Man City 2-1 Newcastle Highlights
Debutant Craig Bellamy scored against his former club as Manchester City swept aside Newcastle at Eastlands.
City took the lead on 17 minutes when Shaun Wright-Phillips fired past Steve Harper from 10 yards, courtesy of two sublime touches from Robinho.
Bellamy doubled the lead on 77 minutes when his neat shot on the turn from the edge of the box left Harper stranded.
But Newcastle hit back on 80 minutes when David Edgar robbed Wayne Bridge to square for Andy Carroll to score.
Inevitably, the pre-match attention was focused on Robinho, bailed by West Yorkshire police following an alleged sexual assault in a Leeds nightclub on Tuesday evening, also his first appearance since his club record fine for walking out of training in Tenerife last week.
But City boss Mark Hughes kept his faith in his record asset, naming £14m signing Bellamy alongside the Brazilian up front, while the erudite Nigel de Jong made his debut in midfield alongside Stephen Ireland.
THIS SEASON’S REVERSE FIXTURE
18 October 2008 – Ref: Rob Styles
Newcastle scorers: Ameobi 44, Dunne 63 og
Man City scorers: Robinho 14 pen, Ireland 86
Sent Off: Beye (Newcastle) 12 [Later rescinded]