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

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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.

HOW IT HAPPENED

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.

PLAYER RATINGS

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)

MANAGERS COMMENTS

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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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United

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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..

 

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”

 

Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.

 

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Which Newcastle Players Are Going To The World Cup?

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The FIFA World Cup in Qatar gets underway next week and here are all the Newcastle players involved in the tournament

Callum Wilson (England)

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is a player that has consistently shown the quality to earn a spot in an England squad at a major tournament but has sadly had his chances diminished by injuries in the past.

However, Wilson is currently injury free and is on the plane to Qatar! The Coventry City academy graduate averages a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League this season, which is the second-best return of all English players behind Harry Kane.

The 30-year-old may have to bide his time for an opportunity due to England captain Harry Kane being the first-choice striker. That said, Wilson gives Gareth Southgate a great alternative should England find themselves chasing a game.

Kieran Trippier (England)

Gareth Southgate has always been very fond of Kieran Trippier’s abilities and what he brings to a team. For example, in Euro 2020 Southgate opted to play Trippier at left-back ahead of a more natural option in Ben Chilwell due to the 32-year-old’s experience and leadership qualities.

Trippier brings bags of experience at major tournaments after reaching the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.

With injuries at right-back to the likes of Reece James and uncertainty around the fitness of Kyle Walker, Trippier could start at right wing-back in England’s World Cup opener against Iran.

Nick Pope (England)

The last player to complete The Magpies’ England trio is Nick Pope. Toon’s No.1 has been outstanding since arriving from Burnley in the Summer and has earnt his place in England’s World Cup squad.

Pope has the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (6) alongside Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson and fellow England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

It remains to be seen if Gareth Southgate picks Pope to be his first-choice goalkeeper in Qatar ahead of Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. Pope started both of England’s last games in the Nations League back in September.

Bruno Guimarães (Brazil)

Moving to South America and the favourites to win the competition, Brazil. Bruno Guimarães has been one of Newcastle’s stand-out players this season and has deservedly earned himself a spot in Brazil’s very competitive World Cup Squad.

Guimarães has statistically been the best midfielder in the Premier League so far this season and will be hoping his performances have done enough to earn him a start against Serbia in Brazil’s opening fixture.

That said, Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi has predominantly played with a midfield two of Manchester United duo, Casemiro and Fred at the base of the Brazilian midfield.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland)

The Magpies’ centre-back has been in great form alongside Sven Botman at the heart of Newcastle’s defence this season and will be hoping to continue his form in Qatar.

Schär has some tough competition in his position in the form of Manchester City centre-back Manuel Akanji and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi.

Switzerland find themselves in the same group as tournament favourites Brazil, which will see Schär reunited with Toon teammate Bruno Guimarães in Gameweek 2.

Who didn’t make the squad?

The most surprising player to not make their country’s squad is Sven Botman. The former Lille centre-back has been a major part of why Newcastle has the Premier League’s best defence so far this campaign.

Louis van Gaal has a great pool of centre-backs available to him and opted for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij and Nathan Ake over Botman.

Another Toon player with World Cup disappointment is Joelinton, who has failed to follow Bruno Guimarães on the plane to Qatar.

Joelinton has been a revelation under Eddie Howe following his remarkable transformation from a striker to a box-to-box midfielder. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Joelinton this year.

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What We Learnt (Spurs 1-2 Newcastle)

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Newcastle United were victorious at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday, winning 2-1 and now sit fourth in the Premier League. This is the first time they’ve been there at this stage of the season in 10 years.

 

Goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron were enough to scare away any chances of a second-half Spurs comeback. That’s six goals for Miggy in what is now his best-ever season for goals in black and white.

 

With 21 points, just five behind Manchester City and seven behind current league leaders Arsenal, the Toon are looking better than ever, but what did the victory yesterday tell us?

 

Toon are charging for Europe

 

If you didn’t believe it at the start of the season you should now. Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle into a team with a winning mentality with a real sense of togetherness in a squad who are willing to battle for one another, week in and week out.

 

Very few teams will travel to London this season and manage to come away with a point, never mind three when playing Spurs. Not only this game, however, but Man City (3-3), Liverpool (2-1) and Brentford (5-1) have also shown that Howe and his side mean business this season and are willing to go toe to toe with some of the very best teams, coaches and players in the world. 

 

In his first signing interview, Sven Botman said, “Newcastle wants to reach the top and the top is in the league and, at the end, maybe in Europe.” Maybe he didn’t specifically mean this season but now he and the rest of his teammates should believe that they have a real chance of playing European football next season.

 

Almiron transformation shouldn’t go unnoticed

 

Almiron made 30 appearances last season in the league and finished with just one goal and no assists. Now, after just 12 games and six goals, the Paraguayan is already on course to smash his previous goal-scoring records which have seen him accumulate nine Premier League goals over the course of four seasons. 

 

Loved by the fans and with the full support of his teammates, it can only get better for the Paraguayan at this point. His goal against Tottenham showed the dribbling, flair and finishing quality he withholds, something that Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez could never get out of him.

 

Eddie Howe must be awarded credit for this development, as with the current budget the club has, he could’ve easily found a replacement in the summer. But, just like Joelinton, Miggy has cemented his spot in Newcastle’s starting eleven and is proving every week why he deserves to be there.

 

Wilson & Burn should be considered by Southgate 

 

On TalkSport recently, Neil Warnock warned Gareth Southgate saying his loyalty to players might be his downfall and said Dan Burn is “Mr Steady Eddie” referring to his versatility, being able to play left-back or centre-back.

 

Burn started 28 Premier League games last season and this season has 11 out of 12. His consistent dominating performances in Newcastle’s back line have put him into the conversation for a first-ever England call-up and I don’t think many would disagree. With John Stoned injured, Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings not in good form and not getting regular game time, Gareth Southgate’s defensive decisions should now be a lot more challenging.

 

Callum Wilson has proved yet again his abilities as a top Premier League striker. His goal against Spurs not only put him in the headlines over England captain Harry Kane but also made it four in eight for the English man this season who has averaged 2.8 shots per game with an average scoring frequency of 162 minutes. 

 

With no clear-cut backup striker to Kane, is Wilson ahead of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham in the race to be England’s number two striker?

 

So, what do you think? Do Newcastle have a serious chance at European football next season, can Almiron stay at his best and should Wilson and Burn be considered for a World Cup call-up?

 

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