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BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

St James' Park, England

Attendance: 49579

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Newcastle United

  • Demba Ba 51'

1 - 3

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Manchester City

  • Sergio Agüero 10'
  • Javi Garcia 39'
  • Yaya Touré 78'
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    Ravi Ubha: We'll do it again soon.
    So long for now.

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    Ravi Ubha: Had great fun, hope you did, too.

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    Ravi Ubha: All, thanks for joining me today in the Boot Room.

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    [Comment from Kyle ]
    Definitely not the result I was hoping for today...

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    Ravi Ubha: City three points behind United, but United will make it six at about 5 pm UK time.

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    Ravi Ubha: So, City bounce back after last week's loss to United; Newcastle have lost six of the last seven.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Kolo hasn't seemed that great to me.

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    Ravi Ubha: FT: Newcastle 1-3 City.

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    Ravi Ubha: A little more legs and it would have been 4-1. Dzeko leading a 3-on-1 but his pass to Aguero has no gas, and Perch cuts it out.

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    [Comment from Charles ]
    As sketchy as both the Manchester clubs have been this season, they've both looked great against Newcastle.

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    Ravi Ubha: Would have gone for Yaya myself. But I guess the defenders all stick together.

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    Ravi Ubha: Gary Neville's man of the match: Kolo Toure.

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    Ravi Ubha: Into stoppage time, 3 minutes.

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    Ravi Ubha: I actually thought he made the right decision.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    That was Dzeko's revenge on Aguero. I can't believe that pettiness exists in professional football.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yaya, Gutierrez and Coloccini looked like kids watching a puppet show, on the ground scrambling.

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    i must have to say without cabaye, ben arfa and ba newcastle is a relegation team.

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    Ravi Ubha: Wrong decision by Aguero, one on one with the keeper on a counter and his chip is wide of the mark. Perhaps could have played in Dzeko earlier.

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    Ravi Ubha: Aguero not far off with his low shot across goal from 20 yards. About two yards wide of the post.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    It's sort of amazing to me that Newcastle were once considered good enough to have a movie made about them getting the final champions league spot on the last day of the season.

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    Ravi Ubha: Was always bound to be.

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    [Comment from Ivan from the Philippines ]
    That 8 year deal is looking like a curse for pardew

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    Ravi Ubha: Newcastle sub: Ferguson for Simpson.

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    Ravi Ubha: Newcastle still chugging, or trying to. Ba's shot after he cuts in fizzes over the bar.

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    Ravi Ubha: Alan Eight Year Pardew.

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    [Comment from Charles ]
    Pardew starting to lose that smug look.. kind of...

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    Ravi Ubha: One half looks like a possibility. Not the other.

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    [Comment from Karthik ]
    I am calling it right now. Alan Pardew out at the end of the season, to be replaced by Arsene Wenger.

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    Ravi Ubha: Passed the 80th minute.

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    [Comment from Kyle ]
    Welcome to the relegation zone, Newcastle...

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    [Comment from Ken ]
    Yaya started his run at the same time Zabaleta did. That looked like a bit of a set piece to me.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    How did no one get out to mark the wing in that entire move? Acres of space!

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    [Comment from Charles ]
    How many nutmegs was that?

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    [Comment from Ivan from the Philippines ]
    game over

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    Ravi Ubha: Subs: Lescott for Tevez; Ameobi for Cisse.
    City at 3 at the back.

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    Ravi Ubha: Zabaleta is on-side on the left and his low cross to the near post finds Yaya, who sticks the ball between Krul's legs.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yaya, who scored last season at Newcastle, puts the game away.

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    Ravi Ubha: 3-1!

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    [Comment from Ivan from the Philippines ]
    At least he gets paid to sit

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    [Comment from Karthik ]
    I think Coloccini and David Luiz are long lost brothers.

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    [Comment from Ben Krimmel ]
    Today. I just re-did the outline. It does not look pretty. I face an uphill battle. I need the bravery of Bradford during midweek.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    He's getting paid a lot. I refuse to call him a poor lad.

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    [Comment from Charles ]
    It's Sinclair's fault he signed for them

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    Ravi Ubha: But Pardew has a warm word with Tiote, likely explaining his thinking.

