments |

Some very tough Christmas games for NUFC.
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sat 15th December, 2012.
Kick off: 12.45pm.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W.Mids).
UK TV: Sky Sports 2.

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afyternoon’s game between Newcastle United and Premier League champions, Manchester City.

With a tough series of games coming up over the Christmas period, the Magpies will be hoping to get off to a good start against the “Citizens.” Whoever the opposition, Newcastle United need some more points, and they need them soon with only one solitary win amongst five losses in our last six games. Against such daunting opposition, even a draw would be welcome this afternoon, with hopes pinned on three points against our next opponents, Queens Park Rangers. For a detailed look forward to the game though, may I recommend you check out my latest match preview, which should fill you in on everything you need to know in the run up the kick-off.

So, with that out of the way I will just get on with reminding you that this game will broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 in the UK, though I will also be posting some links for those of you around the world who can’t get it, as well as the official team sheets before kick-off. If you stay tuned, I will also be posting highlights of the game when it is all over, as well as a video of the whole game.

So I will sign off for now and get the team sheets and links for the game, but not without the usual

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets.

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, James Perch, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Jonas Gutierrez.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart (G), Pablo Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Matija Nastasic, Gael Clichy; Javi Garcia, Yaya Toure (C), Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Carlos Tevez.

Subs: Costel Pantilimon (G), Aleksandar Kolarov, Karim Rekik, Joleon Lescott, Abdul Razak, Scott Sinclair, Edin Dzeko.


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  1. No. Ben Arfa was the only one who looked like creating something at Fulham. Marveaux is the only one we have right now who can do something. That’s a shut up shop line up that will get murdered.

  2. “It’s highlighted a problem we’re going to look into – our younger players.” “They’re going to have to do more work – they need to improve.” “All those young players are good players – they could play in the Championship, no problem.”

    “But this is Newcastle, and they need to be better.” “We learnt a lot against Bordeaux.” “The young players are going to find out that they’re going to do a lot more work on the training ground.” “I’ve got to be honest – I was a little bit disappointed with them.”

    Unbelievable. It’s Pardew, Ashley and Llambias that’s to blame. They’re the ones who didn’t want to improve the squad by spending money and relying on lads who aren’t ready.

    Just few weeks back he said Bigi’s not ready for the first team. So what do you expect?

    Maybe they would get into Championship teams. But Alan, you’re not even Championship class at present and our owner and MD are not even in any footballing class.

  3. Just seen it Worky. A top quality link to watch the massacre. At least you’ll get an depth look at how it’s the players faults, especially the young ones and how brilliant Pardew’s tactics and motivational skills are…

  4. well unless we get one of those freak results from the football gods, then it’s going to be another defeat.
    no excuses today alan!, as the huge boards around your training pitch, will conceal your tactics, i bet mancini is soiling his briefs.
    i think anyone on this blog could be pardew’s understudy, he’s so easy to imitate.

    apparently clowns have been seen in the metrocentre, buying alan pardew costumes for xmas.

  5. OK, so I got up at 6.30 to watch it. Hope I’m not going back to bed at half time.

    C’mon Cisse find that magic touch again.

  6. GS says:
    December 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    “Nah Worky, I was listening to the cricket until 4.30am.”

    I got a few minutes more than you then, not many though.

  7. We look to be a lift for any team that plays us.

    How much you think Droopy will fancy seeing us next weekend?


  8. Can’t help you there, Sammy.

    I can tell you that you aren’t missing anything you’d want to see.

    Could be 4-0.

  9. Sod this. Krul’s going to have to do a Shay Given versus Liverpool or it’s gunna be bad. Very bad.

  10. We have 4 players in midfield who have all at one time this year played defensive midfield and we still look a shambles at the back.

    Surprisingly, we are creating some chances.

  11. GS says:
    December 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    “We have 4 players in midfield who have all at one time this year played defensive midfield and we still look a shambles at the back.”

    To be fair though GS, Man City have been attacking very well.

  12. A striker who can dribble and wingers who are wingers would be nice. A right back who offers attacking threat, a centre back and a left back and a manager who has tactical awareness. A new owner and MD. That’s all.

  13. That was the best ball Simpson’s ever put in the box, aside from the cross he put in for Carroll against the mackems in the 5-1. Shame nobody was in the box though.

  14. If we were any good at set pieces or corners we might have a goal now. I just see it as a waste of time every time we get one. Nothing happens.

