Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 1
St. James’ Park… Wednesday December 27th… 7.45pm
‘Fortiter Defendit Triumphans’, or ‘Triumphing by brave defence’. The city motto was emblazoned on a banner across the Gallowgate End before the game, a statement of intent perhaps? Well, we may not have triumphed but. as a direct result of the defensive approach that Rafa adopted, we were in this game until the final whistle…
Raheem Sterling scored the only goal on the half hour, and although Manchester City enjoyed 78% of the possession (a pointless statistic, invented to fill airtime), they were hanging on at the end…
We were criticised for our approach by Jamie Carragher (never managed) and Gary Neville (managed badly), ‘experts’ looking for column inches to justify their ridiculous salaries. It’s not our job to entertain Sky Sports subscribers, or to passively play the role of cannon fodder to the financially doped. If we go at Manchester City, we lose, heavily. Much better to annoy them with a professional 1-0 (that was in doubt until the final whistle), than be condescended to for being ‘plucky’, having a go, and losing 7-2. Goal difference could matter at the end of the season…
Perhaps there are some more important questions that Sky Sports could be asking. The game has changed beyond anything that we could have imagined in 1992, and Manchester City are the epitome of the modern football corporation, but where exactly is the money coming from? And regardless of their success, does the end justify the means…?
In the midst of continuing takeover speculation at our club, maybe it’s a question that we should be considering too..?
Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba (Merino 77), Lascelles, Dummett, Manquillo, Aarons (Atsu 71), Diame, Shelvey, Murphy, Joselu (Gayle 62 (YC))
Not Used; Darlow, Clark, Ritchie, Perez
Manchester City; Ederson, Walker, Kompany (G.Jesus 11), Otamendi, Danilo, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan, B.Silva (Sane 83), Aguero (Mangala 77), Sterling
Not Used; Bravo, Adarabioyo, Toure, Diaz
Goals; Sterling (31)
As usual, more pictures on flickr…