In Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday afternoon at the Etihad, the fantastic Phil Foden scored once more. Fifteen minutes into the match, City’s winger scored his fourth goal in three games, gliding past at least three Newcastle defenders before Sven Botman beat Nick Pope with a close-range shot. “It was Phil’s brilliant move,” City manager PepGuardiola exclaimed afterward.
Sean Longstaff had a shot blocked, and Callum Wilson made a mistake in the first half for Newcastle. After the break, substitutes Joe Willock and Alexander Isak threatened, but Bernardo Silva came off the bench to score the hosts’ decisive second goal (67). Before Arsenal’s dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates later on Saturday afternoon, the champions briefly moved within two points of Arsenal at the top of the table thanks to Ederson’s 100th clean sheet in the Premier League.
Despite having a poor record at Man City, Newcastle had gone eight games without defeat. They have never won the league at this stadium, and less than a week after losing to Man UTD in the Carabao Cup final, their 14th loss in a row in the Premier League at the Etihad has hurt their chances of making the top four. With two games remaining, Newcastle is still four points behind Tottenham, who are in fourth place.
However, with no wins in their last five Premier League games and only two goals scored, manager Eddie Howe will be concerned that his team needs to catch up. No away team has kept a clean sheet in a Premier League game at the Etihad this season, and IlkayGundogan scored from a Jack Grealish cross within a minute to put City ahead. Newcastle had the best defense in the division when they arrived.