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PREMIER LEAGUE: Scintillating City send title warning

MAGPIES MAULED:Manchester City scored four, but could have had many more if it had not been for some excellent saves by Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul

Reuters, MANCHESTER, England

The entire stadium was on its feet when Toure netted the hosts’ third with a thumping free-kick over the wall and out of the reach of Krul.

Newcastle’s woeful defending was exposed yet again with 15 minutes to go when Nasri, who had come on for the lively Aguero on the hour-mark, had plenty of space to send in a low left-footed shot.

“After the sending off, obviously we were just digging in,” Newcastle manager Alan Pardew told a press conference. “The spirit and commitment the guys showed in the second half, I was actually quite proud of them. These teams in terms of finance and quality make it very difficult for the rest of us in the Premier League ... There will be better teams than us who will struggle at this ground, that’s for sure.”

Considering new signing Alvaro Negredo, the Spain striker who scored four goals in his final La Liga game for Sevilla, was only introduced 10 minutes from time and had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside, City fans have good reason to believe there could be plenty more goalfests to come this season.

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