MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 2 (AET), St James’ Park, 30/Oct/13, KO: 7:45pm,League Cup.

by • October 30, 2013 • Match reportsComments (13)979

Another season, another potential trophy to chalk off the list as we exited the League CupPardew4 to Man City in a largely lifeless but nonetheless improved encounter at SJP.  The visitors lined up with a virtual reserve XI and we made a few changes of our own from the derby disaster with Haidara, Anita, Cisse, Shola and Yanga-Mbiwa all coming into the starting line-up and for most of the first half, we were marginally the better team.

Chances were fairly thin on the ground but the better ones fell to us and Cisse is so out of form at the minute, it’s almost painful to watch.  Shola was a handful without displaying much mobility and he miscued a shot after Patillimon had fumbled and Cisse put wide after Shola had flicked a ball on to him.  Perhaps our best chance fell to Anita but he side footed a volley wide from about ten yards with the goal gaping.  The pasting a few of us were fearing never looked like materialising and City were laboured in their approach while we had hold of the midfield battle.

Haidara was replaced by Dummett at half time after a promising 45 minutes and extra time looked likely from well before the end of the 90 minutes as the second half followed a similar pattern in terms of a lack of clear cut chances and little in the way of urgency – it certainly didn’t feel like a cup tie for the bulk of the game.  They started to impose themselves more in terms of possession and fashioned a couple of opportunites, most notably from a header pulled back at the far post by substitute Negredo that we managed to hack clear from in front of goal.

Shola made way for Cabaye shortly after they introduced Silva to the game and ultimately, it was the Spaniard who had the greater say in the outcome of the game with some great vision and touches inspiring them to push forward more regularly.  Dummett, who has had a pretty rank few days, poor kid, had to go off for Ben Arfa and it looked like we could have pinched it just before the end of normal time, but Gouffran headed wide from five yards out, luckily with the linesman’s flag up at the time.

Our golden opportunity came right at the start of extra time.  Ben Arfa picked out a fantastic ball to leave Cisse bearing down on Pantilimon with no defender in sight.

Unfortunately his first touch wasn’t ideal and the big keeper saved his effort.  He should have buried it and we paid the price when they got two quick goals in the first period.

Firstly, Dzeko pulled back an intelligent ball after a good passing move and Negredo completely lost his marker Mbiwa to finish.  Dzeko himself finished things off, rounding Krul and neatly finishing after a clever ball from Silva.  Ben Arfa nearly got a late consolation only to see his volleyed effort blocked on the line but in the end it was too much and we bowed out of the competition.

Given the quarter final line up, it would have been a stretch to say that we had a realistic chance of winning the thing and to be fair, the team didn’t play badly.  Certainly there was more will than was evident on Sunday and in truth, we had as many good opportunities as City did – we just failed to finish ours.

You wouldn’t go as far as to call the performance a confidence booster though and you get the feeling that Pardew has already written his post match press conference for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday on the back of 120 gruelling (which they weren’t) minutes less than 72 hours hence.  I think the best word to sum up the challenge ahead over the next fortnight would be daunting but with expectations so dimmed, anything would be a bonus.

Keep the Faith

Newcastle United– Tim Krul 5, Matthieu Debuchy 6, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 6, Mike Williamson 7, Massaido Haidara 7 (Paul Dummett 6 (Hatem Ben Arfa 7)), Moussa Sissoko 6, Vurnon Anita 7, Cheick TIOTE 7, Yohan Gouffran 5, Shola Ameobi 5 (Yohan Cabaye 5), Papiss Cisse 4

Ref – Swarbrick – 7 – No complaints

Our Fans – 5 – Every shitty ditty in the songbook from the bairns in the corner.  Young un’s of 16 singing ‘Where were you when you were shit’ to Man City?  Really?  Sorry for being a miserable old twat but I found them canny tedious all night and the rest of the ground was far from rocking.

Their Fans – 2 – Almost comically quiet.  Had you not glanced over to check, you would never known they were there until they scored, despite bringing a good following.  Terrible.

GARETH HARRISON TF_INITIALS_LOGO

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13 Responses to MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 2 (AET), St James’ Park, 30/Oct/13, KO: 7:45pm,League Cup.

