Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised Newcastle United duo Jonjo Shelvey and Martin Dubravka, The Chronicle reports.
Newcastle held Man City to a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park, twice coming from behind against the reigning champions. With Liverpool winning against Brighton later, this gives the Reds an 11-point lead over Man City.
Guardiola said that Dubravka made some good saves but added that Shelvey “made the difference”. The English midfielder scored a late equaliser to cancel out Kevin De Bruyne’s goal. Man City left Shelvey unmarked on the edge of the box for a free-kick and he curled a beautiful effort into the corner.
Guardiola on Newcastle
After the match, Guardiola said (via The Chronicle): “The way we played was really good, we created chances and 10 players in the box is not easy, Dubravka made good saves. At the end we shouldn’t concede the free-kick and Shelvey made the difference.
“Shelvey put it in the corner, [but] we could have avoided it in that position.”
Shelvey’s goal was a sign of his class. The 27-year-old has the ability to make things happen and his strike was straight out of the top drawer.
Guardiola might have directed a sly dig at Steve Bruce’s tactics but the plan was executed to perfection. Newcastle kept it tight with a strong and organised defence and were value for their point.