Manchester City extended their unbeaten run with a dominant 1-0 win at Newcastle United on Wednesday. Raheem Sterling scored the only goal after a brilliant Kevin De Bruyne pass.
The win sees City also extend their winning run 18 consecutive games, which moved them 15points ahead of closest challengers, city rivals, Manchester United.
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“We created enough chances but in the last 10-15 minutes they could have scored but we were much better.,” an elated Pep Guardiola said after the game.
It was a dominant performance from the PL leaders, but they really should have been more comfortable going into the break, having creating the much better openings.
Their Argentine striker, Sergio Aguero hit the woodwork twice in the inside the opening half hour. Had he finished better, City would have been coasting at the break.
However, Sterling put them ahead just moments after Aguero’s second miss, courtesy of an outrageous De Bruyne pass before that goal appeared to wake Newcastle, who almost equalised immediately but for Nicholas Otamendi’s timely clearance off the line for the visitors to deny Rolando Aarons.
City had more space to operate, following the restart, with Rafa Benitez side looking to draw level, the runaway leaders failed to add to the scoreline despite having chances to do so.
The home side came close to an equaliser late on, but it was City who held on for the win, and three points.
Guardiola and his side have now won 18 successive games, which see them 15points clear at the top of the league standings.
For Newcastle, a fifth consecutive loss at home wasn’t what they bargained for but while there are positives from their defensively organised display against City, they are now a point above the drop zone.
Another game, another win, and who will blame Guardiola for being a happy man?!
“We started really good. We adapted well after the problem we had with Vincent (Kompany). We are happy to win again,” the Spaniard added.