Pathetic Pardew loses more than points – NEWCASTLE UTD 0 MAN CITY 2

Newcastle United lost more than just three points when they went down to a ninth consecutive Premier League loss to Manchester City.

They lost the respect and empathy of Manchester City fans thanks to their foul-mouthed low life of a manager, the dirty play of their team and the scurrilous cat-calls of their fans, directed at a stricken Samir Nasri.

Sad sight - Newcastle fans booed as Samir Nasri was stretchered off  Courtesy @MCFC

Sad sight – Newcastle fans booed as Samir Nasri was stretchered off Courtesy @MCFC

Admittedly the Barcode followers probably don’t give a flying ‘wotsit’, but it’s a sorry indictment on a famous old club who have been through hard times, not dissimilar to City.

The difference nowadays is that Sheikh Mansour invested in City, whereas Mike Ashley invested in Newcastle. Like most other supporters, Newcastle now have the green-eye when viewing the Sky Blues, with jealousy the all consuming emotion.

I used to have a soft spot for Newcastle United FC…I still have, except now it’s a colossal pit of quicksand, enough to swallow the bile and venom of this sadly, classless collection of swearing, fouling and taunting reprobates.

It would be wrong to tar all with the same brush, but ‘decent’ Toon supporters appeared to be in the minority in a hate-filled St James’s Park.

Clean sheet - Martin Demichelis help City keep out a dirty Toon team  Courtesy @MCFC

Clean sheet – Martin Demichelis help City keep out a dirty Toon team Courtesy @MCFC

As events unfolded at the less than saintly St James’s /Sports Direct Arena/Wonga Wad Bleed You Dry Stadium – call it what you will – it became increasingly obvious that City once again, had the measure of United and its cockney sewer rat of a manager.

When your team is fortunate to have a manager with the stature, wisdom and grace of Manuel Pellegrini you know you’ve been blessed, even more so when contrasted with the malignant management ‘style’ of Alan Pardew.

With his team trailing to Edin Dzeko’s excellent eighth minute opener and, understandably upset at having what he deemed a bona fide goal disallowed, the ‘eloquent’ Pardew was caught on camera verbally abusing Pellegrini.

1-0 - Edin Dzeko takes the plaudits after an excellent opening goal  Courtesy @MCFC

1-0 – Edin Dzeko takes the plaudits after an excellent opening goal Courtesy @MCFC

Where else in the workplace do you have a licence to stand two feet away from a highly regarded, hugely respected peer and call him a ‘…f*cking old c*nt’.

Pardew’s family must be so proud of him. Apparently ‘Pards’ likes a bit of playful banter with his fellow managers. He believes it’s ok to ‘tease’ other managers, if you say sorry afterwards and shake hands.

Poor old Pellegrini – having to come into contact with the vile Pardew’s doubtless clammy, insincere and weak handshake.

Just for a moment, let’s take a step back from a highly charged encounter and realise how extraordinarily lucky we are to have Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City manager.

Pure class - Manuel Pellegrini

Pure class – Manuel Pellegrini

What a superb ambassador, an astute tactician, a leader of men, a fine exponent of the game. What a gentleman!

The cool man from Chile didn’t rise to the bait or become ruffled in a powder keg St James’s, as Cheick Tiote’s hotly disputed offside screamer of a goal, plunged the game into controversy and acrimony.

Focus of the Toon’s wrath was referee Mike Jones, whose overall levels of profound incompetence show no signs of abating. Anyone and everyone who is pro-Newcastle United would feel a sense of injustice over the disallowed effort. Had the boot been on the other foot, City fans would undoubtedly have felt the same.

But the referee made the decision not Manchester City. There were people, via social media, agreeing it was a correct decision including qualified referees, but there were even more querying it.

Opposites DON'T attract -Pardew & Pellegrini in less contentious times

Opposites DON’T attract -Pardew & Pellegrini in less contentious times

Sadly, Mike Jones did exactly what was expected after making the call. He rapidly developed a worrying condition that somehow saw his vertebrae completely disintegrate in the second half.

It was almost as worrying as the knee ligament damage inflicted on City’s Samir Nasri by the malicious foul committed by Yanga-Mbiwa.

The foul was a straight red card all day, every day. But Jones, eager not to further antagonise the baying crowd, produced a card in keeping with his character, YELLOW…and spineless with it.

Thank goodness City won because ‘little twisted minds’ cannot dismiss the content of this article as simply sour grapes.

Coward & The Beast - Incompetent ref Mike Jones and ultra professional Alvaro Negredo  Courtesy @MCFC

Coward & The Beast – Incompetent ref Mike Jones and ultra professional Alvaro Negredo Courtesy @MCFC

Yohan Cabaye should have been sent off long before Nasri was kicked to the floor. Having been booked for dissent in the wake of Tiote’s ‘goal-that-never-was’, the frustrated Frenchman went ‘straight through’ City substitute Jesus Navas with a callous foul.

