Newcastle stun Arsenal, Man City beat West Brom

Arsenal suffered their second home defeat by a promoted side this season when a header by in-form striker Andy Carroll earned Newcastle United a 1-0 Premier League victory on Sunday.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Sun 7 Nov 2010, 11:52 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:30 AM

Mario Balotelli scored both goals and was sent off as Manchester City ended a run of three defeats in all competitions with a comfortable 2-0 success at West Bromwich Albion.

The results left both teams on 20 points, three behind Manchester United, who beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 on Saturday and five behind leaders Chelsea, who were playing at Liverpool later on Sunday. Newcastle climbed to fifth, on 17 points.

Arsenal, beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk in their midweek Champions League game, quickly imposed their usual dominance at The Emirates with neat passing in midfield.

Cesc Fabregas hit the bar with a deflected free kick after 13 minutes while Newcastle keeper Tim Krul made a great one-handed save to keep out a Samir Nasri shot after 39.

Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski had been a virtual spectator but when he was called into action in the last minute of the first half he needlessly tried to punch a free kick but was outjumped by Carroll whose header looped into the empty net.

Arsenal resumed their territorial control in the second half with Theo Walcott rattling the bar again soon after the restart.

However, Newcastle worked tirelessly to keep them at long range and the home threat gradually petered out.

Arsenal’s bad day was completed when defender Laurent Koscielny was shown a straight red card for a last-man foul on substitute Nile Ranger in stoppage time.

‘These are big weeks for us and what we have is a group of players who are all in this together fighting together, supporting each other and I think that showed in the performance,’ Newcastle manager Chris Hughton told Sky Sports.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: ‘It was a big disappointment because our performance was not good enough. But I think we were unlucky because they had one shot on target the whole game and we lose 1-0.

‘But we knew on set pieces we couldn’t afford these kind of mistakes.’

MINI-CRISIS

Manchester City had suffered a mini-crisis when they followed league defeats by Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers by losing to Lech Poznan in the Europa League.

However, they were always in control on Sunday and deservedly handed West Brom their first home defeat to lift their spirits ahead of their Premier League derby against Manchester United on Wednesday.

Around 50 million pounds worth of attacking talent combined for City’s win as David Silva had a hand in both Balotelli’s goals after 20 and 26 minutes, the Italian’s first in the league since his August arrival from Inter Milan.

The hot-headed striker then collected his first red card in English football when he received two bookings in the space of three minutes after needless fouls.

West Brom were unable to take advantage though and also ended with 10 after a late red for Youssuf Mulumbu.

‘We played a fantastic game , my players played football so well,’ said City boss Roberto Mancini, who added he was considering appealing Balotelli’s red card.



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