Season 2012-13 Result
Newcastle United 1-3 Manchester City
 Ba 51.
 Aguero 10,
 Garcia 39,
 Y.Toure 78.
Date: 15/12/2012  Venue: St.James' Park  Competition: Premiership
Crowd: 49,579
Match Report Submitted on 17/12/2012 by Paul Elliot
I guess its just the pessimist in me, or perhaps its just that i've followed the toon for so long, but this is one of the fixtures that you look at and think- were going to get stuffed!!! No matter if i've got me lucky kegs and socks on, and i've seen and greeted more than one magpie thats crossed my path that day!! It seems I was'nt the only one of the Carrville mags heading through to St.James' with the same sense of “werrrrrre doomed”!!!

During the usual exchanges of whose turn it was for the half-time beers, I texted Smike saying I was'nt looking forward to the game, to which he replied “0-6”, and I sent back “is that half-time!!!”

And it could , and should, have been!!

To be fair, the first ten minutes had me changing from pessimist to ever so slightly less of a pessimist, with Newcastle looking bright and putting City under a considerable amount of pressure. During this spell we were unlucky not to take the lead, Cisse forcing Hart to pull off a good save to keep his goalbound shot out of the net.

Shortly after though, it started going pear shaped!! City started to dominate the game, Silva in particular pulling the strings, and our players, all over the pitch.

Yaya Toure picked out a peach of a pass to Nasri, who was one on one with Krul. Nasri cleverly waited for Krul to advance before squaring the ball to an unmarked Aguero who could'nt miss....and did'nt!!!

From then on it seemed one way traffic-when we had possession we wasted it with sloppy passes, Tiote in particular not at his best. Gutierrez was disappointing too, and with so many players not playing to their potential City ran riot! If we did manage a spell of possession then the likes of Silva and Tevez made a habit of feigning injury to break up play, and the ref, Mr Marriner duly obliged them at every occasion!

(The depleted east stand panel of experts, me, Just and Andy!!were talking about this at half-time...remember the days when we were up there and got all the decisions!!

At least I didnt have to listen to big bruv telling me how good retirement is, as he was laid up with man flu!!!Did anyone know he's retired now??? )

Tevez had two good chances, Nasri hit the post and Aguero had one cleared off the line!! In fairness, it could have been 0-6 at half-time!!!

As it happens, it was only(!!!)0-2, Javi Garcia headed towards Santon standing on the goal-line, and Santon somehow managed to swing his leg and completely miss the bal l, only for it to hit his standing leg and deflect into the net!!

Whatever Pardew said at half -time to the players, it certainly brought out a good reaction from the players. The toon came out as they had in the first half, applying loads of pressure and in the 51st minute it paid off! Colocinni put in a great cross after City failed to clear a corner, and Ba found himself in space to power a header past the stranded Hart.....Game on????

There then followed loads of possession for the toon, along with a couple of half decent chances, but City managed to hold firm, trying to counter whenever they could. Shola, Marveaux and Ferguson were brought on, replacing Tiote(to stop him from picking up another booking!!), Simpson and Cisse.

And then in the 78th minute, and somewhat against the run of play, up popped Yaya Toure to slot home City's third from inside the over!!

I suppose the first half was all City, and we were lucky to still be in the game, but the second half in spells proved that we can compete with the big boys, we just need to string a few results together, and soon!!

If we play like we did in the second half then I can see us getting something against QPR, but that's maybe way too optimistic for me!!!

I think its obvious for all to see that we need to buy in January, the squads just not big , or good enough to cope with the Premier and Europa leagues, and I think Pardew has admitted that himself! So its down to wether Cashley gives him the funds next month to go out and get the players we need, and wether or not we can keep who we've got- although it seems increasingly likely that Ba is going to make a move away from the toon.