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Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 – Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players

5 days ago
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We asked Jonathan Drape-Comyn to give us his match ratings after Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2.

A game where Newcastle came back twice to grab a great point.

Excellent goals from Willems and Shelvey topping off a great team display.

Here are Jonathan’s player ratings and comments:

(Apologies to Jonathan and our readers, as initially we used the wrong introduction above…Sunday hangover!)

Dubravka – 9

Numerous good saves and he couldn’t do anything about either goal.

Kept us in the game at times and was a commanding force. Great performance.

Manquillo – 7

Held his own for the most part but still doesn’t offer much going forward.

Anyway, I would rather Manquillo than Krath any day of the week.

Fernandez – 9

All over the place… in a good way!

With Lascelles and Schar not starting it is huge for him to step up and deliver the performances he did when he first joined the club.

Lets hope that continues over the Christmas period.

Clark – 8

Another accomplished performance, he has been another one who has stepped up to the plate recently and showed his worth.

Dummett – 8

Much better performance than what I have watched of him in previous games. Hopefully that will be big for his confidence.

He does generally do very well against the big players.

Willems – 9

Looking like a really good signing.

Fantastic finish for his goal – similar to Anita’s against City a few years ago.

Shelvey – 8

Obviously a brilliant goal which was real class but didn’t think he did an awful lot before that.

Sean Longstaff can count himself hard done by to be out the side.

About time Shelvey stepped up though!

Hayden – 9

My man of the match.

He was everywhere in the midfield and won the ball back for us or just got his foot on the ball countless times.

Energy levels were brilliant and he is Mr Reliable for you. Some clarity on his future is needed.

Almiron – 8

Another great performance from Almiron – he has received some unfair attention in terms of his stats but his overall contribution remains very good for me.

Joelinton – 6

Struggled again out there today.

Could do with a break but I suspect Bruce isn’t allowed to give him one.

Saint-Maximin – 9

Had the City defence and full backs running all over the place at times. He looks a real handful and his success at NUFC will all depend on the success of his final ball.

SUBS

Gayle – 6

Looked lively when he came on… I am sure he will be expecting a start any time soon.

Atsu – N/A

Not on long enough to judge.

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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