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.