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Newcastle United 2 - Manchester City 2

St James Park

20/10/08 20:00

Attendance: 45,908

Dreadful City Rescue Point!

Mark Hughes Makes two changes to the side that lost to Liverpool. Ben-Haim comes in for the suspended Zabaleta, and Hamman comes in for Elano.

The game started rather slow, with city holding the majority of the possession. However the first sight of a chance came for Newcastle. A free-kick on the outside left of the penalty area was taken by Geremi, who missed the target by a couple of inches.

However on the 11th minute, City where awarded a rather controversial penalty. If you ever needed evidence on how incompetent Referees are these days, here`s a prime example. Shaun Wright-Phillips played the through ball, into the path of Robinho who has hauled to the ground by the defender. However from a different angle, it is clear Beye, the Newcastle defender touched the ball. From the spot-kick Robinho stepped up, sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, and city were one goal up, and one man up. Surely it`s easy from here on?

Man City kept the ball extremely well for the next twenty minutes, slick and quick passes where produced, but failed to really trouble the Toon Army.

How they were made to pay for not creating many chances. The odd Newcastle attack, found its way to Duff, whose cross was cleared by Dunne, only to rebound back off the Irish man, and find its way to Ameobi, who found the back of the net, even if his shot went the total opposite direction to where he wanted it.

Halftime approached and I can honestly say I would not like to be a fly on the wall in the City dressing room, Mark Hughes Looked Furious!

Forget Mark Hughes team talk, what ever the Newcastle Boss said to his players obviously worked. The Toon started the brighter, and Man City was looking like the team that played the second half of last season. They lacked any sort of penetration and failed to test given for the first 15 minutes.

However it`s good to know one of Manchester City players could find the net. City conceded a corner in the 63rd minute. The corner connected with a sweet strike, from none other than Richard Dunne. I am beginning to believe the captain is 'Dunne and dusted, and is more of a championship player now. 2-1, Newcastle.

Robinho was truly awful today and his several attempts from around 25 yards were more reminiscent to a League One player, rather than a record breaking transferred player.

Micah Richards was then brought off after sustaining an ankle injury. Its not yet known if it was precautionary, or whether it`s a bad injury.

Time past and you were just beginning to get the feeling City was not going to produce anything at all. The performance was absolutely dreadful, right up into the 86th minute.

However on that minute Man City produced a great piece of play. Robinho played the ball through to Ireland who clipped it past the keeper. Ireland then had another chance to wrap up all three points but chose to shoot from a tight angle instead of playing it across goal.

The final score may have been 2-2, but with a performance like that, Mark Hughes and the team should feel disgraced. Newcastle where down to 10 men and City dominated the first half, and should have produced more than they did. Robinho`s certainly finished his honeymoon period and in my opinion based on that performance is only worth half of his price-tag, and as for Dunne, Onouha, Ben-Haim, and Jo to some extent, they were simply not good enough.

Star Player

Shaun Wright-Phillips - Yet again this boy seems to be the only good thing coming out of these games. He's always positive, and compared to most of the City team today, he's in a different league.

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Date:Monday October 20 2008

Time: 10:16PM

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20/10/2008 22:20:00

Hughs was moaning that we only won because, Palacios dived for the penalty against us 'Wigan', but there was alot of diving in this match by Your team Man City. He's a bit of a hipocrite aint he. Lets be honest and fair you only won because the ref made a awful decision in the first half for the penalty. He clearly got the ball and he dived
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20/10/2008 22:35:00

I haven't the first clue what game you are talking about Jonni_G. I don't remember the referee getting the ball and diving at all. In any game... And we drew tonight.
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20/10/2008 22:38:00

I think i'll go to bed and sleep on this one, then come back tomorrow with a clear head. Not a happy bunney just at the moment!
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20/10/2008 22:47:00

Jonni_G...We need to take lessons from Palacios on diving being as he is the World Champion !!!
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20/10/2008 22:58:00

Long way to go yet for you guys in terms of actually even finishing in top 8 this season! You had a man advanatage since the 13th minute and STILL failed to win!
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20/10/2008 23:54:00

If we keep playing like this .. mid table is as good as it will gets...not good enough, in this game we see lots of room for improvement. If the current squad cant get it ... some of them unfortunately will get replaced by new talents.
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21/10/2008 00:07:00

A Rag fan calling City for failing to beat Newcastle? Check your own team's result against them, sunshine! By far and away the most infuriating performance of the season. To think we have had two weeks to learn the lesson from the Liverpool match about sitting back on leads, and we go and do exactly the same thing up there. Without wishing to sound disrespectful, they are a really poor team at the moment, and should have been buried beyond sight in the first 30 mins. Thankfully, we've no UEFA match midweek, so Hughes has got a full week to right the many wrongs.
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21/10/2008 06:04:00

We were dire.....plain and simple......and yet again it was the home grown academy lads that were the only ones trying...
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21/10/2008 08:56:00

I dn't think so. I was talking about the Newcastle and Man City game
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