Points not plaudits for Newcastle United ace Vurnon Anita

OFF TARGET ... Manchester City's Sergio Aguero shoots just wide past Newcastle's Vurnon Anita, right.
OFF TARGET ... Manchester City's Sergio Aguero shoots just wide past Newcastle's Vurnon Anita, right.

VURNON Anita turned in his best performance for Newcastle United – but that was no consolation for the midfielder after another defeat for the club.

Anita won praise from manager Alan Pardew for his display in Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Manchester City.

The 23-year-old signing has been adjusting to the pace and power of English football since his summer move from Ajax.

And after the game, Pardew said: “Vurnon was terrific – he was our outstanding player.”

However, Anita was bitterly disappointed that Newcastle couldn’t take something from the Premier League champions, who were on the back foot in the second half after Demba Ba pulled a goal back to make it 2-1.

The result means Newcastle – who face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday – are still only two points above the relegation zone.

“I am a player that wants to win games,” Anita, pictured, told the Gazette.

“I always give my best – 100 per cent or more. Winning is what it’s about for me.

“It’s not like that at the moment, but I’ll keep going, and I do have faith that we can turn it around.

“We must stick together and try to win games, but I will continue to do my best.

After a strong start, United went behind to a Sergio Aguero goal.

And Javi Garcia doubled City’s advantage after a spell of intense pressure.

Newcastle rallied, and could have levelled after Ba scored, but in the end Roberto Mancini’s side won comfortably thanks to a strike from Yaya Toure.

“We gave them a really tough game,” said Anita. “But in the end we lost, so we’re disappointed.

“The things that we did well we must keep to ourselves, and let’s take those things into the next match.

“They have really good quality, and one chance for them can turn into a goal. It was like that. We pressed them hard, but they had one chance and scored.

“We had a lot of chances ourselves. At the moment for us, it’s just a story of almost, almost.

“Then they get a chance and they score a goal. That’s disappointing, but we must keep going.

“If we have the same spirit against QPR, then it will be a good day for us.

“We must win against them, and if we do then we can look further into the future. But we must be ready.”