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John Stones says Manchester City still in title race despite 11 points gap after Newcastle’s ‘3 sloppy goals’

6 days ago
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John Stones was gutted after the final whistle.

Manchester city twice taking the lead, only for Newcastle to come back and equalise both times.

The England international though still insists that Manchester City are still very much in the title race, this despite Liverpool going 11 points clear when beating Brighton 2-1 at Anfield.

John Stones stunned after the final stages.

Kevin de Bruyne scoring a superb volley in the 82nd minute, only for Jonjo Shelvey to score a special one of his own six minutes later, John Stones commenting: ‘Everything happened so quickly in the last ten minutes – from elation to deflation.’

Summing up the game, the Man City defender said: ‘We played some unbelievable football’ but then ‘We switched off in key moments. ‘

John Stones admits the visitors ‘conceded two sloppy goals’ and that has cost them.

Not difficult to see why Manchester City have fallen/are falling out of the title race.

They have now scored 39 goals in their 14 Premier League matches but 16 conceded.

That is only seven less than they conceded in 38 games last season.

John Stones speaking to the official club site:

“It is a big disappointment.

“Everything happened so quickly in the last ten minutes – from elation to deflation.

“It’s a difficult one to take, conceding so late, having scored so late. It was one of those games.

“They set out the gameplan quite early – five at the back, 11 men behind. We kept pushing, trying to break them down.

“Teams know how we play and they’ve got to find a way to try and stop us. That’s them showing us respect.

“We have to figure it out, use our flair and how we play. We train every day to break down these systems.

“I thought we did that really well and created some great chances.

“We got our break in the first half and conceded two sloppy goals.

“We switched off in key moments. We played some unbelievable football and took as many shots as we could. It’s frustrating.

“We could have taken our chances and the game could have been over. All of us needed to chip in and do a part for the team.
“In the individual actions and team actions in the late stages, that’s what cost us the three points.

“We’re really disappointed. It’s a team effort and we’ll look ourselves as a team.

“We’re going to have to reflect and change it round very quickly.

“It (title race) still on.

“We’re still going to fight until the last day.

“That’s what we’ll do, like we did last season. The spirit has to be there.

“We know we have to keep fighting until the end.

“Everyone’s really deflated but it’s one we need to stay calm about and reflect on – in our own company.

“We’ll take the details on where we can improve and keep fighting.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2  – Saturday 30 November 12.30pm

Goals:

Newcastle United:

Willems 25. Shelvey 88

Man City:

Sterling 22, De Bruyne 82

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was Man City 77% (78%), Newcastle 23% (22%)

Total shots were Man City 24 (9), Newcastle 6 (3)

Shots on target were Man City 9 (4), Newcastle 3 (2)

Corners were Man City 10 (4), Newcastle 1 (1)

Crowd: 49,937 (3,200 Man City)

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Newcastle team v Man City:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Fernandez, Dummett, Clark, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 80), Almiron, Joelinton (Gayle 69)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Schar, Sean Longstaff

(Pep Guardiola philosophical as Premier League title hopes end at St James Park – read HERE)

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(Watch brilliant Jonjo Shelvey and Kevin De Bruyne goals here from Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 – Watch HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s draw – Read HERE)

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