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Patrick Jennings

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  1. Good evening

    Right, that is it from me for this evening.

    Still to come: Match of the Day - on BBC One at 22:30 GMT (23:50 in Scotland).

    The running order:

    Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace

    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Brighton 0-4 Chelsea

    Stoke 2-0 Huddersfield

    Burnley 0-1 Man Utd

    Leicester 2-0 Watford

    Everton 1-1 West Brom

    West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth.

    Until the next time!

  2. 'Ten more to be champions'

    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Manchester City

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola speaking to BBC Sport: "We need 10 more wins to be champions, and we’ll try for more points. We face these kind of teams – Southampton, West Ham, Bournemouth, who play with the 5-4-1, that’s why it’s so important to attack this kind of team.

    "It’s not how many goals you score, it’s how many chances you create, it’s how many chances your keeper has to save. It was important how we reacted at 2-1, we didn’t panic."

    Pep Guardiola celebrates
  3. Benitez hoping to make signings

    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez told Match of the Day: "I think that we wanted to stay in the game and we did it, the penalty was a bit soft and it changed everything. After we score we had a couple of chances. They are a very good team, our reaction was quite good.

    "We changed at the end and played with four at the back, the idea was to stay solid and try to regain and play counter attack. At the beginning we were giving the ball away easily. To find the balance between defending and attacking is what we were trying to do.

    "I have been praising the players the whole season in terms of effort, sometimes it's a bit of luck. If you have a little bit of luck you can be ahead in some games.

    "It's the Premier League, everyone is spending a lot of money, that is why we expect something in this window. Hopefully we can see some new faces before the end of this window."

  4. 'Aguero is a life legend' - Zinchenko

    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Manchester City

    Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko on BT Sport: "I'm so happy (to make my first start in the Premier League) and it's an important three points after Liverpool, we have to keep going.

    "I'm very happy for Sergio, he's a life legend. When it was 2-1 it was a little bit dangerous but we scored more."

  5. 'It touched my hair'

    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Manchester City

    Manchester City's hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero, speaking to BT Sport: "We're really happy with the victory. We needed it after last week. It's a long season though and we've not won anything yet. We need to keep going and pushing onto the next game."

    On whether the first goal was actually his: Of course it was my goal - I think it touched my hair. It’s mine, sure, 100%!"

    Sergio Aguero
  6. inSane dribbling

    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Leroy Sane

    Mark: Sane is the reason Pep didn't go for Sanchez.

    Suraj: Sane reminds me of humbler version of a new future Ronaldo.

    No pressure Leroy...

  7. Post update

    FT: Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    And the picture at the bottom. Newcastle are two points off the relegation zone. Southampton play at home to Tottenham on Sunday and Swansea host Liverpool on Monday.

    Bottom six
  8. 'Cracking game'

    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Steve McClaren

    Ex-England manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    A deserved win for City. They totally dominated the first half with some breathtaking football. To be fair to Benitez, he made changes and went for it. The mood of the game changed in the second half, it was end-to-end and a pleasure to watch. Ultimately, City got their third and the three points. Great game.

  9. Post update

    FT: Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Man City

    The 12-point lead is protected, City continue their march towards the Premier League title.

  10. Post update

    FT: Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    A beaming Sergio Aguero grabs the match ball. That is another for his collection.

    The last player to score a perfect hat-trick in the Premier League before today?

    Aguero again - also against Newcastle in October 2015.

    Sergio Aguero
  11. 'Newcastle have had a go'

    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Steve McClaren

    Ex-England manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    This has been a cracking second half. It could have fizzled out at 2-0 but Newcastle have really gone for it and made this a contest. Benitez has learned from what happened at St James Park and had a go. That's all supporters want from their team and it's been great to watch.


    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

  13. CHANCE!

    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    It would probably just have been a consolation but Dwight Gayle should do better with this space in the box to head on goal from Jonjo Shelvey's cross. Looked like he got up too early.

    Dwight Gayle miss
  14. Post update

    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Lovely skip past Oleksandr Zinchenko from Jacob Murhpy. He took his goal really well too. Will Pep Guadiola be manically shouting praise at him after the final whistle?

    We are heading into stoppage time. The Etihad Stadium's announcer names Sergio Aguero as man of the match. A perfect hat-trick from him - head, right foot, left foot.

    Three minutes added on.


    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Leroy Sane does go off now - Brahim Diaz is on to replace him. It's been another great display from Sane. The nutmeg on DeAndre Yedlin as he laid on for Sergio Aguero's third was sublime.

    Leroy Sane
  16. Post update

    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Gary Flintoff

    BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    Pep Guardiola really enjoyed that goal. He celebrated it as if he knows the game is now over. There was even a hint of a smile.


    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Raheem Sterling is coming off - Bernado Silva is on to replace him. A smattering of applause but nothing like the ovation Leroy Sane would get.

  18. 'Game over'

    Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Steve McClaren

    Ex-England manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Fantastic goal. What a run by Leroy Sane. His acceleration past two or three was impressive but then his tight control in the penalty area was exceptional. He showed vision and awareness to pick out Aguero in the box and that's the goal they needed to make the last ten minutes comfortable for them. That's got to be game over now.

  19. GOAL - Man City 3-1 Newcastle

    Sergio Aguero

    That'll do it - and that is the hat-trick for Sergio Aguero.

    This goal is all about one man though - Leroy Sane. He twines his way through a series of challenges with poise and cunning before expertly picking out his man in the box.

    Surely that is Newcastle out of sight - and City preserving their 12-point lead.

    Manchester City celebrate
  20. Post update

    Man City 2-1 Newcastle

    Isaac Hayden wins a free-kick in the middle of the park and here's another chance to get bodies up. The free-kick is lofted in towards hope rather than expectation and eventually is easy for Ederson to gather.