Newcastle United locked horns with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to grind out a result on their travels in the Premier League. The Magpies made a solid start to the game but conceded the opening goal in the 31st minute when Julian Alvarez scored with a brilliant finish. Eddie Howe’s players went into the half-time interval 1-0 down on the scoreline.
The Tyneside club failed to mount a comeback in the second half and crashed to a hard-fought 1-0 loss on the road.
Let’s take a look at how each Newcastle United player performed during the match against Manchester City.
GK: Nick Pope – 6.5/10
The English keeper made a few decent saves at the back but failed to stop Alvarez’s excellent strike in the second half.
RB: Kieran Trippier – 7/10
He performed his defensive duties well and made two decent runs with the ball.
CB: Fabian Schar – 6.5/10
Schar cleared his lines when needed and won a few aerial duels as well.
CB: Sven Botman – 6.5/10
He made two important clearances at the back and was a strong presence in the air.
LB: Dan Burn – 6.5/10
Burn tried his best to keep things tidy at the back but offered very little going forward.
CM: Sandro Tonali – 6/10
He struggled to dictate the tempo of the game and produced a lackluster display at the centre of the park.
CM: Bruno Guimaraes – 6/10
The Brazilian talent earned the ball back once but struggled to get into the flow of the game.
CM: Joelinton – 6/10
Joelinton worked his socks off at both ends of the field but was replaced in the 56th minute.
RW: Miguel Almiron – 6/10
He made two good chances in the final third but never looked like he would score.
ST: Alexander Isak – 6/10
Isak made one good run with the ball but didn’t trouble the Man City defenders.
LW: Anthony Gordon – 5.5/10
He passed the ball well but struggled to influence the game in the final third.
LW: Harvey Barnes – 6/10
Barnes added some pace to Howe’s attack.
CM: Sean Longstaff – 6/10
He gave away the ball cheaply at times.
CM: Elliot Anderson – 6.5/10
Anderson earned the ball back once.
ST: Callum Wilson – 6/10
He had two bright moments in the final third.
RB: Tino Livramento – N/A