Jetro Willems getting a little bit carried away with Liverpool claims
A sweet strike from Jetro Willems on Saturday.
Not quite as spectacular as his goal at Anfield but this was more meaningful.
A great finish and absolutely vital, as if Man City had got into their stride after the opening goal then there would have been no chance for Newcastle.
Scoring only three minutes after Sterling, Jetro Willems gave Newcastle their chance in the game and they took it with both hands.
As the loan player points out the biggest factor: ‘I think we did well defensively, that is our strength, especially at home.’
Sterling scored after a number of deflections ended up putting the ball at his feet but stretching it a little bit when the Dutch international claims: ‘I think we could have won the game also…’
In a team where there aren’t a lot of players prepared to have a go, Jetro Willems has been a real bonus, always ready to shoot he has been unlucky on a number of other occasions. Only once has he scored more than twice in a league season and that was four for PSV six years ago, he looks sure to add more this season and could end with a career personal best. Maybe helping him make the Netherlands squad for the 2020 Euros.
However, I think he is a little bit carried away when claiming Newcastle were unlucky at Liverpool back in September. Yes Jetro Willems put NUFC ahead with that spectacular striker but the scousers totally dominated, that being Newcastle’s only shot on target to Liverpool’s nine, with the corner count 10 v 1 as well.
However, as Saturday showed, despite overwhelming stats in Man City’s favour, if you never give up and have a good team ethic, anything is possible.
It seems a no-brainer for Newcastle to now get a permanent deal in place ASAP for Jetro Willems.
Jetro Willems speaking to official club site:
“I think we did well defensively, that is our strength, especially at home.
“I think we would have been disappointed if we didn’t get a point.
“I think we could have won the game also; it was a lucky goal, (the Manchester City) first one.
“But you know, it’s Manchester City, so we can be happy after a draw.
“We did well today.
“After a losing game last week (against Aston Villa), we have turned it around. At home, we do our job better than away.
“We need to have the same focus in away games – we did it against Tottenham, against West Ham and against Liverpool too, where we were unlucky.
“It’s possible and we can do it. We are in a good shape and a good way now. The last game was just unlucky, and we have to forget it.
“We can be glad and now we just have to focus on the next game.
“We play a lot of games in December and we have to take care of each other and ourselves. We have to be professional.
“It’s going to be hard but in our squad we have a lot of players and I think everybody will get a chance.
“I think I’m choosing to score against the big two (Liverpool and Man City)!
“It’s nice to score and of course, to draw the game.
“For me, it’s important to enjoy the game and of course I’m happy.
“I’m trying to take care of myself and focus on each game more and just keep going like this.
“I think it was a great goal for Jonjo (Shelvey), he showed his strength and I’m glad for him also.”
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
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