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Newcastle Fight Back For Well-Deserved 2-2 Draw Against Manchester City


What a point for Newcastle United as they came down from a goal twice against the defending Champions. We needed a response from the lads and boy did we get one. It was Jetro Willems in the first half while Jonjo Shelvey leveled the game late in the second with his first Premier League goal at St James Park.

Both sides came out unchanged from the 1-1 first half at St James Park.

It was a continuation from the first half with Manchester City keeping possession and Newcastle wasting any opportunity that fell their way.

However, Newcastle was quite resolute at the back and stymied any moves Manchester City tried to fashion. The issue for Newcastle was the counter was very ineffective with Almiron and Joelinton squandering potential chances in the build-up.

Manchester City had a golden opportunity as they created a fantastic move to free Gabriel Jesus on Dubravka in the 68th minute. Our goalkeeper held his ground and made a wonderful save and also was able to block the follow-up shot.

Bruce finally brought off Joelinton for Dwight Gayle just a minute later. It was a dreadful performance from Joelinton who did not contribute near enough today.


Manchester City countered with a double change bringing on Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva for Riyad Mahrez and David Silva.

After some more of the same with Manchester City flubbing some decent opportunities, Allan Saint-Maximin was almost sent clear. However, the Frenchmen went down after slight contact from the Manchester City defender. He stayed down holding his back but didn’t seem to be seriously injured.

Bruce decided to make his second change and brought Christian Atsu on for Saint-Maximin. Just a minute later, after some calm build-up play, the ball fell to Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian unleashed a thunderbolt from just outside the box off the underside of the crossbar and it was 1-2.

However, Newcastle would again respond superbly. After Javier Manquillo won a free-kick just outside the right side of the box. Christian Atsu played the set-piece to Jonjo Shelvey who blasted the ball into the net to level the affair at 2-2 in the 88th minute.

Dubravka made an excellent save in stoppage time to prevent Raheem Sterling, who was picked out by De Bruyne in the box. Martin Dubravka earned his keep this afternoon for sure.

We are very impressed with the resilience shown today. It was some rebound after the flaccid showing on Monday. Newcastle momentarily move into 12th place with this well-deserved point.


41 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Wow, what a difference to villa. chalk and cheese, very brave and gutsy performance today. Manquillo should stay in, shelvey covered the ground today, almiron might push on now and we just have to get Willems signed up. Credit where it’s due to bruce today.

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  • Mag52

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2

    What a result !
    Great team performance against an out of touch Man.City.
    Superb reaction to last week’s loss.

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  • ChicoUSA

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Sometimes a draw feels pretty good! Well done lads!

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Great effort. Well done steve and players. He deffo got it right today re shelvey.

    1
  • 9

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Is Joelinton any use?

    2
  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Dubs Man if the Match again, kept us in the game with those saves.

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  • Nufc-83

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Big conundrum is the striker position but let’s leave that for another time!

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle goalscorer Jonjo Shelvey on BT Sport: “We thought we deserved a point. They keep the ball so well but we deserved that. We needed to bounce back after Monday but showed we have character and a bit of spirit. I might be a hero in Liverpool now but in serious we need as many points as we can and we need to keep moving up the table.”

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  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Being captain seems to inspire Shelvey

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  • Mirandinha

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Excellent performance. We have some canny defenders! We’ll done lads.

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Top point today, credit to Bruce for the set up. Manquillo probs best game he’s had for us, normally prefer yedlin but happy to keep manquillo in.

    Joelinton is isolated, he’s trying but clearly it’s not his game to hold it up, but it’s a learning curve for him. Funny thing is gayle comes on and citeh have there best chances as the ball just kept coming back again and again.

    Shelvey looked more up for it, captain armband maybe played a big part. Really happy with a point

    2
  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Now
    We just need LPool Chelsea and Spurs (all at home)
    to beat Brighton West Ham and Bournemouth

    1
  • Anglo Saxon

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Shelvey playing for Jan sales hoping west spam come after him. Ref had a stinker also lineswoman didn’t have a clue. All in all good point.

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  • Moonraker15

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Great point today lads! Why can’t we get up for the games like Villa away? Methinks Steve Bruce needs to look at his game preparation and tactics!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d like to point out that Shelvey played no differently today to how he normally plays, a lot of effort and skill and is always giving his best.

    And I reckon the Manquillo supporters were proven right, he’s a far better player than Krafth.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Think away to Sheff Utd on Thursday is exactly the type of game to start Gayle in.

