Match Of The Week: Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle United

If there was the slightest slither of doubt before, there probably isn’t any more. As much as some would like to wish it isn’t so, Manchester City glided to another comfortable win this afternoon against Newcastle United at The City of Manchester Stadium. It was a result which confirmed that Manchester United are going to have a hell of a job in keeping up with them – the gap this afternoon went from five points to eight, and then back to five again with United’s tepid win at Swansea City this evening – while Newcastle United’s run near the top of the Premier League table started to look more like a temporary position than it has been at any other point of the season so far. They have Manchester United and Chelsea to follow. Everything about City’s performance this afternoon reeked of the opulence that was stated so starkly with the announcement yesterday of £197m losses accumulated over the last twelve months. From the soft shoe shuffle of Mario Balotelli’s penalty kick to open the lead to the desolation of Newcastle’s late consolation goal after they had spent so long knocking at the door of the Manchester City defence, only to be told that none shall pass, this was a performance that was everything that Manchester City haven’t been in recent years: confident to the point of arrogance, assertive...

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