Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 13th 2014 Contents A64
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, January 13, 2014
LONDON---Manchester City moved provisionally
top of the Premier League with a controversial 2-
0 victory at Newcastle while Liverpool stayed in
contention with a 5-3 win at Stoke as both teams
benefited yesterday from contentious refereeing
Goals from Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo secured
City s 10th consecutive win over the Magpies as
Manuel Pellegrini s high-scoring team extended its
unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 games.
But the result did not reflect the intensity of a
game overshadowed by referee Mike Jones decision
to disallow Cheikh Tiote s apparent equaliser, ruling
that Yoan Gouffran interfered with play in an offside
position. Negredo secured City s win in added time
while league top scorer Luis Suarez scored twice for
Liverpool and Steven Gerrard converted a disputed
City won its third straight away game to climb
one point above Chelsea in the standings ahead of
Arsenal s match at Aston Villa today. If the Gunners
win, they will move back to the top of the table.
But City s successful day was marred by Samir
Nasri sustaining a knee injury and having to be carried
off on a stretcher after a reckless tackle by Mapou
Yanga-Mbiwa, who escaped with a yellow card. Nasri
was set to undergo scans on today, with the club
fearing he may have sustained ligament damage.
"Nasri has I think a serious injury to his knee, we
will see tomorrow. I repeat it was a direct red card,"
City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. "It s his medial
ligament. We will see tomorrow what has happened
Pellegrini s team has now won six consecutive
league matches and scored 94 goals in all compe-
titions, more than its entire tally for last season. Util-
ising its combination of quick passing and movement,
City moved in front as David Silva released Aleksandar
Kolarov on the left side before the Serbia defender
sent a low cross for Dzeko to fire into the back of
the net for his fifth league goal of the season.
But Tiote and the whole crowd thought he had
equalised when he fired a stunning shot into the top
corner in the 34th minute. The linesman s flag stayed
down but Jones went over to talk to his assistant
before disallowing the goal, judging that Gouffran,
standing in front of Joe Hart in an offside position,
was interfering with play. A dejected Alan Pardew
shook his head in disbelief while Newcastle fans
booed the decision and started to sing "1-0 to the
"We re in an entertainment business and the guy s
hit a wonder goal that Joe Hart isn t going to save,"
Pardew said. "I m not thrilled with the referee s
answer when I ve asked for an explanation as I don t
quite get how he can disallow a goal of that quality
on the technical point he is using. Joe Hart is nowhere
near it. It goes through a crowd of City players who
are impairing his view."
Pardew confronted Pellegrini after the incident,
with the Newcastle manager apparently aiming an
expletive-laced tirade at his counterpart.
"I apologise for that," Pardew said later.
Negredo put the game away after being sent clear
by Milner. Tim Krul did well to save his first shot
but the ball ricochet off the keeper and Negredo
shot into an empty goal.
At Stoke, where Liverpool claimed its first ever
league win, manager Brendan Rodgers acknowledged
that his team was awarded a soft penalty after Marc
Wilson sent Raheem Sterling tumbling in the box
despite little contact. Gerrard converted from the
spot to put the Reds back in front after they had
squandered a two-goal lead.
"I thought it was soft if I am being honest," Rodgers
said. "I would call that a Spanish penalty, it is one
where the attacker goes into the defender, who does
not get the ball, and the contact puts him over. If
we get that wee bit of fortune, we will take it."
Liverpool trails City by five points and has one
more point than fifth-place Everton in the race for
the final Champions League spot.
Suarez grabbed a brace and has now scored 22
league goals while Daniel Sturridge came off the
bench to score after a nearly seven-week layoff with
a sprained ankle.
Man City on top of
EPL, Liverpool in hunt
Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew, centre right, argues with referee Mike
Jones, centre left, at half-time during their English Premier League soccer match
against Manchester City at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, yesterday.
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