Jones did nothing.

Perhaps the pundits and journalists who waffle on about ‘injustice’ and how Pardew and his underdogs – more like mongrels – were ‘victims’, should think about how United would have faired with nine men?

Mike Jones is a dreadfully inept official. Witnessed first-hand on numerous occasions, he cannot control a game and resorts to dishing out cards like a January sale at Clintons. His performances are synonymous with all that is wrong about supposedly top flight officials.

Had it not been for all of Newcastle’s venom, snide challenges and thuggish behaviour, this report could have been dominated by an enthralling and evenly balanced contest, one edged by City’s superior finishing.

Challenging - Yaya tussles for midfield possession  Courtesy @MCFC

Challenging – Yaya tussles for midfield possession Courtesy @MCFC

Dzeko looking like a new player, continuing where he’d left off against West Ham, his work rate through the roof, oozing hunger and desire to succeed and play his part.

His goal was smooth and simple. Silva slid an inch perfect pass to the hugely improved Kolarov, who was barrelling down the left wing.

 AK47 sent a first time cross into the Newcastle box and Dzeko, muscling in ahead of Steven Taylor, connected with a fast angled shot past Tim Krul.

It was goal number 93 for City – one more than the team scored throughout all of last season – a remarkable endorsement of Pellegrini’s approach with four months still to play.

Tap in - Negredo makes it 2-0 in the dying seconds  Courtesy @MCFC

Tap in – Negredo makes it 2-0 in the dying seconds Courtesy @MCFC

Moments later Alvaro Negredo was an inch shy of contact and a certain second strike, when another low cross was whipped in hard, right in front of Krul’s posts.

The Beast eventually shut the Geordies up when he burst up the middle of the park in the 95th minute, latching onto a Milner pass, leaving a trio of United defenders in his wake.

His initial shot rebounded off Krul’s chest before the man from Sevilla made it 2-0, scoring his 19th of the campaign and City’s 94th.

Joe Hart kept his second clean sheet since being restored to City’s Premier League starting XI, with three super saves, twice from Cabaye, but the most telling one from Loic Remy.

Remy on loan from QPR, took advantage of a rare mix-up between Kompany and Zabaleta, setting him free with just Hart to beat. His powerful shot ricocheted off Joe’s left foot and the danger was gone.

Assault & battery - Nasri is scythed down by the cynical Yanga-Mbiwa  Courtesy @MCFC

Assault & battery – Nasri is scythed down by the cynical Yanga-Mbiwa Courtesy @MCFC

It was magnificent team effort with City working tirelessly and pressing United, closing space down and limiting the home side’s options.

All three City substitutions were born of adversity, Dzeko and Yaya Toure appeared injured when bringing Navas and Javi Garcia into the fray.

Nasri was initially assaulted by Yanga-Mbiwa, before the Toon full back lashed out a second time, as Nasri was going to ground.

It was a particularly vicious foul and one that will put Nasri out for up to eight weeks.

Pellegrini was clearly concerned about what appears knee damage, possibly to the anterior cruciate ligament – ACL – one of the most feared injuries in the game. Scans and tests should reveal the full extent of the damage on Monday.

N-N-N-N-19 - The Beast hits his 19th & City's 94th goal of the season  Courtesy @MCFC

N-N-N-N-19 – The Beast hits his 19th & City’s 94th goal of the season Courtesy @MCFC

Statistically City edged the attempts on goal, those on target and the number of corners. Newcastle had 54% possession but City had a 200% better strike rate!

The biggest stat of the day was that Pellegrini had guided City back to the top of the Premier League with 47 points and a goal difference of +36. City may only be top for 24 hours or so,until Arsenal chalk up an expected win over Aston Villa in Birmingham tonight.

Nasri’s injury is a cause of great anxiety and may dictate whether City plunge into the transfer market. Jesus Navas,or even a fit Stevan Jovetic, could step in from the current squad.

More encouraging is news that Sergio Aguero could feature from the sub’s bench against Blackburn in the FA Cup 3rd round replay on Wednesday night.

One can only hope for a more sporting, but equally passionate affair, officiated by a referee who knows what he’s doing.



By David Walker @djwskyblu           


  1. January 13, 2014  2:59 am by Ben Reply

    How is this post any more dignified than what you accuse the Newcastle fans of? It descends into myopic hysteria and makes you sound like a total arse.

    • January 13, 2014  3:22 am by David Walker Reply

      My sir, what a bare-faced cheek - thanks for reading - do call again.

    • January 13, 2014  4:56 am by Thomas Reply

      I'm a city fan and always had a soft spot for Newcastle United.Not anymore.
      Pardew's conduct is totally disgraceful.As a manager he should set the standard,not stoop to the level of a delinquent juvenile.Very sad.
      Had he conducted himself with grace and dignity, he would have elevated both himself and NU in the eyes of those watching the game.

