This was the team for the well-deserved 2-2 draw against Manchester City, including the two second-half substitutions.
Here are our individual player ratings for the match.
Martin Dubravka – 8
- This was a wonderful performance from Dubravka. He couldn’t be faulted for either goal though got close to getting a hand on the first one. His double save on Raheem Sterling and then Kevin De Bruyne in the second half was superb. He also commanded his area with confidence. His save in final minutes on Sterling saved us a point. Granted the shot was a bit tepid but Martin’s reflexes and strength were critical on such a short-ranged effort.
Javier Manquillo – 7
- Have we found our best defensive right-back? Manquillo did a commendable effort on Raheem Sterling this afternoon. While he was a threat all afternoon, Manquillo did about as well as you could expect against the English superstar. Javier was involved a bit in Man City’s first goal as Hayden’s tackle in the box had the ball bounce off Sterling and then hit Manquillo as it went to David Silva, whose backheel found Sterling. Manquillo knew nothing about it, though. It was both a sloppy goal and a bit unfortunate. However, Manquillo held his own all game and also won the free-kick that led to Shelvey’s late strike.
Paul Dummett – 7
- It was a bit of redemption from Paul Dummett after the Aston Villa game. We thought his inclusion in the team was a surprise decision as his presence, along with the other center backs this afternoon, is keeping Fabian Schar and Florian Lejeune out of the team. He was far better this afternoon, though he was still beaten on a corner that Fernandinho skied over the bar. That was a problem last week at Villa. Paul seemed to grow into the game and made some crucial blocks in the box.
Fede Fernandez – 8
- Federico was our best defender this afternoon as he cleared everything that came his way. He battled Manchester City’s forwards and helped to keep Gabriel Jesus quiet. The Argentinian was also able to win a few headed clearances on Man City corners. Performances like this one will continue to keep Fabian Schar out the team.
Ciaran Clark – 7
- Another excellent performance from Ciaran Clark and this time he did it leading the backline. He probably could have done better on the opening goal as he was flat-footed and couldn’t get clear the ball before Silva’s deft backheel found Sterling. He made a lot of clearances, interceptions, and blocks as we’ve grown accustomed to over the past few months. He was much improved from Aston Villa where we thought he could be in danger of losing his place.
Jetro Willems – 8
- Jetro was outstanding this afternoon. He linked up well with Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron when the Paraguayan drifted to the left. The Dutchman took his goal superbly with his right foot. His defensive play was also very solid, and he worked very well with Paul Dummett to stifle Riyad Mahrez. He’s proven to be some signing this season. There are few better at his position in the Premier League, and Newcastle need to get him signed on a permanent deal as soon as possible.
Jonjo Shelvey – 7
- Shevley’s leveler was a brilliant piece of magic that showed what he brings to the side. He battled off the ball, but his lack of quickness is a weakness when he is in the team. Fortunately, Isaac Hayden covers so much ground and can offset Jonjo’s lack of movement. However, he really worked hard this afternoon. He did waste a few enticing set-piece opportunities, though. We don’t want to be too negative with Jonjo. While he can be frustrating, he has qualities that no other Magpie possesses. If Steve Bruce can coax these types of performances out of the 27-year-old on a consistent basis then we should continue to put points on the board.
Isaac Hayden – 7
- Hayden was all over the place for Newcastle this afternoon. He flew into challenges with precision and pressed Manchester City. Isaac also shielded the backline very well. His tackle on Silva led to the sequence of events for the first goal but it was a good tackle with some unfortunate bounces afterward. Hayden was a lot more involved than on Monday night at Aston Villa. He never stopped running and is such an important presence in this team.
Miguel Almiron – 6
- This was a much-improved performance from the 25-year-old over Monday night. He worked his socks off and played a cool, collected pass to Willems for the first goal. It was his first assist as a Magpie. His face lit up when he ran over to celebrate with Jetro. Ever the willing runner, Almiron won some free kicks and was a crucial outlet. Even though his lack of threat on goal continues, it was another good performance from Miguel.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 7
- Allan was again a big threat though he didn’t get off any shots of notice. His ability to carry the ball and beat his man is just so thrilling to watch. However, his delivery is still very suspect at times. Saint-Maximin won a fair few free-kicks in dangerous areas as Manchester City just couldn’t handle him at times. Kyle Walker, in particular, had trouble with the Frenchman. It was another thrilling highlight-reel of performance but with very little to show for it.
Joelinton – 5
- Joelinton was just so frustrating to watch this afternoon. His first touch really let him down and was abysmal at times. However, when he could control the ball, he did well with finding outlets. He was also dominant in the air and won some free-kicks. The Brazilian is not getting into the box enough and again had no shots on goal. We need to see much more out of the 23-year-old.
Dwight Gayle – 6
- Gayle did what was necessary when he came on to press Manchester City when they had the ball. Didn’t really get many touches but was a lively presence upfront. We were hoping his pace would come into play against a fatigued Manchester City defense but the opportunity never arose. He’s getting more minutes recently and should continue to as the season progresses.
Christian Atsu – n/a
- Not enough time on the pitch to give a rating. However, Christian got his third assist this season on Shelvey’s goal. He weighted the pass perfectly for Jonjo to blast it into the back of the net. The 27-year-old has yet to let this club down this season whenever he’s come onto the pitch. He’s likely to remain a bit-part player however as Almiron redeemed himself this afternoon.