A dominant Manchester Metropolis aspect wasted quite a few probabilities however nonetheless picked up a 1-Zero victory at Newcastle, securing an 18th consecutive league win and lengthening their lead on the high of the Premier League to 15 factors.
Jonjo Shelvey tried a speculative shot from the midway line from kick-off and from there, the Magpies appeared to park the bus as Metropolis peppered the Newcastle objective with pictures, Sergio Aguero twice hitting the put up and Kevin de Bruyne firing two pictures in to the gang.
Aguero additionally produced a spectacular save from house goalkeeper Rob Elliot because the Toon stopper brilliantly palmed the Argentine’s header over, although Jacob Murphy was fortunate to remain on the pitch after replays confirmed the problem on Ilkay Gundogan beforehand was horrific and arguably warranted a straight purple card.
The free scoring leaders did finally get their reward, De Bruyne producing one other gorgeous go for Raheem Sterling to run onto, and the in-form England winger’s first time shot crept below Rob Elliot and in off the put up.
The opening objective appeared to trigger the defensive minded hosts to loosen the handbrake, they usually got here dangerously near equalising when a slip allowed Rolando Aarons in. The teen chipped Ederson however an impressive clearing header from Nicolas Otamendi not solely denied a objective, but additionally stopped Newcastle striker Joselu nodding in from inches out.
Regardless of a dominant first half from the league leaders, Metropolis had been dealt one other defensive blow as captain Vincent Kompany’s steady calf harm returned and brought about him to come back off after simply 10 minutes. Failure to finish one more 90 minutes clearly annoyed the Belgian as he limped off the pitch after a promising run of begins.
Little or no modified after half-time, and Metropolis ought to have elevated their lead when an outstanding one-two noticed Kevin De Bruyne in on objective, however the Belgian shocked everybody inside St James’ Park and sliced his shot horribly large.
Metropolis did finally have the ball within the internet after 65 minutes when Sergio Aguero tapped in a rebound after Kevin De Bruyne’s lengthy vary effort hit the put up, but it surely was rightly dominated out for offside because the runaway leaders continued to waste probability after probability.
After the tempo of the sport calmed down, hearts had been in Metropolis followers mouth as lacklustre passing noticed Dwight Gayle being performed in, however the Toon striker threw himself to the bottom below Danilo’s presence. Regardless of house followers appeals, referee Andre Mariner was fast to rule out a spot kick and appropriately booked the Newcastle quantity 9 for simulation.
That second appeared to get the house aspect going as Newcastle had their greatest spell of strain within the match as subs Christian Atsu and Gayle brought about the Metropolis defence minor points but it surely received the house trustworthy on their ft and behind their crew for the primary time within the recreation.
The emphatic guests had been virtually made to pay with simply two minutes of regular time left when the energetic Dwight Gayle latched onto Christian Atsu’s cross, however his header creeped simply large of Ederson’s objective as Metropolis, who had 21 pictures on objective and 80% possession had been compelled to cling on to their slender benefit.
Harm time proved to be a gradual painful end as Metropolis noticed it out comfortably and ensured they took full benefit of Manchester United’s Boxing Day draw with Burnley, extending their outrageous result in 15 factors. As for Newcastle, a fifth straight house loss leaves them 15th within the desk forward of Saturday’s important house recreation with Brighton.