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Newcastle United vs Manchester City at St. James' Park

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St. James' Park Referee : Kevin Friend
14th May 2021 8:00 PM (BST)
  • 3 Newcastle United

    • ‘25' Emil Krafth
    • ‘45'+6' Joelinton (Pen)
    • ‘62' Joseph Willock
  • 4 Manchester City

    • ‘39' João Cancelo
    • ‘42' Ferran Torres
    • ‘64' Ferran Torres
    • ‘66' Ferran Torres

#mancity

Commentary By Neil Leigh

23:10

Thanks and goodnight πŸ’™

 

Crikey, what a game and what a night!

Well, that's all from me after one of the most memorable matches of the season!

As always, stay tuned to ManCity.com for more post-match reaction, brief highlights plus a Full Match Replay of the game on CITY+ from midnight.

It's been a pleasure and privilege as always.

Make sure you join us on Tuesday for our penultimate Premier League of the season away at Brighton.

See you then... πŸ’™

22:38

More from the boss...πŸ‘‡πŸ»

Pep on Ferran Torres:

"Delighted for the three goals but he has incredible numbers for his first season in England. He didn’t play during a period of two months much. 

"He came as a winger with incredible runs in behind but he can play as a striker, every time he plays in that position he has a real sense of goal.

"The last one is a big example of that, the intuition to know where the ball comes and be there to score. He was fantastic all season.

 "An incredible signing for us, a young player who can play in all three positions for us up front."

22:35

Pep - 'a brilliant game from both sides'

Pep's verdict:

"I think a brilliant game from both sides, unfortunately no people in stadium.

"Incredibly tough opponent, we always struggled to beat Newcastle, they are so tough, we conceded three goals from set pieces but I would say it’s normal.

"After winning Premier League and just one training session it would be a good lesson especially for Brighton and Everton."

22:23

Ferran - I try to improve every day

 More from Ferran:

"I try to improve day by day and learn from my teammates and the manager, I scored a hat-trick for the Spanish national team against Germany and today, I try to keep improving and get ready for the Champions League final."

22:20

Torres - It has been an incredible week!

 Ferran Torres' reaction:

"It’s been an incredible week, we qualify for the Champions League final, win the Premier League and then I score a hat-trick, so I am very very happy."

22:13

Special delivery ⚽️

Kevin Horlock on Ferran:

"The technical ability to first and foremost get into the positions, it was a great finish for the third one and second one he was Johnny on the spot. Goal scorers probably get more joy from the tap-ins, but the other two were pretty special."

22:11

'Ferran's been a great signing'

 Gareth Taylor on Ferran Torres:

"He’s had a great night, he’s been a great signing and for someone who’s 21 years old to be producing these types of performances, and he doesn't play week in week out but when he does he tends to have a massive effect."

22:06

Night to remember...

I did think tonight's game would be entertaining - but that was something else.

A special night for Ferran Torres - and one that Scott Carson will remember too.

Just love watching this team....

90'+5'

FULL-TIME ⏲

All over and a record 12th successive Premier League away win for City - all thanks to Ferran Torres' fabulous hat-trick.

The very stuff of champions.

GET IN!!!!!

90'+1'

Action man

Gabriel Jesus has worked his collective socks off tonight and goes powering up the right flank once more.

City then break again with Torres waiting in the box but Benjamin Mendy can't find him

86'

On the front foot

City closing out the game with aplomb as we keep passing and moving with huge skill and assurance.

So easy on the easy but so difficult to master.

79'

Taste for travel

Still work to do but City on track for what would be a record-breaking 12th successive Premier League away win.

What an achievement that would be if we can see the job through.

76'

Crucial block

Newcastle break again and Ake makes a key interception as Joelinton looks to find Almiron.

Cant take your eyes off for this a second.

69'

Shining star

Love watching Ferran Torres play.

Think he's going to be such a big player for us over the next few years.

Got goals written all over him.

68'

Stuff of champions

Ridiculous Friday night entertainment.

City showing character as we all as class to regroup and rebound in devastating fashion.

66'

What a team!... πŸ’™

City power forward again, Cancelo hits the posts and then Torres shows lightning reflexes to power home the rebound.

Unbelievable!!!

65'

The F factor...

What a game this is.

City respond in the way of champions.

Gabriel Jesus steams down the right flank and then smashes a cross in.

Torres shows wonderful awareness to force the ball home for his second and City's third of the night.

Hat-trick beckoning?

Open
59'

Shelvey booked

Now the Newcastle man goes into the book after he cynically stops Torres as the City man seeks to power forward.

Not great. 

HT

'No need to panic'

Gareth Taylor's view:

"Apart from a couple of moments like they had at the end, City have been pretty dominant, it’s about regrouping, settling down and playing our way. There’s a few things that need sorting out with our positional play but it's not a time to panic."

