If City could hand-pick opponents to promote a feel-good factor then surely Newcastle would be atop the list.
Just as this month’s challengers Everton are a constant thorn in the Blues’ ambitions, so the Magpies occupy the other end of the scale.
Roberto Mancini’s men entered the fray at the Etihad on a 12-match unbeaten run (ten of those wins) against the Geordies.
Thirteen might be unlucky for some but it rarely threatened to be so for a City side that was boosted by the return of Skipper Vincent Kompany, midfield king pin Yaya Toure and the attacking talents of Sergio Aguero though the latter started on the bench.Read full match report
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