      The goal should have stood. Then the ref would not have pandered to the crowd and Cabaye and Mbiwa would have been sent off.
      And it would have been a totally different scoreline.

      • January 13, 2014  12:59 pm by David Walker Reply

        Thomas, you sir, you have it spot on. I reckon it would have been 4-1 to City.

  2. January 13, 2014  3:23 am by Mark Reply

    What a load of absolute nonsense. Rubbish. It is also laughable :)

    • January 13, 2014  3:28 am by David Walker Reply

      Thanks for reading - may be catch it next time around when City win AGAIN.

  3. January 13, 2014  3:25 am by Fuck you Reply

    This post is such biased shit by some glory hunting twat

    • January 13, 2014  3:33 am by David Walker Reply

      Now, it's only a guess but did you sit behind Alan Pardew in the English Language lessons? You obviously used the same dictionary. Could you possibly clarify 'glory hunting'? Just think you'll never get back those two or three minutes that you spent reading this sh*t. Never mind. Thanks again.

  4. January 13, 2014  3:27 am by FHW Reply

    What a repugnant scumbag Pardew is. He did the same to Steve Bruce and Wenger. He is trash.

    • January 13, 2014  3:36 am by David Walker Reply

      I think we're in agreement on that one. Cheers.

  5. January 13, 2014  3:31 am by JP Reply

    As a Newcastle fan I have to say I agree with most of your points here. I have never liked Pardew, he is purely a mouthpiece of the cockney mafia in charge.
    Some of the tackles today were rash and out of character. They were undoubtedly fuelled by a sense of injustice after a fair goal was chalked off.
    If fans were booing Nasri as he went off then that was out of order and not typical of the supporters we have.

    One final thought on your new feelings toward NUFC though. You perhaps shouldn't judge so quickly on the merits of one match alone. I like Manchester City, but not long ago Nigel De Jong broke HBA's leg so badly he missed a year of football. De Jong did not apologise for a horrendous tackle, City didn't apologise or force the player to apologise either. Hopefully Nasri's injury isn't so bad. Good luck for the season.

    • January 13, 2014  3:51 am by David Walker Reply

      A voice of reason in an opening tirade of abuse! You have a valid point in that hitherto, I had generally found Newcastle fans to be passionate about their team, but both pragmatic and inherently fair. I even sat with the Geordies at the 1976 League Cup Final - bedecked in sky blue as a lad - due to some ticketing mix up. The fans were cracking on the day. Sadly today revealed a different side to the Toon Army - maybe, as you say, it is out of character.

      It's what came out of Pardew mouth that I found staggering, not because I am naive, but because Pellegrini is the polar opposite of a sleazeball who runs his chops and the hell with the content. Yes, there was obvious frustration at Tiote's wonderstrike being scratched off, but Newcastle's players were very unprofessional, to the point where there appeared pre-meditated malice in some of the tackles.

      As for HBA - at least I know his name, which is more than can be said for the other Cockney Culture Secretary Kinnear - it was a totasl accident IMO. NDJ did get the ball and his following leg simply had nowhere to go, hence he caught and injured HBA. That still wouldn't explain why a fellow professional could not express his regret to another - that IS inexcusable. I was at the match and I can testify that the City fans gave sympathetic applause as HBA was stretchered off.

      Sadly every club has an element of thuggery - it's a reflection of society - and MCFC isn't without a proportion. However, I can but thank you for your magnanimity and good grace in expressing your views. If you were to read the match preview you would have seen that I actually paid tribute to the Toon Army.


    • January 13, 2014  7:57 pm by bluwes Reply

      Can I point out that De Jongs was a perfectly fair but strong challenge which unfortunately caused the injury. De Jong made a number of attempts to speak to Ben Arfa but was prevented from doing so by Newcastle, eventually getting to meet the player 12 months down the line

      • January 13, 2014  10:20 pm by David Walker Reply

        Thanks for the info - I always knew the tackle was fair, but was unaware that NDJ was prevented from speaking to HBA. I wonder why people tried to stop it happening?

  6. January 13, 2014  4:20 am by CiTyBlUe Reply

    I couldn't give a toss what any Geordie thinks or has to say, Tiote's goal was never a goal. 3 Newcastle players offside and all in front of goal, Gouffran was in Joe Harts way obstructing any chance of him making a save. NEVER A GOAL IN A MILLION YEARS.

    Newcastle should have had two players sent off, both Cabaye and Yanga-Mbiwa should have been given their marching orders.

    If anything the only injustice was at Manchester City's expense, as for the geordies spitting their dummies out well. To be expected that they are not going to like the truth being rammed down their thoughts to choke on, I'm finding it extremely amusing that they are upset.

    • January 13, 2014  12:23 pm by David Walker Reply

      The Tiote goal looks as if it should have stood, so that makes it 1-1. However that apology of a referee is then less inclined to panda to the home crowd and Cabaye and the assassin Mbwia get sent off and City smash theToon to pieces with a scoreline closer to 6-1. City won for the 9th time on the trot - 10 in you include the Capital One Cup - so job done. Cheers fella.

