Newcastle United lost 3-2 to Manchester City following Oscar Bobb’s 91st minute winner.
Eddie Howe gave an explanation for his hesitation to substitute players after Newcastle United’s 3-2 loss to Manchester City, the Premier League winners.
Bernardo Silva’s first goal was canceled out by goals from Anthony Gordon and Alexander Isak, leaving Newcastle up 2-1 until the 74th minute. But City rallied, and in the first minute of stoppage time, Oscar Bobb was put up by Kevin de Bruyne, who also equalized.
Both de Bruyne and Bobb were substitutes introduced by Pep Guardiola in the second half. Meanwhile, Howe waited until the 86th minute to make his only change as Lewis Hall replaced Anthony Gordon.
The absence of 11 senior players forced Howe to name a bench consisting of two goalkeepers, two under-21s players and four defenders with Matt Ritchie the only recognised attacking option. In comparison, Man City’s substitutes were worth a combined £261million in transfer fees.
“I think what I’d say on our situation is that we love the players we have, it’s just unfortunately for us, all our attacking players are not available,” said Howe. “There are a lot of attacking players missing and, whenever you get that, you’re in a difficult situation.
“If the injuries had been spread out a bit more evenly, it wouldn’t be so defining for us. I’m in a difficult position where I’m thinking, do I bring a defender on, which can potentially be viewed as a negative substitution? It’s generally a negative move when you take off an attacking player, and I didn’t really want to do that.
“I was hoping that Miggy [Almiron], Anthony [Gordon] and Alex [Isak] could still be a threat in the match, even though they’d given a lot in that first half. I wanted to keep them on the pitch because of what they delivered for the majority of the game.