Newcastle 3 Manchester City 4 – Friday 14 May 8pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle on a run of two wins in their last 11 Premier League home wins, Manchester City were looking to create a new PL record of 12 away games in a row.
“It was nice to watch a game with no real pressure, especially against an impossibly expensive fantasy football team who were bought outright by a rich oil state when it was apparently allowed.
“We had a go, although benefitted from a couple of (definite) penalties and ultimately deserved nowt.
“A bit of an end of season feel to it all, I’m sure we’d have watched a different game if there had been something riding on it.”
“Entertaining fun against an under strength and under par Man City.
“Gifting the possession to City they returned the compliment by gifting us some goals, unfortunately they had an abundance of goals in them also.
“No criticism of anyone just Man City are a better team, if only we had rich interested owners.
“One thing about Man City did stand out to me and that is just how poor Raheem Sterling is.”
“Credit to our players today.
“I thought they gave it everything today and should have got a point.
“However, when luck like the deflection for their first, the flick for their second and the rebound straight to their player for the winner go against you there’s not much you can do.
“Roll on the takeover and our chance to have a 1.5 billion net spend and then we’ll see.”
“Some good performances out there for Newcastle tonight against the champions.
“They gave it a good go, it was entertaining , but also a real shame to come off with nothing to show for it.
“That Torres hat trick was something special and it’s handed them a win, albeit in a game that was dead rubber as they get ready for the Champions League final.
“Ahead again against the run of play, two penalties in a game, Shelvey crashing the cross bar and another goal for Willock.
“It was a thriller, but we lost so it still stings.
“Must be that manager of the month curse.”
“Let’s petition to have every game on a Friday night next season.
“Might actually enjoy watching us playing if we keep performing like we have the last two weeks.
“The champions were on top but we were dangerous on the counter.
“We’ve got the right personnel to be an effective counter attacking team.
“Unfortunately, I think Willock is a big part of that.
“We need him or a suitable replacement next season.”
“Great game, a tremendous effort. Well done lads.
“I’m just so pleased to be safe, so this expected result doesn’t really matter.
“Against a class act we lost out eventually but we aren’t the first team to do this.
“Our award winning manager would do well to stop comparing ourselves with Man City.
“We don’t need our expectations lowering any further.
“He should start agreeing with the fans, in that we shouldn’t end up below the mediocre teams above us, year on year.
“The takeover seems dead in the water if you ask me.
“Don’t ask me why, I just feel that there aren’t enough alternative approaches being considered.
“It looks like Brucie’s samba football for another season.”
“A cracking effort from the lads.
“Can’t agree with the team selection but hey ho.
“With a decent manager we may have pulled of a famous victory.
“They were there for the taking…”
“Well, didn’t expect to score 3 goal against the Champions but unsurprisingly we still managed to lose!
“At least we gave it more of a go going forward but were well short in having enough to take advantage of Man City’s defending…
“Hopefully against Sheffield United on Wednesday we manage to win in the final home game of the season (and with fans there to see it!).”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 3 Man City 4 – Friday 14 May 8pm
Krafth 25, Joelinton 45+6 pen, Willock 62
Cancelo 39, Torres 42, 64, 66
(Half-time stats in brackets)
Possession was Man City 82% (81%) Newcastle 18% (19%)
Total shots were Man City 15 (8) Newcastle 11 (5)
Shots on target were Man City 6 (4) Newcastle 5 (2)
Corners were Man City 5 (3) Newcastle 4 (2)
Referee: Kevin Friend
Dubravka, Murphy, Fernandez (Gayle 88), Krafth, Dummett, Ritchie (Sean Longstaff 84), Shelvey, Willock, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton (Lewis 84)
Mark Gillespie, Ciaran Clark, Andy Carroll, Jeff Hendrick, Javier Manquillo, Matty Longstaff
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