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Alan Shearer explains how Newcastle tactics succeeded as they and Man City got what they deserved

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Alan Shearer has said that despite only 23% possession, Newcastle United were well worth their point on Saturday.

Manchester City were full of hard luck stories but the NUFC legend says that what the Newcastle players did with the 23% of the ball was enough to deserve a draw.

Alan Shearer believes that the willingness to take on more difficult passes forward, was behind the result.

Shearer stating that rather than going backwards or sideways, Newcastle showed ambition to beat the Manchester City press and that led to the two equalisers.

If Newcastle were to get anything then you felt they had to find the back of the net.

Manchester City went into the game having scored a massive 37 goals in 13 games but conceding 14, only nine less than they did in all 38 PL matches last season.

Steve Bruce’s team took full advantage with Willems scoring a quality goal to make it 1-1, from a Miguel Almiron assist.

Then Almiron again did so well to release Manquillo and the Spaniard was fouled for the free-kick that brought the goal to make it 2-2.

Alan Shearer was disappointed with Newcastle for the set-piece goals Villa scored on Monday and likewise, Man City were slack as Rodri allowed Shelvey a free shot from outside the box.

In the final analysis Alan Shearer declaring ‘it was a hard-earned point’ for Newcastle United and ‘What they deserved.’

Alan Shearer speaking on Match of The Day:

“I was very disappointed on Monday evening against Aston Villa .

“They (Newcastle) were slow, there weren’t enough passes forward and I think what is crucial against this Manchester City team, is when you win the ball back your first or second pass to get through their initial press. If you do that, you can be successful, particularly as there’s no Laporte in there.

“And despite having only 23% possession, when they did have the ball I think this was key in the game and why they got something out of it, because their first or second ball was positive.

“It is easy to go sideways but no, because they wanted to get through the press, they are straight into the back four, was superb skill (for the first equaliser), a lovely touch and what a finish that is from Willems.

“Again, the easy pass (for Newcastle) would be to go backwards because you’ve been chasing the ball for a long time and might need a rest. But the first pass is forward and the second pass if forward from Shelvey, they don’t get the ball (Ederson comes out and saves at Saint-Maximin’s feet) but that was the intention for most of the game.

“This is the (second equalising) goal, they did the same thing, could easy go back Almiron, but he decides to be positive, I know they are chasing the game, Manquillo is up there supporting him and Fernandinho was lucky because he was on a yellow and he should have had another one (for the foul on Manquillo).

“They get the free-kick and it was really, really clever.

“Very surprised from Manchester City, I know they have brought subs on but Rodri should be four or five yards closer to Jonjo Shelvey.

“Newcastle got done by a set-piece themselves on Monday evening that cost them the game: this time it’s actually saved them a point.

“It was a magnificent hit and he (Shelvey) was superb today, as were a few Newcastle’s players. He needs to keep on putting those performances in because they worked ever so hard and it was a hard-earned point. What they deserved.

“Steve Bruce deserves a lot of credit because they are four points better off this season, than they were under Rafa Benitez last season.”

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

(Steve Bruce makes unnecessary Jonjo Shelvey comments after draw v Manchester City – Read HERE)

(John Stones says Manchester City still very much in title race despite Newcastle’s ‘Two sloppy goals’ – Read HERE)

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

(Watch official match highlights and all four goals 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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