Eddie Howe reacts to Newcastle United’s thrilling Man City draw - and that controversial red card call

Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United and Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City interact after the final whistle of the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on August 21, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United and Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City interact after the final whistle of the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on August 21, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United and Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City interact after the final whistle of the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on August 21, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. | Getty Images
Newcastle United drew 3-3 with Manchester City at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United and Manchester City played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at St James’ Park with the Premier League title holders coming from two goals down to rescue a point.

Eddie Howe’s men were in rich goalscoring form as Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier all netted for the home side, with Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland all registering for the visitors.

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Saint-Maximin was sensational against City. Credit: Getty.Saint-Maximin was sensational against City. Credit: Getty.
Saint-Maximin was sensational against City. Credit: Getty. | Getty Images

It’s a result which sees the Magpies continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign - and here’s how head coach Howe saw the result...

“It was an incredible game and a rollercoaster of emotions. We went 1-0 down which is the worst possible start against this team because then you have to chase the game but I think the players responded brilliantly.

“For the neutral, I’m sure it was an incredible game but we needed something from the game and the players deserved it. It was mentally tiring because I was trying to help the team when you know the game has swung in their balance but you also don’t want to do something that harms us as well.

“Hopefully everyone is entertained and we got something from it. We brought our physicality to the match, we spoke about it all week and we wanted to make them uncomfortable. We wanted to put them under pressure and leave here feeling they had been in a game. Certainly we were in their faces and we committed very well.

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“We knew it would be a difficult end to the game because of the quality of their decision-making on the ball, they don’t give you a rest. We are also indebted to Nick Pope because he made a number of good saves but we also had our moments the other way and I thought we were a constant threat in the game.”

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