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REPORT: Newcastle United 0-4 Manchester City: Pepe’s side hit four to extend lead at the top



Credit: 'Mags' by Alex McGuire - SD signs gone but nothing changed on the pitch...

Newcastle thrashed 4-0 at St James’ Park to title favourites Manchester City after being denied a stonewall penalty in first half. 

The loss sees Howe’s side remain in 19th position with the worst defensive record in the league, having shipped another four at home to City taking their goals away total to 41 for the season. The Magpies remain three points from safety.

Manchester City were deserved winners and took the lead inside five minutes when Ruben Dias nodded in from close range. It was two in the 27th minute when Joao Cancelo smashed a long range effort into the top left corner after dribbling through the Newcastle midfield unchallenged.

One of the biggest moments in the game came when Man City goalkeeper Ederson and right-back Cancelo had a misunderstanding, with the Brazilian ‘keeper rushing out of his net but not reaching the ball.

Cancelo eventually cleared before Ederson, who was out of control, clearly collided with winger Ryan Fraser and knocked him flying. Absolute stonewall penalty and no surprises that VAR failed to intervene yet again.

City went in to the interval at 2-0 and turned it up a notch in the second half as the home side chased shadows and couldn’t lay a glove on the opposition.

The visitors got their third twenty minutes into the second period when Oleksander Zinchenko curled a sublime cross into the path of Mahrez who volleyed first-time into the Newcastle net. The linesman had his flag up but replays showed that Algerian timed his run perfectly and VAR confirmed the goal.

It was then a question of if City wanted more and they finished the game off in style as Jesus glided passed Murphy on the Newcastle right before squaring the ball to Raheem Sterling who tapped in from a yard out, making it 4-0.


The game featured the two richest clubs in the league but the difference of class on the pitch was there for all to see. In the first game at SJP since the removal of the Sports Direct signs but unfortunately nothing changed on the pitch as Newcastle were second best yet again – to be expected on this occasion.

After an energetic opening couple of minutes where the home side pressed the current Champions, City took the lead.

Following a poor corner, the ball was recycled on the right, where Zinchenko played a lobbed ball over the defence towards the touchline. Cancelo did well to keep it in and put an inviting cross into the middle of the box.

In typical Newcastle fashion, there was another display of woeful defending at the back when ‘keeper Dubravka and Ciaran Clark failed to clear the ball before letting it bounce. It was latched upon by centre-back Diaz who took the invitation of a bouncing ball and reacted first to head in from close range.

The home side reacted well to the going a goal down and nearly equalised when Joelinton, who was fantastic once again, found himself free on the edge of the box before firing a shot inches wide of the left post. However, the hope was cut short moments later.

Joao Cancelo received the ball on the City right, before dribbling inside passed the tackles of two Newcastle midfielders and smashing a superb finish into the top left corner – chants of “that’s why we’re champions” echoed around SJP.

Newcastle had a great chance just before the break when Joelinton played a splitting throughball into the feet of Callum Wilson who failed to pull the trigger before becoming quickly outnumbered by light blue shirts.

Predictably, City made it three on 63 minutes and sealed their 8th win in a row.

The away side countered clinically after the hosts lost the ball high up the field. The ball made its way to the left where Zinchenko, picked out an impressive cross into onrushing Mahrez who gently placed his finish passed the diving Dubravka.

The visitors finished it off in style as Jesus skilfully dribbled passed Jacob Murphy on the Newcastle right before squaring it to Raheem Sterling who tapped in from a yard out – a quality goal to finish it off.

Pepe’s side extended their league at the top to four points following the victory as Newcastle remain trapped in the relegation zone with Norwich having a game in hand and Burnley three – worrying times for the Magpies.

Howe will have been pleased with his teams endeavour and efforts but the difference in class was far too much on the day. Joelinton lit up SJP at times as his gritty performance with glimpses of Brazilian flair got fans on their feet.

Newcastle did press City into making mistakes and the visitors struggled at times but the second half performance took all sting out of the affair.

A comfortable 4-0 win in the end for the Blues who deservedly sit top of the Premier League for another week running.

Manchester United are the next visitors to Tyneside on the 27th and the Magpies will be hoping to get an unlikely result to help bolster their chances of survival heading into the January transfer window.

City prepare for the visit of Leicester City to the Etihad on Boxing Day and will be expecting to get another three points to extend their winning run to nine.


Dubravka (6), Clark (5), Lascelles (5), Ritchie (6), Murphy (6), Hayden (7), Willock (6), Joelinton (8), Fraser (6), Almiron (6), Wilson (5).

Subs: Saint-Maximin (6), Longstaff (5)


Newcastle Manager Eddie Howe:

“We shot ourselves in the foot. It was a big frustration. If there’s one team in world football you don’t want to chase the game against it’s Manchester City and to do it so early made our task doubly difficult. I thought the rest of the first half, bar their second goal, was a really disciplined performance. We really minimised their goalmouth action. They were relatively quiet although they scored two goals that sounds like a contradiction. We looked a threat and should have had a penalty.

“I’m not the type of manager that looks for excuses or looks to blame the officials but it’s another clear big moment in the game that has gone against us. I’m shaking my head at it. The goalkeeper is out of control, he’s wiped Ryan Fraser out. It’s a stonewall penalty. How VAR hasn’t intervened is a really strange one for me.”

He added:

“I think there’s been one in every game. At that stage we were well in the match and you don’t know what can happen beyond that point.”

Newcastle Manager Pep Guardiola:

“It was a good result but not a good performance. The first half was one of the poorest we have had this season. We were not there. We didn’t play in the rhythm we should play. Everyone gave more touches and lost the ball. We were lucky to score in the first few minutes. It was a misunderstanding from the Newcastle defenders and the second goal is a brilliant action from Cancelo – that made the difference.”

