Pellegrini ‘happy’ with ‘very tough’ Newcastle draw

Date published: Wednesday 20th April 2016 8:31

Manuel Pellegrini says he is satisfied with his Manchester City side’s performance after earning a “very tough” 1-1 draw against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

Sergio Aguero put City ahead in the first half to score his 100th goal in the Premier League, but the Argentine appeared to be two yards offside before heading in the opening goal.

Vurnon Anita scored a brilliant equaliser to earn a point for the Magpies, but Rafael Benitez side still remain in the Premier League relegation zone.

Pellegrini admitted City may have been suffering from tiredness after Saturday’s 3-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but the Chilean boss refused to say the official played a part in the final result of the game against Newcastle.

Speaking after the match, Pellegrini said: “I am happy. We started winning the game but we could not have the control after that. We knew that it was very tough.

“The officials have nothing to do with the result. I didn’t see the team with the energy from Saturday, but we play after three days at the end of the season and it is not easy for the team to recover.

“We are just trying to add points. Sergio Aguero’s record is deserved, he makes an important difference for us. I am happy for him. Vincent Kompany played well, he played 90 minutes and he was OK.”

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