  7. January 13, 2014  4:26 am by GeorgeInIsrael Reply

    As usual, wonderfully written. When I read your blog, I always know that I will be entertained, even if I don't agree with you. As for that goal, I've seen goals in similar situations given, both for and against City, and every time the old man in me (who remembers the offside law from the 60s) screams "Offside!". I think the main problem is the constant tinkering with the offside rule. In many cases, offside will always be a subjective decision with a large grey area. Allthough the purpose of the tinkering is to remove subjectivity and ambiguity, it merely causes more and more confusion. Far better would be to revert to the old "unless not interfering with play" definition, which used to be that a left winger could get away with being offside (usually) if the ball was passed to the right winger. Otherwise, forget it. I remember the late Danny Blanchflower, in his weekly column in the Sunday Express, once writing something along the lines of "If you're on the pitch, you're interfering, and if you aren't, you shouldn't be on the pitch". My personal opinion (for what it's worth) is that Mike Jones got it right. The ball was going to hit the offside Newcastle player and rebound to "somewhere". He moved and the ball went in the net. If that's not interfering, I don't know what is.

    • January 13, 2014  5:16 am by David Walker Reply

      You know George that is my simplistic take on it also. If Gouffran doesn't move it hits him. But when all is said & done City beat a horrible gobshyte of a Toon manager, some of the dirtiest players in the league & SOME - not all - Toon fans who took delight in seeing a City player seriously injured. No further justification required. Thanks as ever for your feedback. CTWD

  8. January 13, 2014  6:44 am by pete lynch Reply

    top class, I really enjoyed this piece. Always despised Pardew. No class whatsoever.

    • January 13, 2014  12:23 pm by David Walker Reply

      Get in a very very very long queue Pete. Thanks for the feedback #Pardewscum.

  9. January 13, 2014  7:18 am by steve rowe Reply

    You seem to forget de jongs tackle on Ben arfa a few seasons ago also your manager was calling pardew first about goal that should of stood and to be still in the shadow of the red half really does make you bitter hard done to city you have a great team write about them not how hard done to you are every game the same rubbish

    • January 13, 2014  12:29 pm by David Walker Reply

      I've already addressed the HBA incident with NDJ in a previous comment. If the goal had stood Newcastle would have doubtless gone on to rip little old Citeh your dreams.

      Yes, we've been in Manure's shadow for decades but City fans are proud of the fact we've stuck with our team through all the bad times. We know all about our past and we've a pretty good idea what the future holds. We had 28,000 average attendance in the third tier of English football. I seem to recall the Toon finding it difficult to break into five figure attendances when they dropped out of the top flight. One day you'll emerge from the shadow cast by the Stadium of Light - best of luck.

  10. January 13, 2014  7:44 am by Andy Devereux Reply

    Pardew is a cretin, before the game he was saying City should win City players much better than if I was a geordie I'd be fuming if my manager said that before the game, think it by all means don't say it out loud in front of the media....what a plantpot!!! Great piece again David, fingers crossed for Sam Nas #TrustOurMP

    • January 13, 2014  12:31 pm by David Walker Reply

      Not looking good for Samir - great shame because he was playing so well. If there's any justice that swine Yanga-Mbiwa will get his come uppance some day soon. Thanks AD.

  11. January 13, 2014  8:03 am by Guvnor Reply

    David as a City fan the report was spot on, as a Newcastle fan I would be a little aggrieved about the goal. Todays definition of offside baffles me, I can see both arguments, but I am glad we got the decision.
    Mr Pardew, was totally out of order, as too were one or two of his squad, I agree that the foul on Nasri was a red without doubt.
    It is nice to see the Geordie boys coming on our threads, now they can write abuse, instead of throwing bricks, like they used to do at our coaches, whilst parked up outside St James in the 70s & 80s. Keep writing Geordie Boys, because with your manager, you will win nothing only whinger of the year, Mike Ashley should have freedom of your City, you all deserve that, Ha Ha Ha

    • January 13, 2014  12:33 pm by David Walker Reply

      The keyboard is mightier than the brick - especially when attached to the desk - it kind of hurts! I thought Tiote's goal should have stood, but what ensued was disgraceful. Shame we can't play Newcastle again this season, we'll have to be content with just the three wins. Cheers Guvnor.

  12. January 13, 2014  8:21 am by Dave smith Reply

    I don't support either team but like to read reports

    I have to say this is really biased

    Looking at the stats Newcastle had 1 more foul than City

    Bad tackle in nasri but it was the only one

    Hope he recovers soon

    Wrong to disallow te goal

    Only differance with pardews comments which I think were out of order was that Sky caught them

    I watch loads if games and this happens a lot

    • January 13, 2014  12:37 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks for reading and commenting Dave from a neutral perspective. If you read the profile on the right of the page I freely admit I'm biased, but when City come up short I will be critical. That said, do you really think Newcastle deserved to beat City yesterday? City had class, the Toon had huff and puff and, in Pardew's case, plenty of lip. I'm not naive, I know what goes on with industrial language but Pardew is a serial offender and not fit to lick rthe soles of Pellegrini's shoes.

