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Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City

By Mike HensonBBC Sport
Michael Jones and Chieck Tiote

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.

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.

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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Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 13Yanga-MbiwaBooked at 74minsSubstituted forHaidaraat 82'minutes
  • 3Santon
  • 24TiotéBooked at 49mins
  • 6Williamson
  • 27Taylor
  • 7SissokoBooked at 37mins
  • 8AnitaSubstituted forCisséat 73'minutes
  • 14Remy
  • 4CabayeBooked at 38mins
  • 11GouffranSubstituted forBen Arfaat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Cissé
  • 10Ben Arfa
  • 15Gosling
  • 19Haidara
  • 21Elliot
  • 22Marveaux
  • 28Ameobi

Man City

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 1Hart
  • 5ZabaletaBooked at 45mins
  • 13Kolarov
  • 42Y TouréSubstituted forGarcía Fernándezat 61'minutes
  • 4Kompany
  • 26Demichelis
  • 8NasriSubstituted forMilnerat 79'minutes
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 40mins
  • 10DzekoSubstituted forNavasat 52'minutes
  • 9Negredo
  • 21Silva

Substitutes

  • 2Richards
  • 6Lescott
  • 7Milner
  • 14García Fernández
  • 15Navas
  • 22Clichy
  • 30Pantilimon
Referee:
Michael Jones
Attendance:
49,423

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. 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.

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City21152459233647
2Chelsea21144340192146
3Arsenal20143339182145
4Liverpool21133551262542
5Everton21118234191541
6Tottenham2112452625140
7Man Utd21114635241137
8Newcastle2110382927233
9Southampton218672723430
10Hull2165102227-523
11Aston Villa206591925-623
12Stoke215792235-1322
13Swansea2156102630-421
14West Brom214982328-521
15Norwich2155111735-1820
16Fulham2161142246-2419
17West Ham2146112130-918
18Cardiff2146111534-1918
19Sunderland2145121934-1517
20Crystal Palace2152141331-1817
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