Another good result. A confident showing of decent football and drive. Both debutant's played well. De jong, considering he hasn't played for some time was extremely disciplined only really made 1 error in 70 mins. Craig Bellamy gave a performance i expected, full of searching runs and high work rate and capped of a good game with a decent goal, his 1st debut goal of his career.
The Squad was pretty much as to be expected. The solid midfield meant the likes of Barton had little chance of imposing themselves. I was slightly worried once Hughes removed Zabaleta for Gelson, i saw a typical city moment coming. Steven Ireland wasn't on best form, i was hoping Elano would of been given the shout ahead after his last performance, he is the best passer in the side which would be ideal from Bellamy. Robinho was full of flicks and deep runs, less effective on goal, but a very satisfying performance. Swp gave a gallant performance despite being taken out several times and deserved a penalty himself.
We were not as effective in the second half, as Newcastle tried to exert some pressure, but we look much more assured at the back. Kompany as captain was simply outstanding, not a reference i would like to make, but he reminds me of Jaap Stam. Nedum Onouha is looking really good and is reaching his massive potential. I struggle to see how Dunne can win his place back in the side. One key error from Bridge led to the goal, but he and Richards had fairly decent games, i am confident this defence could take on most attacks.
Hart started to distribute quickly from the back, but as soon as he is under pressure he flaps. He doesn't breed confidence at the back which is worrying. Punching a ball at chest height, it's not good judgment. I think it's time he stepped aside and sat back for a couple of season. Shay Given was at the ground yesterday, but didn't feature. Hopefully he will be is the side for the stoke game. He would be an ideal choice for Hart to learn a few things from.