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May 6, 2012 1:30 PM WAT
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
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Player Ratings: Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City

Yaya Toure brace puts City on brink of first Premier League title and blunts Newcastle's Champions League hopes

By Rob Stewart at the Sports Direct Arena

  • Tim Krul
    10
    6
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    There was nothing he could do about Toure's classy finish. The Dutchman's early save to deny Silva set the tone for a fine performance, but he let himself down with a madcap dash out of his box and questionable distribution.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    9
    3
    3.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Cool, calm and collected, this was a trademark performance from the Newcastle skipper who always seems to think more quickly than opponents - as he showed when blocking Gareth Barry's shot.

  • Davide Santon
    17
    3
    3.00

    Davide Santon

    He was once hailed as the new Paulo Maldini and though he may never live up to that billing the Italian impressed in attack and defence and denied Barry with a goal-line clearance.

  • Mike Williamson
    2
    5
    3.00

    Mike Williamson

    He might not be the most aesthetically pleasing centre-half but when he keeps things simple he never lets his side down, and that is what happened today.

  • James Perch
    2
    4
    2.50

    James Perch

    Newcastle's 'Mr Versatile' is arguably the most improved player in the Premier League but looked like a rabbit in headlights every time David Silva came his way.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    5
    5
    3.00

    Yohan Cabaye

    The French international showed the work-rate and eye for a pass that have made him one of Newcastle's best players this term and generally had too much energy for Gareth Barry.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    9
    2
    3.00

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    The mercurial Frenchman failed to make the most of Newcastle's best opening when he stung Joe Hart's palms and rarely looked like getting the better of Gael Clichy.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    4
    8
    3.00

    Jonas Gutierrez

    He failed to make the most of a number of promising positions but sadly that is what Newcastle fans have come to expect.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    8
    7
    3.00

    Cheikh Tiote

    No one snaps into tackles like the combative Ivory Coast international and his mere presence makes up for modest passing skills.

  • Papiss Cissé
    6
    10
    2.50

    Papiss Cissé

    The prolific striker did not look his normal self as half-chances went begging.

  • Demba Ba
    7
    13
    2.50

    Demba Ba Flop of the Match

    Nothing went right for the out-of-sorts Senegalese striker who has not scored since early February.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Taylor
    1
    7
    2.50

    Ryan Taylor

    The jack-of-all-trades was unable to make much of an impact.

  • Shane Ferguson
    2
    7
    2.50

    Shane Ferguson

    The Northern Ireland winger is clearly brave because he was was booked for crudely fouling Nigel de Jong.

  • Shola Ameobi
    7
    4
    3.00

    Shola Ameobi

    Newcastle's 'Supersub' thought he was going to equalise until Richards blocked his shot.

  • Joe Hart
    19
    1
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    The England international was his side's saviour when he denied Hatem Ben Arfa in the first and generally looked like a reassuring last line of defence.

  • Vincent Kompany
    31
    0
    3.50

    Vincent Kompany

    The City skipper hardy put a foot wrong in the heart of the defence and led by example with a display that was brimming with assurance and determination.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    13
    9
    2.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    The Argentine full-back looked dangerous in attack but struggled to keep up with livewire compatriot Jonas Gutierrez because he gave the winger too much time and space.

  • Joleon Lescott
    18
    5
    3.50

    Joleon Lescott

    He made a case for why he should be in the new England manager Roy Hodgson's 1st XI with an assured performance to subdue Cisse.

  • Gael Clichy
    20
    0
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    He came to his side's rescue by brilliantly blocking a Cisse shot and the speed merchant generally looked comfortable with whatever Newcastle and Hatem Ben Arfa threw his way before setting up the second goal.

  • Gareth Barry
    18
    3
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    He lacked the pace to keep up with Yohan Cabaye but would have scored but for desperate defending by the Newcastle back four and then used his experience to keep the Magpies at bay late on.

  • Samir Nasri
    8
    11
    2.50

    Samir Nasri

    He started off brightly but did not have the zest to enable City to capitalise on a huge amount of possession and was taken off midway through the second half.

  • David Silva
    19
    8
    3.00

    David Silva

    It was not one of his better days and an early chance he missed said it all really. He flattered to deceive in and around the Newcastle penalty area.

  • Yaya Touré
    67
    0
    4.00

    Yaya Touré Top of the Match

    A truly class act, he won the FA Cup for City last season and his two sumptuous goals look as though they will win the Premier League title for his club.

  • Sergio Agüero
    19
    11
    3.00

    Sergio Agüero

    He teed up Toure for the opener and although he should have put the outcome beyond doubt when he missed a sitter he made up for it, launching the counter-attack that set up the second goal.

  • Carlos Tévez
    13
    9
    2.50

    Carlos Tévez

    He just didn't seem to be at the races and was deservedly taken off by Roberto Mancini just before Toure struck.

Substitutions

  • Micah Richards
    18
    2
    3.00

    Micah Richards

    The way he charged down Shola Ameobi's goal-bound effort just moments before Toure's second goal showed just how much City mean to the full-back.

  • Nigel De Jong
    16
    5
    3.00

    Nigel De Jong

    He was sent on in place of Nasri to stop Newcastle in their tracks midway through the second half and it worked a treat - he blunted the Magpies attacks before helping set up the killer second goal.

  • Edin Dzeko
    13
    7
    2.50

    Edin Dzeko

    He was sent on to give the Newcastle defence something new to think about with his aerial presence and it clearly worked, because City went ahead shortly after his arrival.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0