An early goal from Fernando Llorente was almost enough for Manchester City today to see off Newcastle at St. James' Park, but Alvaro Negredo put the result beyond doubt deep into the referee's optional time, to give City a 2-0 win away from home.
The result puts City on top of the standings, with Arsenal, having a game in hand, lying third, and Chelsea right behind them.
The game started with a quick tempo from both sides, but Manchester City were the first to reach the opposition's box with Aleksandar Kolarov trying to surge in, but blocked within the vicinity of the area in the fourth minute.
From then on City continued to press on, and the goal finally came in the eighth minute, as David Silva played Kolarov into space and the Serbian dipped a low cross to find Edin Dzeko to tap home 1-0, for his fifth goal of the season.
In the 18th minute, Newcastle United looked for an equaliser, and started to put pressure on the visitors, as Steven Taylor beat City keeper Joe Hart and put in a cross but the City defence was alert to clear the lines.
United continued to pile on the pressure, and another one on one with Hart ensued in the 23rd minute, with Loic Remy this time around. However, his efforts weren't rewarded as he was ruled offside.
City tried to catch United on the counter, and it nearly paid off as Kolarov whipped in another cross seeking out Alvaro Negredo in the 30th minute only for Davide Santon to read the move well and clear the lines.
There was a big controversy in the 34th minute with Cheick Tiote's stunning goal was ruled out for offside, after the referee consulted with his assistant. They presumed two Newcastle players to be offside, and also be blocking the keeper's view.
The home team players started to get frustrated, and Moussa Sissoko got a yellow card for kicking the ball away in the 37th minute.
David Silva put in an inviting cross that met Negredo who did everything right to head-in, but the Newcastle keeper was alert to put in a great save in the 55th minute.
Yohan Cabaye found space between the City second-line of defence and the defence to dip in a shot that went over Hart, and just over the crossbar in the 68th minute.
In the 70th minute, Joe Hart made a great save to deny Loic Remy who read Yoan Gouffran's diagonal through ball brilliantly.
Injuries disrupted the tempo of the game then on, and Newcastle lost the momentum to surrender to a home defeat.