Sunday, November 20, 2011

Manchester City 3 - 1 Newcastle


With this result, Manchester City remained as the only unbeaten team in the English Premier League with 34 points, 5 points ahead of rivals Manchester United, and a far superior goal difference of +31 with just 12 games played. Newcastle on the other hand, received their first defeat from a free-scoring Manchester City.

In the first half, I was rather impressed with the defensive work from the Magpies. They defended well as a team, and showed much determination not to concede. But towards the end of the first half, they started to get tired and lose a bit of concentration in defence. Manchester City started to attack from all angles upon the 40 minute mark and soon won a penalty when Steven Taylor apparently stopped the ball with his outstretched arm. Mario Balotelli stroked the ball into the net, followed by a smirky celebration. To make matter worse, Micah Richards managed to grab a goal when Steven Taylor, once again the victim, could not clear the ball from his feet. The score was Manchester City 2 -0 Newcastle at the break.
In the second half, it was a boring game, with Newcastle's stubborn defending and Manchester City passing the ball around almost in a hypnotic way. City's 3rd goal came from the spot when Ben Arfa shoved Ricards in the box and Kun Aguero calmly send Krul the wrong way. Newcastle managed to get a consolation goal from Dan Gosling 2 minutes from time, with much disappointment from Joe Hart.

At the rate Manchester City are going, I don't see anyone able to stop them from maintaining their unbeaten streak in the English Premier League. How far can they go ?

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