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Manchester City grind out win at Newcastle

Manchester City grind out win at Newcastle

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Last update The 17/08/2014 at 23:47 -
By Eurosport - The 17/08/2014 at 23:47
Premier League, St James’ Park – Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2 (Silva 38', Aguero 90+2')

Manchester City started their Premier League title defence with a gritty 2-0 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park.

David Silva latched onto a sublime backheel from Edin Dzeko to slot home the opener as the visitors grabbed the advantage shortly before the break.

Newcastle pressed for an equaliser after the restart but, for all their promising positions, struggled to test Joe Hart as the match threatened to fizzle out.

But the arrival of substitute Ayoze Perez sparked the hosts into life, and they almost drew level when the youngster’s deflected effort flew narrowly wide before Moussa Sissoko blazed over with time running out.

With Newcastle committing men forward, City found space in injury time and wrapped up victory when Sergio Aguero reacted quickest to fire home after Tim Krul had saved his initial effort.

Newcastle United's Mike Williamson (R) challenges Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic (Reuters)
Newcastle United's Mike Williamson (R) challenges Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic (Reuters) - Reuters

KEY MOMENTS

17’ – TRIBUTE. The stadium bursts into applause in memory of the two Newcastle fans who lost their lives on flight MH17.

38’ – GOAL! Newcastle 0-1 City. Dzeko latches onto a long ball in the inside-left channel before taking out two defenders with a sublime backheel. Silva marches onto the loose ball and slots home. The champions lead!

50’ – DOUBLE CHANCE! The corner skims all the way across to Gouffran. The Frenchman controls the ball with his chest, but it just won't drop in time. City suffocate the midfielder and successfully protect their goal. Moments later, Cabella slices over the bar.

58’ – HART GOES WANDERING! The City stopper wanders off his line to meet a free-kick from the right, but Dummett meets it first and is unfortunate to see his header shoot over.

85’ – INSTANT IMPACT! Substitute Ayoze latches onto the ball inside the area, cuts inside and has a crack... Deflected... Just wide. So close, but the home players are buoyant now.

90+1’ – CHANCE! Sissoko blazes over from 20 yards. Will they get a better chance?

90+2’ – GOAL! Newcastle 0-2 City. Aguero is one-on-one with Coloccini. He beats his man and crashes a shot at goal – Krul saves. But the Argentine is immediately on his feet and slots the rebound beyond the despairing lunge of the Newcastle stopper. Game over.

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Sergio Aguero celebrates his stoppage-time goal for Manchester City against Newcastle
Sergio Aguero celebrates his stoppage-time goal for Manchester City against Newcastle - PA Sport

KEY STATS

Man City have recorded their 400th all-time top-flight away win. Their first came with a 4-1 success at Bury in September 1899.

Newcastle have now conceded 88 Premier League goals by substitutes, equal to Everton. Only Blackburn have more goals conceded by subs, 89.

City win 10 successive top flight matches against a specific opponent for the first time ever. They won nine in a row against Wolverhampton Wanderers (1902-1933) and Sunderland (2002-2009).

Stats by Infostrada

TALKING POINT

When will City click? It was an assured, if uninspiring, display from Manchester City – the sort that is the foundation for any title challenge. Given the wealth of talent at their disposal it’s a matter of when, not if, they hit top form. If City can continue to grind out results until then, they will be very difficult to dislodge at the league summit.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City): Sparked the opener with a marvellous piece of invention and led the line intelligently alongside Stevan Jovetic.

PLAYER RATINGS

Newcastle: Krul 6, Janmaat 5, Williamson 6, Coloccini 6, Dummett 6, Colback 7, Anita 6, Sissoko 6, Cabella 7, Gouffran 6, Riviere 6. Subs: Obertan 6, Aarons 6, Perez 7.

Manchester City: Hart 6, Clichy 6, Demichelis 6, Kompany 7, Kolarov 6, Fernando 7, Toure 6, Nasri 6, Jovetic 6, Silva 7, Dzeko 7. Subs: Fernandinho 6, Milner 6, Aguero 6.

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