Yaya Toure was a one man wrecking crew in City's win over Utd on Monday without scoring a goal. Against Newcastle he continued in the same vein and scored a brace. The first was a sublime piece of precision and placement. Roberto Mancini won the tactical battle against Sir Alex and this time too his decision to take off an ineffective Samir Nasri and introduce Nigel de Jong to patrol the backfield gave free rein to Toure's attacking instincts. The change paid off handsomely.
Newcastle's blue eyed boys Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba, and Papiss Cisse were kept on a leash by a steel trap City defense and when they did get the ball they did little.
With this win City are almost there in their pursuit of their maiden Premiership title. They have QPR to face in their last match. That opens up the delicious possibility of former manager Mark Hughes who left Eastlands under a cloud to play the part of a spoiler. But QPR also have plenty of dog in this game as they battle Blackburn, Bolton, and Wigan to stay promoted.