Manchester City continued their impressive run of form as they ended the unbeaten run of Newcastle United with a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Two penalties, one a piece from Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero, and a fine goal from Micah Richards saw City maintain their 100% home record in front of a stadium record crowd.
Newcastle, who welcomed back Hatem Ben Arfa for his first start after a broken leg in the corresponding fixture last season ruling him, made sure that Roberto Mancini’s men knew they were in a game however they could only manage a late consolation from Dan Gosling.
The score line could have been different but for some wayward finishing from the normally sharp Demba Ba, the former West Ham man seeing his snap shot turned away by Joe Hart before heading wide from a Yohan Cabaye cross
City took the lead 5 minutes before half time when Steven Taylor handled Yaya Toure’s shot with Balotelli side-footing home the resulting penalty into the bottom corner for his 9th of the season.
Taylor was again at fault just before half time when he mis-controlled an intercepted Samir Nasri’s through ball sending the ball the way of Richards who finished smartly to put City two up and in the driving seat.
Newcastle have proved a resolute outfit this season and they stuck to their task refusing to let their heads drop going close through Ben Arfa who hit the post not to mention efforts from Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Guthrie.
However their failure to convert those chances would cost as they soon themselves three down when Ben Arfa fouled Richards in the box allowing Aguero send keeper Tim Krul the wrong way.
Mancini while delighted with his side’s display will have been worried by the sight of Aguero and Toure limping off before the end w with Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Napoli next up.
But that’s tomorrow’s worries for now the Italian can bask in his side’s wonderful form as they made it 11 wins and 42 goals from their opening 12 games.