The big Ivorian looked slightly cumbersome in the draw at St James's Park.
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in controversial fashion on 14 minutes despite a strong suspicion of offside for what was his 100th Premier League goal.
But the Magpies, who knew that a two-goal victory would have lifted them out of the relegation zone, struck an equaliser through the unlikely source of Vurnon Anita just after the half-hour mark.
Despite there being over an hour of football left, both sides settled for a share of the spoils. For City, it was a chance to pull seven points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United in the hunt for Champions League qualification.
And few players bore the brunt of the criticism more than midfielder Yaya Toure, who perhaps looked a shadow of his former self on a ground which has proven a rich source of goals for him in the past.
He operated in a deeper midfield role last night, but his influence on the game appeared to be limited and the Sky Blues fans did not react well to his display.
Didn't even know Yaya Toure was playing until he got subbed. Totally annoymous— Joe (@Joeeeeeee_96) April 19, 2016
Pellegrini should not Play Kompany and Yaya Toure in next week's Semi...— AGEMO IDOWU™ #ATEWO (@SFC_BOSS) April 19, 2016
Yaya Toure played that game like he'd just dropped a Valium and was waiting to fall asleep.— Sculter (@ProperTallDave) April 19, 2016
Yaya Toure is finished also— Noisy neighbour (@JMaliKay_27) April 19, 2016
Don't shake your head @YayaToure you were awful tonight!!— Steve Bottomley (@botts_steve) April 19, 2016
What exactly is the point of Yaya Toure nowadays?— Fifthcolumnblue (@Fifthcolumnblue) April 19, 2016
Yaya Toure really did nothing today!— Ziiyaa (@Zee_Boii) April 19, 2016