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January 12, 2014 2:05 PM GMT
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ M. Jones‎
Attendance:‬ 49423‎
 
 
Edin Dzeko 8′
 
Negredo 90+5′
Top of the Match
Aleksandar Kolarov
Aleksandar Kolarov
Manchester City FC
Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko
Manchester City FC
Flop of the Match
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Newcastle
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Newcastle

Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City: Pellegrini’s table toppers survive Tiote controversy

Edin Dzeko turned in Aleksandar Kolarov's cross to give his team a hard-fought victory overshadowed by Cheikh Tiote's disallowed goal and a serious injury to Samir Nasri

Cheik Ismael Tiote Mike Jones Newcastle United Manchester City Premier League 01122014
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Edin Dzeko fired Manchester City to the top of the Premier League with a controversial and hard-fought victory over Newcastle at St James' Park.

Dzeko applied a clinical finishing touch to Aleksandar Kolarov's driven cross to give Manuel Pellegrini's men the lead after only eight minutes.

Cheikh Tiote thought he had brought Newcastle level with a screamer on 34 minutes but referee Mike Jones disallowed the goal for offside against Yoann Gouffran and Alvaro Negredo sealed City's win late on.

VIEW FROM ST JAMES' PARK
By Harry Slavin

Manchester City continue their fine form on Tyneside but it could have been a different story if it hadn’t been for the intervention of the officials and one very dubious offside call.

Cheikh Tiote’s goal would have cancelled out Edin Dzeko’s early opener but as it was Newcastle were made to press harder and harder for that equaliser and in the end were caught by a slick City counter.

It’s a big win for City who soar back to the summit of the Premier League, but take nothing away from Alan Pardew's side here - they pushed the title contenders to the bitter end.
The win is City’s 10th consecutive victory over Newcastle and lifts them a point clear of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.

Less positive, though, was an apparent knee injury to Samir Nasri as the France international was hacked down by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in the second half and had to be stretchered off.

Alan Pardew made three changes from Newcastle’s last Premier League outing - a 1-0 defeat to West Brom on New Year’s Day - and handed Steven Taylor a first top-flight start since the opening day of the season.

City, who have endured a busy schedule of late with matches in the Premier League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup since the turn of the year, stuck with the in-form attacking duo of Negredo and Dzeko in the continued absence of Sergio Aguero.

And Manuel Pellegrini’s men were quick out of the blocks, going ahead in the eighth minute through Dzeko.

Kolarov found the Bosnian with a superb low cross from the left, allowing him to fire into the roof of the net from close range for his 13th goal of the season in all competitions.

City continued to dominate as Newcastle struggled to keep hold of possession, with Kolarov sending a dangerous ball across the face of goal and agonisingly out of the reach of an outstretched Negredo, before the Spaniard headed over from a Nasri cross.

But Pardew’s side started to settle as Taylor guided the ball wide of the left-hand post from a corner and Yohan Cabaye blazed over from the tightest of angles.

Tiote had the ball in the back of the City net moments later - drilling home a sensational effort from 20 yards out - but, after consultation with his linesman, referee Jones controversially ruled out the effort for offside to the disbelief of all in black and white.

Joe Hart was called into action shortly before the hour mark as he dived to his right to deny a fizzing Cabaye effort, before getting down well to deny Loic Remy after the French striker was sent clean through on goal.

Fernandinho then hit the crossbar for City, but Negredo had better fortune in stoppage time as he slotted into the back of the net after reacting quickest to Krul's save from his initial effort - the Spaniard's fifth goal in his last three games.


Newcastle

1
Tim Krul
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Davide Santon
Defender
2.50
6
Mike Williamson
Defender
3.00
13
1.50
27
Steven Taylor
Defender
3.00
6
Yohan Cabaye
Midfielder
38′
3.50
7
Moussa Sissoko
Midfielder
37′
3.00
8
Vurnon Anita
Midfielder
73′
2.50
24
Cheikh Tiote
Midfielder
49′
3.00
11
Yoan Gouffran
Midfielder
82′
2.50
14
Loïc Remy
Striker
2.50

Manchester City FC

3.00
1
Joe Hart
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
2.50
5
3.50
13
3.00
26
2.50
8
Samir Nasri
Midfielder
79′
3.00
21
David Silva
Midfielder
2.50
25
Fernandinho
Midfielder
40′
2.00
42
Yaya Touré
Midfielder
61′
3.00
9
Negredo
Striker
95′
2.50
10
Edin Dzeko
Striker
8′ 52′

Substitutes

21
Rob Elliot
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
 - 
10
Hatem Ben Arfa
Midfielder
82′
 - 
22
 - 
15
Dan Gosling
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
28
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
30
 - 
2
 - 
6
 - 
22
Gael Clichy
Defender
 - 
7
James Milner
Midfielder
79′
2.50
14
Javi García
Midfielder
61′
2.50
15

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Results
 
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Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0