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Foul by Micah Richards on Demba Ba, free kick awarded. Ryan Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Silva by Fabricio Coloccini. Direct free kick taken by David Silva.
Adam Johnson produces a cross.
James Perch concedes a free kick for a foul on Samir Nasri. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
Micah Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Ryan Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Dan Gosling scores a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Man City 3-1 Newcastle.Assist on the goal came from Demba Ba.
Danny Simpson delivers the ball, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
James Perch on for Yohan Cabaye.
Gareth Barry on for Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson, Header by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Adam Johnson, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Samir Nasri. Steven Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Samir Nasri. Danny Guthrie takes the indirect free kick.
Dan Gosling on for Sammy Ameobi.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Adam Johnson coming on for Sergio Aguero. Peter Lovenkrands joins the action as a substitute, replacing Hatem Ben Arfa.
Hatem Ben Arfa challenges Micah Richards unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Sergio Aguero scores a placed penalty. Man City 3-0 Newcastle.Assist by Micah Richards.
Demba Ba is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Joe Hart. Mario Balotelli goes off and David Silva comes on.
James Milner takes a outswinging corner. A cross is delivered by Samir Nasri.
James Milner produces a cross, Ryan Taylor gets a block in.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Gael Clichy. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Danny Guthrie takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Danny Guthrie fouled by Mario Balotelli, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
Sergio Aguero is ruled offside. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Danny Simpson sends in a cross.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, Effort on goal by Fabricio Coloccini from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Hatem Ben Arfa has an effort at goal from the just inside the area hitting the post.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Sammy Ameobi, blocked by Gael Clichy.
Unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Vincent Kompany results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Demba Ba.
The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Corner from the left by-line taken by James Milner, clearance by Steven Taylor.
A cross is delivered by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
Sergio Aguero fouled by Jonas Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.
Micah Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Taylor. Ryan Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Joe Hart.
Mario Balotelli challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Yohan Cabaye takes the outswinging corner, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.
Fabricio Coloccini concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Aguero. James Milner takes the free kick.
Shot from 20 yards by Sammy Ameobi. Save made by Joe Hart.
A goal is scored by Micah Richards from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 Newcastle.Assist by Sergio Aguero.
Danny Simpson challenges Mario Balotelli unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Taylor. Ryan Taylor is adjudged to have handled the ball. Penalty taken right-footed by Mario Balotelli and scored. Man City 1-0 Newcastle.Assist on the goal came from Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line, Demba Ba has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Danny Simpson crosses the ball, Gael Clichy gets a block in.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Ryan Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Taylor produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Sergio Aguero is ruled offside. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Yohan Cabaye, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
Foul by James Milner on Yohan Cabaye, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
Effort from 18 yards by Mario Balotelli. Blocked by Steven Taylor.
The ball is swung over by James Milner.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line to the near post, Ryan Taylor manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by James Milner, Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Shot by Nigel De Jong from 30 yards. Steven Taylor gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Gael Clichy, Micah Richards takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
Sammy Ameobi takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
Ryan Taylor fouled by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
The ball is sent over by James Milner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Micah Richards on Jonas Gutierrez. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Joleon Lescott concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Simpson. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
James Milner takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in.
Centre by Micah Richards, blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
Handball by Sergio Aguero. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Micah Richards fouled by Ryan Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
James Milner takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
Mancini demands more after handing Johnson new deal
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini wants Adam Johnson to concentrate on becoming an even better player after handing the winger a new contract.
City have announced the England international Johnson has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal at the Etihad Stadium.
Mancini recently admitted he had been harsh in his criticism of some of the 24-year-old's recent performances but only because he believes he has the ability to become a world-class performer.
Now the former Middlesbrough prodigy, signed in a #7million deal almost two years ago, is committed until the summer of 2016, Mancini expects him to fulfil his potential.
The Italian said: "Adam is a good player for me. I think he can improve a lot, though.
"After signing a new contract we have time to talk regarding this.
"I am sure (he is going to get better)."
Johnson, who has started just six games in City's star-studded side this season, agrees there is room for improvement and wants to stay to prove himself.
There had been speculation suggesting his future might lie elsewhere but Johnson is excited by the challenge at City, who currently top the Barclays Premier League and are competing in the Champions League.
Johnson told the club's website: "I wouldn't have signed if I didn't see a big future here.
"This club's going places and I want to be up there with them at one of the top clubs in Europe.
"This is such an exciting time to be at the club."
News of Johnson's contract came at the same time it was confirmed that Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta had also signed a new deal.
The 26-year-old has not been a regular starter as Mancini has rotated his full-backs but his versatility has made him an important member of the squad.
Zabaleta, who would have been out of contract next year, said: "I didn't think twice, I gave a quick answer because I was so happy to sign."
Midfielder Nigel De Jong could come up against Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa as City return to Premier League action after the international break on Saturday.
Ben Arfa broke his leg in two places in a tackle from De Jong when the sides met in October last year.
It has emerged this week that Frenchman Ben Arfa, who was sidelined for 11 months, is to accept an apology from De Jong and Mancini is pleased the players can bring the matter to rest.
