Kyle Walker was the unlikely hero for Manchester City as his first goal for almost three years ensured they celebrated a 2-1 victory over Newcastle on the 10th anniversary of the club’s takeover by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour.
The England right-back, in his 52nd appearance for the club, netted for the first time in spectacular style by driving a low shot in the corner from 25 yards early in the second half.
It proved to be the match winner as Pep Guardiola’s side endured a laboured return to winning ways after the blip at Wolves last weekend.
The champions had gone ahead through Raheem Sterling in the eighth minute after a defensive error from Jamaal Lascelles.
But Newcastle –for the second week running – proved tough and equalised after half-an-hour, with DeAndre Yedlin making amends for his own goal that handed Chelsea victory last weekend by converting a low cross from Salomon Rondon.
Walker, though, ensured a day of celebration for City ended on a high as they marked the anniversary of a takeover that has led to a decade of big spending and success in their history.