A totally expected result az 'Rafa the Gaffer' played a very defensive team to try and stop the Man City juggernaught!
It nearly worked az we were pinned doon in wor own half for virtually the whole of the forst half az The Blue Moonies laid seige to wor goal az we defended the Gallowgate End
The breakthrough and anly goal came in the 31st minute when a De Bruyne chip foond Sterling who volley the baall past Rob Elliot in the Toon goal!
We HAD to attack now and the closest we came to scorin came just 3 mins after the goal when Aarons chipped a baall ower the City defence which woz agonisingly cleared off the line at The Leazes End!
|THE TOON LAUNCH A RARE ATTACK AT THE LEAZES END (1st half)|
We managed to get to half time with just the one goal deficit in the most one sided half I have even seen at SJP from the opposition!
We were a bit better in the 2nd period az wor visitors took their foot off the gas and we nearly snatched an undesorved point near the end when an Atsu cross foond the heed of Dwight Gayle, but hiz effort went just wide in the last minute of the game!
Just before this, Gayle, who had came on for Joselu in the 62nd minute aallso had a penalty appeal torned doon az the ref booked him for divin'!--a right decision az it torned oot!
|SHELVEY PREPARES TO TAKE A FREE KICK AT THE GALLOWGATE END|
This woz wor worst run of defeats at home (5 in a row!) since 1953 (even before I woz born!)
The result leaves us in the same position of 15th, but just ONE point above the bottom 3!---Wor home game against struggling Brightin on Saturday and Stoke away on New Years Day will surely define which direction we are heedin'!
Az there haz been ne takeover yet it iz now time for wor beloved? owner 'The Fat Controller' to spend a bit of hiz billions in the January transfor window!---although we arnt confident that he will!!!
Toon team: Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba (Merino 77), Lascelles, Dummett, Manquillo, Aarons (Atsu 71), Diame, Shelvey, Murphy, Joselu (Gayle 62)
Attendance: 52,311 (highest of season by 8!) 3,100 Blue Moonies!
The "Lets gan on a bender in December" crusade took place in various establishments includin' 'The Leazes End Club', below