Manchester City outclassed Newcastle United to strengthen their grip on second place in the Premier League and ensure Manchester United did not increase their already commanding lead at the top.

United had briefly extended their advantage to 18 points by beating Sunderland earlier in the day but City responded with a convincing performance and victory that showed that, although they might have failed in the defence of their title , they are not about to throw it away.

Mancini salutes City performance

Newcastle, who remain in danger at the other end of the table, defended with determination early on but Carlos Tevez and David Silva scored in quick succession before the break and, after it, Vincent Kompany and a James Perch own goal completed a one-sided victory.

Newcastle's intention to frustrate initially served them so well that it took almost half an hour before the game's first meaningful chance, which came when the Magpies made a rare foray forward and saw Papiss Cisse fizz a sweet volley against the outside of Joe Hart's post.

From then on, City took control, firstly by finding a way through Newcastle's massed backline, and then by finally finding the net.

City boss Roberto Mancini has often berated his side for being wasteful this season so he might not have been surprised to see Gareth Barry somehow blast over from six yards out with the goal gaping.

Magpies' Manchester misery

  • Manchester City are on a 13-match unbeaten run against Newcastle, winning the last seven
  • Newcastle have only earned two points from their last 10 league visits in this fixture since Alan Shearer scored the only goal at Maine Road in September 2000
  • Manchester City have the best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding only 26 goals in 30 games and keeping an unrivalled 14 clean sheets

On this occasion, however, misses like that did not make much difference to the champions in the end.

There was more frustration for the home fans when a fine Rob Elliot stop kept out Gael Clichy's drive, Silva curled a free-kick wide and Edin Dzeko sent a header looping over the bar.

But the breakthrough finally came four minutes before the break. Silva sent Clichy galloping down the left and his low cross found Tevez sliding in to convert.

While Newcastle looked crushed, City were buoyant - and another goal for the home side followed moments later.

Elliot clawed another Dzeko drive to safety but could do nothing to keep out Silva's low effort after Nasri danced into the area.

Understandably, the Magpies changed their gameplan at the break and emerged on the attack.

Pardew wants Newcastle aggression

Yohan Cabaye played a clever one-two with Moussa Sissoko and drilled a low shot a fraction wide, and Sissoko was just off target himself with two more efforts.

City were hardly rocking, however, and got the goal that sealed the points shortly before the hour mark. When a corner was not cleared, Barry's shot was deflected into the path of Kompany, who marked his return after two months out injured by turning it into the net.

Newcastle, to their credit, continued to come forward but that was more in hope than any expectation of salvaging anything from the game.

That hope disappeared for good with City's fourth goal, on 69 minutes. Yaya Toure crashed in a ball from the right that took a touch off Danny Simpson's foot and span past Elliot at his near post.

Elliot capped a fine individual display with another fingertip save to keep out a curling shot from City substitute Scott Sinclair but his side were well beaten by the end.

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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 4-0 Newcastle FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Tevez 41
  • Silva 45+2
  • Kompany 56
  • Perch (og) 69

