* Manchester City won 1-0 at Newcastle after dominating
* Victory extended their record run to 18 straight league wins
* It put City 15 points clear in the Premier League
* Raheem Sterling scored 13th league goal of season on 31 minutes
* Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle adopted a negative approach
* City monopolised possession, hitting the woodwork three times
* Newcastle attacked rarely, with one effort cleared off the line
* Newcastle host Brighton next, Man City visit Crystal Palace
LONDON, Dec 27 (Reuters) - NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 MANCHESTER CITY 1
Dec 27 (Reuters) - Manchester City’s relentless assault on English football’s record books continued on Wednesday as a Raheem Sterling goal earned them a 1-0 win at Newcastle United to extend their extraordinary record of successive Premier League wins to 18.
Sterling’s fine 31st minute finish saw Guardiola’s men improve their unbeaten league sequence this season to 20 games and stretch their yawning gap at the top of the league to 15 points on a night where they dominated but were very wasteful.
Rafa Benitez started with the most negative approach St James’ Park can ever have seen from a Newcastle side, allowing City to monopolise proceedings before Sterling finally broke their resistance with his 13th league goal of the season.
City hit the woodwork three times in total — twice from Sergio Aguero and once from Kevin De Bruyne — and they nearly paid for their profligacy in front of goal when Dwight Gayle headed wide late on for Newcastle. (Reporting by Ian Chadband; Editing by Rex Gowar)