Game week 3: Magnificent performance bears magnificent point against Man City
Newcastle secured a superb point at home to Manchester City at St James' Park this afternoon, in what was one of the best performances yet under Eddie Howe's stewardship. The Magpies were well worth their 3-1 lead, after goals from Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson and a Kieran Trippier special, but City's quality shone through with a quickfire double to level the scores. However, United held on for an impressive point, to retain their unbeaten record this season.
Key points and incidents
- Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring from close range early on, after some slack marking
- Almiron made up for a shanked effort that flew over the bar with a close range effort to equalise
- The tremendous Allan Saint-Maximin provided assists for the first two goals, the second a Callum Wilson finish from 12 yards
- Trippier made it 3-1 with a 25-yard free kick which arrowed into Ederson's top-right corner
- City fought back with close-range finishes from Erling Haaland and Bernardo Silva
- Trippier saw red before VAR correctly overturned the decision, embarrassing the awful ref Jared Gillett
- United held out with a magnificent steely performance
- Newcastle spent more time in City's first third than any other team this calendar year
Nick Pope - 9
Another magnificent performance from the stopper. A string of great saves but made the greatest impression coming quickly for balls through to Haaland.
Kieran Trippier - 8
A much-improved performance on the Brighton game. Tremendous free-kick and a clear influence to everyone else in the team.
Fabian Schar - 7
A shaky start but was very solid by the end.
Sven Botman - 6
Plenty of nerves for the young centre-back, but grew into the game.
Dan Burn - 8
Nothing got past Dan Burn in the left-back position. Won everything in the air.
Joe Willock - 6
A mixed bag, but a driving run in the first-half changed the tone of the game when City were on top.
Bruno Guimaraes - 7
Didn't have too many opportunities on the ball but punished City's lazy passes in the midfield time and again with well-timed interceptions and tackles.
Joelinton - 8
The majority of United's spells of possession began with either a tackle or an interception from Joe. Bully.
Allan Saint-Maximan - 9
In the first half in-particular, Maxi utterly terrified John Stones and was a constant threat throughout.
Callum Wilson - 8
Occupied the centre-backs and took his goal incredibly well. Dangerman.
Subs - 7
Chris Wood, especially, made a good contribution to seeing the game out with some nice touches and body work. Decent stints from Sean Longstaff, Jacob Murphy and Emil Krafth also.
Sky interview with Trippier and Man of the Match, Saint-Maximin
Trippier: "We wanted to go to-to-toe and we did that throughout. They had the quality to get themselves back into it but it shows how far we've come. The lads are disappointed because we were in the lead. But there are lots of positives.
"Maxi is the type of player where he gets everyone on the edge of their seat when he plays like this; like the Everton game. He needs to keep playing like this, week-in-week-out; he's showed what he's all about. I'm delighted that he's in my team. I tell him every day in training: realise what you've got. He gets us up the pitch and wins us matches. He was a threat throughout today and he needs to be consistent.
"I fancy myself from free-kicks and I was delighted that I could help the team and get us that extra step to 3-1.
"[Re the red card] I will sacrifice everything for my team but I'm not the type of player to injure anyone. I spoke to Kev and apologised, but it's my team and I want to win. I didn't go to injure the player and I made that clear.
[Re Almiron] Miggy had a fantastic pre-season and he deserved all the credit. Our motivation is playing against the Champions. We want to be where they are and we've taken a huge step, but don't want to get carried away."
Saint-Maximin: "We are disappointed because we wanted to win to show the world what we're capable of. If we keep playing like this we can win a lot of games, so this is good. We have improved a lot, the way we play. Trippier has helped me a lot. I try to give my best to show the world what I am capable of."
Sky interview with Eddie Howe
"We scored some great goals today and I'm delighted with the effort and everything the players gave.
"As managers, you're torn at 3-1 because you're desperate to win but we needed something from the game. It's mentally tiring because you're trying to figure out how to help the team, particularly when the game has gone back in their balance. It's a difficult feeling; you want to do something but not something that harms us.
"Full credit to the players; how they fought and what they gave the game. Hopefully everyone was entertained and importantly we got something from the game.
"We brought physicality to the match, which we spoke about all week: make them uncomfortable, get the crowd in the match, put them under pressure. Make them feel like they are in a game - and I think they felt that. We were in their faces and committed physically very well.
"If you press high you'll leave spaced behind, so it's a balancing act. We got the balance about right. You know, three or four passes in a row, you're in trouble - but we were very disciplined.
"At 3-1 I'm thinking 'blow the whistle,' because we knew it would be tough because of the quality of their decision-making. They don't let you rest. Our concentration dropped in a couple of moments and we were punished; we were indebted to Nick Pope who made lots of good saves.
"We rode our look but we had our moments too and were a constant threat. We are capable when we turn up physically; physically in both phases of the game we challenged.
"I'm proud of Miggy every time he puts on a shirt. It was a lovely touch from supporters; they're a very understanding group and I'm really pleased for him."