In the 21st game of this Premier League campaign, one staged inside St James’ Park, Newcastle United faced the reigning champs coming from Manchester and they could do nothing to stop City, surrendering an injury-time goal and falling 3-2 on the day to the visitors as the Magpies lost their nth game in a span of mere weeks.
Eddie Howe’s seat should be starting to heat up if not already burning this man’s buttocks. The lad is great, don’t get me wrong, but the current run of results is awful, and conceding goals in the final, bonus minutes week in and week out to keep on losing games isn’t gonna help his case to stay put at the helm of NUFC for long.
The defensive efforts of our boys were notable but they ultimately contributed to their defeat, if only because they started to slowly but surely pack further and further back as the game went on until City simply walked the ball home.
City started in control of the game with a 26th-minute goal virtue of Bernardo Silva. That lead didn’t last long, however, with two goals scored quickly by Newcastle to retake the lead.
Alexander Isak showcased his prowess by curling a remarkable shot past City’s backup goalkeeper Stefan Ortega—who entered the pitch off the bench—marking his fourth goal in as many games. This was followed by Anthony Gordon’s effort, which found the bottom corner.
The Blue Mancunians would then complete an extraordinary comeback akin to a champion. Kevin De Bruyne, also subbed in the game from the bench, made an immediate impact, scoring first and assisting in the 91st minute of the game to clinch the victory for his team.
KDV’s assist to Oscar Bobb, who scored in stoppage time, along with his goal to make it 2-2 in the 74th, were pivotal in turning the game around. Bobb’s goal was his first in the EPL.
For Newcastle, the defeat marks another step on their way to cratering after a season last year that is starting to look more like a fluke than an actual positive, sustainable development in the team's progression toward European domination—as PIF wants it. It’s now seven losses in their last ten games for the Magpie Boys.
The lack of depth in the squad was evident once more as Howe made only one substitution throughout the match with two GKs on the bench and many defenders sitting on the pine, making changes utterly futile anyway.
The loss dropped Newcastle to 10th place, now 11 points away from a Champions League spot and simply out of contention for a top-4 finish unless a miracle takes place upon Tyne.
International break ahead, followed by matchups against Fulham in the 4th round of the FA Cup and Aston Villa away to wrap up a month of January that could put an end to Howe’s tenure as the manager of NUFC.