Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League as they overcame a Newcastle side for whom Cheick Tiote had a goal controversially disallowed.

Edin Dzeko slid in to give City an early lead and control of the contest.

But Tiote's long-range blast, ruled out after an offside Yoan Gouffran was judged to have interfered with play, sparked the hosts into life.

Samir Nasri was hurt by a Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa tackle before Alvaro Negredo's breakaway goal sealed victory.

Offside?

A player can be ruled offside, even if they do not touch the ball, if they "interfere with an opponent" by "preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent's line of vision or challenging an opponent for the ball".

Victory for Arsenal at Aston Villa on Monday would ensure Manchester City's stay at the top of the table is short-lived.

Nonetheless, the win at St James' Park takes City's season's tally to 94 goals - one more than in the entire 2012-13 campaign - and improves their previously suspect away form to four victories in their last five league games on the road.

City will rightly have complaints about a crude second-half tackle by Yanga-Mbiwa that resulted in Nasri being taken off on a stretcher and only a yellow card awarded to the Newcastle man, but the Magpies are likely to be just as aggrieved by referee Mike Jones's performance.

Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City: Pellegrini on Pardew row

His decision to rule out what initially seemed a legitimate leveller from Tiote just after the half-hour mark left Newcastle manager Alan Pardew incensed and bewildered on the sidelines.

His side, fuelled by a sense of injustice, responded with a spirited performance but they ultimately lacked the quality up front to right what they saw as a wrong.

City have no such shortcomings and the intelligence and speed of their attacking movement had already pulled apart Newcastle as the impressive Aleksandar Kolarov surged beyond Gouffran to supply a low cross for Dzeko to steer into the roof of the net in the eighth minute.

Newcastle's pretty passing patterns had mostly been restricted to the middle of the pitch by the industrious visitors, before Jones's decision to rule out Tiote's strike.

Massive call cost Newcastle - Pardew

Retreating after his side's corner was cleared, Gouffran dodged his team-mate's shot which continued on past a rooted Joe Hart into the City goal.

Gouffran was certainly offside, but after protests from Manuel Pellegrini's side and discussions with the assistant referee, Jones ruled that he was also interfering with play.

The incident added volume to the atmosphere at St James' Park and venom to Newcastle's tackling.

Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko were both booked for dissent, with Fernandinho and Pablo Zabaleta also having their names taken before the half-time whistle was drowned in jeers.

Pardew and Pellegrini exchanged angry words as they went off at the break, while the Newcastle manager also sought out the referee.

Free-scoring City

Alvaro Negredo scores
  • Manchester City have scored 59 Premier League goals so far this season. That is 19 more than second-placed Chelsea, 20 more than third-placed Arsenal and 25 more than fourth-placed Everton.

The game swung in the balance after play resumed with Cabaye threatening from distance for the hosts, and Negredo and Nasri almost applying finishing touches to more intricate City attacks.

Loic Remy, who has now scored in just one of his last 10 appearance, wasted the hosts' best chance, firing straight into Hart's legs as the City defence were caught under a long ball.

The five-minute break in play caused by Yanga-Mbiwa's swipe at Nasri's knees came to an end when the France international was carried off close to tears.

Although stretched at times, City finished the stronger and, after Fernandinho had hit the bar with a header and Steven Taylor cleared off the line, Negredo scampered clear to ease their nerves, rolling in after a fortunate ricochet off Tim Krul in the final moments.

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Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 13 Yanga-Mbiwa Booked (Haidara - 82' )
  • 03 Santon
  • 24 Tioté Booked
  • 06 Williamson
  • 27 Taylor
  • 07 Sissoko Booked
  • 08 Anita (Cissé - 73' )
  • 14 Remy
  • 04 Cabaye Booked
  • 11 Gouffran (Ben Arfa - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Cissé
  • 10 Ben Arfa
  • 15 Gosling
  • 19 Haidara
  • 21 Elliot
  • 22 Marveaux
  • 28 Sa Ameobi

Manchester City

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta Booked
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 42 Yaya Touré (Javi García - 61' )
  • 04 Kompany
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 08 Nasri (Milner - 79' )
  • 25 Fernandinho Booked
  • 10 Dzeko (Jesús Navas - 52' )
  • 09 Negredo
  • 21 Silva

Substitutes

  • 02 Richards
  • 06 Lescott
  • 07 Milner
  • 14 Javi García
  • 15 Jesús Navas
  • 22 Clichy
  • 30 Pantilimon
Ref: Michael Jones
Att: 49,423

Match Stats

Shots

13 14

On target

5 6

Corners

5 6

Fouls

18 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 2.