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    Ravi Ubha: Tiote shaking his head, and I am, too. He's coming off for Marveaux.

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    Ravi Ubha: Sinclair, Rodwell, Parker, Sidwell...who else?

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    [Comment from John ]
    Still no Scott Sinclair, poor lad.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hearing that Nemanja Vidic is on the bench for United vs. Sunderland.

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    Ravi Ubha: TV says Kolarov has a thigh injury.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    That sounds miserable. When do you have to turn in this paper Ben?

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    Ravi Ubha: He won't be happy about this, if he's not injured: The sub (Kolarov) is replaced by another sub.

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    Ravi Ubha: 20 minutes to go and Dzeko about to enter.

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    [Comment from Ben Krimmel ]
    Come on Newcastle! I need a goal from you soon or I have to read a column for my paper on Hillsborough County Florida elementary schools testing a salad bar in school cafeterias. And I really don't want to.

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    Ravi Ubha: Tevez attempts an overhead kick from an Aguero cross...no contact.

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    Ravi Ubha: But first header cleared by Zabaleta.

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    Ravi Ubha: Newcastle free kick.

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    Ravi Ubha: Tevez starting to look a little frustrated. Not happy with Garcia for not moving to his pass, leading to possession being lost.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ba's grass-cutter from 25 yards gives Hart no trouble.

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    Ravi Ubha: Coloccini averts danger with a tap in beckoning, coolly clearing a Kolarov cross for a corner.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Sadly, only one player from Arsenal has impressed this season.

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    [Comment from Ivan ]
    Michu

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    Ravi Ubha: There have been many...but a few: Fellaini, Michu, RVP, Bale, Tevez...the list could go on.

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    [Comment from Curtis (Little Rock, AR) ]
    Which player has impressed so far in the Premiership this season?

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    Ravi Ubha: From a very tight angle.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ooh, side netting from Ba from a corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ping pong at the moment but bottom line is that there's no respite for City. Newcastle with all the momentum.

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    Ravi Ubha: Kolarov concedes a corner, and Newcastle are pressing.

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    did pardew learn how to hair dry or something?

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    [Comment from Ben Krimmel ]
    This game is really wide open now. Very FIFA-esq. Right down to the glitch of second goal for City.

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    Ravi Ubha: Very, very good cross by Zabaleta on the right but the problem was that no one was chasing it.

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    Ravi Ubha: Mind you, if he only ever scores one goal for Newcastle, it was a stunner and so important vs. Arsenal.

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    Ravi Ubha: Tiote doesn't score many goals and you can tell why.
    First off, poor to try a shot from 40 yards. He gives it a go anyway and it's 15 yards wide.

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    Ravi Ubha: Would have been 3-1 had he crossed to Aguero...

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Oh dear, Tevez missed the obvious pass.

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    Ravi Ubha: It was a real beauty. In fact, both were on that day.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    I'm still amazed that Cisse's goal against Chelsea wasn't a nominee for the Puskas award.

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    Ravi Ubha: A card to Kolo and James Perch. Perch for an earlier challenge and Kolo for chattering to the ref.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    There are much better strikers than Ba on the market.

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    [Comment from DeSelby ]
    but I just blamed him. they've showed several replays. Hart started to come out then just stopped and stood there.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Oh Cisse. What happened to you.

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    [Comment from Ben Krimmel ]
    I'll take something out of nothing for $1,000 Alex. If you are City, that was like the goal you let your younger brother score in FIFA so Mom doesn't get angry that your running up the score.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    I should have gotten up earlier so that Newcastle played better in the first half.

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    Ravi Ubha: I suspect he will stay.

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    [Comment from Karthik ]
    Ravi, do you think Demba Ba will be off to Liverpool/Chelsea come January?

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    Ravi Ubha: Cisse with a lightning quick turn in the box and his left footed rocket is narrowly over the bar.

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    Ravi Ubha: Almost 2-2!

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    Ravi Ubha: I don't think he can be blamed.

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    [Comment from DeSelby ]
    joe hart looked lost on that. just wandering around.

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    they also wanted van der wiel if memory serves me

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Well done!

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    Ravi Ubha: Ba beats the off-side trap as Coloccini pumps a ball back into the box. Aguero plays Ba on, and it's 2-1 with a header.

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    Ravi Ubha: Newcastle get one back!

