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26 December 2010
• St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Referee: C. Foy
• Attendance: 51675
A. Carroll 72'
G. Barry 2'
C. Tévez 5'
F. Coloccini 81' (own goal)
Full time! Manchester City seal three points with an impressive victory at St James' Park that keeps Roberto Mancini's side in touching distance of local rival Manchester United, with Carlos Tevez putting his recent problems behind him to help seal the win.
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Barton hits a free kick that Hart gets down well to and makes sure that the ball is cleared for a corner.
Barton crosses towards Ranger, but his knockdown in the box cannot be finished by a Newcastle teammate.
Yellow Card Adam Johnson
Yellow Card Mario Balotelli
After only a minute on the park Balotelli finds himself in the book after a challenge on Barton.
Tevez makes his way from the pitch to be replaced by controversial striker Mario Balotelli.
Tevez has looked to drain the energy out of the home support after his strike that led to the third goal looks to have sealed the victory.
Own Goal Fabricio Coloccini
Assist Carlos Tévez
Goal!! Manchester City may have sealed all three points as a Tevez shot from inside the box is deflected in by Newcastle defender Coloccini.
Nolan has a chance to get his side level after a Ranger knock down arrives to the Newcastle skipper six yards out, but Hart puts his under enough pressure to see the ball wide.
Mancini is furious after Tevez goes down in the box after a breakaway involving the striker and sub Johnson, with Coloccini putting the tackle in on his countryman.
Newcastle continue to press forward, with Man City keeper Hart starting to feel the pressure of the numerous number of crosses hit by the home side.
A cross from the left by Enrique is palmed over the bar by Hart, with no one near him, to add some extra noise coming from the home support, who believe they can get a point.
Yellow Card Joe Hart
Assist Joey Barton
Goal Andy Carroll
Goal!! A corner from the left by Barton finds the head of Carroll, who scores in order to get the home side back into the game.
A corner from the left from Barton is cleared by Kolarov and arrives at the feet of Gutierrez, but his cross cannot find a Newcastle player.
The home side are continuing to knock at the Man City goal, but the defence of Lescott and Kompany have helped Hart to keep a clean sheet until now.
Yaya Toure breaks forward and Coloccini makes an expert tackle to make sure that the midfielder cannot finish on goal.
Gutierrez crosses form the left, but Kompany wins the ball before Carroll can get near it.
Yellow Card Joleon Lescott
Alan Pardew looks to go even more attacking as Wayne Routledge is replaced by Nile Ranger, who joins Carroll in the forward line.
The home support are still giving their side, their full backing as the Magpies continue pressing forward, looking for a goal that would get them back into the game.
Barton hits a free kick towards the box, but before Carroll can get to the ball Hart punches away to safety.
Silva lucky not to see a second yellow card after he fouls Routledge on the half way line, with the winger looking to burst forward.
Milner finds Tevez inside the box, but before he can score Man City's third goal Taylor makes a crucial interception to keep his side in the game.
Milner gets the ball from Yaya Toure on the right after some one touch football from the visitors, but his cross was cleared for a corner by Enrique.
Silva finds Barry on the left side and his cross into the box for Tevez is cut out by Enrique and cleared forward.
Kolvarov hits a corner that Krul punches back out to the defender, but his cross goes wide.
Manchester City get the second half underway.
Half time! An end to end 45 minutes after Manchester City raced into a two goal lead in the first five minutes, the home side made their way back into the game, but could not find a goal before the break.
Carroll has another effort at goal, with a cross coming from Routledge, but the striker's finish is deflected away by Nolan for another goal kick.
Newcastle continue to press forward, but Carroll cannot finish after Gutierrez finds him with a long ball into the box.
Tevez jinks his way into the box, but before he can get a shot off, Enrique puts a boot in and eventually clears the ball to safety.
Man City race forward with Yaya Toure finding Kolarov, but his cross is not enough to see City go three goals ahead.
Gutierrez finds Carroll inside the six yard box, but his strike goes wide and out for a goal kick to Man City.
Newcastle are starting to come more and more into the game with both Gutierrez and Routledge getting forward at will.
Carroll has a strike from just outside the box that hits his teammate Nolan and goes well over.
A Barton free kick is headed towards goal by Carroll, but unfortunately for the big striker Hart comes out and claims the ball.
Yellow Card David Silva
Silva becomes the first Man City player to receive a yellow after he clipps former City midfielder Barton.
Tevez makes a run though the middle by loses the ball to Jose Enrique. The striker then gives away a free kick for trying to get the ball back from the left-back.
The home fans are unhappy that de Jong was allowed to get away with a challenge on Carroll that they felt was unfair.
Yellow Card Kevin Nolan
Nolan becomes the first player into Chris Foy's notebook after a bad challege on Milner.
Yaya Toure has a volley from the edge of the area that goes harmlessly over Krul's bar.
It's end to end stuff as Newcastle are looking to get back into the game, while Man City are looking to pick off the home side on the break.
A cross from the left lands at the head of Carroll, who finds Nolan, but the Newcastle skipper can only direct his header wide of goal.
Tevez gets the ball from Silva on the left side and races towards the penalty area, before unleashing a shot that went just over Krul's bar.
Barton corner is put wide by Steven Taylor after pressure from the Man City defence.
Newcastle denied a free kick on the right wing as Routledge looked to have been brought down by Kolarov.
Carroll has a strike from over 20 yards out that just goes wide of Hart's right hand post.
The Newcastle fans looked shellshocked as City have destroyed their plans to keep it tight, early on.
Routledge crosses from the right hand side to Carroll, but his header is saved by Hart.
Assist James Milner
Goal Carlos Tévez
Goal!!! Once again Tevez at the centre of the action as he plays a one-two with Milner and scores from just outside the six yard box.
Assist Carlos Tévez
Goal Gareth Barry
Goal!!! Mistake by Krul, gives the ball to Tevez, the striker finds Barry on the overlap and the England international sidefoots home to put City into the lead.
Newcastle get the game underway.
It's set to be a tale of two of the Premier League's top goalscorers, as Newcastle's Andy Carroll and Man City hitman Carlos Tevez are on ten goals apiece, one behind current leader Dimitar Berbatov, who is sitting on eleven.
Manchester City could claim top spot in the Premier League with a win and local rivals Manchester United slipping up at home to Sunderland
Newcastle United are one of five teams currently locked on 22 points in the middle of the Premier League table and three points could see them edge nearer Bolton Wanderers, who are in seventh.
Man City are still without long-term absentee Michael Johnson and suspended defender Kolo Toure, but Roberto Mancini welcomes back midfielder Nigel de Jong, who returns after suspension.
Newcastle are without the services of on-loan Hatem Ben Arfa who is still recovering from a broken leg, while Dan Gosling and Ryan Taylor are suffering from knee and ankle injuries.
Manchester City starting XI is as follows: Hart, Boateng, Lescott, Kompany, Kolarov, Milner, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Toure Yaya, Tevez. Subs: Given, Richards, Zabaleta, Adam Johnson, Vieira, Jo, Balotelli.
Newcastle United starting XI is as follows: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Routledge, Barton, Tiote, Gutierrez, Nolan, Carroll. Subs: Harper, Williamson, Guthrie, Perch, Smith, Best, Ranger.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Newcastle United v Manchester City. My name is Matthew Harold and I will be guiding you though the upcoming 90 minutes.
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