  1. Micky Miller says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ‘top four side there for the taking as much as tonight.For the first hour they couldn’t have give a fuck and were more or less inviting us to score and save them from some forthcoming tedious winter Micky Mouse Wednesdays.
    But us being us we couldn’t even look the gift horse in the gob resulting in ‘Dr Phibes bringing on Silva, and more or less apologising for winning.
    If this is Shola’s last season I hope before he leaves he gives Cisse a huge twat across his his thick gormless boat to waken the fucker up because he is fast becoming an embarrassment to the shirt…. Sick as fuck.

  2. Tom Bates says:

    It was a decent effort, we had more than enough chances to win it, having said that City clearly couldnt be arsed for large parts of the game, they were walking around in 5th gear until the second half. Cisse of two seasons ago would have won us the game however the 2013 version is a different animal and looks like he would rather be at home watching the tele on a cold Wednesday night. Confused by our fans signing your support is f****ing shit when the ground was near silent, unless it was directed at us?

  3. Ande Walsh says:

    I agree with Micky. Unfortunately the manager has sapped Cissé of all confidence and it is worrying when the lethargic (borderline comatose) Ameobi is showing much more guile than your main front man it it a worrying situation. All I need to know is what formation the midfield used for the whole of the second half? Did any player know where they were supposed to be? Was it ever likely with such disarray in midfield can any team break quickly and construct chances? Lone striker in front of a disorganised and poor crossing midfield is only going to be more lone. This was not unlucky Parsnip, find another excuse.

    • Steve P says:

      you are alive then mate? you’re missing some banter on the Facebook pages, someone actually asked for your return last night!!

  4. STEPHEN says:

    Cisse has had the ‘goals’ coached out of him, Remy is now work in progress on that front. Sissoko is a dud they don’t know what to do with.

    They can’t even send out ball boys of an age where they a clued up as to the drill. Debuchy had to go out onto Leazes Terrace to retrieve the ball from some students flat, had a cuppa and a chat and told them come round at full-time and you can have my shirt, signed whilst the little lads sat motionless on their stool’s.

    It’s not even depressing anymore.

  5. Mick Dixon says:

    City were not interested. Theres no glory or money in that cup for them.
    We should have won it if someone could finish and shoot straight!

    Check out the excuse before the Chelski massacre that Pards is spouting off
    “fatigue among the players”………..they are tired FFS!!!
    Has this guy got a degree in claptrap and bullshte??
    And Palace want him as a manager???? YEA?? Ill pay the taxi meself.

    Mick

  6. Tom Bates says:

    Annoying that some fans still defend Pardew as he is a better option than Kinnear and he did well two years ago. Kinnears managerial record is better than Pardews for his achievements at Wimbledon and he is past it now, but I’m not sure he did any worse than Pardew with us considering we were rock bottom when he came in and were about 13th when he left?
    TF, how about putting a front cover with Pardew LIAR on the front?
    I find it sickening how he constantly lies and condradicts himself to the fans, what a terrible example to young people, its ok to lie as long as you get people off your back eh? We’re fresh and ready/ we’re fatigued, the cups arent a priority/we want to win for the fans, we need more signings/I agree with mike and Joe the squad is good enough. Hmmn. I really think he should be held to account for this as it is a total lack or respect to the fans and an insult to the intellighence of us that he thinks he can continually spout this garbage and get away with it. The latest excuse on behalf of Tiote, it (fake licence) was a misunderstanding. Are you serious? no dignity or respect for himself or others.

  7. Adam Forster says:

    Spot on assessment of the game, we had our chances but didn’t take them. The young lads trying to make a racket did have me cringing with some of their patter, but, we were all young once and I’d like to think they’ll suss out what’s what. At least there are some youngsters coming through, as with the ill feeling towards the club you couldn’t blame them for finding something else to do with their time. Although there was one kid near me who may not have caught the bug, spent the second half playing Sonic the Hedgehog on an ipad, seemed to be doing well though so well done to him.

  8. Tom Bates says:

    Joe Kinnear was the world champion at Soinc back in the early 90s apparently.

  9. Tom Bates says:

    Soinc, er Sonic

  10. Adam Forster says:

    Joe Kinnear clocked all the Sonic and the lesser know Soinc games in one afternoon, even with a bit of chewa stuck under one of the buttons on his Mega Drive controller

  11. Tom Bates says:

    Joes finger was actually on the button with all computer games development, he claims to have been the key figure responsible for the growth of Sega, Nintendo and the computer games industry in general. He dismissed those claiming Sega games were for kids as idiots claimng they were talking out their arse and suggested they f*** off (quite probably not true).

  12. barry goulder says:

    losing all faith in united now think I,ll go watch the local amateur side,