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Newcastle United improved their chances of Premier League survival last night when they held third place Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at St James Park. The Magpies found themselves on the back foot and in dangerous territory after only quarter of an hour when Aguero scored his 100th Premier League goal.

There was a sense of injustice surrounding Aguero's opener as the goal was revealed to be offside. However, rather than caving in under the immense pressure of impending relegation the Newcastle players responded heroically, and 15 minutes later found themselves level again when Anita controlled Sissoko cross field pass beautifully, cut inside and his left-foot strike beat Hart deflecting in off the left hand post.

City continued to dominate possession after the break and Aguero and de Bruyne continued to apply pressure on the Newcastle back four, and keeper Darlow. Newcastle where far from out of it however, and they continued to threaten on the counter attack with Townsend, Sissoko and Mitrovic proving more for a handful for the City back line and keeper Jo Hart. Newcastle came close to snatching the win right at the death when Wijnaldum dispossessed Koralov close to the city goal, but he failed to beat Hart and on reflection the draw was more than a fair result for both teams.

Down in the Championship leaders Middlesbrough were mugged right at the death when Burnley’s Michael Keane snatched and injury time equaliser at Turf Moor. Boro are still two points clear at the top, while Burnley held on to second place and the automatic promotion place, but only by goal difference as Brighton went joint second after their comprehensive 4-0 thrashing of QPR at the Falmer Stadium.


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