Football: Newcastle fell holders Manchester City 2-0 in League Cup

Newcastle players celebrate their team's second goal against Manchester City on Oct 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Newcastle players celebrate their team's second goal against Manchester City on Oct 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Newcastle United heaped fresh misery upon faltering Manchester City with an impressive 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014, that dumped the holders out of the League Cup.

Teenage forward Rolando Aarons put Alan Pardew's side ahead in the sixth minute and substitute Moussa Sissoko added a superb solo goal 14 minutes from time to send Newcastle into the quarter-finals.

Premier League champions City, who also saw midfielder David Silva forced off by injury, have now gone three games without victory in all competitions ahead of Sunday's derby with Manchester United.

Newcastle, meanwhile, appear to have put their difficult start to the season behind them, having now won their last three matches.

Ryan Taylor was making his first Newcastle appearance since August 2012 after a long-term knee problem and he quickly made an impact.

Taylor robbed City midfielder Fernandinho in midfield, which freed 18-year-old Aarons to run through and slot the ball between Willy Caballero's legs from a narrow angle on the right.

City received a further blow three minutes later when Silva was forced off after appearing to injure his left knee in an early tangle with Taylor.

His replacement, the fit-again Samir Nasri, teed up Stevan Jovetic for a volley that Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot had to parry and visiting captain Fabricio Coloccini then sliced the ball against his own post.

But Newcastle finished the first half strongly, with Paul Dummett testing Caballero from a corner and Adam Armstrong sliding the ball narrowly wide from Daryl Janmaat's right-wing cross.

As Newcastle continued to press, with City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov fortunate not to concede a penalty for felling Gabriel Obertan, home manager Manuel Pellegrini sent on Jesus Navas and Sergio Aguero.

But it was a Newcastle substitute who delivered the killer blow, with Sissoko skilfully dragging the ball away from Fernandinho and then bursting past Bacary Sagna before coolly stabbing home.

Taylor completed a memorable return by blocking on the line from Edin Dzeko in the 85th minute, as Newcastle secured a first ever win at the Etihad and sent the holders crashing out.