Star Man

Star Man

So the start of the season finally arrived last night.

A time to turn up and support your team after 3 months of waiting.

A time to see your new signings in the flesh for the first time.

An expectation of a great season ahead.

Well, that’s if your a Man City fan.

Something in the region of £90 million spent on new players, 2 of them were in the starting 11. A new manager at the helm and they were all anticipating great things.

Here at Newcastle there are no such luxuries. Pretty much a case of same old same old.

Same players, same manager, same luck with injuries and the same look of headless chickens.

We had already lost Santon to injury, as well as Remy, the lad we were fortunate to get on loan from the Championship. So it was not the best thing to hear a few hours before kick off that Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal had made a bid for Yohan Cabaye.

That in turn put our playmaker out of the game as he was deemed “not in the right frame of mind” Marvellous!

So Pardew chose to lambast Arsenal for their timing of the offer, but the cynic in me suggests that we would more than likely do similar things given our general lack of class in such situations.

By the way, who let the news of the bid out? I wonder!

Anyway, on to the game. (sadly)

We lined up with Krul in goal, a back for of M’Biwa, Colo, Taylor and Debuchy. A midfield 3(?) of Jonas, Tiote and Sissoko and a front 3(?) of Gouffran, Cisse and Ben Arfa.

Pretty much the best we could put out given our lack of available players or new signings. City lined up with 11 superstars and another dozen on the bench. Happy days indeed.

Really, the least said about the actual game the better.

We were indebted to Tim Krul twice in the first five minutes when he saved what looked like 2 certain goals. He was helpless a few minutes later when a cross hit Taylor’s arm (hmm) and looped on to Silva’s head for an easy finish.

The only sign of anything from our lot was a run and rising shot from Ben Arfa who was at least looking bright.The second goal duly arrived when Taylor was brushed off far too easily by Aguero who beat Krul in to the far corner.

To say our defending was poor has to be the understatement of the century. Debuchy in particular looking so far out of his depth it was embarrassing.

A flurry of activity then followed just before half time. Jonas Gutierrez picked up a hamstring injury to be replaced by a totally ineffective Anita. Taylor then blocked yet another shot with his arm and somehow got away with it.

That same arm would then get him in to trouble when he swung it again, only this time at Aguero’s head! Taylor was shamefully and rightfully red carded. Dummett came on for his Premiership debut replacing the poor Gouffran.

The second half seemed like the proverbial nightmare in waiting but thankfully we kept the score at a less embarrassing level than it could have been.

Toure scored from a free kick needlessly given away by Debuchy. The wall summed up the performance. It just fell apart and had no bottle. Neither Anita or Cisse made an effort to block as they turned away from the shot. Disgraceful.

Only one more followed when more poor defending allowed Nasri to register City’s 4th of the night. A linesmans flag also denied substitute Negredo a debut goal although he was clearly onside.

Ameobi Junior got a runout to give Ben Arfa a breather and that was about it. Only Dummett, who did pretty well and Krul who was excellent can be satisfied with their nights work. Players like Sissoko really need to take a long hard look at themselves. They certainly don’t give the impression of players who are willing to fight for the cause.

I sense a long hard season here and that’s even with a couple of signings. There is no doubt in my mind that Cabaye will go so our squad is just crumbling away.

Something needs to be done and very quickly.

The money generated from the Sale Of Cabaye plus a minimum £20 million needs to be spent to give us any real hope of a half decent season.

Tuesday was a very dark morning where I live.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure, Navas, Aguero, Silva, Dzeko

Newcastle United: Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sissoko, Tiote, Gouffran, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Cisse

What do you think? As ever, comments, opinions and views welcome below.

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