Tevez inspires triumph at Newcastle
Carlos Tevez rekindled Manchester City's Barclays Premier League title challenge as his side survived a Newcastle fightback in a 3-1 victory at St James' Park.
The Argentinian fed Gareth Barry to give the visitors the lead after just 72 seconds, and then made it 2-0 himself with just five minutes gone.
England striker Andy Carroll headed home is 11th goal of the season with 18 minutes remaining to set up a tense finish, but Tevez wrapped up the win with nine minutes remaining when his shot deflected off both Jose Enrique and Fabricio Coloccini and dropped inside the post.
Newcastle's game-plan was torn up inside five minutes when they twice pushed the self-destruct button to hand the advantage to the visitors.
Goalkeeper Tim Krul's pass to Joey Barton was intercepted by Tevez and he slid a pass into the path of Barry, who dispatched it past Krul into the bottom corner.
Worse was to follow barely three minutes later when the Argentinian met James Milner's cross and guided it expertly into the top corner.
Carroll perhaps should have dragged Newcastle back into the game when he headed a sixth-minute Wayne Routledge cross straight at goalkeeper Joe Hart, and having survived further damage, Alan Pardew's men started to work their way back into the game.
They pulled one back after 72 minutes when Carroll powered home a header from Barton's corner.
With Barton and Cheik Tiote snapping at heels and Carroll in menacing form, the Magpies looked the more likely scorers, but their hopes were dashed in unfortunate fashion with nine minutes remaining.
Enrique and Coloccini looked to have got back to close down Tevez, but his shot deflected off both of them to wrong-foot Krul and creep inside the post.