Vincent Kompany returned to action for Manchester City but was disappointed to not get the easy ride he has come to expect when facing Newcastle.
The Man City Captain arrived in Manchester in 2008 and Newcastle managed a 2-2 draw at St James Park in that relegation season.
However, since October 2008 Kompany has been part of a winning team every time they have faced Newcastle in the Premier League – until Tuesday night.
Describing it as ‘a hostile environment’, the Belgian international admitted it was a decent result for the visitors, who were second best once Newcastle reacted after going behind.
Kompany said he had ‘seen a good Newcastle team’ but with only four games remaining time is running out for Rafa Benitez to perform a miracle job on the corpse that Steve McClaren and others have left him.
“It was a tough game, they are playing for their lives.
“You wouldn’t call it a bad draw and we need to win as many games as we can but I have seen a good Newcastle team tonight.
“It was a hostile environment and not a bad result.
“The hardest part of coming back from injury is getting back to the level of the Premier League. The more games you play the better you will feel. Overall it was a positive day.
“Sergio Aguero has been a major player for us and there are not enough words to describe how important he is.
We just hope he can carry on his career like this, it is hard to come across a player who can have such an impact on games like he does.”
(To read what Manchester City fans were saying before the game go HERE)