Magpies need major improvement ahead Hammers clash

Posted by Lee Ryder

Steven Taylor red card close up Man City v NewcastleGettyImagesNewcastle defender Steven Taylor was red carded against Man City.

Let's be brutally honest about Newcastle United's performance at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night; it could easily have been one of the biggest hammerings in Premier League history as City ran riot and Newcastle allowed themselves to be pushed around.

The clash with West Ham United on Saturday must result in a major improvement in attitude, application and performance, with players quick to admit such on their way out of Eastlands.

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The game against Manchester City was done and dusted long BEFORE Steven Taylor was sent off and the Magpies had been operating with a damage limitation policy prior to the moment when Andre Marriner gave his red card an airing for the first time this season.

Man City do not need any favours when it comes to winning most Premier League games after throwing millions more at their first team squad during the summer.

But Newcastle gave them plenty on opening night.

Regardless of the fact Yohan Cabaye was missing it was always going to be a stiff test for manager Alan Pardew. And his side were blown away by a Man City team that knew there were gaps and then quickly went about exploiting them.

Without Tim Krul it could have been ten. The Dutchman making two big saves in the opening three minutes to deny Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

At that stage the big question was could Newcastle could weather the storm? Yet they quickly buckled in it as City blitzed them with attack after attack.

David Silva's header was soft on six minutes while Aguero sliced through the Newcastle defence easily after the Magpies were picked off. The only surprise being that it was only 2-0 at half-time. By that time Steven Taylor had been sent off for clattering Aguero.

City just picked up where they left off in the second half and Krul was the hero again. He could do little to prevent Yaya Toure's fine free-kick and as Newcastle tried to simply keep the ball in the City half.

With so much quality on show from the home side it was inevitable that Newcastle would get stung on the counter attack and when substitute Samir Nasri was able to rip through the Toon defence they were exposed once more.

And that's how it stayed. Somehow.

Other chances came and went but Newcastle left Eastlands with confidence dented and the future uncertain with the Cabaye transfer saga still with plenty of unravelling to do.

Therefore it is no surprise the mood is so low on Tyneside after just one game. Still, 37 to go...

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