  15. man city having their best game of the season just as swansea,west ham had & just as arsenal and qpr will have.

  16. Marveaux for Jonas? We have nothing to lose and I am getting a bit sick of having 2 players on the left who ALWAYS cut back inside – the opposition have sussed it.

  17. yes..we need to give ba whatever he wantsto stop him from leaveing whether its

  18. Jimbob says:
    December 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    “Ba cannot leave this club in January.”

    There are quite a few fans who think we should get rid of him because he’s “too greedy.”

  19. afternoon guys just got in to see the lowlights of the first half we need another centre back mbiwa or douglas and debuchy but these are the champions and we are all over them this half,pardew can be blamed for many things but not poor concentration from our players, and colo never looks comfortable alongside willo.

  20. you cannot be too hard on the useless barstewards today, first half really should have had city, out of sight.
    better second half, and we were unlucky not to draw level.
    we had to push forward for the equaliser, and you might as well get beat 3-1, than 2-1, trying to get back into it.

    it’s still 6 defeats out of 7, what did hughton get sacked for again?
    surely we need a change, for someone with more experience of europe lol.

  21. Better second half but it’s 6 defeats in 7. Not good at all. Especially the fact that run includes Swansea, West Ham, Southampton and Stoke and our last win was an undeserved 2-1 via a fluke from Cisse. Worrying.

  22. sammy d says:
    December 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    “I know i should be more grown up aqbout this but go on man u 2-0 yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees”

    Aye sammy. We should also hope that Liverpool manage to keep Aston Villa below us (don’t like that lot either since that day we got relegated at their place), and that Norwich keep Wigan below us too.

  23. just returned from sjp.

    cty should have been out of site by half time. we had some decent passages of play but it felt like city were playing well within themselves, the way they broke was frightening.

    i imagine mancini’s team talk consisted of “sit back, they’ll come at us and well catch them on the break”. there wasn’t really any sense in the ground that there was anything there for us after cisse fired over on the turn.

    anita played very well. thought perch did ok and santon going forward. haven’t seen the corner yet but i understand he was culpable.

    was there any media coverage of the flare thrown into the leazes crowd by the city fans after their first goal?

  24. stewpot says:
    December 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    “anita played very well. thought perch did ok and santon going forward. haven’t seen the corner yet but i understand he was culpable.”

    Santon had an appalling game overall, not just for leaning against the post to let that goal in. Williamson had a perfectly respectable one, but guess who’s been chuntered about? :-)

    “was there any media coverage of the flare thrown into the leazes crowd by the city fans after their first goal?”

    I didn’t see anything about it stewpot.

  25. worky it looks like that is not happening,the only good thing is we look to have an easier time after christmas but we need to strengthen even if it is just a couple of big names it will give the rest of the lads confidence and belief,it would be nice to have a decent january to give us a bit of breathing space so we can have a decent crack at the EL in febuary otherwise we are going to have to save our purples for the league to ensure survival and we wont last long against the big boys with kids!

  26. funny that, i suppose unless your an over-paid knob with blood on your shirt it doesn’t quite have the same visual impact.

    didn’t notice davide having such a poor game, it’s not always as clear when you’re at the game.

    willo won’t ever get any credit from the haters, played well today. the bloke who sits next to me isn’t a fan and was almost willing mistakes from him and criticising him for other people’s mistakes.

  27. Williamson was our best defender today. Colo should have done better marking Garcia, much like last Monday when marking rodergelega or however you spell it.

    Santon was shocking in defence, better in attack. The polar opposite of Danny Simpson, who can defend but can’t attack. Though for the third goal it was just sloppy throughout.

    Santon’s never impressed me defensively, he’s not bad at all, just not as good as most people keep going on.

    Anita is head and shoulders above anyone at present. Full of energy and man of the match for us. Ba played very well and Tiote had a pretty good game apart from a few lapses of concentration. Perch was tidy as always. Jonas works and works but offers nothing in attack which isn’t what you want your supposed left winger to be like. Yeah he protects Santon but when you’re chasing a game you need someone to create. He’s having a bad season, but then so are a lot of first teamers, and as is Pardew.

    Defeat to QPR and that’s gotta be it for him, can’t see Mike sticking with him. But on a positive note it really was a good effort second half.

