Confident City cruise to win

Manchester City cruised to a 4-0 win over Newcastle United at
the Etihad Stadium to leave Alan Pardew’s side still in the thick
of a Premier League relegation battle.

Though City appear likely to relinquish their title to local
rivals United, who are 15 points clear at the top, the reigning
champions want to finish the season with a flourish and proved too
strong for Newcastle once Carlos Tevez had made the breakthrough on
41 minutes.

David Silva added another before the interval and further goals
from returning captain Vincent Kompany and a James Perch own goal
after he deflected Yaya Toure’s cross were just reward for City’s
dominance.

The first half had reached the midway point before anything
noteworthy happened when a rare foray forward by Newcastle ended
with Papiss Cisse striking the post from a narrow angle following a
fine pass by Vurnon Anita.

City responded immediately and should have taken the lead, only
for Gareth Barry to side-foot over from close range after Edin
Dzeko’s shot had been blocked by Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot.

The hosts were in control of the game and Gael Clichy’s
well-struck effort was beaten out by Elliot, who was spoken to by
referee Neil Swarbrick on 36 minutes for timewasting.

Tevez and Barry combined well on the edge of the box to play in
Silva on 38 minutes, but he swept home from an offside position
before City deservedly went ahead four minutes before
half-time.

Silva was in the thick of things again as he released Clichy on
the left and the full-back’s teasing low cross was forced home at
the far post by Tevez.

Elliot then produced a superb fingertip save to deny Dzeko, but
the Newcastle keeper was beaten again in stoppage-time by Silva’s
drilled shot following a jinking run by Samir Nasri.

Newcastle returned for the second half with a much more positive
approach and were almost rewarded within three minutes after Yohan
Cabaye flashed a shot wide following a clever pass by Moussa
Sissoko.

The Magpies’ momentum was checked, though, on 56 minutes by a
third City goal as Kompany’s flick, from Barry’s deflected shot,
nicked Danny Simpson on its way past a helpless Elliot.

Things got worse for Newcastle on 69 minutes when Toure muscled
his way into the box, and his attempted cross deflected off
half-time substitute James Perch and flew beyond Elliot.

City keeper Joe Hart made a comfortable low save from Dan
Gosling before his opposite number Elliot produced a flying stop to
deny substitute Scott Sinclair as the home side tightened their
grip on second spot with the minimum of fuss.