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Match Report: City 5 - 0 Newcastle

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With Chelsea drawing, unexpectedly, with Burnley, City had a bit of boost heading into this match with Newcastle. That boost became even greater in under a minute when Dzeko won a penalty, which Aguero tucked away to make it 1-0 to the boys in blue. After the goal Newcastle began to get themselves into the game following a sluggish start but it was City who would get the next goal. As City got into the Newcastle defense, Silva picked out the cutting Dzeko on the left side of the box. Dzeko’s pass was deflected but fell to the feet of Nasri, who made one move and powered a left footed shot into the back of the net. Up two goals City began to play with the swagger and skill of defending champions, displaying patience with the ball in midfield and the killer instinct in the box. The third goal was that of something you’d see in FIFA. A beautiful pass from Silva found the chest of Dzeko, who settled it and beat Krul with a left footed strike. City finished the half with an extra hint of vigor and guile as they successfully picked apart the Newcastle defense but weren’t able to find the back of the net. This first half was exactly what the doctored order for City who had been struggling coming in and a fixture against Barcelona coming up in three days time.

The spectacular continued for City in the second half as City grabbed two goals in quick succession. David Silva's influence on the match was highlighted by those two early goals in the second half. The rest of the second half lacked any note worthy events, except for more solid play from City on attack and in defense as well. Bony made his Manchester City debut and almost had him self a bright start to his time in City blue if it weren’t for the leg of Tim Krul to keep him off the scorers sheet.

The whole team played fantastic today and the arrival of their two Ivory Coast beasts, Yaya and new signing Bony, were a huge boost of confidence. Speaking of Bony, I think his signing woke Dzeko up a bit because the Bosnian played like a man possessed, especially through the first half, making runs all over the pitch and even tracking back in defense. Silva, as you can predict each match, was fantastic, picking out passes, finding space in between the Newcastle defense and scoring goals (those have become more of a regularity this season). That is why he would be my MotM. It is hard to tell if the return of Yaya was so much of a boost that this game got out of hand, or a telling sign of Newcastle’s frailties, but none the less it was a huge performance by the whole team.