Former England international Owen Hargreaves has heaped praise on three Newcastle players after the 3-3 draw with Manchester City.
The Magpies put on a real show against the champions and were unlucky to come away with just a point, having led 3-1 at one stage. But City rallied back to rescue a point.
However, Eddie Howe clearly found a way to hurt Pep Guardiola’s side, with Newcastle creating chance after chance. We were the dominant team for large parts of the first half, which was a strange sight.
So many Toon players excelled on Sunday, and Hargreaves has picked out three in particular.
Hargreaves on Newcastle vs Man City
The 41-year-old appeared on the Kelly And Wrighty Show and praised Newcastle’s approach against Guardiola’s side.
“It was brilliant,” he said.
“The good thing is Newcastle really had a go. They didn’t just sit and absorb pressure. You see a lot of the so called smaller teams play against the bigger teams and just sit in and then they get beat 5-0. Go and have a go, put them under pressure.
“With Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson, Joelinton, they’re fabulous players to really hurt City and I think that’s the good thing about the league this season.”
Three of Newcastle’s stars
Saint-Maximin, Wilson and Joelinton were three of Newcastle’s best players on Sunday. They were pivotal to our attacking exploits.
A lot has been made about the Frenchman’s performance, while Wilson scored the vital second goal – a wonderful strike for his second of the season.
But Joelinton also stood out once more. The incredible thing is that he’s getting better and better as a centre midfielder. He’s not just a powerhouse now, he’s using the ball well. The Brazilian is suddenly more confident in possession, backing his ability up against the best.
His high intensity style in the middle was vital to Newcastle getting joy against Man City. Our approach was brave and it paid off. But it only paid off because Howe’s players were well drilled in their pressing.
It’s easy to say ‘that’s how everyone should play against City’, but it doesn’t always play out like that in reality. If you aren’t a pressing team, you aren’t suddenly going to be able to do that. Newcastle couldn’t have played like that when Steve Bruce was manager.
But we can now, and Saint-Maximin, Wilson and Joelinton truly were ‘fabulous’ as Hargreaves says.