By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games
Manchester City returned to the top of the table courtesy of a well-earned 2-0 win away at Newcastle, with Micah back in the squad and named among the substitutes having recovered from injury.
In-form Newcastle offered a difficult test for Manuel Pellegrini’s side as they sought to keep up their own impressive run of results, and the home faithful were in full voice on a chilly Sunday afternoon.
Alan Pardew will have been hoping his side could keep City out for longer than nine minutes, however, as Edin Dzeko put the visitors in front. David Silva released Aleksander Kolarov, who in turn picked out the Bosnian striker who fired home to make it 1-0.
Once in front, City weren’t able to maintain the high tempo they started with, and the hosts carved out several chances, not least Yohan Cabaye’s powerful effort which Joe Hart had to tip over.
Controversy was to ensue soon after as Newcastle seemingly leveled, only for their goal to be disallowed. A corner was cleared only so far as Cheick Tiote, who arrowed a screamer through several bodies and beyond Hart. Much to the home crowd’s dismay, however, the referee, having consulted with his linesman, chalked the goal off for an apparent offside.
With Newcastle continuing to command play, Pellegrini introduced Jesus Navas to put their opponents on the back foot, but it didn’t stop Cabaye going close with a 25-yarder soon after which again forced Hart into a solid save.
Fernandinho saw a header rebound off the crossbar as City continued to push for a second, though Newcastle were still looking dangerous down the flanks as they went in search of a valuable equalizer.
Seven minutes of injury time were signaled, due in large part to Samir Nasri’s injury earlier in the second half, and it was enough time for City to double their advantage.
With the Magpies committing men forward, they were always vulnerable to the counter, and James Milner’s ball to Negredo set him clean through. Tim Krul did well to block the first effort, but a kind rebound allowed the Spain international to tap home and seal a hard-fought 2-0 win that sent Pellegrini’s side top of the Premier League.
Newcastle: Krul, Yanga-Mbiwa, Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tiote, Cabaye, Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran. Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Gosling, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse.
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Negredo, Dzeko. Subs: Richards,Lescott, Milner, Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas, Clichy, Pantilimon.