Despite not performing up to their brilliant best, this afternoon, Manchester City produced a workmanlike performance to defeat a dogged Newcastle side 2-1 in today’s Barclays Premier League fixture.
The home side took the lead through an 18th minute Carlos Tevez penalty, but were unable to keep their advantage for long, as Newcastle replied through Gutierrez just six minutes later.
City’s impressive winger, Adam Johnson, secured the win which saw them leapfrog Manchester rivals United in the league as the oncoming substitute powered home a fine low drive in the 75th minute.
Newcastle will be particularly disappointed to have lost on-loan Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa – so impressive in recent games – to a suspected broken leg in the opening minutes. Ben Arfa was carried from the field in the 7th minute and looks unlikely to play a part for the club for some time.
More bad luck would befall the visitors as centre back Coloccini picked up a groin injury in the first half to be replaced by Sol Campbell.
Despite these set-backs, it was Newcastle, not City, who perhaps should have been leading as the first half ended. However, City showed their strength in depth in the second period, and gradually regained a hold on the match before substitute Johnson secured the vital three points.
Man City now sit just four points shy of league leaders Chelsea, whom they defeated in their last league game: after posting a £121,000,000 loss in the week, at least the club’s ownership can point to their side being genuine title contenders for the price, it would seem.