  13. January 13, 2014  8:44 am by Eileen Fullen Reply

    Beggars belief that the ref allowed that guy to stay on the pitch. He lost control of the game and instead of taking hold he wiltered under pressure. The game was tarnished when it should have been enjoyed as it was end to end unfortunately some of the tackling was shocking. Pardew only apologised when he knew his filth was picked up I can only hope he gets a reprimand but hey will it make a difference no. No style or class whereas Pellars was dignified. The top four is as close as it gets. Fingers crossed we make it to the final hurdle as Winners. A truly great read once again.

    • January 13, 2014  12:39 pm by David Walker Reply

      Jones is a prat, Pardew is a prat. Pellegrini is pure, unadulterated class. #TrustOurMP

      Thanks for your comments.

  14. January 13, 2014  9:13 am by Graeme Cole Reply

    I was at the game and can assure you that when Nasri was being stretchered off, the home fans were applauding him not booing him. The only booing that took place was aimed at the incompetent officials. Different circumstances entirely but I remember City 'fans' making a song up about Ben Arfa having his leg broken by De Jong.
    And if you don't expect to see/hear managers and players swearing then maybe you should avoid football and join a knitting club.

    • January 13, 2014  12:44 pm by David Walker Reply

      So, that's knit one, pearl one. Knit one, pearl one - hey I'm getting the hang of this but I'm very very slow. However I reckon I'll have this cardigan finished in about 20 years time...well before the Toon pick up any significant silverware. It's boring all the comparisons with HBA and NDJ as you Geordies desperately try to justify GBH or ABH. I don't need your assurances - a large proportion of United fans booed and jeered Nasri when he was injured.

      Now where's that knitting pattern gone...

  15. January 13, 2014  9:20 am by Lazarus Reply

    There is not really that much point in discussing the disalowed goal, much as it was a poor decision, having slept on it I have to accept Man City look like chsmpions to me, and they probably would have just stepped up a gear and still won regardless.

    Some of the other points made in the article need looking at though. The writer needs to remember the pre Arab Man City, when their home ground was not filled as it is now with women season ticket holders and strip wearing Chinese students holding expexpensive cameras. It was a hate filled place.

    I remember going there in the not too distant past, we won 1-0 thanks to an (offside) header from Shearer. The welcome we had waiting for us outside was the worst I have ever witnessed. Fat blokes in their ill fitting polo shirts shouting 'Citeh' as they punched anybody they could in black and white, women and children included.

    The Arab Man City lacks any kind of identity. The transformation into the new Man United is also complete, with it coming this high horse mentality that every decision has to go their way. The article attacks Newcastle United by making allegations that mirror the very essence of everything that formed the pre Arab Man City - anger, hate and jealousy.

    A great football team presently, but you are way off the mark criticising the Newcastle support, when your own support has so many failings.

    The old Man City, the proper Man City would have filled the away end yesterday. Short memories indeed.

    • January 13, 2014  12:50 pm by David Walker Reply

      You have every right to express your views and there may be some minor substance to them, but I know my club and I know we averaged 28,000 in the third tier of English football, so I wouldn't start on that particular topic. Take a closer look to home. Of course every club has its share of undesirables within its ranks, but at least Citeh fans of old wore 'ill fitting polo shirts' - your lot just let it all hang out!

      We're not arrogant but we are becoming increasingly successful and Newcastle fans are not alone in being insanely jealous and forever asking - why didn't Sheikh Mansour choose us? Had he done so, you'd be singing a different tune entirely.

      That said, thank you for reading and leaving comments not littered with expletives.

  16. January 13, 2014  10:54 am by Nick Spalding Reply

    David, well written again. As a neutral it was an entertaining game to watch. The foul on Nasri was disgusting at best, two bites let alone one to ensure an injury was the result, a blatant red card offence. Still a little baffled by the 'offside' goal, have read and re-read FIFA Rule 11, it's ambiguous at best and wide open to interpretation and misinterpretation. Keep up the good work!

    • January 13, 2014  12:53 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Nick. I actually think the goal should have stood but the prominence given to Newcastle being cast as victims is now wearing thin. Knowing you as I do I would always respect your view. Thanks for taking the time and effort to respond.

  17. January 13, 2014  11:21 am by Nev Artingstall Reply

    I'm just happy that the only contentious goal/no goal in the history of the premier league went our way. The offside rule would confuse Stephen Hawking, its clear even the refs can't make their collective minds up about it. I just wish the emphasis in today's papers and on TV was about a fantastic City display, away from home against a side in form instead of a "goal" that wasn't.
    Great read again David

    • January 13, 2014  12:55 pm by David Walker Reply

      It was ever thus. If folk can avoid praising City they will. Walcott gets injured it's top news. Nasri - probably about to suffer the same fate - is well down the pecking order. C'est la vie, Pellegrini is letting his team do his talking on the pitch. Thanks Nev.

