Manchester City vs. Newcastle Utd: Winners and Losers from Premier League Game

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2015

Manchester City vs. Newcastle Utd: Winners and Losers from Premier League Game

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    Manchester City made use of Chelsea's slip-up at home to Burnley on Saturday by crushing Newcastle United 5-0 in the Premier League.

    It took only a minute for City to get the ball rolling, Sergio Aguero scoring an early penalty after Edin Dzeko had been fouled. Samir Nasri doubled the lead, and a fantastic third goal saw David Silva set up Dzeko. Silva himself netted four and five after the break, before Wilfried Bony came on to make his City debut.

    Here are all our biggest winners and losers from the Premier League match.

Winner: Edin Dzeko

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    With the arrival of Wilfried Bony, it was pretty clear that Edin Dzeko needed to have a big game for Manchester City or else risk his already irregular place in the team.

    The Bosnian responded perfectly; he won a penalty in the first minute, gave the Newcastle defence a horrible evening throughout and scored the best goal of the game, showing movement, touch and finishing composure to sweep home with his left foot after taking the ball on his chest.

    It's unlikely Dzeko will play with Bony too much, as they did for the final half-hour of this game, but the Ivorian will certainly have witnessed his new team-mate being up for the challenge today.

Loser: Massadio Haidara

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    It might be a bit harsh to single out any Newcastle United player for a poor performance when so many of them were nothing short of atrocious, but left-back Massadio Haidara really did struggle, from the first minute to the last.

    He could have given away at least one penalty for grappling Edin Dzeko, while he also lost out to Samir Nasri and Dzeko in aerial and ground duels, including losing Nasri, whom he was marking as the Frenchman scored his first-half goal.

    Later, Jesus Navas came on and further gave him a torrid time in a very difficult all-round afternoon.

Winner: Moussa Sissoko

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    Nobody really comes out of the game with much credit for Newcastle, but Moussa Sissoko was easily their best player.

    The central midfielder was combative, looked to break forward from midfield to attack as quickly as possible and was the only real threat the Geordies had in the match, with his powerful dribbling and capacity to do both sides of the midfield job. Sissoko is a key part of the team, but don't be surprised to see him head off this summer—he can certainly contribute for a bigger, better team.

    A nod of appreciation for goalkeeper Tim Krul, finally. Although he conceded many times, he made a number of impressive saves too.

Loser: John Carver

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    If he was hoping for a game against a big team to show his credentials as a long-term option for being Newcastle United manager, John Carver would have very quickly realised after kick-off that this wouldn't be that particular game.

    The defence was horribly disorganised throughout. There was a lack of protection in front of them when the ball was lost and next to nothing in attack aside from Sissoko's driving runs.

    Of course, they won't play teams as good as City every week, but this was a harsh lesson in how to not approach the top teams for Carver.

    After the match, Carver told reporters (via Lee Ryder of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle):

    An apology first of all because we all know that we have a fantastic following and they were behind the team.

    For them, like me, when you concede an early goal it is disheartening but they stayed behind us and kept singing. We weren’t great.

    We came up against a top side. And I’ve seen better sides than us – and all due respect to us – come here and take a hiding like we did.

Winner: Aguero/Silva/Nasri

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    No need to pick a single entity for our final selection: David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri were all superb for City.

    Silva was a menace for his hour on the pitch, floating in off the flank to pick spaces between the two Newcastle lines and consistently drawing the ball toward him and looking to play in others. One assist and two goals were a justifiable return on his display.

    Sergio Aguero only netted a penalty but was involved in plenty of good early work for City, and his movement and work rate created plenty of openings, while Nasri simply drifted and caused problems everywhere he went. It was a great display from the front four.

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