He added:

“The second half was much closer to who we are. We have to try and improve. We have an obligation to play every single game at the highest level possible. I don’t have a reason why we don’t play good every time.”

On the penalty incident: “Fraser didn’t have the ball. The ball was with Cancelo. If Fraser has the ball it’s a clear penalty but Cancelo had the ball so it’s not a penalty.”

Post-match thoughts?

How good was it to see the signs gone? What did you think of the penalty incident? Can Howe’s side get an unexpected result against Man Utd? Can Newcastle avoid relegation?

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Beth Mead left out of England Women’s World Cup squad



Euro 2022 top goal scorer Beth Mead is not included in England Women’s World Cup squad.

The 27-year-old Arsenal forward has not played since November having been a major doubt for the competition.

This comes after an anterior cruciate ligament injury which she still has not fully recovered from.

England head coach Sarina Wiegman has named the 23-player squad for this summer’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

Tottenham striker Beth England, who has not been involved since last summer’s Euro competition is included.

Chelsea centre-back Millie Bright, who has been out with a knee injury since March, has made the 23-player squad.

Sarina Wiegman confirmed Bright would captain the team in the absence of injured defender Leah Williamson.

Wiegman went on to say she never thought Beth Mead would be fit in time for the tournament, saying: “She’s so positive and going well, but the timescale she had we would have taken so many risks to get to the World Cup

“I’m not willing to take that risk to push her too much and she gets injured again. We need to take care of players.”

England play Haiti in their opening match on 22nd July in Australia where they look to build on their success following Euro 2022.

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Karl Darlow set for permanent move away from Newcastle United



After a successful loan spell to Hull City, Karl Darlow is poised for a permanent move away from St. James’.

Hull City manager Liam Rosenior has made it clear he wants to keep a hold of Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

Signing for the club in 2014 from Nottingham Forest, he went onto make 100 appearances for the magpies with his debut coming in 2015 under Steve McLaren. His best stint for the club was during the 2020/21 season making 25 appearances. He then saw himself fall out of favour when Martin Dubravka signed for the club and now with Nick Pope cementing the position as his own, Darlow saw himself drop down the pecking order.

Signing for Hull City on loan in January, he has since made 11 appearances keeping 5 clean sheets in the process, with three coming in the last four matches against good opposition in Millwall, Blackburn, and Watford.

“He’s been magnificent since he’s come in,” Rosenior said after Darlow’s clean sheet against Watford on Saturday. “I think he’s massively enjoying working here, I think he’s enjoying the club, he’s settled in with the players really really well.

“What I really like about Karl was as soon as he signed he had his young family come and join him and settle down in the area, and I think that’s helped him. Hopefully we’ll have discussions in the summer about his long-term future.”

Rosenior revealed earlier in the week his intention to keep Darlow at the club, and Hull are believed to be in discussions with Newcastle over making the goalkeeper’s stay at the MKM Stadium permanent – as his loan agreement is believed to have as an option.

Contracted at St. James’ until 2025, it seems as though a permanent move to Hull City would be the best thing for Darlow with his position at Newcastle United seemingly gone.


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Our Premier League Team of the Season 2022/2023



With the season drawing to a close, we have put together our Premier League Team of the Season.

In what has been a season that is set to go right down to the very end, it has been yet another spectacular campaign of football with players breaking out on to the scene and some very memorable moments.

Lets have a look at who we have decided is in the starting 11 for the Team of the Season.

The starting 11 was chosen in terms of not only who we think has been the best in those positions, but also who has either exceeded expectations but also who has done exactly what was expected of them in their position.

Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier and Sven Botman mean Newcastle United make up 60% of the defence in this team, but for good reason. This season, the magpies are currently bosting the best defence in the league conceding the least amount of goals, 24 to be precise.

William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko make up the remaining two spots in the defence, the Arsenal duo have had a great campaign with the gunners still sat top of the league and looking to get their first league title in nearly 20 years.

A midfield three of Casemiro, Keving De Bruyne, and Martin Odegaard, three players so vital to their clubs and all having a wonderful season, it’s hard to put anyone else in there over them.

Up top, we have a front three of Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Erling Haaland as all three players have had goals, influence, and star power in their clubs to push them to the very top this season.

The substitutes include top of the league goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, which seems harsh to leave him out of the starting squad but up against Nick Pope, either could go in and it would be a good decision, but Ramsdale just makes it onto our bench.

Ben Mee has had a cracking season with Brentford seeing them looking set to enjoy a top half finish with him at the heart of defence. Luke Shaw gets on the bench after a solid season under Ten Hag at United.

Bruno Guimaraes, Gabriel Martinelli, and Harry Kane are the remaining players on the bench, all have had a fantastic season but unfortunately only make the bench for this squad.

Roberto De Zerbi is the manager of the season for us, having joined Brighton in September following Graham Potter’s departure, many thought this spelt the end of Brighton’s good fortunes in the Premier League, but not only did De Zerbi do better than expected of him, he has taken a very good Brighton and Hove Albion team and improved them navigating them to a top half finish.

Manchester City only see two players in this team, although they have had a great season, the rotation of the team sees a great team instead of individual players, which is a testament to how Pep Guardiola wants his teams to be.


Premier League 22/23 Team of the Season:

Nick Pope (GK), Kieran Trippier, William Saliba, Sven Botman, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Casemiro, Kevin De Bruyne, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, Erling Haaland.


Aaron Ramsdale (GK), Ben Mee, Luke Shaw, Bruno Guimaraes, Alexis Mac Allister, Gabriel Martinelli, Harry Kane

Manager: Roberto De Zerbi (Brighton)


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