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Guardiola after Man City FC win over Newcastle - “A good result, not a good performance.”

Newcastle 0-4 Man City

Manchester City recorded their eighth successive Premier League win by beating relegation battlers Newcastle.

Guardiola was happy with City result not the performance at Newcastle [Sky Sports Screen Shot]
Guardiola was happy with City result not the performance at Newcastle [Sky Sports Screen Shot]

Defending champions Manchester City continued their winning ways in the Premier League when they traveled to St James’ Park, beating Newcastle United 4-0 on Sunday afternoon. But, Pep Guardiola wasn’t happy with City’s performance, saying he was pleased with the result. The Cityzens were handed an easy start in the fifth minute as Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark failed to nod Joao Cancelo's cross, leaving it for Ruben Dias to head in.

The visitors doubled their lead in the 27th minute when Cancelo struck the ball from 30 yards after dribbling two Newcastle players.

Riyad Mahrez registered his 50th Premier League goal for the awayside in the 63rd minute with a brilliant volley.

And, Raheem Sterling wrapped up the victory for City as he tapped the ball in from close range, with four minutes left to play.

This result means Man City have now registered eight Premier League victories on the bounce and they will be top of the English top-flight at Christmas.

'Not a great performance'

"A good result, not a good performance,” Manchester City boss Guardiola told BBC MOTD. “We were lucky but Newcastle did not defend well for the first goal and a brilliant action from Joao Cancelo for the second goal. “The first half was one of the worst we have played this season and second half was much better. "We played better with the ball, gave players more touches but were losing balls in the first half. We were calm at half-time and spoke about what we should do.

"It was a fantastic goal (from Cancelo), we know the quality he has in the final third and he dribbled and did it.

"Records show consistency we have as a team, it is not winning titles or finals but it is winning and winning. Records are there to be broken and happy to have them.

"I didn't rotate today, I decide the best team, we need a different base for the players and now we have seven days until the next game. Hopefully, Leicester are getting better with a lot of Covid cases so I will take a decision on the team."

'Every game is a battle'

Mahrez, who scored his 50th goal for Manchester City, told Sky Sports: "It's not bad, as long as it helps the team win games, that's the most important thing. "I was quite sure I was onside as I saw the defender running with me so I didn't think I was offside. "Every game is a battle. It's always good to score early in the game and that's what we did. Overall it was a good game and we deserved to win."

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