Manchester City shook off last weeks defeat in the Manchester Derby to beat Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Roberto Mancini couldn’t have asked for a better response after being denied a point at the death to arch rivals United six days prior as they produced a stylish performance on their way to victory in the North East.
A subdued first half display cost the Magpies dearly in their loss at Fulham on Monday night and a similar showing on Saturday that saw them fall two goals behind before the first 45 minutes was up.
It only took the visitors 10 minutes to break the deadlock when Yaya Toure threaded a superb ball through the Toon defence to Samir Nasri, who teed up Sergio Aguero to roll into an empty net from six-yards.
Nasri struck the post in the 20th minute, before suffering a groin injury and having to be substituted eight minutes before half time, while Aguero saw an effort cleared off the line by Mike Williamson and Carlos Tevez was denied by Tim Krul.
But their search for a second goal was ended in the 39th minute as Javi Garcia rose highest to head David Silva’s corner past Krul and in off David Santon, who should have done better on the post.
Newcastle came raring out of the traps after the break and within six minutes had reduced the deficit, Demba Ba heading beyond Joe Hart after Fabricio Coloccini had hooked the ball back into the City penalty area.
The home side pushed hard for an equaliser with Papiss Cisse blazing well over after turning sharply in the box and Ba having two efforts saved by Hart.
However their efforts were all in vain as man of the match Toure wrapped up the points for Mancini’s men, coverting from close range from Pablo Zabaleta’s cut back.