Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling returned to the pitch on Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Newcastle after one month nursing a groin injury. Sterling didn't have a big impact as the entire team played a poor game, but his mere presence was a welcomed sight for City fans.
After the game, Sterling spoke about his return, the disappointing result at St. James' Park, and praised teammate Sergio Agüero, who scored his 100th Premier League goal against the Magpies.
"It was a frustrating evening. We took an early lead and I thought we would have carried on and tried to extend our lead, but they equalized and made it much more difficult. It was a very intense game from there, they pressed well and we defended well too, and at the end of the day I think the draw was fair.
"It's very disappointing. We had the 1-0 advantage, and [to finish] at third place we have to defend a little bit better. And that's all of us as a group. We know we want to have an automatic Champions League place next season, that's the target for the club. We lost two points here today.
"It was great getting onto the pitch. The most important things is to really see how my injury felt out of the field and now on the field. It felt alright and hopefully I can get more minutes and be available for the games coming up.
"Sergio is a great player. A player who can always score goals is a massive asset to your team, and he is a player who can score anytime, any moment in any football match. He's definitely up there with the world's best strikers, he's a player that scores decisive goals in big games. You have to do that to be a top player, and that's what Sergio is."