City cruise to comfortable win

Manuel Pellegrini made the best possible start to his reign as Manchester City manager as the Blues cruised to the Premier League summit by hammering four past 10-man Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium.

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Yaya Toure celebrates with Edin Dzeko after his free-kick made it 3-0

Yaya Toure celebrates with Edin Dzeko after his free-kick made it 3-0

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Having seen title rivals Manchester United and Chelsea both claim convincing wins during the Premier League opening weekend, all eyes were on the Etihad to see whether the 2011/12 champions could deliver in a similar manner.

David Silva took just six minutes to open City's account with a close-range header.

Sergio Aguero added another before half-time, with Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri also on target after the interval, while Edin Dzeko was desperately unlucky not to open his account for the season too.

It was not entirely a trouble-free night for Pellegrini as he lost skipper Vincent Kompany to a groin injury.

Yet, compared to opposite number Alan Pardew, the Chilean's problems are minuscule.

Pardew was clearly furious that a bid from Arsenal for Yohan Cabaye was made public in the hours before kick-off, which effectively prevented the midfielder from being involved.

And when he sees the television replays, the Magpies chief should be equally annoyed with Steven Taylor.

Newcastle's problems were not helped when, inexplicably, Taylor deliberately caught Aguero round the side of his head with a swing of his arm, right in front of referee Andre Marriner.

It was an obvious straight red card and, considering the visitors were already two goals down, left them with no chance of salvaging anything from a sorry evening.

Their own hopes were hampered by the bid for Cabaye which triggered the Frenchman's return to the north-east because he was not in the right frame of mind to play.

And, when Taylor turned Dzeko's near-post cross into the path of Silva, the little Spain star nodded home from close range.

City's second came straight down the middle of the pitch.

Skipper Kompany put the visitors' defence on the back foot with an incisive pass to Dzeko, who caught Newcastle by surprise by flicking the ball straight on to Aguero.

His quick thinking allowed him to get half a yard in front of Taylor, which was all the room he needed to bury a precise shot into the bottom corner.

Amid a flurry of yellow cards Cheick Tiote brought a rare save out of Joe Hart with a long-range effort before Dzeko headed Aguero's cross wide at the other end.

Within five minutes of the restart it had got worse for Newcastle.

Initially it appeared Newcastle had been reprieved thanks to a brilliant save from Tim Krul to deny Dzeko.

The hosts maintained their pressure, though. And after Debuchy had fouled Aguero on the edge of the area, Toure curled a superb free-kick into the top corner.

Silva went close from a pass by Fernandinho, who was outstanding on his debut, then Dzeko was denied by Krul again.

Nasri's introduction in place of Aguero on the hour underlined the offensive strength Pellegrini has at his disposal, with Stevan Jovetic not even making the bench due to a minor knock.

At the back it is a different matter, though.

Kompany's exit will certainly be a concern given Matija Nastasic's absence and Kolo Toure's exit for Liverpool, which meant Javi Garcia was forced to fill in alongside Joleon Lescott tonight.

Not that it made any difference to the outcome as Nasri evaded the attentions of Debuchy to slot home City's fourth.

Dzeko went close again before Alvaro Negredo was handed his debut, the former Sevilla man having a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside in the dying stages.

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