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Kompany: "We have made mistakes and now we have to make them up"

Newcastle win just the start as City cannot afford any more slips in their bid to retain the title.

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City defeated Newcastle 5-0 yesterday in what was an ideal way to prepare for Tuesday's match against Barcelona in Champions League.

The match began well for Manchester City, who earned a 50 second penalty, after referee Chris Foy adjudged Vernon Anita to have fouled Edin Dzeko at the top of the box. Aguero slotted the ball away for 1-0. Samir Nasri then scored in the 12th minute to make it 2-0, after a pass from Dzeko and a faint to shake his defender off. Edin Dzeko then made it 3-0 in the 21st minute, after a world-class floating pass from David Silva, which ended in Dzeko applying his chest  the ball and one-timing it past Newcastle keeper, Tim Krul.

City went 3-0 into half-time. In the second half, Spanish midfielder David Silva stole the show, as he bagged two goals in the 51st and 53rd minute to make it 5-0 for City. The first goal of Silva was from the penalty spot, with a cool finish after a pass from Nasri. The next goal came two minutes later, after a long ball from Yaya Toure to Aguero, who chested it down and Silva ran to finish it from the top of the box.

After Chelsea's 1-1 draw against Burnley at Stamford Bridge, this leaves Man City with 55 points and Chelsea with 60 points with 12 games each left in the Premier League season. City though have an early opportunity to claw the gap even further with Chelsea not in Premier League action next weekend due to them contesting the Capital One Cup final.

After the match, City captain Vincent Kompany was happy with the resounding win, but also wary about what follows for the rest of the season as he stated, "We have made mistakes during the season, and now we have to make them up." Manuel Pellegrini, City manager, echoed a similar sentiment as he stated after the match, "we have 36 points left to play and we must try to play like we have today."