  18. January 13, 2014  11:52 am by Graham Ward Reply

    Thanks for this, David - yes, we look at things from a City point of view, and at the time, I thought we were lucky to see the goal chalked off, and on balance, still hold that view.
    However, I've seen reasoned viewpoints elsewhere regarding the decision - if Gouffran doesn't move, the ball hits him, as pointed out above by George.
    Your blog isn't the only one I've read that's had 'contributions' from Newcastle fans, with a similar proportions in civility!

    • January 13, 2014  12:57 pm by David Walker Reply

      Civil Newcastle fans...yes they're out there thank goodness. It's just that some of the more rabid Toon supporters are just, well...WAY OUT THERE in La-La land. Thanks as ever for the feedback.

  19. January 13, 2014  2:47 pm by Martin Goddard Reply

    I enjoyed reading your piece, after all, we all like to have our prejudices reinforced and my prejudice is definitely of a sky blue tint.
    First of all, I should say that I wasn't at the match so I can only go off the television coverage and, secondly, my bedtime reading doesn't include the laws of the game in general or the offside rule in particular. However, I disagree with one point in your blog in that I think the referee made the correct decision in disallowing the Newcastle goal. I honestly think that if City had scored it and it had been chalked off I would have accepted the decision, albeit with gritted teeth. Didn't the Newcastle player closest to Joe Hart move to avoid the ball and doesn't that constitute interfering with play? As an aside, wasn't it Bill Shankly who said something along the lines of if one of his players was in the opponent's six yard box and NOT interfering with play he would want to know the reason why?
    Anyway, as someone who has spent most of his life to date trying to put a brave face on one City disappointment after another I am relishing this unaccustomed success. It reminds me of another City match at Newcastle, which I did attend, and which brought the 1967/68 season to a triumphant conclusion: Newcastle 3 City 4. As a twenty-year-old that was some day out!

    • January 13, 2014  3:13 pm by David Walker Reply

      I can only imagine that day out at Newcastle and the 4-3 league title clinching win - did the Agueerrrooo moment surpass it? It was Danny Blanchflower who was quoted as saying if any player his on the field of play WASN'T interferring with play , he'd want to know why ;-)

      On the issue of the offside or not offside, it is questionable anb it was my line of thinking that i9f Gouffran hadn't jumped out of the way it would have hit him. Was he a distraction to Joe, I don't know. Whatever the outcome, all I know is that City have been on the receiving end all too often, so it's nice to get something go our way. That said, we'd have beaten Newcastle anyway, and if the dirty swines had been given the goal, Samir Nasri might not have been mercilessly hacked down by Yanga Mbiwa. As the saying goes 'That's football...'

  20. January 13, 2014  3:34 pm by dave bones Reply

    Brilliant review David,I not a big fan of 'isms….. But when that vile creature inserted MP's age infront of c**t,wasn't he guilty of one?… Ageism.
    Showed what a nasty piece of work Pardew is.

    • January 13, 2014  3:47 pm by David Walker Reply

      Pardewisms - the art of being an obnoxious turd without having to try too hard!

      • January 16, 2014  9:45 pm by Toby Teasdale Reply

        You can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter. .

        • January 17, 2014  12:05 am by David Walker Reply

          How very profound - one from the arts & craft class I presume ;-)

  21. January 13, 2014  3:46 pm by nick bridson Reply

    With games like that you take the win; get out out town asap, and leave their fans quealing like stuffed pigs ! Perfect!

    • January 13, 2014  4:41 pm by David Walker Reply

      Sounds like a perfectly executed plan - well done that man!

      Cheers Nick thanks for commenting.

  22. January 13, 2014  6:39 pm by lghualways Reply

    Used to have soft spot for toon fans. Their away support when Pearce's city beat souness' woeful side will long live in the memory but the way their fans yesterday were a disgrace. Booing a player going off on a stretcher is so low. Hope they look to need one of players in the future so we can reply in a pardew manner. Think most toon fans are embarrassed. Referee was a joke and regretted the goal incident so he just allowed anything thereafter. Very happy to take points and leave em with nowt

    • January 13, 2014  7:57 pm by David Walker Reply

      I concur on all points!

  23. January 13, 2014  6:54 pm by DOUGLAS HENSHAW Reply

    Brill read Dave as always. The goal that wasn't I must admit if it had been city i wouldnt have been happy, was it a goal I dont really know there were 3 players in offside poistions but I tend to think it depends on how the ref feels on the day,it really does need sorting out. On another day another ref might have give it. I was impressed with way the boy's dug in & denied Newcastle any really clear cut chances a sign of champions perhaps ???? As for Pardew the man is a disgrace cant believe the FA arnt doing anything can you imagine if say Saurez had done that. His team were no better should have been at least two red cards they were just a team of thugs but we got the better of them & the result was a correct one. Shame Sami is out for 8 weeks but I did fear the worst. #TrustOurMP.

