Manchester City bounced back from the disappointment of losing the Manchester derby with a stylish victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park.

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring with a close-range finish after being set up by Samir Nasri, who hit the post 10 minutes later.

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Javi Garcia made it 2-0 from David Silva's corner before Demba Ba's header after the break gave the Magpies hope.

But Yaya Toure's seven-yard finish from Pablo Zabaleta's pass sealed victory.

It was the perfect response from Roberto Mancini's side after the bitter disappointment of losing 3-2 at home to neighbours Manchester United last Sunday.

Robin van Persie's injury-time winner, which earned United a six-point cushion at the Premier League summit, had raised questions about City's character.

Mancini responded to the defeat against United by making three changes - Mario Balotelli failing to even make the substitutes bench as the City manager opted to play Carlos Tevez alongside Argentine compatriot Aguero for the first time since the 5-0 win over Aston Villa on 17 November.

This was just the response Roberto Mancini wanted from his side following their recent Champions League exit and Manchester derby defeat. Newcastle had their moments but City produced a classy performance as they answered the doubters. For Newcastle, it is six defeats in seven league games and they need to return to winning ways quickly

And the change immediately paid off as Aguero side-footed his side into a 10th minute lead in front of a gaping net after Yaya Toure's defence-splitting pass allowed Nasri to tee up the City striker for his sixth Premier League goal of the season.

There was also a place in the side for Kolo Toure but it was the performance of younger brother Yaya that really caught the eye.

Yaya produced a colossal performance, the Ivory Coast international leading by example as stand-in captain in the absence of Vincent Kompany, who was nursing a groin injury.

City were dynamic going forward, the only negative for Mancini before half-time being the loss of Nasri to a groin injury.

The sight of Nasri, who hit the post from inside the six-yard area in the 20th minute, vanishing down the tunnel in the 37th minute was a welcome one for Newcastle, who failed to deal with the Frenchman's pace while Tevez and Aguero were also allowed to roam at will.

Aguero had a shot cleared off the line by Mike Williamson, while Tevez was denied by Magpies' keeper Tim Krul. Garcia then doubled the lead six minutes before half-time with a header from Silva's corner which Davide Santon should have cleared off the line.

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Six minutes into the second half Demba Ba gave the hosts hope when he headed beyond Joe Hart, who was standing well off his line, after Fabricio Coloccini hooked the ball into the area but City capped a classy performance through man of the match Yaya Toure.

He slid home from seven yards after Silva had fed Zabaleta on the left side of the penalty area and the full-back pulled the ball back for Yaya Toure.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 03 Santon
  • 05 Simpson Booked (Ferguson - 82' )
  • 06 Williamson Booked
  • 14 Perch Booked
  • 08 Anita
  • 18 Gutierrez
  • 24 Tiote (Marveaux - 74' )
  • 09 Cisse (Sh Ameobi - 79' )
  • 19 Ba

Substitutes

  • 21 Elliot
  • 31 Ferguson
  • 34 Tavernier
  • 20 Bigirimana
  • 22 Marveaux
  • 23 Sh Ameobi
  • 28 Sa Ameobi

Manchester City

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta
  • 22 Clichy
  • 28 K Toure Booked
  • 33 Nastasic
  • 08 Nasri (Kolarov - 37' )
  • 14 Garcia
  • 21 Silva
  • 42 Y Toure
  • 16 Aguero Booked
  • 32 Tevez (Lescott - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 06 Lescott
  • 13 Kolarov (Dzeko - 72' )
  • 44 Rekik
  • 11 Sinclair
  • 62 Razak
  • 10 Dzeko
Ref: Marriner
Att: 49,579

Match Stats

Shots

17 16

On target

8 10

Corners

12 7

Fouls

9 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:15 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +2:43

David Silva decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +2:12

Yaya Toure concedes a free kick for a foul on Sylvain Marveaux. Direct free kick taken by James Perch.

90:00 +1:40

Corner from left by-line taken by Sylvain Marveaux.

90:00 +1:24

Shot by Sylvain Marveaux from 20 yards. Blocked by Joleon Lescott.

89:23

Corner taken by David Silva played to the near post, save by Tim Krul.

88:43

Pablo Zabaleta fouled by Jonas Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by David Silva from right wing, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.

86:38

Effort from deep inside the area by Sergio Aguero misses to the left of the target.

85:50

Corner taken by Sylvain Marveaux, clearance by Joleon Lescott.

84:58

Sergio Aguero has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

84:35

Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

83:40

Shane Ferguson sends in a cross, Francisco Javi Garcia manages to make a clearance.

81:48 Substitution

Substitution Shane Ferguson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Simpson.

81:35

Shot by Demba Ba from just outside the area goes over the net.

80:39

Corner taken left-footed by Sylvain Marveaux from the right by-line, clearance by Joleon Lescott.

79:37

Corner taken by Vurnon Anita from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Francisco Javi Garcia.

78:18 Substitution

Substitution Shola Ameobi on for Papiss Cisse.

78:18 Substitution

Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Joleon Lescott coming on for Carlos Tevez.

77:31

The assist for the goal came from Pablo Zabaleta.

77:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Yaya Toure - Newcastle 1 - 3 Man City Yaya Toure finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 1-3 Man City.

77:19

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.

76:41

David Silva fouled by Vurnon Anita, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matija Nastasic.

73:52 Substitution

Substitution Sylvain Marveaux replaces Cheick Tiote.

72:26

Unfair challenge on Matija Nastasic by Demba Ba results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

71:01 Substitution

Substitution Edin Dzeko is brought on as a substitute for Aleksandar Kolarov.

69:00

Pablo Zabaleta challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vurnon Anita.

68:43

Francisco Javi Garcia challenges Cheick Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Demba Ba takes the free kick.

