Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Manchester City beat Newcastle United 2-1 in Premier League tie

Manchester City beat Newcastle United 2-1 in Premier League tie

Although they were held to a draw by Wolves in their last outing, they beat Arsenal 2-0 at The Emirates and thumped Huddersfield Town 6-1 in their only home game of the new campaign so far.

After the match, BT Sports pundit Jermaine Jenas put the unusual phenomenon into perspective for viewers and fans.

"We want get our best level but I am so surprised at what happened last season".

Meanwhile, Guardiola is confident that City will kick-on and further improve once the squad reassembles after the global hiatus.

Newcastle have taken one point from their opening four fixtures, although a trio of 2-1 defeats to Tottenham, Chelsea and City could leave Rafael Benitez ruing his luck.

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"The other day he had a shot against Wolves which almost hit the corner flag, so it's just a persistence thing", said his fellow defender John Stones.

"When you come back from the World Cup you never know how you're going to react in terms of consistency", he said.

"I am really pleased with the effort, mentality and team spirit, we were in the game for a while". That's what we are looking for: to be better. Created more chances and conceded fewer. The Magpies are now in the relegation zone with one point and they will have to wait until the worldwide break concludes to take the field once again. We will improve, too. "It's impossible after the World Cup mentally for the players to be in the best condition, the best approach".

"In all my life as a player and a coach, every year you have two or three situations in the dressing room during a game or during a training session when something happens between players", he added.

On paper, City have five winnable games left in September ahead of tough trips to Hoffenheim and Liverpool to begin October, and picking up maximum points in the league while kickstarting the Champions League with a win could be vital.

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