90:00 +7:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 2.

90:00 +4:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 2. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a fast break.

90:00 +4:24

Attempt saved. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Milner.

90:00 +3:25

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:25

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

90:00 +2:28

Attempt blocked. Steven Taylor (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Williamson.

90:00 +2:02

Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:02

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

90:00 +1:18

Offside, Newcastle United. Michael Williamson tries a through ball, but Steven Taylor is caught offside.

90:00 +0:50

Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:50

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

89:20

Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye with a cross following a corner.

88:55

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

88:29

Attempt saved. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.

87:07

Attempt saved. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye.

85:57

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

85:54

Fernandinho (Manchester City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross following a set piece situation.

85:49

Attempt blocked. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo.

85:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84:55

Delay in match (Newcastle United).

84:35

Foul by Davide Santon (Newcastle United).

84:35

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:09

Offside, Manchester City. Fernandinho tries a through ball, but James Milner is caught offside.

83:28

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Massadio Haidara.

81:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Massadio Haidara replaces Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

81:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Hatem Ben Arfa replaces Yoan Gouffran.

80:32

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Steven Taylor.

79:36

Foul by Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United).

79:36

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces Samir Nasri because of an injury.

78:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

74:33

Delay in match Samir Nasri (Manchester City) because of an injury.

74:00 Booking

Booking Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:53

Foul by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United).

73:53

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Papiss Demba Cissé replaces Vurnon Anita.

72:14

Attempt missed. Davide Santon (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

71:21

Attempt saved. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

70:03

Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:03

Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).

68:58

Attempt saved. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

68:28

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United).

68:28

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:38

Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

66:18

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United).

66:18

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:08

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Davide Santon.

62:29

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

62:29

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:48

Offside, Manchester City. Álvaro Negredo tries a through ball, but Samir Nasri is caught offside.

60:42

Attempt missed. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko following a set piece situation.

60:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Javi García replaces Yaya Touré because of an injury.

59:09

Davide Santon (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:09

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

58:28

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Joe Hart.

58:26

Attempt saved. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

57:35

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:35

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

54:53

Attempt saved. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva with a cross.

54:13

Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).

54:13

Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:25

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

52:48

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Davide Santon.

51:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces Edin Dzeko.

51:06

Hand ball by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

49:34

Foul by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United).

49:34

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:05 Booking

Booking Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

48:02

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

48:02

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:45

Attempt missed. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

47:00

Attempt saved. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

46:31

Hand ball by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

45:00

Second Half begins Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 1.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 1.

45:00 +0:46

Offside, Manchester City. David Silva tries a through ball, but Samir Nasri is caught offside.

44:31 Booking

Booking Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:25

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:25

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

43:33

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

43:33

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:21

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

41:21

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:13 Booking

Booking Fernandinho (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

37:30 Booking

Booking Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

37:12

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:12

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

36:40 Booking

Booking Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

35:46

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Samir Nasri following a set piece situation.

34:54

Foul by Davide Santon (Newcastle United).

34:54

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:22

Offside, Newcastle United. Cheick Tioté tries a through ball, but Yoan Gouffran is caught offside.

32:52

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Joe Hart.

32:47

Attempt saved. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top right corner.

31:09

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Edin Dzeko.

28:14

Offside, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov tries a through ball, but Álvaro Negredo is caught offside.

27:46

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

27:46

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:15

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Edin Dzeko.

24:02

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

24:02

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:17

Foul by Edin Dzeko (Manchester City).

23:17

Davide Santon (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:29

Offside, Newcastle United. Yohan Cabaye tries a through ball, but Loïc Remy is caught offside.

19:25

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:25

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

16:34

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

16:34

Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:03

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:03

Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).

15:04

Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:04

Foul by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United).

14:12

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by David Silva with a cross following a corner.

13:41

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.

12:57

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:57

Foul by Steven Taylor (Newcastle United).

9:16

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

8:39

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

8:39

Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 1. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

6:15

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

6:15

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:34

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

4:27

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Loïc Remy with a headed pass.

3:28

Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

3:01

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

1:56

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:56

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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