68:00

Demba Ba takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

66:07

David Silva takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Header by Francisco Javi Garcia from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

65:27

The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez.

63:55

Yaya Toure fouled by Cheick Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Francisco Javi Garcia.

62:54

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Vurnon Anita, Demba Ba has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

62:40

Vurnon Anita takes a shot. Francisco Javi Garcia gets a block in.

61:28

Corner taken by Vurnon Anita from the right by-line, clearance made by Yaya Toure.

61:02

Sergio Aguero is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.

60:12

The ball is sent over by Pablo Zabaleta.

59:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Simpson on Carlos Tevez. Yaya Toure takes the free kick.

58:47

Shot from long range by Cheick Tiote goes wide of the left-hand upright.

58:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vurnon Anita by Francisco Javi Garcia. Vurnon Anita takes the free kick.

57:42

Effort from outside the penalty box by Cheick Tiote goes wide left of the goal.

57:14

Corner taken right-footed by Vurnon Anita from the right by-line, clearance by Matija Nastasic.

56:28

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.

56:05

The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson, save made by Joe Hart.

54:58

Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.

54:58 Booking

Booking James Perch is booked.

54:41 Booking

Booking Kolo Toure is booked.

54:32

Foul by Kolo Toure on Demba Ba, free kick awarded.

52:20

Papiss Cisse takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

51:26

Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.

50:24

Assist on the goal came from Fabricio Coloccini.

50:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Demba Ba - Newcastle 1 - 2 Man City Demba Ba scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Newcastle 1-2 Man City.

50:05

Vurnon Anita takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

49:07

Unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Matija Nastasic results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Vurnon Anita.

48:02

Effort from inside the area by Davide Santon misses to the left of the goal.

47:10

Cheick Tiote crosses the ball, Close range header by Demba Ba goes over the bar.

45:38

Foul by David Silva on Davide Santon, free kick awarded. Vurnon Anita delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Joe Hart.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:47

Francisco Javi Garcia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Papiss Cisse. Vurnon Anita takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +3:35 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +2:11

The referee blows for offside. Tim Krul takes the indirect free kick.

45:00 +1:21

A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson.

44:37

Corner taken by Jonas Gutierrez.

44:08

Aleksandar Kolarov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Simpson. Danny Simpson takes the direct free kick.

43:14

Papiss Cisse challenges Francisco Javi Garcia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

42:23

David Silva takes the inswinging corner, save made by Tim Krul.

41:04

The official flags Aleksandar Kolarov offside. Jonas Gutierrez takes the free kick.

40:52

Danny Simpson sends in a cross.

40:12

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Vurnon Anita.

39:56

Vurnon Anita decides to take the corner short.

38:29

David Silva provided the assist for the goal.

38:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Francisco Javi Garcia - Newcastle 0 - 2 Man City Francisco Javi Garcia scores a headed goal from inside the box. Newcastle 0-2 Man City.

38:27

Corner taken by David Silva,

37:57

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.

36:30

Free kick taken by Vurnon Anita.

36:30 Substitution

Substitution Aleksandar Kolarov comes on in place of Samir Nasri.

36:30 Booking

Booking Sergio Aguero receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

36:17

Sergio Aguero gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheick Tiote.

32:35

Demba Ba has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

31:38

Fabricio Coloccini fouled by Carlos Tevez, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.

30:58

Shot by Papiss Cisse from a long way out goes over the target.

28:32

Sergio Aguero gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon. Free kick crossed right-footed by Vurnon Anita, clearance by Kolo Toure.

27:55

Effort from inside the area by Sergio Aguero misses to the right of the goal.

26:48

Direct free kick taken by David Silva.

26:48 Booking

Booking Danny Simpson receives a caution.

26:38

Unfair challenge on David Silva by Danny Simpson results in a free kick.

25:31

A cross is delivered by Carlos Tevez, James Perch manages to make a clearance.

25:20

Corner taken short by Carlos Tevez.

25:03

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. James Perch gets a block in.

24:38

Mike Williamson takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

24:03

Samir Nasri is penalised for a handball. Vurnon Anita takes the free kick.

22:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Perch by Yaya Toure. Vurnon Anita restarts play with the free kick.

20:04

Shot from 12 yards by Kolo Toure. Blocked by Mike Williamson.

19:54

Corner taken by Carlos Tevez, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.

19:39

Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Blocked by Mike Williamson.

19:21

Samir Nasri takes a shot from close range that hits the post.

15:01

The ball is swung over by Samir Nasri.

14:19

Yaya Toure restarts play with the free kick.

14:19 Booking

Booking Mike Williamson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

14:15

Mike Williamson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez.

12:58

The assistant referee flags for offside against David Silva. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.

12:47

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.

11:28

Samir Nasri produces a cross.

9:45

Samir Nasri provided the assist for the goal.

9:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Sergio Aguero - Newcastle 0 - 1 Man City A goal is scored by Sergio Aguero from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 0-1 Man City.

8:01

The offside flag is raised against Carlos Tevez. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.

7:15

Unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Kolo Toure results in a free kick. Vurnon Anita restarts play with the free kick.

6:04

James Perch takes a shot. Blocked by Matija Nastasic.

4:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Kolo Toure. Vurnon Anita takes the direct free kick.

3:46

Corner taken right-footed by Vurnon Anita to the near post, save made by Joe Hart.

2:53

Unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Kolo Toure results in a free kick. Vurnon Anita restarts play with the free kick.

2:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yaya Toure by Vurnon Anita. Direct free kick taken by Francisco Javi Garcia.

1:35

Cheick Tiote crosses the ball, Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Fantastic save by Joe Hart.

1:19

Danny Simpson sends in a cross.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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