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Free kick awarded for a foul by Sergio Aguero on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa takes the free kick.
Moussa Sissoko takes a shot.
Unfair challenge on Gael Clichy by Papiss Cisse results in a free kick. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Edin Dzeko. Rob Elliot restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Carlos Tevez, James Perch makes a clearance.
Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Save by Rob Elliot.
The official flags Vurnon Anita offside. (Man City) makes a substitution, with Scott Sinclair coming on for David Silva. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Gael Bigirimana, Edin Dzeko manages to make a clearance.
Edin Dzeko delivers the ball, clearance made by Steven Taylor.
Dan Gosling takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Unfair challenge on David Silva by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa results in a free kick. Carlos Tevez crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Carlos Tevez decides to take the corner short.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Pablo Zabaleta results in a free kick. Free kick taken by James Perch.
Gael Bigirimana joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yohan Cabaye.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Francisco Javi Garcia coming on for Vincent Kompany.
Sergio Aguero replaces Samir Nasri.
Yaya Toure takes a shot. James Perch scores an own goal. Man City 4-0 Newcastle.Assist by Yaya Toure.
The ball is delivered by Samir Nasri, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa makes a clearance.
Short corner taken by Moussa Sissoko from the right by-line.
David Silva sends in a cross.
Dan Gosling comes on in place of Yoan Gouffran.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa gets a block in.
Carlos Tevez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by David Silva, Vincent Kompany produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Rob Elliot.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Silva. Gareth Barry takes a shot. Vincent Kompany scores a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 3-0 Newcastle.Gareth Barry provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken by David Silva.
Effort on goal by Yohan Cabaye from a long way out goes over the bar.
The ball is sent over by Yoan Gouffran, Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Papiss Cisse. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Yohan Cabaye has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Jonas Gutierrez, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, clearance by Pablo Zabaleta.
David Silva gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Man City 2-0 Newcastle.Samir Nasri provided the assist for the goal.
Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Jonas Gutierrez takes the free kick.
David Silva takes the inswinging corner, save by Rob Elliot.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Rob Elliot makes a save.
James Perch on for Gabriel Obertan.
Pablo Zabaleta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yoan Gouffran. Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.
Carlos Tevez has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy, Carlos Tevez gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Newcastle.Gael Clichy provided the assist for the goal.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Yaya Toure.
The offside flag is raised against David Silva. Rob Elliot takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Pablo Zabaleta from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Effort on goal by Gael Clichy from 18 yards. Save by Rob Elliot.
Papiss Cisse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joleon Lescott. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri, Headed effort on goal by Edin Dzeko from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Gareth Barry has a drilled shot. Blocked by Vurnon Anita.
The offside flag is raised against Gael Clichy. Rob Elliot takes the direct free kick.
Yohan Cabaye challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yohan Cabaye shown a yellow card. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from David Silva.
David Silva fouled by Vurnon Anita, the ref awards a free kick. Caution for Vurnon Anita. Strike on goal comes in from Carlos Tevez from the free kick.
Pablo Zabaleta fouled by Moussa Sissoko, the ref awards a free kick. Yaya Toure restarts play with the free kick.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Rob Elliot makes a save. Shot from inside the area by Gareth Barry clears the bar.
The ball is delivered by David Silva.
Effort from just inside the penalty box by Papiss Cisse strikes the post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Vurnon Anita on Carlos Tevez. Yaya Toure restarts play with the free kick.
Gareth Barry challenges Moussa Sissoko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rob Elliot takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Joleon Lescott offside. Rob Elliot takes the free kick.
Papiss Cisse concedes a free kick for a foul on Joleon Lescott. Samir Nasri crosses the ball in from the free kick, Rob Elliot makes a save.
Corner taken by David Silva from the right by-line played to the near post, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Silva, save made by Rob Elliot.
The ball is delivered by Gareth Barry, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Edin Dzeko, save by Rob Elliot.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Silva on Yohan Cabaye. Free kick taken by Rob Elliot.
Centre by Samir Nasri.
Samir Nasri is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Rob Elliot.
Mancini: We must keep strong
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini may have conceded the title to Manchester United but he insists there must be no let-up in intensity.
Having fallen 15 points behind United at the top of the Barclays Premier League with just nine games remaining, City's championship defence appears all but over.
But with the FA Cup still to play for, and the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham not out of the race for second, Mancini is determined to finish the campaign strongly.
The Italian said: "I think when you are a top team and you have good players, you should be very strong when you win or lose. This doesn't change.
"Also, when you can't win a title you can have other situations that you can improve.
"For this reason it is very important to do our best in the next nine games.
"We have the FA Cup and we have to get second position.
"I am sure Chelsea or Tottenham want to take second. We need to do our best for this reason, we want to stay there.
"If we take second position and have a chance to win the FA Cup - I think in the end, with all the problems we have had this year, I think this could be a good season."
City return to action for the first time since a damaging 2-0 loss at Everton a fortnight ago as Newcastle visit Eastlands this weekend.
Mancini has continued to bemoan his team's shortcomings - most notably a failure to convert goalscoring chances - but trusts and expects his players to respond.
He said: "They have my trust. This is not a problem but I think sometimes we should do more and more.
"In the end we shot 22 times at goal (at Everton) and didn't score.
