Jack Grealish's perfect Manchester City response against 'brilliant' Newcastle United

Jack Grealish felt Manchester City bounced back from Champions League heartbreak perfectly against Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, 8th May 2022, 11:14 pm

After throwing away a two goal aggregate lead against Real Madrid in stoppage time on Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola’s side returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 5-0 win over The Magpies at the Etihad Stadium.

A Raheem Sterling brace plus goals from Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Phil Foden saw City run out as convincing winners as they moved three points clear of Liverpool in second.

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Jack Grealish of Manchester City is challenged by Jamaal Lascelles and Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on May 08, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

"We knew there'd be pressure on us today after the defeat, we bounced back perfectly,” Grealish told Sky Sports. “We've stuck together which was needed.

"We'll try to end the season strongly and we did that today."

The convincing scoreline also provided a crucial goal difference boost over Liverpool in addition to their three point advantage.

“[Goal difference] wasn't really spoken about but it's common sense,” Grealish added. “We want to win the league so we see it ourselves.

Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City, reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on May 08, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

"The main thing was to get the win. You can't speak about goal difference before you've won the game.”

Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Eddie Howe’s side in his programme notes and Grealish was also quick to praise the club following the match.

"Newcastle have been brilliant since January,” he continued. “Today was a perfect response and a perfect performance.

"We just have to go out there and win every game. We're in the driving seat. We can't look at what's going on around us. Fingers crossed.”

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