x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Take two for Manchester City and Tevez

It is a good day for Manchester as City take second place on the table thanks to Tevez who rescinded his transfer request last week.

Tevez celebrates in his trademark style as if to silence his critics.
Tevez celebrates in his trademark style as if to silence his critics.

Carlos Tevez was Manchester City's inspiration once again as they moved up into second place in the Premier League table with a 3-1 win away to Newcastle at St James' Park.

Tevez scored twice and set up another for Gareth Barry as Roberto Mancini's team chalked up their sixth away success of the season.

Newcastle did briefly threaten to upset City when Andy Carroll scored in the second-half, but their fate was effectively sealed within the opening five minutes as City scored twice, with Tevez involved on both occasions.

The Argentina international, who only recently rescinded a transfer request that threatened to throw City into turmoil, created the first when he beat former City player Joey Barton to goalkeeper Tim Krul's misjudged clearance and then set up Barry for a crisp finish into the far corner.

City's opener came after just 72 seconds and the next goal arrived with a little over four minutes gone as Tevez stetched to divert a cross from James Milner - a sweet moment for the England international against his former club, whose fans gave him a rough reception.

Newcastle's defence was opened up twice in quick succession after manager Alan Pardew was confronted with his first difficult decision since taking over from Chris Hughton.

Centre-halves Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini were both available again after suspensions, but only Colccini regained his place as Pardew preferred to keep Steven Taylor alongside the Argentine international.

City, unbeaten in their last eight league games against Newcastle, could afford to leave out players such as Adam Johnson, Mario Balotelli, Jo and Pablo Zabaleta, who have played crucial roles in recent weeks.

So it was a satisfying start for for Mancini, although he soon discovered that even two early goals were not sufficient to destroy the spirit of this Newcastle team.

The Magpies should have pulled a goal back after only six minutes when Carroll rose well to meet a cross from Wayne Routledge, but powered it straight at England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Carroll's strength in the air also created a first-half opportunity for skipper Kevin Nolan, but he was unable to get a decisive touch when only 10 yards out in the 16th minute.

The chances soon dried up, though, as City showed why they went into the game with the best away record in the Premier League. Their midfield was industrious, a reshaped defence settled down and Tevez was always a threat.