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December 15, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 49579‎
 
51′ Demba Ba
 
Javi García 39′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle 1-3 Manchester City

The champions recovered from their derby defeat to pick up a deserved three points at St James' Park, with David Silva on form, although Joe Hart had to be at his best too

By Matt Scott at St James' Park

  • Tim Krul
    14
    7
    2.50

    Tim Krul

    Could have done little to prevent any of the goals, and made a couple of decent saves to give his side hope. The Dutchman's poor distribution remains one of his major weaknesses.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    16
    10
    2.50

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Intercepted a number of passes well but was occasionally caught out by City's movement. Beaten to the ball by Yaya Toure for the game's decisive fourth goal.

  • Davide Santon
    18
    32
    1.00

    Davide Santon Flop of the Match

    Appalling defending for City's second goal, lazily stood with an arm on the post and was unable to adjust in time to keep out Garcia's header. His concentration was lacking throughout and he gave the visitors far too many chances.

  • Danny Simpson
    4
    18
    2.00

    Danny Simpson

    With Cisse and Ba rotating the right-wing role between them, was afforded little help, and consequently struggled. Beaten by a succession of City attackers and looked clumsy when on the ball, wasting a couple of good openings

  • Mike Williamson
    8
    11
    3.00

    Mike Williamson

    Clearly lacked the pace to keep up with the visitors' slick attacking threats, but defended intelligently, dropping deep and looking to time his tackles. Was a major threat from set-pieces, setting up a couple of chances and drawing a fine save from Hart with a left-footed volley.

  • James Perch
    2
    14
    2.50

    James Perch

    Back in the team after a recent injury and looked to quell City's attacks through the centre of the pitch. Committed as ever from the midfielder, but there was little he could do to stop Silva, Tevez et al when they got in full flow.

  • Vurnon Anita
    17
    11
    3.00

    Vurnon Anita

    The Dutchman's continued improvement has been noted by Alan Pardew, and he was good again here. Showed the more attacking side of his game, breaking forward and linking play well. Delivered well from a number of set-pieces.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    9
    10
    2.00

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Lined up on the left wing but spent the majority of his time running back towards his own goal to help Santon. Rarely threatened Pablo Zabaleta, who took full advantage, by bombing forward down the flank.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    12
    12
    2.00

    Cheikh Tiote

    Always made himself available deep in midfield, and had his customary wild efforts from distance. Was dominated largely by Yaya Toure, however, and was withdrawn late in the game, with the hosts chasing the game.

  • Papiss Cissé
    14
    13
    3.00

    Papiss Cissé

    Denied a fine goal in the opening couple of minutes by Hart's superb save and once again worked hard in a right-wing position. had another chance in the second half but flashed a left-footed shot over.

  • Demba Ba
    35
    8
    3.50

    Demba Ba

    Stuck to his guns, despite Kolo Toure's attempts to clatter him early on and got the goal he deserved in the second half, latching on to Coloccini's hooked ball to nod home.

Substitutions

  • Shane Ferguson
    4
    11

    Shane Ferguson

    A late replacement for a tiring Danny Simpson.

  • Sylvain Marveaux
    6
    11
    2.00

    Sylvain Marveaux

    On in the second half to inject an attacking threat, but saw the visitors extend their lead moments after coming on and could do little to help the cause.

  • Sammy Ameobi
    6
    12

    Sammy Ameobi

    A late replacement for Cisse and barely had a touch.

  • Joe Hart
    65
    13
    3.50

    Joe Hart

    Kept the scores level in the second minute with a sharp low save from Cisse before keeping his side ahead later on the half with a similar stop from Williamson. Could do little as Ba planted a header past him early in the second half.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    58
    9
    3.00

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Barely threatened at all by his compatriot Gutierrez and looked to push forward throughout. Crossed well and defended strongly in a decent afternoon's work.

  • Gael Clichy
    32
    19
    2.50

    Gael Clichy

    Lost the ball a couple of times as he looked to break forward, and ended up sticking to his defensive tasks against Ba and Cisse on his flank.

  • Kolo Toure
    35
    33
    1.50

    Kolo Toure

    Should have received a first-half booking for three quick fouls on Ba. as finally yellow carded in the second half, but was the champions' weak link throughout. Lacked the pace and confidence to shackle the No.19 and was second-best all afternoon.

  • Matija Nastasic
    59
    16
    2.50

    Matija Nastasic

    Fairly composed alongside the jittery Kolo Toure, but still found the pace and power of Ba and Cisse tough to contend with throughout the 90 minutes.

  • Samir Nasri
    64
    14
    3.00

    Samir Nasri

    Displayed excellent vision and composure to give Aguero an easy goal when one-on-one with Krul, hit the post as City carved through Newcastle later but was forced off with a groin injury after 35 minutes.

  • Javi García
    60
    11
    3.50

    Javi García

    Sat deep in midfield and mopped up the hosts' attacks well. His presence from set-pieces was huge and he headed his second league goal for the champions late in the first half from Silva's corner.

  • David Silva
    121
    15
    4.00

    David Silva Top of the Match

    A majestic afternoon for the Spaniard. Every touch beat his man, and every pass found its target. He was central to City's clever one-touch play in advanced positions and saw Garcia rise highest to power home his corner late in the first half.

  • Yaya Touré
    88
    11
    3.50

    Yaya Touré

    City's captain in Vincent Kompany's absence. Split the home defence with an incredible pass to set up the opener and charged around midfield with power and poise in equal measure, burst forward to tap home the visitors' fourth.

  • Sergio Agüero
    80
    20
    3.50

    Sergio Agüero

    Prodded into an open goal to grab his eighth of the campaign, and buzzed around with vigour and purpose. Found the plodding Williamson easy to beat and should have scored more, but his shooting was just off target.

  • Carlos Tévez
    70
    22
    3.00

    Carlos Tévez

    Tirelessly ran across the entire attacking line, but also showed no lack of touch and technique when on the ball. Never quite got fully into the game, but contributed to some flowing City attacks.

Substitutions

  • Joleon Lescott
    29
    16

    Joleon Lescott

    Came on late in the game to shore up the champions' defence and seal three points.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    46
    19
    2.50

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Replaced Nasri and took up position as an advanced left-winger. Sent a couple of dangerous crosses into the area before being substituted himself. Appeared to limp off the pitch as Dzeko replaced him.

  • Edin Dzeko
    57
    17
    2.50

    Edin Dzeko

    Brought on with almost 20 minutes remaining and did very little in attack, but added a much-need presence to the City defence at set-pieces.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
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