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    Ravi Ubha: Tiote wins a corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Random thought: Too bad for Newcastle they couldn't land Debuchy in the summer. Simpson, me thinks, isn't a first-team Premier League player.

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    Ravi Ubha: Santon trying to make amends after a shocking first half. Cuts in, and his shot to the near post isn't far off.

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    Ravi Ubha: Having an excellent game, mopping up anything in the box.

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    hart seems on fire today? trying to make up the save he couldnt on the derby?

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    Ravi Ubha: Tiote with a high, spinning cross across goal to Ba at the far post, but his header flies over the bar.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Come on Newcastle!

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    Ravi Ubha: Difficult one, Ben. I think the pass from Toure unlocked the defense completely and Aguero's marker couldn't catch up.

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    [Comment from Ben Krimmel ]
    Did Newcastle give up on that first goal after Nasri got the pass or what? Shockingly poor effort. Not the sign of a team only a few points from the relegation zone.

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    Ravi Ubha: Second half underway.

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    Ravi Ubha: A private conversation.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    I am slightly amused by the fact that you aren't actually publishing my comments, but you're responding to them.

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    Ravi Ubha: Abolished?
    Well, you'd hard be hard pressed to convince the likes of La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga to change their set up.
    The players and managers in England WANT a winter break.
    But for the fans, hey, it's great!

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    ravi, do you think the winter break should be abolished from the leagues?

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    Ravi Ubha: OK, Jan.

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    Ravi Ubha: Again, Jan? :)

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    Ravi Ubha: Yeah, football sounds like more fun.

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    [Comment from Ben Krimmel ]
    3,000 word analysis and critique of the opinion section of the Tampa Bay Times for Editorial and Persuasive writing class at George Washington.

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    Ravi Ubha: Steven Taylor, injured, acting as a halftime analyst for British TV.
    I've never, ever rated him as a defender. Far too error prone.
    Plus, he loves to go down when he's hit on the arm in the box to try to throw off the ref!

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    Ravi Ubha: What's the paper about?

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    [Comment from Ben Krimmel]
    I stayed up all night for this????? Actually it was the paper I am trying to write. But still. Come on Newcastle make a game of this!

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    Ravi Ubha: They're just showing that commercial for Turkish Airlines featuring Messi and Kobe. Great one.

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    Ravi Ubha: How excited is everyone about the busy, upcoming Christmas programme?

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    Ravi Ubha: HT: Newcastle 0-2 City.

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    Ravi Ubha: One last chance for Newcastle to get a goal before HT. Nastasic fouls Cisse, and it's a free kick from 40 yards.

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    Ravi Ubha: Kolarov, incidentally, has lined up on the left side of mid. Silva now on the right.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good recovery by Zabaleta. Initially beaten by Cisse on a cross, he recovers to clear for a corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Halftime approaching, so a good time to send over your questions to Macca and Ian at #FCBootroom.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Silva has Messi feet.

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    Ravi Ubha: Especially when City have struggled with balls pumped into the box.

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    [Comment from Karthik ]
    I don't see the point of short corner kicks. Why waste a glorious opportunity to put the ball into the box?

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    Ravi Ubha: Going back to that question about City's best 11, I'd go for:
    Hart; Clichy, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta; Barry, Toure, Silva, Milner; Tevez, Aguero.

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    Ravi Ubha: On a promising counter, Kolarov makes his run too early and is off-side.

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    Ravi Ubha: Short again, which the fans don't like.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Rough day at the office for Santon today.

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    Ravi Ubha: Another corner, to Hart's left.

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    Ravi Ubha: Newcastle with a short corner, punched to safety by Hart, who has had a very, very good game.

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    Ravi Ubha: The whole world knew it would turn out that way, too, just like for Rodwell.

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    [Comment from John ]
    Scott Sinclair made the worst decision of his life when he went to City.

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    Ravi Ubha: 2-0, 39th minute.

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    Ravi Ubha: Outswinger, header and Santon, on the line, whiffs at his clearance!

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    Ravi Ubha: Javi Garcia header from the corner!

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    Ravi Ubha: 2-0!

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    Ravi Ubha: Silva to Tevez on a counter, Tevez gets a shot away from the right, six yards, but cruel stops it and it goes out for a corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Let's see how they shape up now. Nasri was having joy on the right.