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Newcastle

    Substitutes

    Ref: SwarbrickAtt: 47,201
    MAN CITY
    NEWCASTLE

    Possession

    • Man City 63%
    • Newcastle 37%

    Attempts on target

    • Man City 12
    • Newcastle 1

    Attempts off target

    • Man City 7
    • Newcastle 4

    Corners

    • Man City 9
    • Newcastle 2

    Fouls

    • Man City 6
    • Newcastle 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:02 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+0:55 Foul by Sergio Aguero (Man City) on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle). Free kick taken right-footed by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle) from own half, passed.
    • 90:00+0:43 Defending throw-in by Carlos Tevez (Man City).
    • 89:39 Goal kick taken short by Joe Hart (Man City).
    • 89:26 Weak shot by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle) right-footed from left channel (35 yards), over the bar.
    • 87:35 Foul by Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) on Gael Clichy (Man City). Free kick taken left-footed by Gael Clichy (Man City) from left wing, passed.
    • 87:09 Defending throw-in by Danny Simpson (Newcastle).
    • 86:31 Attacking throw-in by Danny Simpson (Newcastle).
    • 85:46 Edin Dzeko (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Rob Elliot (Newcastle) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 83:10 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Carlos Tevez (Man City) to centre, clearance by James Perch (Newcastle).
    • 82:59 Shot by Scott Sinclair (Man City) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (tipped round post) by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 82:29 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 81:38 Free kick taken right-footed by Joe Hart (Man City) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 81:38 Substitution Man City substitution: David Silva replaced by Scott Sinclair (injury).
    • 81:01 Vurnon Anita (Newcastle) caught offside.
    • 79:44 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Gael Bigirimana (Newcastle) to centre, clearance by Edin Dzeko (Man City).
    • 79:16 Attacking throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
    • 79:04 Cross by Edin Dzeko (Man City), clearance by Steven Taylor (Newcastle).
    • 78:39 Shot by Dan Gosling (Newcastle) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Joe Hart (Man City).
    • 77:12 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
    • 76:26 Foul by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle) on David Silva (Man City). Free kick crossed right-footed by Carlos Tevez (Man City) from right wing, resulting in open play.
    • 75:59 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
    • 75:15 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Carlos Tevez (Man City).
    • 74:51 Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) on Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle). Free kick taken right-footed by James Perch (Newcastle) from own half, passed.
    • 73:52 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
    • 73:08 Substitution Newcastle substitution: Yohan Cabaye replaced by Gael Bigirimana (tactical).
    • 72:17 Substitution Man City substitution: Vincent Kompany replaced by Francisco Javi Garcia (tactical).
    • 70:17 Substitution Man City substitution: Samir Nasri replaced by Sergio Aguero (tactical).
    • 68:57 Assist by Yaya Toure.
    • 68:57 Assist (pass) by Samir Nasri (Man City) from right wing.
    • 68:57 GOAL - Yaya Toure Man City 4 - 0 Newcastle Goal by Yaya Toure (Man City) right-footed (high centre of goal) from right side of penalty area (18 yards).Man City 4-0 Newcastle.
    • 68:42 Cross by Samir Nasri (Man City), clearance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle).
    • 66:56 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 66:35 Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle).
    • 65:27 Defending throw-in by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle).
    • 65:18 Cross by David Silva (Man City), resulting in open play.
    • 64:39 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 62:23 Attacking throw-in by Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle).
    • 62:23 Substitution Newcastle substitution: Yoan Gouffran replaced by Dan Gosling (tactical).
    • 61:52 Goal kick taken short by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 61:10 Shot by Carlos Tevez (Man City) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle).
    • 60:44 Carlos Tevez (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 59:01 Goal kick taken long by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 58:16 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to centre, weak header by Vincent Kompany (Man City) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • 58:03 Shot by Edin Dzeko (Man City) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (tipped over) by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • Correction - 55:44 Gareth Barry provided the assist for the goal.
    • 55:44 Assist by Gareth Barry (Man City) from left channel.
    • 55:44 GOAL - Vincent KompanyMan City 3 - 0 Newcastle goal by Vincent Kompany (Man City) right-footed (top-right of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Man City 3-0 Newcastle.
    • Correction - 55:13 Corner taken left-footed by David Silva. Gareth Barry takes a shot.
    • 55:13 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to centre, resulting in open play. Shot by Gareth Barry (Man City) right-footed from left channel (20 yards),
    • 54:15 Goal kick taken long by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 53:42 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to centre, resulting in open play.
    • 51:49 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
    • 51:00 Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
    • 50:44 Weak shot by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle) left-footed from left channel (30 yards), over the bar.
    • 50:02 Cross by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle), clearance by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 48:36 Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Joe Hart (Man City) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 47:57 Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
    • 47:46 Shot by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.
    • 47:31 Defending throw-in by Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle).
    • 47:23 Cross by Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle), clearance by Vincent Kompany (Man City).
    • 47:01 Cross by Danny Simpson (Newcastle), clearance by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
    • 45:59 Foul by Gareth Barry (Man City) on Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle). Free kick taken right-footed by Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • 45:00+2:26 The first half comes to an end.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:16 Assist (pass) by Samir Nasri (Man City) from left channel.
    • 45:00+1:16 GOAL - David SilvaMan City 2 - 0 Newcastle Goal by David Silva (Man City) left-footed (low centre of goal) from left side of penalty area (12 yards).Man City 2-0 Newcastle.
