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Sunday November 20, 2011Manchester City 3 - 1 Newcastle United

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games

Manchester City made it 11 wins from 12 Premier League encounters, with a 3-1 win over a previously unbeaten Newcastle Utd side, and in doing so cemented their position at the top of the table, with Micah grabbing a goal and earning a penalty to help them on the way.

Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero penalties either side of Micah’s cool finish ensured Robert Mancini men continued their fine early season form, although the visitors looked dangerous for large spells of the game.

City started the game brightly and created the first real opening when Micah burst into the box, almost managing to tee up Balotelli, though in truth the first quarter was a tentative affair.

City continued to press for an early opener, firstly with Yaya Toure feeding Aguero who in turn rifled a short narrowly over, whilst Micah then climbed highest to connect with a cross only for his header back to be nipped off the toe of Balotelli.

Demba Ba went close soon after with a drive which forced Joe Hart to parry clear, a timely reminder of the threat Newcastle posed. It seemed to prompt the home side back into life as Balotelli, again at the heart of things, struck a powerful effort on goal, only for Ryan Taylor to block it illegally with an arm, and the young Italian striker stepped up to convert the subsequent spot kick to make it 1-0.

If Taylor thought that was bad enough, his afternoon was soon to get worse as his mistake allowed Micah to coast in and slot home to double City’s advantage – a killer blow just before halftime.

City were content immediately after the break to keep possession, though Aguero went close having been sent clean through, only for his chip to be cleared off the line by Steven Taylor. At the other end Hatem Ben Arfa saw a well-placed shot rebound of the woodwork.

And the Magpie midfielder was then involved at the other end as he conceded a penalty, bringing Micah down and this time it was Aguero who successfully beat Krul from the spot to make it 3-0.

There was still time for Newcastle to grab a consolation goal, Dan Gosling following up a Ba shot to tap home, but City held on to collect the three points that moved them up to 34 points.

Man City: Hart; Richards, Lescott, Kompany, Clichy; De Jong, Milner, Yaya Toure; Nasri, Aguero, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Kolo Toure, Kolarov, Barry, Johnson, Silva, Dzeko.

Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, S.Taylor, Coloccini, R.Taylor; Gutierrez, Guthrie, Cabaye, Sammy Ameobi; Ben Arfa; Ba. Subs: Elliot, Perch, Santon, Smith, Gosling, Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi.