Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle United

Manchester City’s juggernaut-like charge towards establishing a healthy lead at the top of the Premier League continued apace with a relatively workmanlike 3-1 win over Newcastle United, ending the Magpies’ own unbeaten start in the process. Join Football Burp in taking a sneaky peak at various reactions from the notoriously fickle world of online fans’ forums……

Another impressive performance from right-back Micah Richards as he got on the scoresheet in Manchester City's 3-1 win over Newcastle United.
Richards... Right back in the limelight (Image courtesy of Roger Goraczniak)

Manchester City

The Goat 10 from forums.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk said…

“One of the best defenders in the country his partnership with Kompany has developed into one of the very best and efficient in Europe, and his all round game has improved no end in the last 12 months. He and Dawson both deserve to partner Terry at the Euro’s as there both excellent defenders but as City fans lets hope Capello goes with Joleon.

He deserves a lot of credit because at Christmas last year he couldn’t get a sniff and had made about 6 or 7 appearances in the league all season, there was talk of him moving on loan to Wolves in the 2011 January window but he got his head down and got in the team, even before Kolo got banned and excelled alongside Vincent becoming a very important player in the process. He’s underrated by a lot of City fans, our best defender so far this season.”

citoeast from smf.citymancs.com/forum said…

“Micah is doing a fantastic job. For a player who is forward so often, even more forward than our midfielders and therefore causing mayhem fr the opposing defence it was amazing he got back to cover for their goal. He expeccted the ball to rebound from Hart not run through towards goal.

Others in defence have no excuse.”

hgblue from forums.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk said…

“We really do have a fantastic squad at the moment. I’d like to see a centre half brought in to allow Kompany/Lescott chance to be rested for certain games (Jagielka would be my choice), and a replacement for Tevez just in case we suffer a couple of injuries to any of our forwards (one of the Napoli lads would be nice), but that’s maybe a bit of nit picking on my behalf? I was struck yesterday that we beat a previously unbeaten side with the best defensive record in the League without appearing to get out of second gear and with our best player on the bench. Pretty impressive stuff at the moment it has to be said.”

Dan Gosling scored his first goal for Newcastle United in their 3-1 defeat at Manchester City.
Gosling... Got on the score sheet (Image courtesy of Davee)

Newcastle United

Benny from www.nufc-forum.com said…

“Toure was unplayable today, don’t think city will be beaten this year they walked all over us and never even got out of third gear. Ben Arfa was a bag of w@nk, everything he touched turned to rat s***. Steven Taylor was immense, as was Krul.

I think there were a lot of positives despite the result – the defence did very well, Sammy Ameobi looked bright and some of his touches and runs were excellent – deffo one for the future. Cabaye looked decent, pretty subdued but looking at the opposition that’s understandable. It was painfully obvious that we miss Tiote, Guthrie didn’t too bad but Tiotes ability to break up play would have been useful today, especially against City who like to pass it about.

Am I disappointed? A little, we really snatched at our chances today and gave away two silly penalties, it’s a testament to City though that our defence really did quite well and still let in 3 goals!!

Ben Arfa should be dropped on the back of his performance, sloppy passing, poor finishing to hit the post when he was clean through and shouldn’t have put his hands on Richards to even allow him to throw himself on the floor! Pretty woeful to be honest.”

aimaad22 from www.toontastic.net said…

“Well, cant remember the last time I saw as bad a performance as the one from Raylor today. And Im not saying that because Im pissed, I thought we did ok, it was just a lot of individual errors and missed chances. But let alone the errors, his passing, movement, everything, was so awful today. And it was coming as well, we all know he’ll never make a good full back. Matter of time before a class team exposed the fact. Santon needs to be given exposure, he cant be worse than Ryan. Some of us argued about Ben Arfa coming in for Obertan after the Everton game, and some said why break up a winning team. Well I think Ben Arfa was easily our best player today, the only one who looked to run at them and had confidence enough in his ability to take them on. Sad he fluffed that finish though. If Santon is a natural full back he really should be coming in and getting a few games under his belt.

Overall wasnt a bad performance though was it? Could have been a very different game had we taken our chances, City didnt threaten anywhere as much as they usually do and all their goals were as a result of individual errors.

Pardew really ought to have a go at Man Utd, they’ve looked vulnerable all season and we showed today we can cause the best of team a few problems.”

1zebedee23 from www.nufc-forum.com said…

“Such a shame. Two pens and a slip. Two misses from Ba and Ben Arfa. I think 3 goals has made them look better than they were, but when you have that much talent and you put on that much pressure that is what can happen. 2-1 would have been a more realistic score line.”