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    Ravi Ubha: Nasri coming off, for Kolarov.

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    Ravi Ubha: Tevez gives away a FK and Aguero earns a yellow for kicking the ball away.

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    [Comment from Random Question ]
    Ravi, if you had the whole city team at your disposal (everybody fit, no injuries) who would you select as your XI?

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    Ravi Ubha: Up now but temporarily off the pitch.

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    Ravi Ubha: He's grimacing on the ground as he's being worked on. Boos rain down from the stands.

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    Ravi Ubha: Nasri on the ground again, this time with what looks to be groin issue.

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    Ravi Ubha: City can ill afford to keep giving away free kicks. That's where Newcastle has looked the most threatening.

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    [Comment from Henrique ]
    Well at least Newcastle is actually fighting now. They can easily pull some kind of result as long as they stop Silva a bit more

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    Ravi Ubha: Tevez down when he clashes with Coloccini. But the free kick to Newcastle!
    Coloccini caught Tevez with an arm, in the face.

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    [Comment from Autry ]
    Watching this I remember why I like small, quick strikers. I've never been a fan of the big guys (Balotelli, Dzeko, Ibra, Adebayor, etc.) Quick passing and movement up top.

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    Ravi Ubha: Cisse lets fly from 35 yards, over the bar.

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    Ravi Ubha: But the ball goes nowhere near in.

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    Ravi Ubha: Nasri in a wall!

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    [Comment from Henrique ]
    Javi Garcia has yet to do anything in this game...

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    [Comment from Matt ]
    Nasri is running it

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Aguero could have 5 goals already.

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    Ravi Ubha: He has struggled this season for sure. But he's only in because of Cabaye's absence.

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    [Comment from Autry ]
    Anita was supposed to be a good signing from Ajax. I haven't seen much from him.

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    Ravi Ubha: Santon struggling on the left.

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    Ravi Ubha: Tevez to Nasri on the right, cut back to Aguero from 10 yards, with time, but he shoots wide.

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    Ravi Ubha: Newcastle cut open and it should have been 2.

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    Ravi Ubha: Come on, Morty, that wasn't a dive.

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    City looking like Spain out there with all the flopping

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    Williamson could have scored with more pace on that volley

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    Ravi Ubha: The natives getting a little restless.

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    Ravi Ubha: Marriner takes his time before booking Simpson for thumping Silva below the knee.

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    Ravi Ubha: Well it is now.

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    Ravi Ubha: How is that not a yellow...

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    [Comment from Henrique ]
    This game is great now for the neutral. No defense at all!

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    [Comment from Autry ]
    Henrique, I agree. Deep-lying midfielders are sometimes the "unsung heroes" in terms of statistics. Nobody doubts Modric or Yaya's ability. They're arguably their club's most important player (Or at least Modric used to be)

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    Ravi Ubha: Attack to attack as City win a corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hart has to be alert to clear, then a diving save to his left.

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    Ravi Ubha: All of a sudden Newcastle threaten.

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    [Comment from Spurs Fan ]
    Watched every game last year that he played in and he may not have the stats but no one in the position he played in will have a huge line up of impressive stats but the effect he had on the game was marvelous

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    Ravi Ubha: Good work by Tiote to evade Silva and begin a Newcastle attack.

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    Ravi Ubha: Maybe you can ask him a question. At #FCBootroom...

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    Ravi Ubha: I'd imagine he'd have some backers...

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    [Comment from PJ ]
    Watching the US broadcast, all Ian Darke is doing is nitpicking Nasri. Everything Nasri does he picks it apart, give it a rest already!

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    [Comment from Henrique ]
    As for the Modric comment, I do not think anyone has ever questioned his ability. He did not play in a position to have these sort of "stats". These players are not judged on stats...

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    Ravi Ubha: But it's only 1-0. And at that score, Newcastle still in it.

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    [Comment from Autry ]
    This is maybe the most dominant offensive performance I've seen this season.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Where has this version of City been all season!?!

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    [Comment from Henrique ]
    How is it not 4-0!!!!!

