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Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner. Free kick taken by Patrick Vieira.
The referee penalises Emmanuel Adebayor for handball. Direct free kick taken by Sol Campbell.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Nigel De Jong. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Effort from deep inside the area by Joleon Lescott misses to the left of the target.
Wayne Routledge sends in a cross, save by Joe Hart.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jerome Boateng on Joey Barton. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.
James Perch fouled by Emmanuel Adebayor, the ref awards a free kick. Cheik Tiote restarts play with the free kick.
Patrick Vieira joins the action as a substitute, replacing Carlos Tevez.
Effort from inside the area by David Silva misses to the right of the goal.
Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner. Free kick taken by David Silva.
Jonas Gutierrez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. Direct free kick taken by James Milner.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Mike Williamson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line to the near post, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Andrew Carroll gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerome Boateng. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Adam Johnson takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Joey Barton. Direct free kick taken by Jerome Boateng.
Andrew Carroll comes on in place of Kevin Nolan.
Effort from just outside the area by Kevin Nolan goes over the bar.
Adam Johnson scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2-1 Newcastle.Assist by James Milner.
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on James Perch, free kick awarded. Joey Barton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Nigel De Jong.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Shola Ameobi. Adam Johnson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gareth Barry. Joey Barton fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Shola Ameobi fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Barry leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Johnson. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Joey Barton.
Centre by Wayne Routledge.
Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Emmanuel Adebayor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
The ball is delivered by Emmanuel Adebayor, Tim Krul makes a save.
Emmanuel Adebayor comes on in place of Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross, Close range effort by Wayne Routledge goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by David Silva, clearance made by Mike Williamson.
Long range effort by Jerome Boateng goes wide right of the net.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Kevin Nolan. Direct free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton to the near post, Gareth Barry makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line, Sol Campbell makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonas Gutierrez on James Milner. The free kick is swung in left-footed by David Silva, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
Shot from a long way out by Shola Ameobi goes wide of the left-hand post.
Tim Krul fouled by Carlos Tevez, the ref awards a free kick. Carlos Tevez shown a yellow card. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
Jerome Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. The referee shows Jerome Boateng a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Joey Barton.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheik Tiote. Sol Campbell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabricio Coloccini. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Jerome Boateng is adjudged to have handled the ball. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by David Silva, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on James Milner by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
James Milner has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Kolo Toure challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kolo Toure receives a yellow card. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 1-1 Newcastle.
Carlos Tevez is caught offside. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
The referee blows for offside against Carlos Tevez. James Perch takes the indirect free kick.
Short corner taken by Joey Barton.
Short corner worked by James Milner.
Fabricio Coloccini has an effort at goal. Joe Hart makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Nigel De Jong. Fabricio Coloccini receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Jonas Gutierrez.
The ball is crossed by James Milner.
Carlos Tevez fouled by Mike Williamson, the ref awards a Penalty. Caution for Mike Williamson. Power penalty scored by Carlos Tevez. Man City 1-0 Newcastle.
James Milner decides to take a short corner.
David Silva takes a short corner.
James Milner takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on James Milner. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against James Milner. Indirect free kick taken by Mike Williamson.
The offside flag is raised against Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner. Wayne Routledge is brought on as a substitute for Hatem Ben Arfa. Direct free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Joleon Lescott. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Joleon Lescott is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
The game kicks-off.
The match has reached half-time.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Zabaleta to miss out
Pablo Zabaleta will miss Manchester City's Premier League clash with Newcastle.
The Argentina-born utility man suffered a hamstring strain against Juventus on Thursday night, which will either mean a recall for Dedryck Boyata or Joleon Lescott.
David Silva, James Milner and Nigel de Jong will all hope for a place in the starting XI after starting the Juventus draw on the bench following their roles in last weekend's win over Chelsea.
Adam Johnson is anxious to start against his boyhood idols.
Johnson, a #7million signing from Middlesbrough in January, scored in the 1-1 draw against Juventus in the Europa League in midweek and is eyeing more game time as the focus switches back to the Barclays Premier League.
He said: "I was at Newcastle when I was a kid from 10-12 before I went to Middlesbrough.
"So I grew up supporting Newcastle and David Ginola and players like that. It's fantastic to playing against north-east teams.
"These are the type of games I want to be playing in."
Johnson's team-mate Jerome Boateng is ready to make his first start in the Premier League after a knee problem.
Boateng, 21, who arrived from Hamburg over the summer, proved his fitness in the draw with Juventus and is keen to feature against the Magpies.
He said: "I would like to play on Sunday. It is going to be a hard game. I am happy I am now 100% and can play.
"It is important I get some games and help the team after coming to a new club and getting injured."
