We ended up pointless against the probable champions elect but to a man, 47,000 Mags Jones1trudged away from SJP livid at an absolute injustice at the hands of an incompetent team of officials in what was otherwise a heartening afternoon from United.  Steven Taylor kept his place at the heart of defence with Yanga-Mbiwa preferred to Haidara at fullback and pre-game fears of a hiding looked set to be realised when the visitors took the lead inside ten minutes.

After a bright opening from Newcastle, Kolarov got inside of Mbiwa and his pull back was slammed past Krul by the otherwise lumbering Dzeko.  We looked stunned after the goal and with Silva pulling the strings, the first quarter of the game was very squarely City’s but we started to get amongst them and they started to look visibly rattled.  Cabaye broke down a move in the centre circle but the resulting through-ball caught Remy just offside as he streaked clear with only Hart to beat but we looked to have got the leveller in spectacular fashion just after the half hour.

A corner was cleared out to Tiote and from the 356th consecutive attempt to catch a strike properly on the volley, he twatted an absolute piledriver past a static Hart from the edge of the box.  With fans, players and managers celebrating wildly, referee Jones went over to his linesman who put his flag up to disallow the goal.  I’ve not yet had the opportunity to see the goal as dissected by pundits so, based on seeing the goal in real time plus watching it on the screens at half time and receiving a dozen texts from non-Mags at the time with no vested interest, I can say quite safely that the decision was an absolute disgrace.

Seemingly, it was ruled out for Gouffran being offside and interfering.  He was offside but as long as I’ve got a hole in my arse he wasn’t interfering.  Hart didn’t see the ball until it was in the back of the net and Gouffran was a yard away from his line of sight.  An absolutely sickening decision and the two minutes after it took on the realms of the bizarre with Jones inexplicably giving a throw in when their man punted it out of play with no-one within sight, booked Sissoko after giving an equally nonesensical throw in and booking three players in five minutes for little to no reason.  The man had lost the plot and make no mistake at all about it, he gave the decision based solely on getting a message in his earpiece, which I thought was outlawed?

The sense of oppibrium had the shackles of players and fans well and truly raised in the run up to half time and indeed in the opening moments of the second half but try as we might, we couldn’t get the equaliser we deserved as bad luck and resolute City defending kept us at bay in a period where they were on the ropes.  We had our golden chance to equalise when a mix up in their defence left Remy bearing down on Hart but he shot tamely at the keepers legs and despite Cisse being introduced to the fray, our forward momentum fizzled out after that.

Nasri was stretchered off after a lengthy injury and with HBA introduced too late to make a difference, we never really looked like creating another clear cut chance.  Their second goal, deep into injury time rubbed salt into the wounds and gave them a highly flattering two goal win.  Negredo was played in one on one with Krul but his unconvincing effort was saved, only for the rebound to come back off Krul onto the onrushing striker to wrap the game up.

Hopefully it’s apparent after reading TF that we are not perennial whingers about the officials as well, it’s usually swings and roundabouts and they do have a difficult job but today was something different entirely.  We were robbed and that hurts when we played so well.  Perversely, I’d almost rather we got pumped 2-0 and never got a kick of the ball because today was basically an injustice.

Not that any of that registers when you look at four defeats on the bounce ahead of a tricky trip to West Ham with Andy Carroll back and fresh from drinking Windolene for the last six months (or so his appearance would suggest).

Five straight defeats welcoming ‘form team’ Sunderland in three weeks time with what can only be at best a ‘mixed’ transfer window?  Doesn’t sound too clever does it?

Newcastle UnitedTim Krul 6, Davide Santon 6, Mike Williamson 7, Steven Taylor 6, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 6 (Massaido Haidara n/a), Vurnon Anita 6 (Papiss Cisse 5), Moussa Sissoko 7, Yohan Cabaye 6, CHIECK TIOTE 8, Yoan Gouffran 5 (Hatem Ben Arfa n/a), Loic Remy 5

RefJones – 0 – I’ve never given a 0/10 in seven years of writing these reports.  He and his officials were an absolute disgrace to the profession.  Trelford Mills 2.0

Our Fans7 – We do well with injustice and ‘You’re shit and you’ve got dandruff’ was an all-time classic

Their Fans6 – I do think that on the whole they are good fans and I don’t begrudge them their success but honestly, empty seats?  With that team?  And they were shite from minutes 10-94.

GARETH HARRISON TF_INITIALS_LOGO