    • January 13, 2014  7:58 pm by David Walker Reply

      Typical that the FA do sweet FA - oops beginning to sound like Pards...HELP!

  24. January 13, 2014  7:02 pm by Jem Reply

    3 Newcastle players in the 6 yard box NOT INTERFERING WITH PLAY. Thats more then a quarter of their team not interfering with play. No wonder they lost.

  25. January 13, 2014  7:19 pm by Stuart Reed Reply

    Another excellent piece Dave. How very satisfying the victory was, against a team who like you I have generally had a soft spot for. How Pardew only got a telling off I don't know. Who's to blame for Nasri's injury beyond Mbiwa? Jones for creating a sense of injustice? or does Pardew have anything to answer for his spitting of bile & invective? You can only imagine what he was saying in the dressing room to the players at half time. Or just plain Mbiwa for such an appalling challenge? The more I think about it the more I think it was a magnificent win - the kind of win that will bind the team even more. Hate to agree with Lawrenson on MotD but City are looking better and better each week.

    • January 13, 2014  10:17 pm by David Walker Reply

      Yes, the usual MOTD Muppetry didn't really materialise from Lawrenson and Danny 'Mrs' Mills. The Geordies left a bitter after taste and, if Nasri's injury helps bind the team together as a unit, develop a siege mentality and provoke a sense of indignation I think we are witnessing the evolution of the next PL Champions.

  26. January 13, 2014  8:51 pm by Blueyorkie Reply

    Spot on as ever Dave. Several things bother me
    from yesterday. Think Sissoko should also have
    gone for chopping Kolorov, having already been
    booked. The Newcastle comments on here are
    by & large childish, with a couple of exceptions.
    I think on balance the goal was valid.
    I'm so pissed off at Pardews ageist comments
    as I was born on exactly the same day as MP.

    • January 13, 2014  9:14 pm by David Walker Reply

      Well in that case Ian, you too are an old effin - if I say it with a 'k' is it still offensive?

  27. January 13, 2014  10:30 pm by Philip Entwistle Reply

    Reading through all the comments in response to your blog must be heartwarming to you that it so widely read,. Take the plaudits and the abuse in equal measure, as you say you are biased but not blind.
    Listening to the funniest Radio station on the airways - Talk Sport, they have based almost every programme on that decision, consistently trying to portray City as the villians and that we deserved to loose or shall we say Newcastle should have won - bollocks. If as you say Dave the referee had any bollocks the Toon would have finished with 9 men, and then they would be looking down the barrel as Spurs & Arsenal were to total annihilation.
    See you on Wednesday KTF.

    • January 13, 2014  10:56 pm by David Walker Reply

      Great feedback Philip - always amusing. As one comment suggested Sissoko should also have gone after scything AK47 down for a second yellow. MCFC v 8 players - it would've been 9-1 if we give Toon their precious offside goal. I must stop entertaining Talkshyte in the home - complete merchant bankers! See you WED - we're behind you #pantoseason!

  28. January 14, 2014  11:45 am by Mole Rocks Reply

    Great to see your article has created a vibrant debate.

    I felt the disallowed goal effected City as much as it incensed the Newcastle fans. For a large part of the game following the incident we were not as fluid and composed as we can be.

    This could have been caused by the challenges going unpunished, or a perceived fear that the ref was itching to give Newcastle a decision?

    City regained the initiative after the forced substitutions bolstered midfield and The Beasts goal was the icing on the cake.

    I dipped my toes in the Talksport coverage, however the sole focus on the offside decision for over 12 hours lost my interest.

    Questions were raised about MP winding Pardew up first? Did Joe Hart touch the ball that led to the corner before the goal?

    All history now, City got the 3 points they deserved, it will soon be forgotten when the next controversial issue arises.

    • January 14, 2014  7:00 pm by David Walker Reply

      Quite right Carl, TalkShyte will bang on in a negative manner all day long. Important 3pts as you say & hopefully it'll mean we don't have Mike Jones as ref for a long time - scandalous performance.

  29. January 14, 2014  10:34 pm by joe hawkins Reply

    Don't tar us all with the same brush, And anyone booing Sami Nasri was a disgrace, End of story.
    Alan Pardew is a detestable prick, And i will say now, He is not liked, And will never be accepted in Newcastle, Along with the other Southern dick heads, Who have ruined our club.
    Newcastle now is being run on pure propaganda, And the stadium has been filled with" Ashley Acolytes",And The local papers have been banned.
    Everything has to be Pro-Ashley, And he doesn't like anyone speaking out against him, And there is no communication between the board and the fans.