HT

'The game has burst into life'

 Kevin Horlock's half-time verdict:

"We didn’t expect that, it burst into life. It was a dominant performance form Man City, it’s difficult to break down a team with five at the back but there’s always that risk of the counter attack."

HT

The fact I have just split tomato sauce from a fish finger sandwich all over my shirt sort of sums up that first half.

Tasty morsels but a sting in the tail.

45'+3'

Newcastle stage another lightning break with Joelinton going down in the box.

Referee Kevin Friend ruled offside in the build up.

VAR checking it was offside.

40'

DeservedπŸ’™

Cancelo's shot took a big deflection off Jacob Murphy on the way in.

That was maybe a touch of fortune about the strike but no-one can deny we don't deserve to be level at least.

34'

Alarm bells again

Newcastle break at lightning pace from a City corner and now Ake is adjudged to have brought down Almiron just outside our box after a 60 yard sweeping move from the Magpies.

Another warning sign from the hosts.

32'

Hmmmm

Gundogon with the set piece.

He tries to wrong foot Dubravaka with a low effort around the right edge of the wall but it's meat and drink for the Newcastle keeper.

27'

Time to respond

Not quite sure how we found ourselves behind here but one thing is for sure.

City will redouble our efforts to summon up a response.

27'

Sucker punch

Talk about a sucker punch.

Nothing Carson could do about that but a sobering reminder that Newcastle do a carry a potent threat upfront and from set pieces.

26'

Newcastle goal

The hosts are in front against the run of play.

Emile Krafth rise from a corner to beat Ake and Cancelo and head the ball past Carson.

25'

Blocked

Great work by Kyle Walker as he shuts the door on a Joelinton shot after a sudden Newcastle break.

Vital stop by the City defender after Saint-Maxim had opened up space.

22'

Forward march

Now Dubrakva comes out to punch clear at Jesus rises to try to meet Gundogan's inviting cross.

Newcastle being put through their paces here as Murphy heads behind for another City corner.

Open
20'

Cancelo chance

The play has been camped in the Newcastle half for the past 10 minutes or so.

Wave after wave of City forward forays as the moment.

Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka is called into action to dive low and gathers a Cancelo shot

14'

Warming to the task...πŸ’ͺ

City working so hard on and off the ball and pulling Newcastle this way and that.

But you sense that we have a number of gears to go through yet before we hit full throttle.

13'

Close call

More great build up play from Gundogan and Cancelo on the left flank.

The Portuguese defender fires in an inviting ball to the waiting Torres in the box but the Spaniard's effort is off target.

12'

Wide

Some great work from Ferran Torres tees up an opportunity for Ilkay Gundogan on the right edge of the box.

This time though our leading scorer is wide of the mark as his low shot skids past the post.

Open
8'

Close!

Superb effort from Gabriel Jesus.

Newcastle's centre halves gift the ball back to our Brazilian on the edge of the box and he lets fly with a smart effort after a fine first tough which is just over.

8'

Off target

City march forward again through Sterling initially and patient passage of play ends with Ake firing high and wide from just outside the box.

6'

First touch for Carson

Newcastle apply some pressure  of their own and force a corner through Ritchie before Scott Carson gets a reassuring first touch of the ball.

That will settle the nerves!

3'

Flexible friends

City again so fluid in our formation and positional play.

One of the many standout features of our march to the title this season.

19:57

Guard of honour πŸ™Œ

Out come the teams.

The hosts emerge first to line up and form a guard of honour to welcome the newly crowned champions of England onto the pitch.

A nice touch. 

19:56

A reminder of how we line up tonight...

19:54

'Tonight will be tougher than most people think'

 Kevin Horlock on Newcastle:

"They’ve been up and down but have the ability to hurt teams.

"It’ll be a tough game tonight I think, they’ll want to finish the season strong so could be tougher than most would think. The squad’s that good at City that anyone who comes in will be top class."

19:48

Women's player of the season

And the final women's end of season award is the SCM Player of the Season.

The winner is Chloe Kelly who has enjoyed a superb first campaign at the Club following her summer move from Everton.

Many congratulation Chloe!

19:42

Women's goal of the season

The second winner of the women's end of season awards was for Goal of the Season.

And the deserved winner was Caroline Weir for her stunning chipped effort in our derby win against Manchester United earlier this year.

An effort worthy of an award!

19:40

'Ferran's got a real eye for goal'

Kevin Horlock on Ferran Torres:

"The Goat speaks highly of him, he always mentions that he finishes like a centre forward - I was lucky enough to be at the Crystal Palace game and his finish was like that, he’s got a real eye for goal."

19:37

Esme's delight...

