Steve Bruce has picked out the “excellent” Newcastle duo of Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron as they grabbed a 2-2 draw against Manchester City.

Jetro Willems cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s 15th goal of the season but Kevin De Bruyne thought he had won it with a fine 82nd-minute strike.

But Jonjo Shelvey curled home a brilliant 87th-minute equaliser which, coupled with Martin Dubravka’s stoppage-time save from Sterling, ensured the game finished level.

And Bruce was full of praise for two of his front three, he said: “Allan and Almiron today were excellent in their work. You’ve seen three quality goals and we’ve got two of them.”

Asked about his side’s performance, Bruce added: “When you take on one of the big boys it’s always nice to get something from it.

“Their attitude and effort and endeavour in terms of their workrate and to keep getting after the ball, it’s manful in terms of how they do it.”

When asked if the atmosphere at St James’ Park was a bit flat, Bruce continued: “It would have been nice to get some of the ball to give them something to shout about!

“They’ve witnessed their team rolling up their sleeves and showing a bit of determination. The fans were superb at the end.”

 

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Newcastle centre-back Fabian Schar is shocked by the treatment of “good guy” Granit Xhaka – and fears his Switzerland team-mate will find it hard to bounce back.

Schar admitted that fan backlash is the “worst thing” that can happen to a footballer after Xhaka was booed off by his owen supporters against Crystal Palace., reports The Sun.

The 27-year-old said: “I played with him for years and I know how he is as a person.

“He’s doing everything for Arsenal, which is why he’s captain. He’s a very good guy and people aren’t seeing this.

“I will see him in a couple of weeks with the international team and I’ll give him a hug.

“It’s very hard for a player when your own fans are against you.

“Then you do something emotional that people don’t understand.

“It would be a very difficult situation for any player to have to deal with that.

“To have that from your own fans is the worst thing that can happen to you.

“Nobody wants to see things like this. I’m happy that this has never happened to me.”

 

 

Schar says Xhaka is worshipped back home after helping Switzerland into the last 16 of last year’s World Cup.

He added: “He has a much better standing in Switzerland.

“It’s seen as a big thing that he’s captain of both his country and Arsenal.

“He’s doing a great job for us. I know how he is and how he feels.

“I can really understand him and I’m feeling for him.”

 

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