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Pellegrini praises "hungry and humble" players

City boss Manuel Pellegrini praised his players for maintaining their concentration levels as their legs began to tire.

The English champions failed to keep a clean sheet during their pre-season friendly campaign and succumbed 3-0 to Arsenal in the Community Shield, so Pellegrini was particularly impressed to see such resolution at the back.

I think the players were both hungry and humble.

We need both those things if we are going to continue winning titles and if we want to improve on what we did last year.

It was so important to me that the players had that attitude from the beginning to the end of the game.

We were very solid at the back and Joe Hart didn't have any problems and in the second half it was normal that we were starting to get tired.

The players are not able to play 90 minutes at the moment but we continued with our attitude and scored the second goal.

– Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini


Newcastle United remember flight MH17 victims

A Newcastle fan lays flowers outside St James' Park. Credit: PA

A fan lays flowers as a tribute to Newcastle United supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney who lost their lives in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster.

Joe Hart starts for Man City at Newcastle


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Pardew aims to repay Ashley

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will embark upon the new season determined to repay owner Mike Ashley for backing him this summer.

When I signed the new contract, Mike always knew there would be ups and downs for both of us.

He stood by me and this feels like an up time for me. He's armed me again, he's stood by me.

I can always give him an honesty of where we are and he listens - that's why so many players have entered the building. We needed them.

It's that kind of relationship you can only hope for as a Premier League manager, and I'm lucky enough to have it. I hope I can repay him this season.

– Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew


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