Sports Direct Arena Match Zone: Big slip at champagne moment
21:31 GMT, 6 May 2012
Teetotal midfielder Yaya Toure gave
away his man-of-the-match champagne to team-mate Joleon Lescott.
Toure could have left Newcastle with the match ball as a lasting
reminder of his goalscoring heroics which took City one step closer to
securing the Barclays Premier League title.
Vital slip: Toure stumbles in the area
The Ivorian could have
scored a third but he slipped with the goal at his mercy towards the
end. The chance of a hat-trick duly eluded him.
Tribute: Sir Bobby Robson statue
Sir Bobby's statue unveiled
Sir Bobby Robson's widow, Lady Elsie, paid a moving tribute to his 'lifelong love affair with football' after unveiling a statue of him at the Gallowgate End before kick-off.
'My husband often spoke of living a black-and-white life,' she added.
Sculptor Tom Maley attended the ceremony, as did former colleagues and Sir Bobby's three sons, Andrew, Paul and Mark.
Roberto Mancini's reaction to Toure's 89th-minute goal told a story.
Both fists pummelled the air and he danced a jig of delight with his coaching staff. 2-0, job done, in other words. Title almost in the bag.
Tiote struggles in midfield battle
The battle in midfield was always going to be vital and Newcastle's Cheick Tiote for once fell below his usual high standards.
His positional sense and distribution were found wanting at times and, as a result, City dominated possession and cranked up the pressure until Newcastle cracked.
Struggling: Cheik Tiote (right) tangles with Carlos Tevez
Tiote's team-mate Hatem Ben Arfa also failed to show his form of recent weeks. He sliced his only chance, a right-foot shot, hopelessly wide with the goal at his mercy.
Toon army tribute
It has been an outstanding season for Newcastle and the players were keen to say their thanks to fans at the final whistle.
They reappeared wearing T-shirts with a message that said '12th man – thank you'.