Philosophical in defeat

By Lee Ryder on Nov 20, 11 01:58 PM

I have to say when it comes to going to Eastlands, my greatest experience so far was seeing Oasis back in 2006 with Newcastle United yet to record a win at the City of Manchester Stadium.

There have been some painful experiences at Eastlands down the years.

The sight of Lee Clark and Scott Parker running into each other while chasing the same ball just hours before Graeme Souness was sacked, Joey Barton getting injured in another miserable defeat in the 2009, Joe Kinnear losing the plot in a Press conference and calling Charles N'Zogbia, Charles Insomina and of course Hatem Ben Arfa's chilling injury following a tackle with Nigel De Jong.

It was a familiar feeling again at teatime on Saturday, the Magpies were beaten by a side spending plenty of money to buy the title.

One thing I did notice in the crowds throughout the game, is that Man City fans have gone from a bunch of fans who used to feel quite sorry for themselves to a set of supporters who now believe they have a devine right to get every decision their way - very much like their more storied neighbours Man United.

Any slight hint of contact in the box for opposing teams these days has got a good chance of resulting a penalty award, but that's not sour grapes, both of Chris Foy's decisions were correct.

Newcastle didn't get the breaks they needed against Man City.

But they did give the Toon Army plenty to be positive about.

For a start, despite being pinned in their own half for long periods, United created some good chances and on another day efforts like Demba Ba's first half shot and Hatem Ben Arfa's unlucky pop that smacked the post go in.

Both would have been game changers, but there was no air of throwing the towel in from Newcastle and that has to be important.

For now, Newcastle are still in the hunt for a European place, even with Manchester United away looming in a few days.

Man City will probably get their hands on some silverware this season but as Newcastle fans know even being 12 points clear does not mean you will see off Man U.

It will come down to bottle.

But I will take my nose out of Man City's business for now, and focus on Newcastle.

If Newcastle can pick up anywhere near the points tally of the first 12 games in the next 12 matches, they are in with a real chance of having a special season.

I think it was Neil Warnock who said recently if Alan Pardew managed to get Newcastle into the Champions League he should get manager of the season.

For once I agree with Warnock, Newcastle's cost of putting a team together equates to a mere David Silva!

Pardew has had no right to guide Newcastle into the top four but even against a team worth millions yesterday, they pushed Man City to the limit.

In the end, Man City fans' biggest problem was that they'd ran out of chips in the kiosks at half-time, oh well you can't have it all eh?


keith G said:

Di no one see the game I saw, out first half tactics begged for us to be behind at the break all we did was get men behind the ball. In the second half we had to attack and it was so much better. if we had done this all game we could have won it.

Pardew Needed to be more attack minded in the first half.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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