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  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #17

    For all the slagging off ,although Gayle looked sprightly,
    Joelinton was a better out ball throughout the game

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  • Moonraker15

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Anglo
    Good point? Are you kidding? That was a great result! We were playing with 10 men until Joelinton was replaced!

    1
  • Our Toon

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Gayle has had 6 years in PL and failed everytime, joelinton is still adjusting, I’d rather give him time and sign an actual out and out striker for next season.

    It’s clear joelinton is used to playing the 2nd striker role or no10 behind the main forward, gayle has no future here unless we get relegated

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  • Moonraker15

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib
    Do you actually watch these games? Joelinton was pathetic!

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  • JohnJ

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 12:23 PM
    Comment #33

    This is good
    http://y6stream.club/watch/newcastle-united-vs-manchester-city/
    (previous post)

    THANK YOU for that link! Magic!!!

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Thought the ref didn’t help us out, let them get away with a lot today and why the Fk did he yellow card Manquillo for time wasting, he wasn’t!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Essex

    Sorry but that’s simply not true. He wasn’t doing token running today, he was actually getting where he needed to be at the right time and engaging the man on the ball, putting blocks and tackles in etc.

    He does have a proclivity to coast. Today he didn’t and nor did he do his other bad habit of coming for the ball from deep off the CBs.

    He played like a captain today and took responsibility.

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib he was doing nothing for the last 30 mins, I wouldn’t even put him in the top 5 best players today. He wasnt that good he switched off too often and more back passes. However I’m forever grateful to him for getting us back in it. That was a touch of class to his credit. And he wasnt even bad today, I just think there was better players.

    Dubs was MOTM for me, with Willems and Manquillo very close seconds.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Aye good link Jib, well done.

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Not bad for 23% possession!

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #27

    feels like a win

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  • Moonraker15

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #28

    When you’re supposed to hold the ball up as a lone CF you have to stand up. Joelinton’s like Bambi on ice?
    He’s useless!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #29

    How has Gayle failed every time?

    He scores a goal at PL level every 4 games. Not amazing, but not a failure. Joelinton is on 1 in 14. Sheff Utd away is perfect match to give Gayle a game from the start, with a fresh ASM and Almiron up there with him.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #30

    I think however poor Joelinton was today he can feel vindicated because Gayle was literally anonymous when he came on, I think I heard the commentator say his name twice.

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib, which game were you watching – Linton was a terrible out ball, it just meant city got the ball straight back – Gayle did more within 3 minutes than Linton did in 70

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #32

    HWA

    Naaah, I am sticking with what I said, imo he always puts the effort in, just doesn’t get the recognition for it!

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Shelvey didn’t love being captain on Monday night, he was as bad on Monday as he was good today – typical Shelves in reality
    MOTM between Fernandez , Manquillo and Dubs for me

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #34

    irishRob

    You;re just so blind to just how bad Joelinton is.

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Its hilarious how people think Gayle did better than Joelinton. I thought that would have opened their eyes to Joelintons problem that he cant do much on his own, Gayle comes on and was LITERALLY anonymous but some on here are praising him for a great game.

    Genuinely starting to think some people arent able to understand why its impossible for Joelinton.

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  • kc2012

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Fantastic result for the lads and a very good performance.

    I thought Jonjo and Manquillo were both good. I’d stick with a manquillo from now on aswell because he actually looked good in pre season so was surprised he was even dropped.

    Our attack is a big worry though. Joelinton isn’t going to score again this season is he really unless we play him in a number 10 role like we were told is his best position before we signed him.

    Either way, great result and a fantastic training ground set piece and lovely finish by Atsu and Jonjo to earn the point.

    Onto the next!

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  • IrishRob

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #37

    No Hail, I watch his game very closely both on and off the ball and i can see as clear as day it’s not his fault. He did loose possession a good few times. But it blows my mind that you cant figure out and realise WHY hes loosing it, instead you just call him crap!

    1
  • IrishRob

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #38

    Pep really is loosing the plot he just said in interview Citys level is the same standard as last year.

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  • kc2012

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #39

    And I do feel sorry for Joelinton btw. We could have Ronaldo instead of him and even he wouldn’t score a goal in our system. He’s too inexperienced to be playing that isolated lone forward role. Rondon did it magnificently but he was massively experienced and a very very clever player so it suited him.

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 30, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Gayle did nothing. What are ye on about? Joel is crap but gayle is awful and has no future with us

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