Interesting from BBC pundit and former Man City star talking through Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2
An entertaining game at St James Park on Saturday as it ended Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2.
Twice the visitors went ahead and twice Newcastle came back.
Only three minutes between the first two goals and six minutes between the last two.
Former Man City midfielder Michael Brown was covering the game for BBC Radio Five Live.
Some fair comments from him and as for where it went wrong for his old club, Brown said: ‘They (Man City) were too laboured, they did not move it quick enough and that’s why they were punished today.’
As for Newcastle, Michael Brown was full of praise and especially for the final goal that earned Newcastle a draw:”You would expect Atsu to hit an in swinger, instead he rolls the ball to the edge of the area to Shelvey who curls it into the top far corner, what a wonderful goal to get them back into this game.’
Reality was that the final scoreline was down to a combination of Newcastle playing well, especially their disciplined defence, and Man City hot reaching the standards they are capable of.
Which is the reality for pretty much any game where Man City end up not winning.
Former Manchester City midfielder Michael Brown covering Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 for BBC Radio 5 Live:
22 Minutes 0-1 Raheem Sterling goal:
‘It has been coming – a little give and go from David Silva and a sublime back heel into Sterling who curls it into the bottom corner.’
Brilliant from City, sensational from Silva.’
25 Minutes 1-1 Jetro Willems goal:
‘It is a magnificent finish, and another give and go at the edge of City’s area.
Willems had so much space in front of him, steadies himself and then a brilliant finish with his wrong foot which gives Ederson no chance.’
‘For all the possession City had and the movement they did, they have not created enough chances in the first half.
Newcastle are defending the box well and they got a good reaction after conceding the goal.’
‘Newcastle have got a great back five with the four playing in front.
City need to do it quicker, get some key crosses or create opportunities with Kevin de Bruyne.
At the moment they are giving Newcastle every chance to get behind the ball.
City have got to get the goal earlier and not get desperate towards the end otherwise they will be vulnerable to counter-attacks as it happened against Wolves.’
‘In this second half it looks like City are playing a testimonial game: they are too slow and are not going anywhere.
It was a good chance but a poor finish from Jesus who had both sides of the goal to choose where to shoot.
Finally we’re seeing Foden and Bernardo Silva coming on.’
‘Manchester City should be leading. It fell right on the penalty spot for Bernardo Silva, you think surely it will be a goal but he drags it wide, poor finish.
What worries me is Newcastle’s counter-attack. City should not have to rely on a late goal.’
82 Minutes 1-2 Kevin de Bruyne goal:
‘It is an absolutely outrageous goal.
What a strike off the bar, everyone who wants to know how to volley a ball watch it tonight on Match of the Day. Wonderful strike!’
88 Minutes 2-2 Jonjo Shelvey goal:
‘You would expect Atsu to hit an in swinger, instead he rolls the ball to the edge of the area to Shelvey who curls it into the top far corner, what a wonderful goal to get them back into this game.
Manchester City did not have anybody at the edge of the area, Rodri went there very late and they would be disappointed with that.’
After final whistle:
“They (Man City) were too laboured, they did not move it quick enough and that’s why they were punished today.
“They have let Liverpool get that lead now. They have not been themselves.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 – Saturday 30 November 12.30pm
Willems 25, Shelvey 88
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)
Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Schar, Sean Longstaff
(Steve Bruce makes unnecessary Jonjo Shelvey comments after draw v Manchester City – Read HERE)
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(Watch official match highlights and all four goals from Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 – Watch HERE)
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