  28. @sammy

    their fans threw a flare into the toon fans underneath them in the leazes end after their first goal.

    i’m surprised it wasn’t covered on tv but then again i’m not surprised at all.

  29. stewpot says:
    December 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    “didn’t notice davide having such a poor game, it’s not always as clear when you’re at the game.”

    stewpot, perhaps “appalling” was a little strong but it was easily within the realm of “poor.” I wrote this earlier when you were at the game but if it was Williamson who stood there and let that goal in, a Geordie Fatwa would have been declared.

    I definitely prefer to be there for seeing what’s going on rather than watching it on TV. You can see the whole chessboard and how the pieces are moving across it together and interacting with each other. On TV it’s just a camera focusing on a few players and missing out the rest.

  30. nothing in the media at all mate all that i have heard is police involved after a citeh player was involved in an altercation with some fans after full time do you know anything about that?

  31. Jimbob says:
    December 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    “Anita is head and shoulders above anyone at present.”

    He isn’t even head and shoulders above Ronnie Corbett Jimbob!

  32. sammy d says:
    December 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    “worky thats shortist and discriminatory but funny as fcuk”

    Sammy, it must have been Jimbob who was joking using that particular phrase about little Vurn. :-)

  33. @sammy

    didn’t see any altercations at the end mate. to be be fair i wasn’t really watching the players at the end just wanted to get to the pus a.s.a.p.

  34. Actually, was’nt that bad a game, we looked good at times passing the ball around.
    Of course we cant play football with a side that has such quality and the fact our best effort came from direct play, putting Citeh under pressure.
    Should not be unexpected, nor should people complain, as it was our best shot at a win.
    Until we can line up a side that is equal in quality.
    We will no doubt continue to play direct football, against the top teams.

  35. Mitigating game. We could not have hoped for anything even in extrodinary circumstances, so I will not mark Pardew down negatively for this defeat. He gets a pass. Although he did say on Monday: There is no reason we cannot win that game.

    QPR will be tough. A loss there will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. We have better players but Redknapp is cleverer than Pardew but then again who is not? Pardew was a bit lucky City played to our strengths come the second half by playing a textbook 2-goals up sit back and counter game.

  36. Michael12 says:
    December 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    “QPR will be tough. A loss there will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. We have better players but Redknapp is cleverer than Pardew but then again who is not?”

    Michael, Junior Hoilett, Adel Taarabt, Esteban Granero from Real Madrid, Ji-Sung Park and Fábio from Man U, Jose Bosingwa from Chelsea, A goalkeeper from Internazionale with 64 full Brazil caps (Júlio César), Samba Diakité, Stéphane Mbia, a player Llambias put in a £5 million bid for when he was worth almost double that. That’s just some of ’em so I wouldn’t be so sure about the quality of their squad. ;-)

    They were underperforming ludicrously before, but as you suggest, “clever” ‘Arry’s there now getting them believing in themselves as a team. After a series of three tight draws, they’ve now chalked up their first win against Fulham, a team who beat us the other week. They’re also off the bottom of the table now and have momentum.

    We can’t just look on them as a cheap and cheerful yo-yo side, albeit with a “clever” manager.

  37. You got that right about QPR and it’s an example of what it takes to be a manager.
    Obviously the two guys who preceeded Arry, just could’nt manage it, pun intended.
    Arry stays at home and inherits a side packed with good player who up to now have either been leaderless, or underperforming for whatever reason.
    They will not go down and i’m positive Arry will turn them into an entertaining side.

  38. Not willing to give anyone a “pass” myself. Didn’t really expect much from this fixture but in context: 6 losses out of 7 and likely more to come. Two points off 18th place. Plus, city haven’t been playing well of late and really didn’t play particularly well for most of the match yesterday. AP’s negativity is part of that: 4 holding midfielders? Really? Anita looked good in open play, but the less said of his set pieces the better. Apparently nobody other than Raylor, Cabaye and HBA can take FKs on this team. Well Ba can but then who’s gonna score? And if he’s off to LFC in January?

    Norwich up to 7th…good thing we’re not saddled with their inexperienced manager. No way he could take us forward.

    Jan Vertonghen had another imperious match today. Was pretty telling to watch him, Sigurdsson and Loris for Spurs. We saw them as competition last season. They didn’t pass on the chance to deepen their squad. THAT’S how you push forward, not hiring managers who can’t keep a job in the third division.