Manchester City’s winning streak in the league remains as the league leaders managed a narrow victory over Newcastle on Wednesday.
Setting the Scene:
Newcastle were 15th in the table while the Manchester side are leading the English Premier League table by a comfortable margin in the expense of their city neighbours. It was expected to be more of a one sided contest as the newly promoted Newcastle was not thought to be just good enough for the high flying Citizens.
City dominated fro the very start and kept the possession along with threatening Elliot at Newcastle goal. Aguero started brightly and forced a save from the Newcastle custodian to keep the scoreline at level. But City’s immense pressure was eventually rewarded when Sterling finished exquisitely from a delicious ball by Kevin de Bruyne. The Belgian found Sterling and he managed to squeeze it in past Elliot’s near post. At the break it was the league leaders leading again at the St. James’s Park.
Kevin de Bruyne found a superb ball to pick Sterling
In the second half it was more of the same but the away side couldn’t increase their lead. Newcastle had their chances in patches and Dwight Gayle was also cautioned for a theatrical dive inside the box. He came close in the dying minutes as his header was just wide but eventually Pep Guardiola’s men held on and City now march on to 58 points after just 20 games.
City also won their 18th successive league game which is most by a club in Premier League’s history.
Newcastle: Elliot; Yedlin, Mbemba (Merino), Lascelles, Dummett, Manquillo; Aarons (Atsu), Diame, Shelvey, Murphy; Joselu (Gayle)
Man City: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany (Jesus), Danilo; Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Sterling, Bernardo Silva (Sane), Aguero (Mangala)
Raheem Sterling: “I thought they soaked up the pressure really well and tried to counter-attack. We didn’t make it easy for ourselves but it shows the team spirit that we dug in, stayed together, stayed calm an got the win. At the end of the day we need to keep winning, keep getting three points.”