Newcastle United gave it their best shot against Manchester City in the English Premier League on Saturday but were ultimately outclassed by Pep Guardiola’s impressive title contenders.
Rafa Benitez’s side travelled to the Etihad knowing that the prospect of a result was unlikely indeed, but produced a battling performance to try and salvage something from a match the saw Sergio Aguero score a hat-trick.
The Argentinian had his side 2-0 up by the 63rd minute before Jacob Murphy pulled one back for the Magpies with a beautiful chip over goalkeeper Ederson. Aguero made it 3-1 with just seven minutes remaining though, killing off any chance of a point for the visitors.
Despite defeat, Newcastle fans were happy to take positives from the performance and had particular praise for goalscorer Murphy.
The winger now has a goal and an assist in his last two Premier League appearances and supporters are looking forward to seeing more in the weeks to come.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his contribution against City…
Things Jacob Murphy has over Matt Ritchie. Pace, youth, a willingness to improve, Not shouting at other players in frustration for his own errors #nufc
— Mr C (@Markticus) January 21, 2018
— David (@Dave_is_Elvis) January 20, 2018
I love how every one was slagging off Jacob Murphy at the start of the season but now love him. Don't you lot realise that he's a young player that needed time to find his feet at this level. could be immense in the future #hardworker #decentplayer #NUFC
— Adrian Langley (@adi_bizzle) January 20, 2018
Chuffed for Jacob Murphy. Growing in confidence & maybe proving a few loud mouth 'experts' wrong. Well done lad! #nufc
— Kind of a big deal (@grahamcrosby) January 20, 2018
— chris ready (@chrisNUFCready) January 20, 2018
So happy for Murphy today. He deserved that goal. Hopefully he’ll get more and more confident ? #nufc
— Gem (@Gemma_Boyes) January 20, 2018
Murphy & Dummett both outstanding today, very impressive the way they played. Plenty of positives to take into the next PL game. #NUFC
— Jonathan Young (@JonoYoungP4P) January 20, 2018
Jacob Murphy proving me wrong today, starting to rate the lad #nufc
— Jonny Shields (@Jonnyshields30) January 20, 2018
Tell you what like. That Jacob Murphy took his goal well today. Lads full of confidence and starting to look like a decent signing. Keeps getting better and better #NUFC
— Emma (@emmazz2015) January 20, 2018
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