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Manchester City vs Newcastle Utd - 3pm Sat 3rd Oct - Barclays Premier League Match Day Thread
01 October 2015 17:47 Post ID: #556937
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As the dust settles on City's Great Escape from Borussia Park the next Premier League fixture is having into view.......

Steve McClaren brings his misfiring Newcastle side to the Etihad fresh from a draw against Moaninho's Mob. 2-0 up with just over ten minutes to go he must have been mighty frustrated to see his side concede two goals and deny his players the sense of really turning a corner in what has been a woeful Premier League campaign so far. Six games played and no win under their belt, four defeats and two draws, only five goals scored. Whilst they will have drawn some comfort from their achievement of a 2-0 advantage over the current Champions we can only hope that their failure to hang on to that lead will have dented their confidence enough for them to remain mentally fragile as they step out onto the pitch this Saturday afternoon.

City rode their luck last Wednesday evening in Germany as they secured a vital away win in the Champions League but they also demonstrated resilience and a certain amount of courage in pressing for the win instead of settling for a point.

Sergio Aguero appears to be spending a short period in the realm of mortals like the rest of us as he continues to be unable to hit the net from open play. He was denied twice on Wednesday by some top notch and brave goal keeping by Sommer for Borussia and was unable to find the target when supplied with chances we have seen him put away previously. Nevertheless he showed what a consummate professional he is as he slotted home the spot kick in the dying minutes of the game. Talk about keeping cool under pressure. I took heart from his concentration and focus before scoring the penalty - undeterred by his misses, having run and played for nearly 90 minutes he stepped up and showed that he is not fazed by his open play drought. He will come good again and no better time than against the team that is sitting second from bottom of the league.

A win would put City temporarily back above the rags who travel to face the Tarquins on Sunday.

Team news - Zabaleta is back in contention having come off the subs bench for a brief cameo in Germany; Bony and Iheanacho could be available. Long term absentees Clichy, Delph and Mangala are joined by Kompany and Nasri. Updates from Pellegrini will come when he delivers his press conference on Friday.

There is nothing quite like a last minute (or as near as dammit) victory to stir the blood and galvanise a team. City have slumped in the Premier League over the previous two games and need to use their Champions League victory as the springboard to returning to the sort of form which saw them set the early pace. In particular the team collectively need to come up with a solution to how the opposition is dealing with the talent that is Kun Aguero. The current template seems to be to swarm Sergio whenever he receives the ball to deny him time and space to turn and to prevent him isolating defenders. City need to be aware of this and come up with some solutions rapidly - whilst others, especially De Bruyne, have been chipping in with goals we really need our striking talisman to be finding the net from open play. As always getting an early goal would not only settle the nerves but also create the space Aguero exploits so well as the opposition are forced to push forward and take chances.

Despite having a slice of some long overdue luck against Borussia I am proud of how the team continued to threaten after gaining the equaliser as well as being thankful that Joe Hart had recovered from his back problem to take his place in goal. I pray to the Footballing Gods that Pellegrini never allows Caballero to take his place again :please:

The weather is set fair I believe, the conditions for football perfect.

Time to get the Premier League form back on track

Come On City!!
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02 October 2015 00:06 Post ID: #556944 - in reply to #556937
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Love the hysteria about our great escape against the Huns. If it was the rags or Barca or RM or the bin dippers winning in the last minute without key players they would be lauded from pillar to post for their European experience etc etc. But we were lucky.

These home games are perfect for Yaya to bully weaker mid fielders for 60 minutes so I hope hes fit. God only knows who will play in the back 4. No need to rest players with the break coming so would go with the same team who started in Germany. 4-0.
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02 October 2015 00:15 Post ID: #556945 - in reply to #556937
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With Merlin back I have no fears about this match. The Barcodes have had a poor start under a poor manager with an abysmal track record, and sad to say look like they are heading for the drop, 3/4 zip should do it with Kun and Sterling on the score sheet to boost confidence.
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02 October 2015 02:34 Post ID: #556948 - in reply to #556937
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Great preview Skoorb. Like the last match I have another good feeling about this one, home game, wonky side low on confidence - just what the Engineer ordered. I anticipate they'll be pegging their groundsheet down in their area by second number 5, so this will be a good opportunity for DeM and Otis to get acquainted with each other without too many threatening moves to deal with. Let's say 4-0, shall we?
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02 October 2015 06:48 Post ID: #556949 - in reply to #556944
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nedkelly - 2/10/2015 00:06

Love the hysteria about our great escape against the Huns. If it was the rags or Barca or RM or the bin dippers winning in the last minute without key players they would be lauded from pillar to post for their European experience etc etc. But we were lucky.


