Newcastle United 2-2 Man City: Late Jonjo Shelvey strike holds champions

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Updated: 17/03/2023


Newcastle are unbeaten in six home league games since losing to Arsenal on the opening weekend

Manchester City's hopes of defending their Premier League title were dealt another blow when Jonjo Shelvey's stunning late equaliser earned Newcastle a point at St James' Park.

City boss Pep Guardiola must have thought his side had won it when Kevin de Bruyne found the net in the 82nd minute with a brilliant long-range effort which went in off the crossbar.

But with two minutes of normal time remaining, home substitute Christian Atsu pulled the ball back for Shelvey, who beat the dive of Ederson.

Guardiola's side have now dropped 13 points this season and are eight behind Liverpool before the leaders host Brighton at 15:00 GMT.

It all began well for City when they took the lead after an early period of dominance.

David Silva, sorely missed by the champions in their recent defeat by Liverpool, highlighted his worth with a deft backheel to find Raheem Sterling, who curled in for his 15th goal this season.

However, before City could assert their dominance, the Magpies equalised through full-back Jetro Willems, who received a square pass from Miguel Almiron before calmly slotting home.

That was the Dutch loan signing's second goal of the season and the eighth Magpies goal in the past 10 scored by a defender.

City's Gabriel Jesus and De Bruyne were thwarted by Martin Dubravka after the break before substitute Bernardo Silva pulled a shot wide from eight yards. In stoppage time, Sterling's shot from six yards lacked venom and allowed Dubravka to make an easy save.

Up next is a trip to Burnley for Guardiola's side, who cannot afford any more slip-ups.

City's defensive shortcomings exposed

Man City do not need to change approach – Pep Guardiola

Despite the proverbial bus being parked on the edge of the Magpies' area, Guardiola's side still managed 24 efforts on goal.

Had it not been for Dubravka's saves and the late misses by Bernardo Silva and Sterling, this would have been a deserved win.

The attack played their part, but at times City's defensive structure left a lot to be desired.

They made their intentions known as early as the first minute when they pressed high up, with right-back Kyle Walker coming inside to provide almost a second playmaker role.

It was a confident move, but also left them exposed to the pace of Newcastle down the wings, particularly Allan Saint-Maximin, Almiron and Willems.

Manchester City's defence should have made notes in the art of closing down from their Newcastle counterparts as both Willems and Shelvey were given too much time and space to hit their targets.

Shelvey and Newcastle offer perfect response

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce says his side's goals aganst Man City were ‘quality”'

Newcastle's ability to surprise has been a feature this season.

On Monday they were woeful against Aston Villa, allowing Jack Grealish to run the show.

But against City they produced a disciplined defensive display while also making the most of the few attacking opportunities they had.

Almiron and Shelvey, whose performances on Monday prompted groans from the Newcastle section, played major parts in the fightback.

Almiron, without a goal or assist since joining earlier this year, again worked tirelessly across the pitch and provided a clever ball for Willems.

When Shelvey's late strike resulted in the loudest cheer of the match, the midfielder ran over to the dugout to milk the applause.

It was the perfect response from both him and his team to the 2-0 defeat at Villa.

Man of the match – Miguel Almiron (Newcastle)

Worked hard both in attack and defence. He registered his first assist for the club and also helped out his team-mates at the back

‘We produced a bit of magic' – what the managers said

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce told BBC Sport: “It took them a wonder goal for all the possession they had. We produced a bit of magic ourselves too, but of course we had to defend and I think the players were magnificent in their work.”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola told BBC Sport: “We played at a good level. It was not easy because they defended deep. We scored two goals but we also let two in which is disappointing.

“With substitutions sometimes players forget positions. We found a way to get through but unfortunately at the end we conceded a goal. There are teams that defend deeper like this, it happens all season. We do the same work we have done over the last few seasons. We tried to score more goals but it did not happen.”

Shelvey's joy from long range – the stats

  • Newcastle are unbeaten in their past four home league games against reigning top-flight champions.
  • Manchester City have scored in their past 22 league games against Newcastle – their joint-longest run in the competition.
  • No Premier League player has scored more goals in all competitions this season than Raheem Sterling. His 15 goals is level with Raul Jimenez.
  • Kevin de Bruyne has been involved in six goals in six Premier League games against Newcastle, scoring two and assisting four.
  • Miguel Almiron registered his first assist in his 24th Premier League appearance, with the 23rd chance he has created for a team-mate.
  • Of players with at least 15 Premier League goals, only David Ginola (66.7%) and Laurent Robert (65.2%) have scored a higher ratio from outside the box than Jonjo Shelvey (64.7%).
  • Eight of Newcastle's 13 Premier League goals this season have been scored by defenders – the highest ratio in the competition (62%).

What's next?

Manchester City travel to face Burnley on Tuesday (20:15 GMT), while Newcastle are away to Sheffield United on Thursday (19:30 GMT).

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