    • 45:00+0:22 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to centre, save (punched) by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 45:00+0:08 Shot by Edin Dzeko (Man City) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 45:00 Substitution Newcastle substitution: Gabriel Obertan replaced by James Perch (tactical).
    • 42:47 Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) on Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle). Free kick taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 42:24 Goal kick taken long by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 42:11 Shot by Carlos Tevez (Man City) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right.
    • 40:04 Assist (cross) by Gael Clichy (Man City) from left wing.
    • 40:04 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 1 - 0 Newcastle goal by Carlos Tevez (Man City) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Man City 1-0 Newcastle.
    • 40:00 Cross by Gael Clichy (Man City),
    • 38:59 Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Yaya Toure (Man City) from own half, passed.
    • 38:01 David Silva (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Rob Elliot (Newcastle) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 36:57 Goal kick taken short by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 36:45 Shot by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
    • 36:31 Shot by Gael Clichy (Man City) drilled left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 36:10 Attacking throw-in by Samir Nasri (Man City).
    • 35:58 Foul by Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) on Joleon Lescott (Man City). Free kick taken left-footed by Gareth Barry (Man City) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 35:43 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
    • 35:06 Defending throw-in by Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle).
    • 34:49 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
    • 34:24 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
    • 33:40 Goal kick taken long by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 33:03 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Samir Nasri (Man City) to centre, header by Edin Dzeko (Man City) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
    • 32:25 Shot by Gareth Barry (Man City) drilled left-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle).
    • 30:22 Gael Clichy (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Rob Elliot (Newcastle) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 29:25 Goal kick taken long by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 28:31 Free kick curled left-footed by David Silva (Man City) from right channel (25 yards), missed right.
    • 28:31 Booking Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 28:26 Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle) on Carlos Tevez (Man City).
    • 28:11 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
    • 26:50 Goal kick taken short by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 25:54 Free kick drilled right-footed by Carlos Tevez (Man City) from left channel (25 yards), over the bar.
    • 25:54 Booking Vurnon Anita (Newcastle) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 25:40 Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle) on David Silva (Man City).
    • 25:07 Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle) on Pablo Zabaleta (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Yaya Toure (Man City) from own half, passed.
    • 24:58 Goal kick taken long by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 24:20 Shot by Edin Dzeko (Man City) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (parried) by Rob Elliot (Newcastle). Shot by Gareth Barry (Man City) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • 24:04 Cross by David Silva (Man City), resulting in open play.
    • 23:46 Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
    • 23:10 Shot by Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) volleyed right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards),
    • 22:14 Goal kick taken long by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 21:27 Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle) on Carlos Tevez (Man City). Free kick taken left-footed by Yaya Toure (Man City) from left channel, passed.
    • 20:50 Foul by Gareth Barry (Man City) on Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle). Free kick taken left-footed by Rob Elliot (Newcastle) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 19:33 Goal kick taken long by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 18:51 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 18:26 Defending throw-in by Danny Simpson (Newcastle).
    • 17:54 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
    • 17:33 Attacking throw-in by Danny Simpson (Newcastle).
    • 16:20 Attacking throw-in by Danny Simpson (Newcastle).
    • 16:13 Joleon Lescott (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Rob Elliot (Newcastle) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 15:22 Foul by Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) on Joleon Lescott (Man City). Free kick crossed right-footed by Samir Nasri (Man City) from left wing, save (punched) by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 14:45 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to near post, clearance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle).
    • 13:15 Goal kick taken long by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 12:44 Defending throw-in by Danny Simpson (Newcastle).
    • 10:53 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to far post, save (caught) by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 9:41 Cross by Gareth Barry (Man City), clearance by Steven Taylor (Newcastle).
    • 9:08 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 8:52 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 8:10 Cross by Edin Dzeko (Man City), save (caught) by Rob Elliot (Newcastle).
    • 7:11 Foul by David Silva (Man City) on Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle). Free kick taken left-footed by Rob Elliot (Newcastle) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 6:45 Defending throw-in by Gareth Barry (Man City).
    • 5:54 Attacking throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
    • 5:45 Cross by Samir Nasri (Man City), resulting in open play.
    • 5:18 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 4:53 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 4:38 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 4:00 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 3:17 Attacking throw-in by Danny Simpson (Newcastle).
    • 2:50 Defending throw-in by Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle).
    • 2:27 Defending throw-in by Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle).
    • 0:47 Samir Nasri (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Rob Elliot (Newcastle) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 0:23 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 0:12 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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