Toon Hand Title To Scousers?

Last updated : 04 December 2019 By Footy Mad - Editor

Dubravka, Manquillo, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Willems, Almirón, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 80), Joelinton (Gayle 69)
Subs: Schär, Krafth, Darlow, S Longstaff, M Longstaff

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Manchester City's hopes of retaining their Premier League title were dealt another blow when Jonjo Shelvey's stunning late equaliser earned Newcastle a point at St James' Park.

Last season the Magpies dented City's title hopes and there were cries of "Rafa Benitez" from the Kop that day. This time it was Steve Bruce's side that (according to the bookmakers) has handed the Scousers the title on a plate.

City boss Pep Guardiola must have thought his side had won it when Kevin de Bruyne found the net in the 82nd minute with a brilliant long-range effort which went in off the crossbar.

But with two minutes of normal time remaining, home substitute Christian Atsu pulled the ball back for Shelvey, who beat the dive of Ederson.

Guardiola's side have now dropped 13 points this season and are 11 behind leaders Liverpool.

It all began well for City when they took the lead after an early period of dominance.

David Silva, sorely missed by the champions in their recent defeat by Liverpool, highlighted his worth with a deft backheel to find Raheem Sterling, who curled in for his 15th goal this season.

However, before City could assert their dominance, the Magpies equalised through full-back Jetro Willems, who received a square pass from Miguel Almiron before calmly slotting home.

That was the Dutch loan signing's second goal of the season and the eighth Magpies goal in the past 10 scored by a defender.

City's Gabriel Jesus and De Bruyne were thwarted by Martin Dubravka after the break before substitute Bernardo Silva pulled a shot wide from eight yards. In stoppage time, Sterling's shot from six yards lacked venom and allowed Dubravka to make an easy save.

Despite the proverbial bus being parked on the edge of the Magpies' area, Guardiola's side still managed 24 efforts on goal.

Had it not been for Dubravka's saves and the late misses by Bernardo Silva and Sterling, this would have been a deserved win.

The attack played their part, but at times City's defensive structure left a lot to be desired.

They made their intentions known as early as the first minute when they pressed high up, with right-back Kyle Walker coming inside to provide almost a second playmaker role.

It was a confident move, but also left them exposed to the pace of Newcastle down the wings, particularly Allan Saint-Maximin, Almiron and Willems.

City's defence should have made notes in the art of closing down from their Newcastle counterparts as both Willems and Shelvey were given too much time and space to hit their targets.