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Newcastle United vs Manchester City at St. James' Park

St. James' Park Referee : Paul Tierney
29th January 2019 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 2 Newcastle United

    • ‘66' Salomón Rondón
    • ‘80' Matt Ritchie (Pen)
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘1' Sergio Agüero


Commentary By David Clayton


Pep's rally-cry

"The advantage is not there but we need to continue. We have to do our games and know what we have to do.

"You can lose. Football is competitive. Congratulations to Newcastle."


More from the boss...

PEP: "Many things can happen in football. We are in January, we have a lot of time.

"When you are behind you can't drop points, but we are in January, we have a lot of titles and games to play."


If any club knows how to turn things around it's City. Who knows what twists lie ahead and should the Foxes win at Anfield, we are where were before tonight's game. A positive slant but true


Pep reaction coming up - let's see how the boss saw things and then we must start focusing on Arsenal on Sunday and another huge game. One thing is for sure - City losing hurts just as much now as when I was a kid...


A fantastic run of results ends here at St James' Park, but there is still a long way to go - 14 games, in fact. And this team doesn't know how not to fight until the end so as disappointed as we all are, it is still only January


City need Leicester to perform as well as Newcastle did this evening when they take on Liverpool tomorrow or else we could fall seven points behind the leaders


I don't think anyone predicted this - but the truth is we just weren't good enough tonight. A very rare off day from an exceptional side and credit to Newcastle who could have folded after going behind so early on


CLOSE! Newcastle scramble the danger clear as Aguero has a couple of bites at a shot but the flag goes up and the danger for the home side it over


We need another goal in the 20 minutes or so that remain and the hosts are pumped up now and believe they might be able to get more. It was a scruffy goal, Rondon hitting it into the ground and over Ederson after a shot had looped up and wasn't cleared


City have largely bossed it but need a second goal as the hosts look capable of scoring at least one. The home defence is well-organised and haven't deviated from Plan A despite going behind so early in the game. 45 minutes to go to complete a perfect January


Half-time and City go in 1-0 up. Should've been at least two in my opinion and I think the ref got it wrong with Sergio's disallowed goal. It wasn't clear, whatever the issue with De Bruyne taking the free-kick 


City break forward with Aguero but his pass is slightly mis-timed to De Bruyne and his cross is cleared - that's how it's gone so far. City ahead but might have been more comfortable but for a few mis-timed passes


Great tracking back by Sergio who nicks the ball of Rondon just outside his own penalty area and then moves forward to fire in a shot that is easily saved


Eh? Kevin De Bruyne takes a quick free-kick that Aguero expertly guides into the roof of the net but it's been disallowed and KDB booked. Why? Looks like the ref didn't blow his whistle, but a strange one


Great play by Raheem Sterling who cut in from the right, found David Silva who stumbled but managed to head the ball into the path of Aguero who made no mistake from six yards


So, a win here tonight and we narrow the gap at the top of the Premier League to just one point - Liverpool play Leicester City tomorrow evening. Here's hoping as the players ready themselves in the tunnel


Blues fans filtering into the top tier of the stand to my left. Icy and snowy on parts of the A1 so safe journey back after the game, everyone 


Rafa Benitez's pre-match thoughts:

"Each manager is managing the team he has, depending on the characteristics of his players.

"If you have top players you attack. But we need balance. One point could make all the difference, and goal difference is important for us as you have seen."


Can you believe the Magpies have not had a player sent off against them for 152 Premier League games? Exactly four season's worth of games, while they've seen 18 of their own players dismissed during that period. Here's hoping that run will at least reach 153!


This is Pep's 100th Premier League game and a win would see him overtake Jose Mourinho to the most wins in their first century of games - currently they are tied on 73 from the first 99 games played. Quite a record, whatever happens tonight


We'll have the starting XI for you in a moment...

Here are the other games this evening...

Arsenal v Cardiff

Fulham v Brighton

Huddersfield v Everton

Wolves v West Ham

Man Utd v Burnley

Newcastle v Man City


And if you're wondering how you can watch the game this evening (while running the Matchday Centre of course), here's a guide to TV coverage wherever you may be around the globe...


Nice touch by Arsenal this evening ahead of their game with Cardiff City. Emiliano Sala's name appears on the Bluebirds' squad list for tonight's game alongside a daffodil - the symbol adopted as a tribute for the Argentine striker whose plane went missing over the English Channel more than a week ago.


Our record against the Magpies makes great reading, but means nothing once we get underway. It could be a tight game with Rafa Benitez suggesting he is keen to keep things tight and compact - but could that be a double-bluff? Pep's team selection will be interesting as he will have no doubt factored the possibility of the hosts playing counter-attacking football this evening - we'll have the team for you at 7pm


Team news

Pep Guardiola has revealed Benjamin Mendy is ‘much better’ after recovering from the slight knock that kept him out of the weekend win over Burnley.

The left-back has struggled with injury since joining City from Monaco but could be available for selection at Newcastle on Tuesday evening.

However, skipper Vincent Kompany remains sidelined, along with Claudio Bravo.


It's matchday!

A very good morning, Blues!

The games are coming thick and fast, as we're back in action tonight with a trip to Newcastle United.

It's an 8pm kick-off at St James' Park with City looking to close the gap to league leaders Liverpool and as always, we'll bring you all of the build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction.

Let us know your thoughts on the clash by getting in touch on Twitter, using #cmoncity!

Other games that day

  • Huddersfield Town0
  • Arsenal2
    Cardiff City1
  • Fulham4
    Brighton and Hove Albion2
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers3
    West Ham United0
  • Manchester United2

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 23 +41 60
3 Tottenham Hotspur 23 +25 51
4 Chelsea 23 +21 47
5 Arsenal 24 +17 47
6 Manchester United 24 +13 45
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 -1 35
8 Everton 24 +2 33
9 Watford 23 0 33
10 Leicester City 23 0 31
11 West Ham United 24 -7 31
12 Bournemouth 23 -9 30
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 24 -9 26
14 Newcastle United 24 -11 24
15 Burnley 24 -20 23
16 Crystal Palace 23 -9 22
17 Southampton 23 -15 22
18 Cardiff City 24 -26 19
19 Fulham 24 -28 17
20 Huddersfield Town 24 -28 11
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