Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo bagged a goal each to send Manchester City to the top of the Premier League table, but there was huge controversy as referee Mike Jones disallowed Cheick Tiote’s strike in the first half.
City took the lead after just seven minutes as Aleksandar Kolarov strode forward down the left-hand side, slid the ball across and Edin Dzeko was on hand to finish high into the net. Things were looking ominous for Newcastle as City looked threatening every time they attacked, as Negredo looped a header just over from David Silva’s cross just minutes later.
Just after the half hour mark the officials caused huge controversy as they disallowed Tiote’s strike. Tiote struck a wonderful left-footed effort into the far corner – for what would have been his second ever Newcastle goal – but Mike Jones ruled the goal out stating Yoan Gouffran was offside and interfering with play. Replays showed Gouffran was indeed offside, but the ball didn’t touch him on it’s way in and he was not impeding Joe Hart in any way, so therefore the goal should have stood.
This set the tone for the rest of the game, with challenges flying in and a lot of yellow cards being awarded, but Newcastle returned for the second half fired up, as Yohann Cabaye stung the palms of Joe Hart with a strong effort from 25 yards out. Loic Remy had the best chance to bring them level after Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta got mixed up on a long ball, Remy was through one-on-one with Hart, but saved excellently with his feet.
A serious looking injury to Samir Nasri caused a long delay to the game and seemed to take the sting out of Newcastle. Near the end of normal time, Fernandinho headed against the bar from a Silva free-kick and five minutes into the seven added on, substitute James Milner played Negredo through, his first effort was saved well by Tim Krul but the ball rebounded off Negredo and over Krul, leaving the Spaniard an empty net to finish the game off.
City go top of the league, one point above Chelsea but Arsenal can replace them at the summit tomorrow night with a win, whilst Newcastle stay in eighth and have now lost their last four in all competitions.