Read Pep Guardiola's glowing tribute to Rafa Benitez - and Newcastle's 'loyal' fans

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       Pep Guardiola says August is only the warm-up to the start of the Premier League season

Pep Guardiola insisted Leroy Sane's omission from Manchester City's matchday 18 for the 2-1 win over Newcastle United was purely a tactical decision.

It fell to England right-back Walker, who failed to find the net as City racked up points and goals records last season, to step forward with long-range stunner and ensure the 10th anniversary of Sheikh Mansour's takeover was celebrated with a victory.

Pep Guardiola has spoken of his respect for Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United ahead of the club's visit to the Etihad Stadium.

But the home side missed clear-cut chances and were punished when striker Salomon Rondon set up DeAndre Yedlin to stroke home the equaliser before half-time.

City remain two points behind league leaders Liverpool and Chelsea following those dropped points last week after the draw against Wolves.

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It proved to be Newcastle's only shot on target in the match, however, and Rafael Benitez's beleaguered side have now collected just one point from their first four games.

Kyle Walker (Man City) - The wing-back isn't known for his attacking prowess, but what a way to grab your first goal in Manchester City colours. Subs: Gundogan 5, Bernardo Silva 5, Kompany N/A.

8' - GOAL! Man City 1-0 Newcastle: Raheem Sterling with a typical Raheem Sterling goal. The physical battle with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte was one to relish and some wonderfully astute play created Yedlin's goal. Aguero, in space on the break, produced a cross from which Fernandinho and then David Silva, twice, were denied by brilliant Dubravka blocks to keep the score down to 2-1.

He did appear from the bench in the 1-1 draw away to Wolverhampton Wanderers last week but was unable to make an impact at Molineux.

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