Newcastle started the game well enough as Manchester City held the lion’s share of possession. However, the defense held their shape well and were hard to break down.
Newcastle were again wasteful on the counter in the first 20 minutes though they showed signs of a threat, primarily through Allan Saint-Maximin.
In the 22nd minute, Manchester City made their breakthrough. It was a bit unlucky for Newcastle as the ball was deflected a few times in the box and fell to Raheem Sterling, who sublimely put the ball past Dubravka.
Just when it looked like hope was dwindling, Newcastle responded only a few minutes later. Miguel Almiron from the right played a nice back pass to Jetro Willems in the box. The wing-back had loads of space to settle himself, and he struck the ball cleanly with his right foot into the bottom corner. It was a beautiful goal for Willems and Miguel’s first assist for Newcastle.
Newcastle held firm to close the half, but Sterling is causing problems and looks like he has another goal in him. Bruce also needs to get more from Joelinton, who started decently but has been very poor to close the first half. With Andy Carroll out, Gayle would be the only option to replace the Brazilian.
We need the lads to dig deep and try to keep Manchester City at bay in the second half. We can get a result in this game which looks to have a few more goals in it.