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NUFC v Man City - Happy Sums It All Up

I haven't lost my mind with my choice of title after today's game against Man City because of the many words I could choose, 'happy' pretty much sums it up as a whole.

With an expected hammering seemingly bearing fruit after eight minutes today with a start that showed too much respect as well as a gift wrapped goal only missing it's wrapping paper, we did well overall.

We started off chasing shadows with some personnel just not looking worthy of the black and white shirt. The likes of Steven Taylor just looking lost.

However, the more this game went on, the more the official's decisions went against us and it instilled a passion or anger into the side to compete on an even level or above.

As the game edged closer to half time and Man City hadn't added to the early goal, my thoughts edged towards it being decent that we could at least attack them in the second half with something to play for.

What happened next brought that feeling forward and we stepped it up massively due to the injustice that the wrongly disallowed Tiote special had enveloped the ground.

I was happy that our thoughts of corrupt officials just gets more proof by the week with yet another 'Sky' club getting the benefit although there was no doubt to add to that.

The feeling of anger made our players seem a couple of yards quicker to the ball with the excellent Tiote being the main instigator. Our midfield was superb in going head to head with their world stars from then on, although with half time approaching, my thoughts turned to a calming effect it would have.

I was wrong because the officials kept up with their shocking performance which in turn led to our players losing their cool but keeping control of the game.

I gave Joe Hart the man of the match performance and that shows how well we did, although he took a fair amount of grief with the many songs about 'head and shoulders' and dandruff.

Even an appearance of a streaker in a luminous green mankini didn't put Hart off. His slip after being chased by the slow stewards, a humourous escape from the stress of the game.

Im not gonna give ratings but instead highlight a few points.

Tiote was excellent and all over the pitch. His goal was a 'worldie' and worthy of any goal of the month award. Nee excuse whatsoever for not giving it, although a change in the rules have to happen as this 'not interfering with play' lark is too easily corruptable.

Steven Taylor started off like he didn't know why he was out there but grew into it a bit, the longer the game went on.

Cabaye was playing in a strange attacking role which saw him as the furthest forward on numerous occasions but he was top class as well.

Anita's passing was shocking at the start but by the time he upped his game, he got subbed.

I would have played Mbiwa alongside Williamson, had Santon on the right and Haidara on the left. Id also have had Cabaye in a slightly deeper role with Ben Arfa alongside Remy. A move which we more or less changed to late on anyway and were dangerous.

Overall though, im happy that we were committed and on another day could have won that. Ths same as against Arsenal and many other teams. We're not far away from a decent side. Maybe two signings.

Im happy that ive got football decisions to grumble over rather than a five or six goal tonking. If Remy's chances had been grabbed. Had Cabaye's effort went in. Had Tiote's counted for real and so on.

Commitment, effort and entertainment is the cusp of our ambition as fans. We got that today and im happy.

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Writer: TNMW Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 12 2014

Time: 8:50PM

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yes the goal should of stood and it should of been 1-1 at half time but in the second half are you serious about the officials,if there was ever a game where the referee was trying to even out his ********* of a decision it was this game.We never heard the last of the dejong challenge a few years ago but that tackle on Nasri was twice as bad and Cabaye should of been dismissed at least 3 times
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12/01/2014 21:12:00

It was viscous takling all over the pitch, by Newcastle, and ok the "wonder" goal had 3 players offside, 1 even moved outof the way of the ball so if that is not interference then what is? The tackle by the lad mabia wonga is evil in the extreme, Nasri was passed him so he tried to pull his shirt that failed, tried a kick that caught him but didnt stop him, the 3rd got him andhe should have been red carded and banned for 3 matches, at least, but wont cos the ref has booked him, which was the wrong call, but We came away wth the 3points which is all that matters and for your fans to be happy, at what went on on the pitch football was the loser today......
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13/01/2014 00:01:00

How are Newcaslte allowed to kick the opposition up and down the pitch without the refs doing anything about it?

You fouled us (Arsenal) constantly when we played you a few weeks back and yet we somehow ended up with the bookings!!

You are a dirty thuggish team and while I was naturally hoping you could beat City in hindsight I'm delighted that you and that thug of a manager (real classy guy) got what you deserved from the game.

Galway Gooner
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13/01/2014 08:57:00


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