Manchester City cruised past 100 goals for the season with a dominant win over struggling Cardiff.
Edin Dzeko was the man to tip City over the century milestone after getting on the end of a David Silva cross, despite claims of hand ball in the passage of play before the strike.
Many onlookers would not have expected Cardiff to bounce back so quickly knowing how strong Man City have been at home this year, but Craig Noone silenced the Etihad crowd with a left footed strike past Joe Hart.
However they were level for just three minutes before Jesus Navas finished a City counter attack. Yaya Toure made it 3-1 and substitute Sergio Aguero made it 4-1 after skinning Steven Caulker to put the ball in the back of the net. A late consolation goal from Frazer Campbell made it 4-2 at the final whistle.
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Newcastle dispatched a woeful West Ham United outfit at Upton Park thanks to some individual brilliance from Yohan Cabaye.
The Frenchman was the star of the show and tormented Sam Allardyce’s side all game. He opened the scoring within 15 minutes after sliding the ball into the bottom corner following a pass from Yoan Gouffran.
Newcastle’s Loic Remy made it 2-0 on 33 minutes after Moussa Sissoko slotted him in on goal. Remy controlled with ease and put it round West Ham keeper Adrian with ease.
West Ham, now under pressure from the crowd, found a response before half time after a long ball fell to Carlton Cole, whose attempt to chest the ball went through Tim Krul and the ball somehow found its way into the back of the net.
Despite a few chances in the second half, West Ham looked pretty blunt in attack and the game was wrapped up when Cabaye slotted a free kick home in the dying minutes. Not good for Sam Allardyce, who is looking under even more pressure following that loss.
Another 3 points in the bag! Brilliant first half, questionable second! Cabaye the difference for me, sheer class on the ball! #nufc
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