Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims his substitutes forgot their positions in the second half of their 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.
The Citizens fell further behind Premier League leaders Liverpool after dropping points on Saturday afternoon.
City looked to have won the game through Kevin de Bruyne's superb volley, but former Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey rescued a point for the Magpies.
"We played at a good level. It was not easy because they defended deep," Guardiola said, according to the Mirror.
"We scored two goals but we also let two in which is disappointing.
"With substitutions sometimes players forget positions. We found a way to get through but we unfortunately at the end we conceded a goal.
"There are teams that defend deeper like this, it happens all season."