Premier League
Man CityManchester City5NewcastleNewcastle United0

Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United

By Chris BevanBBC Sport at Etihad Stadium
David Silva
David Silva struck two early second-half goals in a convincing Manchester City win
  • Man City record biggest league win since March 2014
  • Pellegrini's side 3-0 up after 21 minutes
  • City win at home for first time since 4 January
  • Newcastle have one victory in eight games

Manchester City recorded their biggest Premier League victory of the season to overwhelm Newcastle and cut Chelsea's title lead to five points.

David Silva scored twice in an emphatic win as the champions took advantage of Burnley's surprise draw at Stamford Bridge to give notice that their title defence is far from over.

With Yaya Toure back from the Africa Cup of Nations to add authority to their midfield and new £25m striker Wilfried Bony starting on the bench, City began with an intensity lacking from their recent performances at Etihad Stadium.

They made the perfect start when Newcastle gifted them a penalty after only 28 seconds, and went on to produce their most fluent attacking display of the season.

Time to fight for title - Pellegrini

Helped by some more awful Newcastle defending, Samir Nasri soon made it 2-0 from Edin Dzeko's cross before the Bosnia striker ended his 15-game goal drought to put the game beyond Newcastle with only 21 minutes gone.

Along with his energetic performance, the control and composure Dzeko showed to put away Silva's pass was a sign to the watching Bony that he is not guaranteed his place.

But this was an evening where City's entire attack impressed. While Manuel Pellegrini's men have been pedestrian in possession in recent weeks, this time they were fast and furious in their attacks.

At the heart of it all was Toure, making more touches than any of his team-mates and orchestrating their slick one-touch passing game.

Toure de force
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure had 134 touches and made 125 passes - with a pass completion rate of 87.2%

If City's results while the Ivorian was away - they won only one of five league matches and went out of the FA Cup - showed how much they missed him, his return also visibly lifted his team-mates.

Silva joined the party with two fine finishes in quick succession after half-time, compounding the misery of the travelling Newcastle support.

Bad start cost Newcastle - Carver

Magpies interim manager John Carver has got the job until the end of the season but he has now managed only one win in eight games and this performance did little for his long-term prospects.

By the time Bony emerged from the bench to make his debut with half an hour to go, the game was long-since won.

The only mild disappointment for City was that Bony failed to mark his debut with a goal, with Tim Krul's outstretched leg denying his best effort when he was clean through.

Barcelona will represent much tougher opposition on Tuesday, but this was the perfect preparation for that Champions League last-16 tie.

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero's early penalty was his 22nd goal of the season
Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri had also scored in City's previous game, a 4-1 Premier League win at Stoke
Samir Nasri
Nasri's goal was his first at the Etihad Stadium since last May
Vurnon Anita, Mike Williamson and Jack Colback
Newcastle have won just one of eight matches in all competitions in 2015
David Silva
David Silva has scored nine league goals this season - more than he has ever managed before

Line-ups

Man City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4KompanyBooked at 37mins
  • 20Mangala
  • 11Kolarov
  • 8NasriSubstituted forLampardat 70'minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 42Y TouréBooked at 39mins
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forNavasat 59'minutes
  • 10DzekoBooked at 83mins
  • 16AgüeroSubstituted forBonyat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Reges
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Bony
  • 15Navas
  • 18Lampard
  • 22Clichy
  • 26Demichelis

Newcastle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 22JanmaatSubstituted forTaylorat 71'minutes
  • 6Williamson
  • 2Coloccini
  • 19Haidara
  • 14ColbackBooked at 29mins
  • 8AnitaBooked at 1minsSubstituted forAbeidat 45'minutes
  • 11GouffranSubstituted forObertanat 86'minutes
  • 7Sissoko
  • 17Pérez
  • 9Cissé

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 25Obertan
  • 28Ameobi
  • 29Riviere
  • 30Abeid
  • 32Armstrong
  • 41Woodman
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
45,602

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 5, Newcastle United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 5, Newcastle United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Frank Lampard (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Gabriel Obertan replaces Yoan Gouffran.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Newcastle United. Ryan Taylor tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

  9. Booking

    Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Edin Dzeko (Manchester City).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Tim Krul.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

  18. Post update

    Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jack Colback.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ayoze Pérez.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea26186256223460
2Man City26167356253155
3Arsenal26146649292048
4Man Utd26138544261847
5Southampton25144738172146
6Tottenham2513483934543
7Liverpool2512673629742
8West Ham2510873628838
9Swansea2610793034-437
10Stoke26106103034-436
11Newcastle2688103142-1132
12Everton2569103135-427
13Crystal Palace2669112837-927
14West Brom2669112434-1027
15Hull2668122535-1026
16Sunderland2641392236-1425
17QPR2664162745-1822
18Burnley26410122544-1922
19Aston Villa2657141336-2322
20Leicester2545162240-1817
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