    I just wish fans from other clubs would not buy into this Sky Sports Stereotype of what Newcastle fans are like, Too many fans jump on the band wagon, And talk the same unsubstantiated nonsense.
    You get the same crap, Over and over again, "Oh they are deluded", "They have delusions of grandeur", "Oh they think they have a divine right to be doing well" etc
    You will find that the majority of Newcastle fans are a pessimistic bunch, With a gallows humour to match.

    I don't for one minute begrudge city fans your moment, You deserve it, After the crap you have had to put up with over the years!
    Good luck for the rest of the Season, And i hope you do go on to win the League, Just don't fall for the corporate bull that Sky Sports like to craft with their tawdry Soap Opera s***e!

    • January 15, 2014  3:00 am by David Walker Reply

      Joe I take my hat off to you - well I would if was wearing one - your words ring true of the Geordies I have come to know and respect, those with a passion for their club, but who appreciate football as a whole and stay loyal to their team through good times & bad. I sincerely hope that Sunday's shananigans was misrepresentative of a support and a City that I have always enjoyed.

      I do feel sorry for your club - but not it's present day representatives - Ashley, Kinnear, Pardew and some of your players - working to a mandate provided by Pardew and one that stains the name of Newcastle United.

      You're right in that so much of Sky Sports is not about reflecting the feelings of fans, it about the TV station taking a manipulative grip and trying to fashion a viewpoint that THEY hold about certain clubs. Many MCFC fans feel Sky is riddled with pundits and commentators who like to stick the knife in at every opportunity.

      Thanks for your good wishes to my club and I hope the real Newcastle fans, those who still hold traditional values and good humour, will one day have an owner, manager and players worthy of representing you.

  30. January 15, 2014  5:36 am by propertoony Reply

    Two Points about the City game
    The booing wsn't for Nasri . It was for James Milner a modern day mercenary (City know all about them)
    If you had been at the match with a decent view, you would have noticed Nasri after the disallowed goal , in the Toon players faces all the time mocking them about it . He was obviously trying to wind them up in an effort to get one of our players red-carded.Well little Sami your cynicism failed spectacularly – will you learn from this ? – I doubt it.

    Pelligrini’s comments in todays press make it quite clear he doesn’t have a clue about Law 11 regarding offside , quite stunning for a manager of his standing.
    Alan Pardew got it bang on after all – he is a “stupid f***ing old c@nt”

    • January 16, 2014  9:33 pm by David Walker Reply

      And you sir are an ignoramous! You are welcome to Pardew and he to 'fans' such as you.

  31. January 15, 2014  2:57 pm by Cheadle Blue Reply

    Everyone other than us blues see the tiote "goal" as a travesty, as we are not little city anymore, we are challenging for all domestic honours, and that really sticks in their throats. the big thing for me still is, EVERY supporter outside the old top 4 wanted a team to break it, and just how did they think that was going to happen, without massive investment? another thing that really annoys opposing "fans" is our owners have done it in the right way, i mean look at whats going on over the road. The geordies are and always will be deluded, somehow they think the world owes them something, ive never liked them, i have never had the slighest soft spot for them, due to the attitude of their supporters, and last weekend really showed them in their true light. Im sure city fans wern't celebrating hatem ben arfas broken leg, and we certainly didn't make a song up to glorify it! the geordies need to take a long hard look at themselves, and as for the verminous pardew, he has lots of previous and should be severely reprimanded. All this aside it was a top win, and a sign that we have the courage and belief to winn the league come on you blues!

    • January 17, 2014  12:03 am by David Walker Reply

      Spot on Cheadle, unlike yourself I used to have a generally high regard for the Geordies and, in fairness we've seen from comments that some are very aggrieved at the Cockney Clowns Cashley, Pardew and Kinnear. They damaged their reputation on Sunday and got what they deserved - sweet FA. With reinforcements arriving back from Carrington's medical centre and maybe the acquisition of a top CB this month we could be set fair for THE best ever season.

  32. January 16, 2014  9:23 pm by Toby Teasdale Reply


    Excellent!!I One of your best pieces. I bet you felt better after getting that lot out. Although nobody mentioned Yaya jet lagged after his 24 hour round trip to Lagos.

    Is it alright to borrow 'cockney sewer rat of a manager'? Can you imagine that varmint's half time talk? Pardew knew his team would get away with murder in the second half, and so it proved. Yanga-Mbiwa was following instructions to the letter when he took out Nasri. But the clogging started in the 8th minute, when the 'oh so brave' Taylor body checked Silva to the ground during the move that lead to City's first goal.

    The intimidation had the opposite effect to that intended. The entire City team 'got stuck in', nobody took a step backwards. I was so proud!

    What did Billy Ocean say?

    On Sunday we saw Pellegrini's team isn't just 11 talented millionaires wearing the same kit. It has a soul,

    • January 16, 2014  9:34 pm by David Walker Reply

      Nicely put TT - thanks for reading.

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