Match ratings: Newcastle United v Manchester City


0-1: Silva (38, took control of Dzeko’s clever backheel before slotting low and beyond Krul)

0-2: Aguero (90, made no mistake with the rebound after Krul had blocked the first effort)

Bookings: Silva (33, foul); Demichelis (54, foul); Kolarov (57, foul); Kompany (75, foul); Janmaat (78, foul); Fernandinho (87, foul)

Sending-offs: None

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Leeds) – seemed quick to get his card out for Silva but got the majority of decisions spot on. 7

Attendance: 50,816

Entertainment: 3/5


Shots on: 1 5

Shots off: 7 8

Corners: 3 3

Offsides: 2 2

Fouls: 8 11


7 Krul: Made a couple of early stops to thwart the champions but had no answer to Silva’s winner;

6 Janmaat: Slotted in solidly as Mathieu Debuchy’s replacement and should only grow in confidence after his debut against the champions

8 Williamson: A pretty flawless display from the centre-back, with a number of blocks keeping City at bay

6 Coloccini: Had a fine afternoon with the one notable exception being when he left space for goalscorer Silva to exploit when he joined Williamson to try to stop Dzeko

7 Dummett: Vindicated the decision to start him at left-back with a strong performance in both directions;

6 Anita: Asked to keep things ticking over and did, but suffered an injury in the first half which eventually caught up with him;

8 CABELLA: Faded after the restart but was particularly impressive in the first half

7 Colback: Got through an incredible amount of work to keep the pressure on the blue shirts

6 Sissoko: Looks far more comfortable playing in the middle than he does when he is operating out wide

7 Gouffran: Denied an equaliser by Hart after the restart and was as full of running;

6 Riviere: Showed that his game possesses many assets but needs to show more composure

Subs: Obertan (for Anita 63): Quick to get involved and looked keen to take his chance. 6

Aarons (for Gouffran 74)

Perez (for Riviere 84)

(not used): Elliot (gk), Haidara, S Taylor, Abeid.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Hart 6; Clichy 7, Kompany 7, Demichelis 7, Kolarov 7; Fernando 7, Toure 6; Nasri 6 (Milner 78), SILVA 8, Jovetic 6 (Fernandinho 72); Dzeko 7 (Aguero 82). Subs (not used): Caballero (gk), Boyata, Zabaleta, Navas.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Remy Cabella – provided enough entertainment for the Newcastle fans to suggest he could become a fans’ favourite.


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