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    [Comment from Henrique ]
    Have to say though, even though City have really done poorly in Europe, Nastasic is really looking like he will be a top central back in a couple years

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    I think football should go the route of hockey and have a blue line instead of the current offsides rule

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    Ravi Ubha: Anita wins the ball from Nasri, who stays down with a left leg injury. He's up now. Wait til he's in the wall...

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    Ravi Ubha: Elaborate...

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    [Comment from Autry ]
    Statistics don't always tell the whole story. If you look at Modric's stats for Tottenham, they're pretty lackluster. However, it separates those who take shortcuts from those who actually watch the matches.

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    Ravi Ubha: Nasri hits the post from a tight angle, then on the rebound, Aguero's tap in is blocked by a sliding Williamson.
    Far too easy now.

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    Ravi Ubha: How is it not 2-0?

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    Ravi Ubha: Silva waltzes into the box from a Nasri pass but made the wrong choice. Instead of feeding Tevez to his left, he tries to go in himself and his pass is cut out.

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    Ravi Ubha: 18 minutes gone.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yeah, true. They overachieved last season, but we must say, too, that injuries have hurt them. Cabaye is a huge loss.

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    [Comment from Karthik ]
    Man City cutting through the Newcastle defense way too easily. Newcastle has been the most disappointing team this season so far.

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    [Comment from Henrique ]
    Funny how Yaya has turned from a defensive mid/central defender at Barca into one of the best passers in the league. Such a great player.

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    Ravi Ubha: Do you guys think (thinking fantasy team) that football should go the way of hockey and award a second assist? Toure deserves something for that fine ball to Nasri.

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    Lefty bias! I demand the FA investigate!

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    Ravi Ubha: He took one for the team. Otherwise it was a 2-on-1.

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    [Comment from Henrique ]
    Why commit that foul in the 14th minute though

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    Ravi Ubha: Nasri looking like he's in the mood today. Again, it's Yaya with a great ball to Nasri, releasing the Frenchman on the right, but his cross just eludes a teammate at the far post.

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    Ravi Ubha: Williamson given the game's first yellow for sticking a leg out and catching a charging Tevez near the center line.

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    Ravi Ubha: Keep on sending questions to Macca and Ian at #FCBootroom...

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    Ravi Ubha: This game could get away from Newcastle very quickly.
    I suspect that won't be the only goal City will score this half.

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    [Comment from Henrique ]
    Way too easy... Cannot give Silva this kind of space, he needs to be closed by 2 people always

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    [Comment from Henrique ]
    Yeah do not understand that. Obviously no great central partnership has ever been composed of two right footed players.... oh wait

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    Ravi Ubha: Newcastle wobbling. Krul with a fine save to deny Tevez on the volley after good work from Silva.

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    Ravi Ubha: Almost two!

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    Ravi Ubha: For once Nasri makes himself useful...then again I think Milner would have made the same run and cut it across, too.

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    Ravi Ubha: Apparently Mancini doesn't want to play two left footers in the center of defense. A little strange, me thinks.

  •  

    [Comment from psmith-6 ]
    Did Joleon Lescott poison Mancini's dog or something?

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    Ravi Ubha: No, he was on-side.

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    [Comment from Karthik ]
    Poor call again. Looked like offside.

  •  

    [Comment from Henrique ]
    That is a great pass from one of the best eggs out there. All combining for a wonderful omelette

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    [Comment from Ike ]
    Soaked up the pressure well and responded literally on like our 3rd attack.

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    [Comment from Ike ]
    That's my team.

  •  

    [Comment from Henrique ]
    Ravi, you are under pressure then! I do not know how I can live a weekend without JT!

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    Ravi Ubha: Wonderful, wonderful through ball from Y. Toure to Nasri cuts open the defense, then Nasri unselfishly crosses to Aguero for a tap in.

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    Ravi Ubha: 1-0 City!

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    Ravi Ubha: Goal!

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    Ravi Ubha: Not sure. I don't believe so.

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    [Comment from Henrique ]
    Any boot room tomorrow?

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    Balo is more trouble than he is worth

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    Ravi Ubha: Aguero plays in Tevez, whose shot was well saved by Krul from inside the box. He's ruled off-side but replays show bad call. He was on.

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    Ravi Ubha: Another free kick lofted in the box. Poor header from Clichy but fortunately for him it goes to a teammate who clears.

