Manchester City got their Premier League defence off to a winning start but Newcastle United will feel that they did enough to at least warrant a point against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Many felt that Alan Pardew had signed well this summer and they were proved right with highly promising debuts from Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere. The former particularly catching the eye with a confident, skilful performance.
Ayoze Perez, another debutant, almost stole the headlines when he came on with 10 minutes to go but his deflected shot just went wide.
Ayoze almost had the perfect start to his debut
— SanoGoal (@FrancisDomjan) August 17, 2014
I was ridiculously excited watching Bojan for Stoke; but Newcastle look like one to watch this season! Rivière, Cabella & Ayoze look great!
— Gary Cassidy (@consciousgary) August 17, 2014
Newcastle scouts are superb. Found another gem in Cabella.
— Liam Van Gaal (@OccupyBears) August 17, 2014
La tuvo Ayoze en el primer balón que tocó. Su disparo se marchó muy cerca del palo de la meta que defiende Hart. pic.twitter.com/6Y0lRJl4hS
— La casa del fútbol (@casadelfutbol) August 17, 2014
Unlucky Ayoze… What a start that would have been.
— TweetChelseaFC (@TweetChelseaFC) August 17, 2014
In a performance reminiscent of last week’s 3-0 Community Shield defeat to Arsenal, City looked off of the pace, lazy and, well, disinterested. Ultimately, it is a results-based business and the Citizens did the job.
Should av enuff out there to hold on to this but look a bit lazy goin forward…#mcfc
— jason CTID peachey (@PeacheyJason) August 17, 2014
Lazy lazy yaya #bringontheabuse
— Jordan MCFC Grindrod (@JordanG_MCFC) August 17, 2014
A very poor game by #mcfc. ..
— Teboho The Citizen (@teboho_dee) August 17, 2014
For all their wonderful striking options – Edin Dzeko had a great game today – you just can’t look past the little Argentine. Despite not starting the game, the former Atletico Madrid striker came on and demonstrated his quality with the goal that sealed the points for City.
If you want to win, it's not that you can't given Aguero time on the ball but you just can't give Aguero the ball. Lethal as always.
— Messi Minutes (@MessiMinutes) August 17, 2014
Killer instinct from Aguero – ruthless. #EPL
— Ned Zelic (@NedZelic) August 17, 2014
200th goal of Aguero's club career – in 413 games #mcfc
— Jim Proudfoot (@JimProudfoot) August 17, 2014