Newcastle v Manchester City: Alan Shearer's instant reaction

Newcastle United Fans 2

Newcastle United took on Manchester City with very different goals in mind.

Newcastle United battled to a 1-1 draw with Champions League semi-finalists Manchester City to give their relegation battle a boost.

Former Newcastle hero Alan Shearer was co-commentating the game for BBC Radio 5 Live, and told the station how he felt at the final whistle.

He said: "Certainly on tonight's evidence, and on Saturday's, there's now a togetherness. The fans appreciate now that the players are giving everything.

"They've given themselves an opportunity - three points on Saturday and a point tonight which is not a disaster. On tonight's evidence, the players are certainly with Benitez."

A draw is a satisfactory result for the Toon, defying many who expected them to lose, building on the win over Swansea at the weekend, and will be a real confidence boost. They now sit just two points from safety.

It was they who came closest to winning it late on, with substitute Georginio Wijnaldum denied by Joe Hart late on from point blank range.

Newcastle were attempting to gain points at the bottom of the table as they seek to avoid relegation, and put Norwich City and Sunderland under pressure.

City had been attempting to keep their top four hopes intact for next season's Champions League qualification and hold Manchester United at bay.

Sergio Aguero had opened the scoring with a clever header from Kevin de Bruyne's free-kick after quarter of an hour, taking advantage of poor marking from Newcastle's defence.

Vurnon Anita ensured the Toon went into level at half time, curling in from the edge of the box after finding himself in space.

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch