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Five Things Learned: Newcastle 2-3 Manchester City (Premier League)



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Manchester City closed the gap at the top of the table courtesy of a late winner from Oscar Bobb, as the blues emerged victorious with a 2-3 victory away at Newcastle in the Premier League.

A thrilling encounter on paper certainly lived up to expectations, as Newcastle hosted the Premier League champions in a game you couldn’t take your eyes off; one in which the sky blues emerged victorious in.

Manchester City opened the scoring in the first half when Kyle Walker raced down the right side of the box, before firing a ball into the path of Bernardo Silva, who improvised expertly, scoring a backheel past Martin Dubravka.

The hosts quickly found their feet and went in front despite the Manchester City dominance, with a couple of swift goals from Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon to remind the visitors of the task at hand.

However, the blues were far from dead and buried, and the immediate impact off the bench from Kevin De Bruyne proved so, with a trademark deft finish following his reintroduction to life in the Premier League to level the scores.

With the pressure growing on the Newcastle goal and the introduction of fresh legs, City eventually put the nail in the coffin, when a lofted De Bruyne through ball found the onrushing Oscar Bobb, who rounded the keeper and finished expertly, winning it late on for the blues.

It was a spirited performance away at a tough ground from the champions, and with that being said, here are five things we learnt from Saturday’s vital victory over Newcastle United!

A mixed week for the club captain

Kyle Walker has been the talk of the town this week for several reasons, with the Englishman publicly sharing details about his relationship troubles with his wife, whilst also being named club captain of the Premier League champions.

However, the woes continued on the pitch at Newcastle, with the full-back being largely at fault for both Newcastle goals. Walker must remain focused on the task at hand, as City look to retain a fourth consecutive Premier League title this season.

Oh Kevin, we have missed you!

A collective gulp went round the home end of St. James’ Park when Kevin De Bruyne was stripped and ready, and the anxiety was more than justified, with De Bruyne contributing a winning goal and assist following his introduction.

An expert finish from the edge of the area before providing the match-winning assist shown exactly what City have been missing as of late, with the Belgian creating something from nothing to win the game.

With the run-in nearing, having players with the quality De Bruyne possesses back amongst the ranks is so vital, as City bid to once again win every single trophy available to them this season.

The stuff of champions!

A spirited comeback away at a difficult ground is a perfect recipe for a championship winning side, and City more than demonstrated that, coming from behind to defeat Newcastle on Saturday.

Saturday’s victory moved City up to second, closing the gap to two points behind Liverpool at the top of the table, but the win over Newcastle will do them no harm whatsoever in their quest to earn a fourth consecutive league title this season.

Oscar Bobb – remember the name!

It was an unbelievable late winner from Oscar Bobb, as the Norwegian announced himself at the highest level in fine fashion, scoring a magnificent last-minute winner on Saturday.

There has been plenty of speculation as to whether City might regret the sale of Cole Palmer to Chelsea this summer, but Bobb’s recent cameos answer those, with the silky forward showing incredible promise when given a chance this season.

Where does Phil Foden fit in now?

Losing a player with the stature of Kevin De Bruyne can never be a good thing, but the injury has allowed Phil Foden to flourish as of late in a central role, with Foden at the forefront of everything good in the absence of De Bruyne.

However, upon the return of De Bruyne, the same question marks of the position of Foden linger, with the Englishman playing in somewhat of a false-nine role after the introduction of De Bruyne in the second half.

Whether it’s in a central role or being moved back out wide, Foden and De Bruyne will certainly be teaming up with each other to lead the surge towards retaining the title, as City look to achieve the unprecedented and retain for a fourth time.