Jonjo Shelvey secured Newcastle United a point at home against Manchester City.
Newcastle United are still undefeated in Premier League play during Project Restart and they will get a chance tomorrow to avenge their FA Cup quarterfinal loss vs. Manchester City. Before that, the two sides played to an exciting draw in a November Premier League matchup.
Newcastle United 2, Manchester City 2
GK: Martin Dubravka
DEF: Javier Manquillo, Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez, Paul Dummett, Jetro Willems
MID: Miguel Almiron, Jonjo Shelvey (c), Isaac Hayden, Allan Saint-Maximin
Substitutes: Christian Atsu, Dwight Gayle
24% possession, three shots on target, 40 clearances
Playing the two-time reigning champions at home, Newcastle United played their trademark bunkered down style. They didn’t hold much of the ball and played with five at the back to try and limit the explosive attack of Ped Guardiola’s side.
In the 22nd minute, Raheem Sterling received a backheel pass from David Silva and converted his chance. Less than ten minutes after Sterling’s score, Miguel Almiron worked a give-and-go with Jetro Willems to register his first assist in a Newcastle United kit.
Tied a 1-1, Dubravka made huge saves, including 1-v-1 with Gabriel Jesus in close quarters. But, he couldn’t be blamed for not stopping the go-ahead goal for City. Just outside the box, Kevin De Bruyne blasted an essentially unstoppable rocket past Dubravka to put City back in the lead.
Newcastle United would once again equalize late in the second half. This time, the hero would be the club’s captain on the day. Wearing the armband in place of an injured Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey leveled things with his own shot from outside the area.
It was a good result for Steve Bruce’s squad at home and boosted them to win three of their next four matches.