Newcastle United claimed a famous win on Tyneside as Rafa Benitez’s side beat title-chasing Manchester City 2-1 at St James’ Park.
The Geordies would have been fearing the worst after conceding the opener to Sergio Aguero inside just 30 seconds.
However, a Salomon Rondon equaliser midway through the second-half and a Matt Ritchie penalty turned the game on its head.
City weren’t at their flowing best and rarely troubled Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal until they fell behind.
Benitez’s decision to rest seven players in their FA Cup defeat to Watford on Saturday has appeared to be vindicated after a spirited display.
A whopping £400million’s worth of value separated the two starting line-ups but that didn’t stop Newcastle recording their first victory against City since September 2005.
These three points lift United up to 14th in the table and five points above the relegation zone.
After a memorable win, here’s how we rated the Newcastle players.
Martin Dubravka: 8
Couldn’t do anything about the goal, dealt with crosses well and was, rather surprisingly, rarely tested.
Deandre Yedlin: 7
Lost track of David Silva’s run for the goal but dealt well with the threat of Leroy Sane.
Fabian Schar: 8
After wondering out of position for the goal, had a superb game with crucial interceptions and headers. Also drove forward with the ball to alleviate pressure
Jamaal Lascelles (C): 7
Also culpable for the goal with Aguero left unmarked in six-yard box. However, the skipper led by example and helped limit City’s chances.
Florian Lejeune: 7
Sterling beat him too easily for the goal but he made a brilliant header and a goal-line clearance to keep his side in the game.
Matt Ritchie: 8
Played a hand in both goals with a driving run down the left for the first as well as converting the penalty, although got a bit fortunate with the ball going through Ederson.
Isaac Hayden: 6
Non-existent for 60 minutes but got the assist for the first after a dangerous looping header whcih seemed to give him more energy for the rest of the game.
Sean Longstaff: 8
Brilliant at breaking the play up and superb pressure to win the penalty. Always looked forward as well.
Christian Atsu: 7
Lots of energy with good link-up play but struggled with the final ball.
Ayoze Perez: 8
Similar to Atsu with lots of pressure on the City defenders leading to mistakes, but lacked composure in the final third.
Salomon Rondon: 9
Brilliant centre-forward play with nice flick-ons and holding up of the ball. Capped off with a clever finish to level up the score.
Kenedy (sub): 6
Didn’t have enough time to make an impact but kept the side solid.
Javier Manquillo (sub): 6
Likewise to Kenedy.
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