"This is the problem we have had this year, but we didn't play well.
"We have Chelsea four points behind, Tottenham five points. For this reason it is important we keep going hard, working well."
Newcastle, who are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, also need to finish strongly to end any lingering fear of relegation.
Mancini said: "Newcastle changed three or four players in the January market and I think they improved their team.
"Also they also have a good manager and they are doing very well in the Europa League.
"Every time we play against Newcastle it is difficult because they have good players."
Captain Vincent Kompany, who irritated Mancini by playing for Belgium in midweek, looks set to return after an eight-week absence with a calf injury.
Striker Sergio Aguero is also fit after three games out with knee trouble.
Meanwhile, Shola Ameobi has admitted Newcastle's frustration at their failure to repeat last season's thrilling Barclays Premier League charge.
With eight games of the current campaign remaining, the Magpies travel knowing they still have work to do to ensure they remain in the top flight, something they would never have anticipated as they set out in August.
On May 6 last year, City left St James' Park with a 2-0 victory which both set up a dramatic final day and ended Newcastle's unlikely hopes of Champions League qualification.
This time around, Alan Pardew's men, having had to cope with a dreadful injury list and the demands of a Europa League campaign, head for the Etihad Stadium just six points clear of the drop zone and needing perhaps two more victories to put any lingering fears to bed.
Ameobi said: "We are here because we haven't performed as well as we should have, that's the frustrating thing, knowing that we haven't quite reached our potential this season.
"As the season has worn on, we have improved, but there's no frustration at looking over your shoulder, the frustration is not being where we know we can be and should be."
Mathieu Debuchy and Massadio Haidara will miss the game, as will Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote with injuries taking their toll once again ahead of a weekend for which Pardew would have wanted to have his strongest possible side available.
Man City 4-0 Newcastle: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Good Kompany for City
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany was amongst the scorers as the Blues recorded their biggest Premier League win since November, 4-0 against Newcastle.
Carlos Tevez, David Silva and Yaya Toure were also on target against a lacklustre Toon outfit, who remain not quite far enough clear of the drop zone for comfort.
With potential back-to-back games against Manchester United looming, little wonder why City manager Roberto Mancini was so concerned at Belgium's use of his captain, who was returning to club duty for the first time in two months after a calf problem.
For Kompany is going to be a key man over the next fortnight, which could do so much to determine whether Mancini's work over the season is viewed as progress or inexcusable regression.
They may have been in the top two for five months but the title fever that gripped City at this point last season is nowhere to be seen and news of the Manchester United win at Sunderland that briefly took the Red Devils 18 points clear was greeted with complete indifference in the stands.
The large section of Mancini's programme notes devoted to the FA Cup semi-final, a match not due to take place for another fortnight, seemed to indicate where the priority now lies, beyond, of course, securing a Champions League berth for next season.
For 20 minutes it appeared the minds of Mancini's players were drifting towards a meeting with Chelsea or United at Wembley on April 14 too.
The liveliest the home fans got was with Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who from a ridiculously early point was dragging out every dead ball and free-kick he was asked to take.
As it turned out, the game clicked into gear thanks to a rare visitors' attack. Vurnon Anita dropped a superb crossfield pass perfectly into the path of Papiss Cisse, whose first-time effort was well saved at his near post by Joe Hart.
Within minutes Gareth Barry was striding onto Samir Nasri's cut-back, the goal gaping in front of him. Inexplicably, Barry fired over, eliciting groans from the home faithful who were expecting so much more from their team, both today and in the season as a whole.
Crucially though, City had built up some momentum. And when Gael Clichy squeezed a cross through to the far post, Tevez slid in to turn it home.
It was the South American's seventh goal in six games and his 17th overall this season, and the hosts were in no mood to offer Newcastle any way back.
Clichy brought an outstanding save out of Elliot, as did Edin Dzeko, before an intricate bit of passing from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri offered Silva the chance to reach the corner of the six-yard box, where he buried his shot with some aplomb.
Why Newcastle waited until their position was virtually hopeless before injecting any degree of urgency into their game was a mystery but they began the second period with a sense of purpose so obviously absent during the first half.
Yohan Cabaye flashed a shot across goal after running onto Cisse's lay-off before the midfielder zipped a shot over from 20 yards. In between, an offside flag rendered Cisse's shot over on the stretch irrelevant.
That flurry was as good as it got for the visitors. And there could be no more appropriate scorer of City's third goal than Kompany.
His last for the Blues was the goal that won the derby in April 2012. This was not quite in the same class, the Belgian flicking home an off-target Barry effort that hit two Newcastle men besides.
In the whole scheme of things, it will matter little. However, it offered the home fans an opportunity to train their thoughts on what could be the first of two successive meetings with United, depending on Monday's FA Cup replay, at Old Trafford on April 8.
On this form, Sir Alex Ferguson's side will find it difficult to confirm their superiority. With 20 minutes left, Toure strode through some poor Newcastle defending and beat Elliot at his near post with a shot that deflected off James Perch.
Toure's effort was the signal for Sergio Aguero's return from injury, in place of Samir Nasri, which is also good news for City ahead of the derby, when the Blues will look to delay an inevitable 20th title - which now cannot be won until April 17 at the earliest - for another couple of games.
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