City go into the match in buoyant mood after beating champions Chelsea last weekend.
But Boateng believes they need to start beating teams with a lower profile if they are to be taken seriously.
He added: "We can have success if we play like we did against Chelsea. You do not have to tell the players about Chelsea.
"But if you want to be the best you have to beat other smaller teams. I hope I play a lot and we have success. Title challengers? I think so."
Newcastle defender Sol Campbell has shaken off a thigh injury.
The 36-year-old missed last weekend's 2-1 home defeat by Stoke after suffering a slight thigh problem on his senior debut for the club at Chelsea, but is back in contention for the game at Eastlands.
Danny Guthrie (knee) and Danny Simpson (ankle) are both back in full training and will play for the reserves next week, while Steven Taylor (shoulder) is expected to resume training in a fortnight's time, leaving only Steve Harper (shoulder) and Dan Gosling (knee) on the long-term casualty list.
Hughton watched City draw 1-1 with Juventus in the Europa League on Thursday evening, and knows opposite number Roberto Mancini has enviable options for the encounter.
He said: "They are a team full of quality. You look at the bench they had and perhaps even more so, look at the players who didn't even make the bench."
Johnson to the rescue
Adam Johnson was an instant hit for Manchester City at Eastlands as they beat Newcastle 2-1.
Three minutes after being introduced into a fractious encounter that was scarred at the start when Hatem Ben Arfa suffered a suspected broken leg, Johnson provided a moment of magic to turn the contest his side's way.
Collecting James Milner's square pass, Johnson wriggled between Jose Enrique and Joey Barton before rifling a precise shot past Tim Krul.
It was harsh luck on the Magpies, who responded superbly to the loss of Ben Arfa and debatable penalty from Carlos Tevez and seemed good value for a point once Jonas Gutierrez had levelled.
But Johnson had other ideas as he kept City's multi-million pound bandwagon rolling, even if manager Roberto Mancini continues to insist the Premier League title is out of reach.
The combustible presence of Joey Barton at City for the first time since his acrimonious departure three years ago meant the touchpaper for this encounter would not require much burning.
Barton's crime sheet from his time with the Blues includes sticking a cigar into a young team-mate's eye during a Christmas party and a training ground challenge on Ousmane Dabo which led to some fairly gruesome pictures of the Frenchman coming to light.
Yet the foul which brought this contest to boiling point had nothing to do with the combative midfielder.
De Jong is a successor in more ways than one. Infinitely more talented that Barton but equally fiery in his approach.
That referee Martin Atkinson did not view De Jong's challenge on Ben Arfa to even warrant a foul was a surprise.
In winning the ball, De Jong was taking his opponent as well. Ben Arfa's left leg buckled and, as has happened too often already this season, oxygen was called for as the first stage to treating a break that will rule the young Frenchman out for an extended period.
That Newcastle should then fall behind to a debatable penalty only fuelled their sense of grievance.
Mike Williamson was adamant he took the ball as he slid in on Tevez.
He was coming from the back as well though and once Atkinson deemed it a penalty, the shock then was that when the red card seemed automatic, he produced a yellow instead.
Tevez exacted further punishment though, drilling the spot-kick into the middle of the Newcastle net.
The way things had gone, it seemed the visitors would collapse.
Instead, their response was admirable, made even more so as Chris Hughton had to call for the 36-year-old legs of Sol Campbell after Fabricio Coloccini had suffered a groin injury.
By then the Magpies were level thanks to Gutierrez's moment of inspiration.
Vincent Kompany must have thought he had done well when he made an acrobatic half-cleared on Gutierrez's cross.
Instead, he was merely teeing up the Argentina star, who failed to score during that disastrous first Premier League season at St James' Park, but did so brilliantly here, controlling the loose ball before rasping a shot beyond Joe Hart.
Although Newcastle could never claim to be dominating, it said much for their efforts that Roberto Mancini turned to Emmanuel Adebayor for some inspiration just 10 minutes after the restart.
Yaya Toure had set Tevez up for an angled effort which brought an excellent save from Krul but it was part of a minimal contribution from the Ivorian, who was the man sacrificed for Adebayor's greater attacking power.
The African's impact was disappointing though, certainly compared to that of Johnson, who was celebrating within three minutes of his introduction for Gareth Barry.
Mancini has delivered a number of warnings to the winger recently, which he insists are merely reminders of what it takes to reach the top but, as they have come with the addition slap of being left out, hint at something more concrete.
Newcastle were convinced they should have been presented with the opportunity to level from the spot when Joleon Lescott took down Shola Ameobi with a rather rash challenge.
Atkinson thought otherwise and when Mike Williamson headed Barton's corner over from close range, the Magpies' last chance of stealing a point disappeared with it.
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