Toon Takeaways from Newcastle United’s draw vs. Man City

Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) /

Newcastle United went toe-to-toe with Manchester City and took a point vs. the defending champions.

Less than a week after a disappointing defeat vs. Aston Villa, Newcastle United battled Manchester City to a thrilling draw at St. James’ Park.

Top Performers

Martin Dubravka: He came up with some major saves at close range against the two-time champions, especially late vs. an unmarked Sterling. He did well to not only stop shots, but he also held onto the ball to prevent chances on the rebound.

Jetro Willems: The left wingback only scores goals against top sides. After he buried a shot earlier this year vs. Liverpool, he knocked the ball past Ederson to give Newcastle their first goal of the day. He was involved at both ends of the pitch.

Jonjo Shelvey: Serving as captain, the mercurial midfielder nailed the late equalizer to send the supporters into a frenzy. He did well to play the ball forward throughout the match and had a solid work rate.

Miguel Almiron: An assist for Miggy! The winger finally set up a goal in a Newcastle United kit with a nice touch to Jetro.

Mediocre Magpies

Joelinton: Another major dud from the 40 million man. He had little impact on the match and when he did get on the ball, he played a poor ball or stumbled.

Quick Kicks

  • Neither City goal was the result of a major breakdown by Newcastle United. The first goal saw a fortunate bounce to David Silva lead to a quality back heel and composed finish from Sterling. The De Bruyne goal wasn’t getting saved by many, if any, goalkeepers on this planet.
  • It was great to see Almiron register his first assist, but he still needs to tighten up his final ball. He fired over the goal and he plays the ball too early and inaccurately sometimes on the break. Joelinton is also guilty of making that pass on the counter before it’s necessary or best served.
  • Shelvey and Isaac Hayden played well in the midfield today vs. a supremely talented City side in the middle of the park. With Sean Longstaff ready to return, Steve Bruce made a good call sticking with the current duo.
  • After another poor outing, it truly might be time to sit Joelinton down in their next match. His form is hurting the attack from clicking at their full capability.

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Okay, What’s Next?

On Thursday, the Magpies will take on an impressive Sheffield United side. The Blades have resided largely in the top six in recent weeks.