By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
At St. James' Park
Newcastle United 0
Manchester City 2 (Dzeko 8, Negredo 90+4)
Edin Dzeko's eighth minute goal and a stoppage time strike from Alvaro Negredo gave Manchester City all three points at St. James' Park - but controversy reigned on Tyneside.
In the 34th minute, with Newcastle trailing 1-0, Cheick Tiote's screamer flew past Joe Hart, only for the officials to chalk his strike off for an apparent offside and City wrapped up the points in the dying seconds as the Magpies pressed for an equaliser.
United had started well, with Moussa Sissoko hammering a shot wide in the fourth minute.
But then Dzeko gave his side the lead and for a while, City dominated with Alvaro Negredo almost forcing home Kolarov's cross-shot and then heading just over the bar.
The resulting corner was half-cleared as far as Tiote, whose 25 yard piledriver was going in as soon as it left his boot.
As the stadium erupted, referee Mike Jones found himself surrounded by City players and then chalked the goal off, with replays showing that Yoan Gouffran was not impeding the goalkeeper's line of vision as he tried to get out of the way.
Silva came close to adding a second before a stormy first half came to a close but Newcastle were again on the front foot at the beginning of the second.
Vurnon Anita brought a good save from Hart before Cabaye forced an even better one, although Krul was forced to show his brilliance at the other end as he somehow kept out Negredo's header from point blank range.
Cabaye came close with a dipping strike, then Gouffran picked out Loic Remy who brought the ball down but saw his effort blocked by the legs of Hart.
Newcastle threw caution to the wind and Fernandinho hit the top of the bar with a header before Taylor stopped a Negredo shot on the line.
And in seven minutes of stoppage time, Kolarov produced a wonderful block to deny Taylor - and Newcastle - and leave them to rue their disallowed goal.
Even more so when, in the fourth added on minute, Negredo raced onto Milner's pass and although Krul frustrated him once, the striker tapped home the rebound.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Davide Santon, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Vurnon Anita (Papiss Cisse 73), Cheick Tiote (c), Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran
Manchester City (4-4-2): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Vincent Kompany (c), Aleksandar Kolarov; Samir Nasri (James Milner 79), Fernandinho, Yaya Toure (Javi Garcia 61), David Silva; Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko (Jesus Navas 52)
Subs not used: Costel Pantilimon, Micah Richards, Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
Bookings: Newcastle - Sissoko (37), Tiote (49), Yanga-Mbiwa (75); Manchester City - Fernandinho (40), Zabaleta (45)
Attendance: 49,423 (2,400 Manchester City)