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    Ravi Ubha: A large Argentinean contingent on show today: Tevez, Aguero, Zabaleta, Coloccini, Gutierrez...

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    Ravi Ubha: We'll see how the game develops!

  •  

    [Comment from Nitro ]
    There is no Balotelli to blame today, so if City lose who will they turn to?

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    Ravi Ubha: Ooh, close. First header won by Williamson and almost latched on to by a teammate a yard from Hart.

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    Ravi Ubha: Another free kick.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ba earns a free kick when brought down by K. Toure and he gets a talking to from Andre Marriner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Inswinger from Anita and Hart has to punch from his goal line.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good start for Newcastle.
    Most of the first four minutes played in the City half, and now a corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Important save from Hart, who was criticized, too, for his part in RVP's winner.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Actually it was Cisse.

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    Ravi Ubha: Low, to his right, to stop Ba.

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    Ravi Ubha: Great save by Hart!

  •  

    [Comment from Nitro ]
    Aguero and Nasri were just as horrible or even worse than balotelli was last week.

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    Ravi Ubha: He is, up top with Aguero.

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    [Comment from Jak ]
    Will Tevez start?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: That seems about right.
    Cisse and Ba just can't play together.

  •  

    [Comment from Maurice ]
    So Newcastle's only shot today is for Tiote to boss the midfield and hope Ba can smack 2 in? Cisse has been underwhelming this year to say the least.

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    Ravi Ubha: And we're off.

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    Ravi Ubha: Some nice sax playing at the stadium.
    Wonder if it's David Sanborn.

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    Ravi Ubha: Has some injuries to deal with. But obviously Lescott has fallen in the pecking order.

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    [Comment from CTID ]
    So Roberto Mancini, the strength and depth freak, starts Kolo Toure at center back and has two academy boys on the bench... this isnt good.

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    Ravi Ubha: Mancini also tells Sky that Milner and Kompany should be back for City's next game.

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    Ravi Ubha: Mancini on Balotelli: "He needs to train more."

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    Ravi Ubha: Make sure to pose questions to Macca and Ian Darke at #FCBootroom. Some of them will get answered during breaks.

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    Ravi Ubha: City have won five in a row against Newcastle. Newcastle's last win was in 2005 ...

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi. I believe he's still out with a toe injury.

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    [Comment from Nitro]
    What happen to Obertan?

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    Ravi Ubha: Notice no Mario Balotelli in the squad. He was omitted after last week's ill discipline (again) when leaving the pitch.

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    Ravi Ubha: Teams:

    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Perch, Tiote, Anita, Cisse, Ba, Gutierrez. Subs: Elliot, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson, Tavernier.

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Toure, Clichy, Javi Garcia, Toure, Nasri, Aguero, Silva, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Dzeko, Sinclair, Kolarov, Rekik, Razak.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

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    Ravi Ubha: Samir Nasri also starts. Nasri was lazy throughout the game last week, not only on the winning free kick from Robin van Persie. If James Milner was fit, he'd surely be in the lineup instead of the Frenchman.

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    Ravi Ubha: City also with a big miss in the lineup, as captain Vincent Kompany is out injured and replaced by Kolo Toure.

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COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Newcastle United

  • 17(5)

  • 20

  • 9

  • 54%

    46%

  • Manchester City

  • 17(8)

  • 27

  • 17

Manchester City

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Joe Hart

D

5 Pablo Zabaleta

D

22 Gaël Clichy

D

28 Kolo Touré

D

33 Matija Nastasic

M

8 Samir Nasri
D
13 Aleksandar Kolarov
F
10 Edin Dzeko

M

14 Javi Garcia

M

21 David Silva

M

42 Yaya Touré

F

16 Sergio Agüero

F

32 Carlos Tevez
D
6 Joleon Lescott
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 30 Costel Pantilimon
D 6 Joleon Lescott
D 13 Aleksandar Kolarov
D 44 Karim Rekik
M 11 Scott Sinclair
M 62 Abdul Razak
F 10 Edin Dzeko

Match Stats

  • Newcastle United
  • Manchester City
17(5) Shots (on goal) 17(8)
9 Fouls 17
12 Corner kicks 7
0 Offsides 5
54% Time of Possession 46%
3 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 4