Esme Morgan's reaction:

"I’m really surprised to be honest because we have so many good young players at the club, people like Lauren Hemp., Chloe Kelly Jess Park...

When I got told I was flattered but I’m really pleased and it's really nice to receive it."

19:36

Rising star...

The first winner of the end of season women's awards has been announced on We're Not Really Here.

And the recipient of the Gatorade Rising Star award is Esme Morgan.

A worthy winner after a stellar season for the Club.

Many congratulations Esme!

19:32

Carson: 'I'm over the moon to play'

Scott Carson's pre-match thoughts:

"I’m over the moon to get a chance to play. There was a chance I could’ve played last season but Eddy was going for the golden glove and I think Norwich scored then VAR ruled it out, as I was getting my shin pads on.

"I got told yesterday, and I’m delighted - I thought my Premier League days were over but thankfully I’ve never given up and have got a chance tonight.

"Of course surprised but since I’ve been here I’ve tried to work as hard as I can and be there if needed. Thankfully he manager’s seen that and given me a game tonight.?

"Nerves? Yeah there always is every game you play but I think that’s good. Even with my experience it’s good to be a bit nervous."

19:26

'Eric's a great lad to work with'

 Gareth Taylor on Eric Garcia:

"He’s a great lad to work with, he came from an environment at Barcelona where he was well thought of, it was a big push to get him to come to us.

"I think when you look at players with potential to go on to coach or manage, you can see that in Eric.

"Pep’s highlighted that Eric says what he sees in the warmup from the opposition, that’s diamond information from your players to do that. He’s really well thought of here."

19:21

'A massive night for Scott Carson'

Kevin Horlock on tonight's team news:

"I think we’ve got used to changes happening. A fairly big game round the corner too.

"Scott Carson coming in for his first game, means it's a massive night for him and I’m jealous, I wish I could play in that team let me tell you!

"And the other one a little bit of a surprise maybe is Eric Garcia. He’s an absolutely unbelievable lad, Pep loves him too."

19:15

Stat attack (part two)...πŸ“ˆ

 πŸ”Ή Pep Guardiola has led a team to the title in nine of his 12 top-flight seasons as a manager.

 πŸ”Ή A win on Friday would ensure City establish an English league record of 12 successive away victories. They share the current record of 11 with Chelsea.

 πŸ”Ή If they avoid defeat, City will set a new record of 23 away games unbeaten in all competitions by a side in England's top four divisions, surpassing Notts County's 2012 run in League One.

19:00

Here's how we line up tonight... ⚽️

Pep Guardiola makes five changes for tonight's trip to St James' Park.

  

CITY XI presented by Hays: Carson; Walker, Ake, Garcia, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Bernardo, Sterling (c), Jesus, Torres

Subs: Steffen, Dias, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Foden, Palmer

18:53

Pep's KDB update

Pep Guardiola provided an injury update on Kevin De Bruyne ahead of tonight's Premier League clash with Newcastle at Thursday's pre-match press conference.

The influential Belgian missed the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last weekend with a slight muscle issue.

But the City boss confirmed that De Bruyne is on the mend, though he won’t feature against the Magpies.

β€œHe is still injured but he’s getting better,” revealed Guardiola.

β€œWhen he is fit he will come to training and the guys who are completely fit with 100% mentally and physicality will have a chance to play in the final.

"Before that we have three games to get information about how the team is and the players to play in the last game of the season."

18:48

Team thoughts ❓

Just over 10 minutes until we discover tonight's starting line-up.

Who would you like to see in action at St James' Park this evening?

18:43

Stat attack...πŸ“ˆ

 πŸ”Ή Newcastle United's only victory in the past 26 Premier League meetings was by 2-1 at home in January 2019.

 πŸ”Ή The Magpies have managed just 41 shots in their seven league matches against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, averaging 23% possession across those games.

 πŸ”Ή However, City have only won one of their four most recent away league  games against the Magpies despite taking the lead in all three games they failed to win (D2, L1).

18:26

Early team news πŸ“‹

 πŸ”Ή Pep Guardiola has confirmed Kevin De Bruyne will remain sidelined ahead of the trip to St. James' Park.

 πŸ”Ή City's John Stones is available for selection after completing a three-match domestic suspension.

 πŸ”Ή Newcastle's Fabian Schar is suspended and unavailable for the game.

18:20

Pep: Khaldoon trust is vital

 

Pep Guardiola provided some fascinating insights at Thursday's pre-match press conference in the wake of our latest title triumph.

The boss spoke passionately about the Club, our common long-term vision and the total trust shown in him by Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

Pep on Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak

β€œI saw he trusted me.

β€œI cannot assure him of success. No one can be sure. But I saw in his eyes and saw at our dinners together that I trust him.

β€œWhen that happens in bad moments, like the first season and after Lyon [Champions League defeat], I cannot say no.