Mancini said: "This situation can happen in a game.
"It is important that Ben Arfa has come back without problem and can play, for me he is a good player. This is important."
The match at the Etihad Stadium brings together the last two unbeaten teams in the competition and the most prolific attack against the meanest defence.
City have scored a remarkable 39 goals in 11 games in the process of opening up a five-point lead at the top while third-placed Newcastle have conceded just eight times.
Mancini said: "I think their confidence is 100%, they play very well.
"In this moment they are a strong team and they have conceded few goals.
"My memory of last year at home against Newcastle - we had a big problem.
"From last year, they have improved a lot. It will be a tough game for us."
Steven Taylor is relishing the chance to prove Newcastle's critics wrong as they prepare for an acid test of their Premier League credentials.
The Magpies sit in third place in the table after an unbeaten 11-game start to the new campaign which has surprised almost everyone but themselves.
However, their next three fixtures see them travel to leaders City and reigning champions Manchester United in successive weekends before fourth-placed Chelsea arrive on Tyneside in a run of games which will test their new-found confidence to the extreme.
Central defender Taylor said: "We are testing ourselves against the best teams in the league, the best players in the world, but this is why you want to be a professional footballer, to be playing on the biggest stage against the best players.
"I keep reading, 'they haven't played anybody that's going to test them'.
"Well, this is our chance and hopefully we can prove it."
Newcastle will be without Cheik Tiote and Sylvain Marveaux through injury, while Leon Best and Gabriel Obertan remain doubtful.
City ensure chips are down for Newcastle
There were no chips at Manchester City, just another three points for the Premier League leaders as Newcastle's unbeaten record came to an end with a 3-1 defeat.
Even City's fans shared the amusement of a club that just announced losses of #194.9million being forced to announce that there would be no chips available at half-time.
The money has been spent on far more productive items though and two of the recent big-money purchases, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero, both scored from the spot in between a rasping finish from home-grown defender Micah Richards, who had an outstanding afternoon.
It maintained City's 100% home record in front of a stadium record crowd, although Alan Pardew's men could justifiably feel the scoreline did not pay due reward to their own efforts, even after Dan Gosling's consolation.
It was a matter of some satisfaction on Tyneside that Newcastle should head into this three-match sequence which sees meetings with both Manchester clubs followed by an encounter with Chelsea still unbeaten.
Few thought Alan Pardew's men would still be awaiting their first loss in a fortnight's time yet the confidence that has soared with the Magpies made them think anything was possible.
And, if Demba Ba had profited during the visitors' best spell of the opening period, they might well have headed back to the north-east in even more buoyant mood.
Instead, his snap-shot after being set up by Hatem Ben Arfa was turned away by Joe Hart before he glanced a header wide from Yohan Cabaye's corner.
It was Ben Arfa's first Premier League start since he broke his leg in a challenge with Nigel de Jong in the corresponding fixture last season.
The pair have since made up from what Ben Arfa felt was a nasty tackle by De Jong and thankfully there was no hint of a repeat.
It does seem City have moved forward since then both in personnel and a more expansive style.
Yet again, they were the team carrying most of the threat and before Newcastle's purple patch, Aguero fizzed a shot over the bar and Tim Krul produced an excellent one-handed save to deny Balotelli's close range header.
The Blues were still searching for some kind of inspiration when Taylor made his intervention.
He would be correct in claiming he was within close proximity of Yaya Toure's shot five minutes before the break.
However, referee Chris Foy presumably took the view that with his arm outstretched, Taylor was asking for trouble, which duly came in the form of a penalty when the ball hit him inside the box.
Never one to avoid a bit of drama, Balotelli strode slowly to the spot-kick before side-footing neatly into the bottom corner.
It was the Italian's ninth goal of the season and was celebrated with a folding of the arms and a steely stare.
Taylor's afternoon was soon to get worse as on City's next attack he tried to control Samir Nasri's through ball and turn at the same time.
All the full-back succeeded in doing was allow Richards the chance to intervene.
Mystifyingly overlooked by Fabio Capello, the full-back finished smartly and suddenly City were clear.
To their credit, Newcastle refused to let their heads drop.
But the second-half just brought more anguish in their bid to drag themselves back into the game.
First Ben Arfa drove a low shot against a post after he had nipped in to rob Vincent Kompany.
Then Fabricio Coloccini belted a volley wide after being picked out completely unmarked from Yohan Cabaye's corner.
Finally, Hart denied Guthrie, who has sped into the box and gone for the far corner from an acute angle.
Having come through those trials and tribulations unscathed, it seemed harsh that City should grab another themselves after Ben Arfa had sent Richards tumbling in the box.
With Balotelli replaced by David Silva, Aguero took over spot-kick duties and promptly sent Krul the wrong way.
The sight of Aguero and Toure hobbling off before the end would be a worry for manager Roberto Mancini with Tuesday's must-not-lose Champions League trip to Napoli looming.
And the City boss would not be too happy that Gosling's effort two minutes from time denied his side a clean sheet.
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