Man City v Newcastle - 19th Nov 2011 | Report | Barclays Prem

Two defensive errors from Ryan Taylor helped Premier League leaders Manchester City to a 3-1 win over previously unbeaten Newcastle United.

Man of the Match: Micah Richards - showed his ever increasing maturity after his England snub, he turns in a wonderful performance.

Save of the Match: Joe Hart to deny Demba Ba with brilliant full length save at 0-0.

Goal of the Game: Not too much to choose from with two penalties on show but Richards' take down and finish was sublime.

Pass of the Game He had been on the pitch for only seconds but reverse ball from David Silva for Richards penalty was pure genius.

Talking point: Can City be stopped?

City maintained their own unbeaten start to the season as a record attendance of over 47,400 fans in the Etihad Stadium saw Roberto Mancini's side run out comfortable winners in the end, although the visitors had their chances before the hosts wrapped up the win.

They went ahead just before the break when Taylor was penalised for handling Yaya Toure's shot and Mario Balotelli stepped up to convert from the spot.

The second arrived just moments later and it was another error from Taylor as he failed to deal with a Samir Nasri through ball and Micah Richards was there to dispossess him and fire home.

The third arrived midway through the second half and was another spot-kick as Richards was barged into by Hatem Ben Arfa and this time Sergio Aguero converted.

Newcastle pulled one back in injury-time through substitute Dan Gosling, but it was City who maintained their unbeaten start to the season and at least for now went eight points clear of Manchester United - who feature in the late Saturday kick-off against Swansea City.

First loss

Few thought Alan Pardew's men would still be awaiting their first loss in mid-November but they showed in the first half just why they have been riding high.

And, if Demba Ba had p