β€œNormally managers are sacked because they don't win games. But no one knows the reason why they hire you.

β€œHere [at City] I knew first because they had Ferran [Soriano] and Txiki [Begiristain] and we are on the same path with the way we want to play, live and the respect for the organisation.

β€œThe club is miles away above all of our heads, the most important thing is the organisation.

β€œEvery time we take a decision, it is what is the best for Manchester City."

18:05

TUNE IN πŸ“Ί

It wouldn't be matchday without our unmissable We're Not Really Here show.

Presenter Cel Spellman will be joined this evening by former City midfielder, Kevin Horlock and Manchester City's women's team manager Gareth Taylor, a former team-mate of Kev's in our 1999 side that memorably won the Division Two play-off final at Wembley.

Join Cel, Gareth and Kevin for all the pre-match build-up as well as a comprehensive, in-depth reaction at both half-time and full-time.

Plus, make sure to tune in for our women's team's End of Season Awards too, as the SCM Player of the Season, Nissan Goal of the Season and Rising Star awards are revealed live on the show!

WNRH will be broadcasted across all of our digital platforms and will begin 65 minutes before kick-off at 18:55 (UK).

And, as ever, share your thoughts with our guests, using the hashtag #WNRH...

18:00

It's Friday and it's matchday! ⚽

Hello and a very good evening to you all.

The Premier League Champions (how good does that sound?) are back in action! πŸ†

Pep Guardiola's men travel to Newcastle United , looking to cap a memorable week for the Club with three more points.

City are also looking for a 12th straight Premier League away win, which would be an all-time record across the top four tiers of English league football.

It's a 20:00 (UK time) kick-off at St James' Park and as always, we'll have all of the pre-match build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre.

COME ON, CITY!

09:36

Form guide πŸ“ˆ

We go into the game looking to bounce back to winning ways after Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Chelsea.

However, depending on how Manchester United fare on Tuesday and Thursday this week, Pep Guardiola’s could have been confirmed as champions by the time we play on Friday.

Newcastle have enjoyed a spring resurgence under Steve Bruce and secured an excellent 4-2 win away at Leicester City last time out.

09:35

Pep Guardiola πŸ’¬

"It’s important to win the title no matter when. We did it this time and are going to prepare the next game is Newcastle then Brighton and Everton, then the last game v Chelsea.

"But the best way to prepare for the final is to train good every day and play good in our last games.

"This one [title win] in the pandemic around the world makes this title a little different, but the pleasure to win and the amount effort behind it makes every title special in the Premier League. It’s so nice."

09:31

Early team news πŸ“‹

Pep Guardiola has confirmed Kevin De Bruyne will remain sidelined ahead of the trip to St. James' Park.

City's John Stones is available for selection after completing a three-match domestic suspension.

Newcastle's Fabian Schar is suspended and unavailable for the game.

09:26

We're Not Really Here πŸ’™

Presenter Cel Spellman will be joined by former City midfielder, Kevin Horlock for our We're Not Really Here matchday show.

Join Cel and Kevin for all the pre-match build-up as well as a comprehensive, in-depth reaction at both half-time and full-time.

Plus, make sure to tune in for our women's team's End of Season Awards too, as the SCM Player of the Season, Nissan Goal of the Season and Rising Star awards are revealed live on the show!

WNRH will be broadcasted across all of our digital platforms and will begin 65 minutes before kick-off at 18:55 (UK).

Share your thoughts with our guests, using the hashtag #WNRH...

09:20

It's matchday! ⚽

The Premier League Champions are back in action! πŸ†

Pep Guardiola's men travel to Newcastle United tonight, looking to cap a fine week for the Club with a win!

City are also looking for a 12th straight Premier League away win, which would be an all-time record across the top four tiers of English league football.

It's a 20:00 (UK time) kick-off at St James' Park and as always, we'll have all of the pre-match build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre.

COME ON, CITY!

Other games that day

  • Burnley0
    Leeds United0
    KO
  • Southampton0
    Fulham0
    KO
  • Brighton and Hove Albion0
    West Ham United0
    KO

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Manchester United 36 +28 70
3 Leicester City 36 +21 66
4 Chelsea 36 +22 64
5 Liverpool 35 +20 60
6 West Ham United 35 +10 58
7 Tottenham Hotspur 35 +20 56
8 Everton 35 +4 56
9 Arsenal 36 +12 55
10 Leeds United 35 0 50
11 Aston Villa 35 +8 49
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 -12 45
13 Crystal Palace 35 -22 41
14 Southampton 35 -18 40
15 Burnley 35 -14 39
16 Newcastle United 36 -19 39
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 -5 37
18 Fulham 35 -22 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 35 -36 26
20 Sheffield United 35 -44 17
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