By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City sealed a hard-fought 2-1 win over rejuvenated Newcastle United at the City of Manchester Stadium thanks to a terrific Adam Johnson goal.
Unfortunately for Micah, the hamstring injury that has hampered his return to action had still not disappeared and as such Jerome Boateng lined up on the right of City’s defence.
The game got off to a disturbing start as Nigel De Jong went in hard on Hatem Ben Arfa, with the Frenchman in agony as he was stretchered off the pitch with a serious looking injury.
The after-effect of the injury was that the tempo of the game dipped, though James Milner was looking lively against his former club.
And the hosts were in front after 18 minutes as Carlos Tevez was adjudged to have been brought down in Newcastle’s box and he duly stepped up and converted the resulting penalty.
The visitors looked to make an immediate response and Fabricio Coloccini went close with a superb control and volley which Joe Hart did well to tip round the post.
However, the England stopper could do nothing to prevent Jonas Gutierrez levelling proceedings as his corner was returned to him by City’s defence only for the Argentinian international to blast it high into the roof of the net to make it 1-1.
Worryingly for the Magpies, City were finding room in the centre of the field, and on one such occasion Gareth Barry coasted into the box only for his lay-off to be deflected by Tim Krul’s outstretched leg.
Early in the second half Tevez wasn’t far away from doubling his and City’s tally as his long-range drive caught Krul off guard, though the stopper regained his footing and made the save.
Excitement among the City fans built as in-form winger Adam Johnson warmed up, and his introduction was to pay off within minutes as the former Middlesbrough man edged his side in front.
Having collected the ball on the right, Johnson cut passed one defender, with a step-over knocking another off balance, before he placed an unstoppable shot into the corner of Newcastle’s goal.
The away side will feel they should have snatched a point when Mike Williamson’s header went over from two yards out instead of into the back of the net, and that chance was the last that fell to Chris Hughton’s side.
Newcastle will feel that his side were unlucky to lose on the day and City’s performances will be better this season, but it’s the three points that count in the final Premier League standings.
Man City: Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Lescott, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Toure Yaya, Milner, Tevez. Subs: Given, Adebayor, Adam Johnson, Santa Cruz, Vieira, Jo, Boyata.
Newcastle: Krul, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Ben Arfa, Nolan, Tiote, Barton, Gutierrez, Ameobi. Subs: Soderberg, Campbell, Carroll, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Smith.