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Biggest goal of the season?

ESPN staff
May 6, 2012
Yaya Toure is making a habit of scoring big goals for Manchester City © PA Photos
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On the day that Manchester City put one hand on the trophy with a 2-0 win over Newcastle at St James' Park, we pick out the best and the worst of the day's Premier League action.

He's only gone and done it again
Having scored the match-winning goal that saw Manchester City end a 35-year wait for silverware with victory in the FA Cup final last year, Yaya Toure may well have scored the goal(s) that secures City their first Premier League crown. In a week that we have seen some goal-of-the-season contenders from the likes of Papiss Demba Cisse and Kyle Walker, Toure's efforts may not be the best has ever scored, but they could well be the most important.

Magic Mancini
With City struggling to find a way past a resilient Newcastle side at St James' Park, Roberto Mancini shuffled his pack. While bringing on the defensively-minded Nigel de Jong for playmaker Samir Nasri may not seem like the most obvious move for a side needing three points, it proved a tactical masterstroke. With De Jong slotting into the holding role, it allowed Toure to move into a more advanced area. Within eight minutes, the move had paid dividends, Toure playing a neat one-two with Sergio Aguero before curling a first-time strike past Tim Krul.

In the spirit of Sir Bobby
Defeat to the champions elect cannot take anything away from what has been a remarkable season for Newcastle, who are back in Europe having only returned to the Premier League in 2010. After defeat to City on Sunday they look set to fall agonisingly short of a Champions League place, but Alan Pardew deserves all the plaudits for building a squad capable of challenging the best in the Premier League. It was fitting that the man who last steered them into Europe's elite competition was immortalised in bronze as the club unveiled a statue of the late, great, Sir Bobby Robson at St James' Park.

Clint's a soccer star
As Clint Dempsey scored his 23rd Premier League goal of the season to set Fulham on course for a 2-1 win over Sunderland at Craven Cottage, his free-kick saw him pass a milestone as he became the first American to score 50 Premier League goals. Good job, Clint.

Red Rose the Villan
Danny Rose may have secured his place in Tottenham folklore for his stunning volley against Arsenal a couple of years back, but he was the villain at Villa Park as his dismissal thwarted Spurs' hopes of leapfrogging their North London rivals into third. There was no love lost between Rose and former Spurs team-mate Alan Hutton as the former Leeds midfielder lunged in with a studs-up challenge for which a red card was the only likely outcome.

Cisse in the spotlight
Never one to shy away from controversy, Djibril Cisse has hit the headlines with every match he has played this season. In seven Premier League games for QPR, the former Liverpool striker has scored in five of them and seen red in the other two.

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