MATCH REPORTS

Manchester City 4 Newcastle 0

Yohan Cabaye

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

At the Etihad Stadium


Manchester City 4 (Tevez 41, Silva 45+2, Kompany 56, Toure 70)

Newcastle United 0


If reigning champions Manchester City were deflated after seeing rivals United take a step closer to winning this year's Barclays Premier League title by beating Sunderland prior to kick-off, it didn't show as they eased to victory over a somewhat makeshift Newcastle side.


Alan Pardew made four changes - three of them enforced - from the starting XI which lost to Wigan almost two weeks ago, with Davide Santon, Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote ruled out.


And the Magpies manager saw his men well beaten by a Blues outfit who have now won each of the last seven meetings between the two sides, with Carlos Tevez, David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure on target. 


In a dull opening, it was in fact the visitors who had the first chance worthy of the description in the 24th minute, when Vurnon Anita's majestic crossfield ball was met on the volley by Papiss Cisse but the striker's effort from a narrow angle hit the post.


A minute later, with the game finally beginning to open up, Nasri somehow got past Jonas Gutierrez and Yoan Gouffran near the right corner flag and crossed low for Edin Dzeko, who prodded the ball straight at Elliot. The ball rebounded straight to Gareth Barry eight yards from goal but the England midfielder blazed over when it looked easier to score.


Tevez then curled a 27th minute free-kick over after a foul on Silva by Anita, who was booked then three minutes later, after a foul by Cabaye which earned the Frenchman a yellow card of his own, Silva's set-piece went wide before Dzeko glanced off target from Nasri's left-wing flag-kick.

In the 37th minute, Nasri's low cross was touched on by Silva towards Gael Clichy at the far post but his stinging drive was well parried by Elliot, then Silva did get the ball in the net but was correctly flagged offside as he tucked the ball over the line.

However there was no let off when Tevez slid in to convert Clichy's cross at the far post a couple of minutes later to give City the lead, just as Newcastle looked like they would frustrate the champions.

It almost got worse in stoppage time at Dzeko spun in the box but his goalbound strike was excellently tipped around the post by Elliot.

But he had no chance with virtually the last kick of the half as Nasri gave the ball to Silva, who rifled past the Magpies goalkeeper.


United began the second half well with Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko linking up well for the former to drill an effort just the wrong side of Joe Hart's far post. Then Cisse sent an effort on the stretch over the bar, but the flag was already up against the Senegalese star.


As the Magpies tore into their opponents, Gouffran's low cross from the left was almost turned home by Cisse then Cabaye's effort was too high to test Hart.


But just as Newcastle threatened to force their way back into the game, Vincent Kompany stuck out a leg to turn Barry's long range strike past Elliot ten minutes into the second period.


With a relaxed City now showboating, it took strong hands from the Newcastle keeper to push a Dzeko shot behind after Toure had slipped the ball to him inside the box.

And in the 70th minute the fourth goal came as Toure burst into the box with a show of strength and skill before blasting a shot which deflected past Elliot and into the roof of the net. 

Gutierrez teed up substiute Dan Gosling for a shot which brought a smart save from Hart in the 80th minute but it took an even better one from Elliot to deny Scott Sinclair a first goal for City, as the ex-Charlton keeper pushed his curler behind at full stretch.


In the final minute Sissoko sent a long range effort well wide but Newcastle could not even muster a consolation goal for their fans.


Manchester City (4-2-3-1):
Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (c) (Javi Garcia 74), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure; David Silva (Scott Sinclair 83), Samir Nasri (Sergio Aguero 71), Carlos Tevez; Edin Dzeko

Subs not used: Costel Pantilmon, Kolo Toure, Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner


Newcastle United (4-2-3-1):
Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez; Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye (c) (Gael Bigirimana 74); Yoan Gouffran (Dan Gosling 63), Moussa Sissoko, Gabriel Obertan (James Perch 46); Papiss Cisse

Subs not used: Steve Harper, Curtis Good, Sylvain Marveaux, Adam Campbell


Referee:
Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

Bookings: Manchester City - none; Newcastle - Anita (26), Cabaye (29)

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