NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Edin Dzeko's first half goal and Alvaro Negredo's tap-in during added time gave Manchester City a 2-0 win at Newcastle as the Blues moved provisionally top of the Premier League following a tense game marred by a controversial decision on Sunday.
Dzeko scored after eight minutes before Cheikh Tiote appeared to put Newcastle back in the game with a powerful strike. Referee Mike Jones consulted the assistant and ruled that Yoan Gouffran interfered with play in an offside position.
Negredo secured City's win in added time from the rebound after Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul saved his initial attempt.
City won its third straight away game to climb above Chelsea in the standings ahead of Arsenal's match at Aston Villa on Monday.
Manuel Pellegrini's team has now won six consecutive league matches and scored a total of 94 goals in all competition, more than its entire tally for last season.
Utilizing its usual 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 it into the back of the net for his fifth league goal of the season.
Kolarov troubled Newcastle defenders throughout the afternoon and provided another precise pass at the back post four minutes later but the outstretched Negredo could not latch onto the ball.
City's well organized midfielders were caught off guards moments later when Yohan Cabaye stole the ball and picked out forward Loic Remy, with the France striker being flagged offside.
Tiote delighted home fans at St James' Park when he fired a stunning shot into the top corner in the 34th minute, only for the referee to cancel 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 referee."