A little wasteful with his distribution in the first half as City tried to break up the left wing through Clichy but atoned with a superb save from a close-range Demba Ba effort to keep the game at 0-0.
The skipper returned to the side after suspension and dealt with Ba superbly. Restricted the striker's already limited options and rarely looked troubled in the heart of the home side's defence. Nearly let Ben Arfa in on the hour mark after slipping but was otherwise cool, calm and collected.
The former Arsenal man looked to advance up the wing as much as possible but was a little wasteful with his passing, completely wasting a cross-field ball early on. Played out a fascinating battle with Simpson.
Disappointed to be left out of Fabio Capello’s squad but continues to be nothing short of excellent for the other Italian he's so desperate to impress. Fired in a dangerous early cross only for the Toon defence to clear and showed quick-thinking to nick the ball off Ryan Taylor to score City's second. Won his side a second-half penalty following a marauding run.
Returned to club duty after a superb international break saw him seriously stake his claim for a regular England spot and looked full of confidence, breaking up field in the 12th minute as City looked to play through the middle.
N. de Jong
Was preferred to Gareth Barry in the City midfield and targeted Hatem Ben Arfa early on. Allowed the Frenchman a little too much space occasionally but was assured in front of his back four and typically tenacious in the tackle.
Has improved dramatically over the last 12 months and was dangerous once again at the Etihad, nearly setting up a City opener with an inch-perfect cross on to the head of Balotelli. Caused Ryan Taylor plenty of problems.
Doubts over the Frenchman’s fitness were dispelled with a starting place in Mancini’s line-up and he was a menace in behind Balotelli and Aguero throughout. Stretched the Newcastle midfield and showed effortless class on the ball.
The Ivorian travelled to South Africa over the international break but showed little sign of fatigue. Won his side the penalty that led to Balotelli's opener with a quickly struck volley that hit Taylor's arm.
Was superb for Italy against Poland last weekend and continued his fine form at the Etihad, working incredibly hard to chase down the Magpies defence. Nearly broke the deadlock with his head on the half-hour mark but was denied by a superb Krul save. Took his penalty with typical bravado.
Has struggled with hamstring trouble in recent weeks and looked rusty in the opening exchanges, wasting a pass in the direction of the vibrant Balotelli. Grew into the game however and nearly gave his side the lead with a powerful strike after easily turning Taylor on the edge of the box. Took his penalty well to wrap the game up.
The Dutchman has emerged as one of the Premier League's most promising young goalkeepers and lived up to his burgeoning reputation with a world-class save to keep out a Balotelli header on the 30th minute. Was left stationary for the Italian's penalty however.
The Magpies skipper has been inspired at the back so far this season and was solid yet again, blocking two Balotelli efforts on the 21st, 27th and 51st minutes respectively.
Struggled against the speed and power of both Richards and Milner and his first-half misery was compounded after giving away a penalty after allowing Toure's volley to strike his arm before allowing Richards to nick possession in the box to score City's second.
Can be added to the ever-growing list of exciting English right-backs after a performance of real energy at the back and going forwards. Shadowed Aguero well and never stopped running up the right-flank to support Ameobi.
Has been an absolute rock at the back this season but struggled to contain Balotelli and Aguero, allowing the latter too much space on the turn as he got a dangerous shot away on the 20th minute.
Was given very few chances to dazzle down the left but put in a shift to help the hapless Taylor out at the back. Worked hard but struggled to make a real impact.
H. Ben Arfa
The Frenchman will be hoping to finally secure a sustained run of games free of injury and looked dangerous behind Demba Ba, with the pair nearly breaking the deadlock on the 35th minute after some superb link-up play. Nearly scored a superb effort on the hour mark after some dazzling dribbling but was denied by the post. Foolishly brought down Richards to give City their second penalty.
Put the City midfield under plenty of pressure but struggled to get his foot on the ball for long periods and lacked the intensity that Pardew was desperately calling for from the technical area. Should've done better with his timid 65th minute strike.
A very classy performance from the Frenchman who held the ball well under pressure from De Jong and Toure. Fed Ben Arfa with some neat passes and worked hard in tracking back.
Played the offside trap well but looked isolated up front on his own on occasion. Was a threat when Ben Arfa advanced and should have scored on the 35th minute, only to see Hart putt out a fine low save.
Showed encouraging endeavour down the right early on, putting Clichy under pressure and looked confident throughout. Should've tested Joe Hart more thoroughly with a 29th minute strike.
- C. Pantilimon
- 28 K. Touré
- 13 A. Kolarov
Brought on for the closing stages to replace the impressive Yaya Toure in the centre of midfield.
Came on with quarter of an hour remaining to replace Sergio Aguero and looked sharp off the ball.
Replaced Balotelli with 20 minutes left and showed some typically classy touches, playing in Micah Richards superbly before the full-back won the penalty that led to City's third.
- 10 E. Džeko
- 35 R. Elliot
- 3 D. Santon
Brought on with a matter of minutes left to replace Cabaye.
Replaced Sammy Ameobi late on and moved well. Grabbed a late consolation strike for the visitors.
- 23 Shola Ameobi
The veteran came on with quarter of an hour remaining but struggled to have an impact on proceedings off the bench.
- 17 A. Smith