Newcastle suffered another unbalanced defeat as our goal difference was beaten again. Manchester City were just too good and easily beat Newcastle 4-0 at St. James’ Park.
Eddie Howe made a change at half-time by passing Allan Saint-Maximin in place of Joe Willock. The change pushed Almiron to midfield, Fraser to the right and Allan to the left.
The Magpies started the half brilliantly with four deliveries in the box in the first minutes. However, all four were sorely lacking in quality and were easily handled by Manchester City.
Martin Dubravka made a magnificent save in the 52nd minute. A cross from the depths found Gabriel Jesus’ head in front of Newcastle’s net. Dubravka made a formidable save as his outstretched palm pushed the ball over the crossbar.
On the hour mark, Isaac Hayden was pulled out for mustached Sean Longstaff. Hayden will miss the next game against Man United after receiving his fifth yellow card this afternoon.
In the 63rd minute, Zinchenko put in a nice ball that Mahrez deflected behind to push back and bring the score to 3-0. The goal was initially flagged as offside. However, a VAR check determined that the Algerian was played by Lascelles.
Howe made his final change ten minutes from time. Jeff Hendrick made his first appearance since early October with Miguel Almiron in the lead. Just a minute later, Fraser placed a tantalizing cross but Wilson was refused by a diving Ederson.
Newcastle’s afternoon turned darker as Manchester City added fourth place with five minutes remaining. Murphy did not do enough to prevent Jesus from accessing the signature. The Brazilian squared the ball on a plate for Raheem Sterling at the far post to make it 4-0.
The score was a bit tough because the guys played well in the patches. However, Newcastle fell short of the defending champions, who sailed with a little help from dismal defense.