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Sunday December 26, 2010Newcastle United 1 - 3 Manchester City

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games

Manchester City sealed a 3-1 away win against Newcastle United to secure their second-place position in the Premier League.

Micah was named among seven substitutes for the clash, and Roberto Mancini made three changes to the side that lost 2-1 against Everton in their last outing.

Both sets of supporters had barely had a chance to take their seats when City grabbed the lead at St James’ Park. A poor clearance by Tim Krul was cut out by Carlos Tevez who in turn waited for Gareth Barry’s run before laying the ball off, and the England man did the rest to make it 1-0 from 10 yards out.

With the hosts reeling, Mancini’s men doubled their advantage within six minutes. Tevez found James Milner on the right and the midfielder’s cross was met by a glancing header from the Argentina international, making it 2-0.

Newcastle’s top scorer Andy Carroll had a chance to bring his side back into it as he connected squarely with a header only for the ball to aim straight down Joe Hart’s throat.

The striker had several opportunities that were squandered as the home side pressured for an opening, while Aleksander Kolarov’s long range drive was collected by Krul.

The opening 10 minutes of the second half were littered with petty fouls as City tried to break up the play, and the best effort for a long while for the Magpies was Jonas Gutierrez’s volley which flew well over.

With City looking comfortable, however, Newcastle pulled a goal back. Joey Barton’s initial cross was header behind by Jerome Boateng, but from the resulting corner Carroll rose highest to head beyond Hart and make it 2-1.

There was another scare for City as Kevin Nolan coasted in to the box and poked the ball goalwards only to see it swoop just wide of the post, and Newcastle were to rue the miss as their opponents extended their lead.

It was Tevez who was the architect again, turning Barton and playing a one-two with Barton before beating Danny Simpson and firing on goal. Though the effort deflected of Fabricio Coloccini, the goal was deserved following Tevez’s efforts all afternoon.

There was a final scare for City as Barton curled a free-kick around the wall, but Hart managed to get down and make a one-handed save to keep the score as it was.

The final whistle went and City celebrated their seventh away win from 11 games, keeping them apace of league leaders Manchester United.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Routledge, Barton, Tiote, Gutierrez, Nolan, Carroll. Subs: Harper, Williamson, Guthrie, Perch, Smith, Best, Ranger.

Man City: Hart, Boateng, Lescott, Kompany, Kolarov, Milner, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Y. Toure, Tevez. Subs: Given, Richards, Zabaleta, Adam Johnson, Vieira, Jo, Balotelli