Published on April 20th, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Newcastle 1-1 Manchester City – Report & Ratings
Newcastle recovered from Sergio Aguero’s controversial goal to give both sides a point at St James’ Park
The Blues’ early pressing was rewarded with a headed goal from Aguero, albeit offside, which came from an Alexander Kolarov corner. The goal also had the significance of being Sergio Aguero’s 100th Premier League goal for City.
Vurnon Anita equalised with a low curling shot before Magpies keeper Karl Darlow excellently saved strikes from Jesus Navas and Kevin de Bruyne.
Joe Hart saved from Georginio Wijnaldum late on to ensure Newcastle remain in the bottom three, just behind Sunderland and Norwich.
The England keeper’s block denied the home side a winner which would have lifted them out of the relegation places.
City now site one point above Arsenal in third spot, although the Gunners have a game in hand.
Congratulation crack @aguerosergiokun 100 goals in the prem great achievement
— Samir Nasri Official (@SamNasri19) April 19, 2016
I'd have wanted to reach my 100th goal on the PL with another result. Thank you for your messages. We'll keep on the fight #CMONCITY
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) April 19, 2016
Joe Hart – 7
Couldn’t do a lot about Anita’s goal, made a great save near the end of the game to deny Wijnaldum.
Pablo Zabaleta – 6
Battled away (as he usually does) but struggled to deal with Perez at times.
Vincent Kompany – 6
Didn’t look particularly ready to play the full 90 minutes but did, hasn’t hit full fitness or form yet but put in a decent shift.
Eliaquim Mangala – 6
Never really looked comfortable in the game but made no glaring mistakes.
Aleksander Kolarov – 5
His performance reeked of complacency, one too many sloppy passes and far too easily beaten for Newcastle’s goal.
Fernando – 6
Could have done better to prevent Anita’s goal but an OK performance.
Yaya Toure – 6
Didn’t get into his usual rhythm and grew frustrated until he was subbed off.
Jesus Navas – 6
Looked back to his “old” self as he overran passes and couldn’t beat his first man.
Fabian Delph – 5
Looked like a fish out of water yet again out wide, obviously doesn’t suit that role and was completely ineffective.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7
Without doing anything spectacular, the Belgian was City’s biggest threat in midfield, had a few close calls but couldn’t find the end product on this occasion.
Sergio Aguero – 7
Despite being offside, his goal to put City 1-0 up was well timed and accurate, threatened a few times but was pretty quiet in the second half.
Raheem Sterling – 5
You’d be forgiven for forgetting that he was on the field, didn’t look match fit and was constantly looking for fouls.
Fernandinho – 6
Did as much as he could when he came on but just wasn’t his or City’s day.
Wilfried Bony – 5
Came quite close with a header late on, but other than that he didn’t do anything.