I thought so too Ned - perhaps I should have included more irony in my opening comment. We rode some overdue luck but as I commented on another thread when Juve beat us they were saved on more than one occasion by great saves from a world class keeper however their victory was hailed as that of a great side with masses of European pedigree and no luck was involved (such as the long ball bounce off Kolarov's shoulder). Of course not. Doesn't fit the narrative. World Class Juve, Lucky City. That's a much better fit. Resilience and bravery (trying for the win) plus quality under pressure (Sergio's penalty) don't fit the profile. We escaped by the skin of our teeth alone. :68:
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02 October 2015 06:54 Post ID: #556950 - in reply to #556937
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Looks like it's all set up rather nicely for the Magpies first away points of the season . . .

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02 October 2015 07:53 Post ID: #556954 - in reply to #556937
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They've only picked up 2 points - away to the 'rags' and home to Chelsea. Maybe they get up for the big games and keep tight at the back with 2 banks of 4.

We shouldn't get over-confident. The league is full of surprises. Every weekend seems to come up with a shock result and we aren't exactly firing on all cylinders at the moment.

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02 October 2015 07:54 Post ID: #556955 - in reply to #556937
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I know.....ominous omens (can an omen be ominous?)....."Six games played and no win under their belt, four defeats and two draws, only five goals scored"....I think I got all the requisite danger signs! All we would need is a fact stating that McClaren has never beaten a City side to seal it :no:
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02 October 2015 09:13 Post ID: #556957 - in reply to #556937
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Ominous derives from the word omen. Therefore one and the same thing.
I've decided we should absolve everybody from being to blame for our recent travails, which lets off your offspring and sartorial blunders, my absence and KCT's arse flannel. I put it down to MP's manager of the month award.


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02 October 2015 11:13 Post ID: #556959 - in reply to #556937
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Well I have to report that Skoorb jnr was present to witness the victory on live tv last Wednesday so his jinx is well and broken. I wasn't wearing any City clothing that evening (rest assured other garments were being worn) so I guess that means the fickled finger of fate (gosh, who can recall where that came from? You will be showing your age) is firmly pointing at me for the recent league defeats. :oops:

No more City clothing never to be worn by me on a match day again......until we win of course and then I will have to come up with another plan :68:
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02 October 2015 20:55 Post ID: #556982 - in reply to #556937
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We will need to get through the bus park early, but with the win on Wednesday, I hope we gain that confidence, but we do need to move the ball faster. rage em is at fault for this in slowing down the game when in possession and it is speed that will get us goals.
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03 October 2015 09:49 Post ID: #556989 - in reply to #556937
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Kevin Friend is the ref today. Friend or Foe, I wonder.

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03 October 2015 11:30 Post ID: #556993 - in reply to #556982
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Buzz Lightyear - 2/10/2015 20:55

We will need to get through the bus park early, but with the win on Wednesday, I hope we gain that confidence, but we do need to move the ball faster. rage em is at fault for this in slowing down the game when in possession and it is speed that will get us goals.


Not sure I agree Buzz. Our 'slow' build up this season has created numerous clear cut chances that we've failed to finish. We could have won all of the games we've lost, if our finishers were doing that. It'll come though, and today would be a good time to start :thinking:
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03 October 2015 12:12 Post ID: #556994 - in reply to #556982
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I agree we create those chances C but he allows the defenders to get back, putting the ball in earlier would give Sergio that extra space to convert. He is always closely marked so needs that advantage.
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03 October 2015 12:34 Post ID: #556995 - in reply to #556994
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Today
Crystal Palace v West Brom 12:45
Aston Villa v Stoke 15:00
Bournemouth v Watford 15:00
Man City v Newcastle 15:00
Norwich v Leicester 15:00
Sunderland v West Ham 15:00
Chelsea v Southampton 17:30
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03 October 2015 12:37 Post ID: #556996 - in reply to #556937
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'Mitrovic and Perez shows promise'

Manchester City v Newcastle (15:00 BST)

Guy Mowbray

BBC Match of the Day commentator at Etihad Stadium

"Steve McClaren never lost to Manchester City in eight games against them as Middlesbrough boss. It'll be a tremendous result for him - and Newcastle - if that run continues here.

"Visitors to the Etihad often come to stifle City, yet the Magpies' best hopes might lie in giving it an attacking go, with the potentially promising partnership of Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic up against a home defence that will again be without captain Vincent Kompany.

"City have lost successive Premier League games since being beaten at home by a team that wears black and white stripes. Losing to Juventus was much more easily forgiven than losing this would be."
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03 October 2015 13:29 Post ID: #556997 - in reply to #556994
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Buzz Lightyear - 3/10/2015 12:12

I agree we create those chances C but he allows the defenders to get back, putting the ball in earlier would give Sergio that extra space to convert. He is always closely marked so needs that advantage.


Again, I get what you're saying, but my point is, we're getting the ball to him\others, they're just not converting them at the moment. It's a bit like the slagging Jesus is getting for poor delivery, but he'd have multiple assists if our finishers were finishing :thinking:
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