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Man City one win away thanks to Toure

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has adopted a cautious approach after a 2-0 win at Newcastle left his side on the brink of a first English title in 44 years.

Yaya Toure's two goals at St James' Park yesterday left City top of the Premier League table heading into the final round on May 13.

City, who hasn't lost at home this season, now face strugglers Queens Park Rangers and will go in with a plus-eight goal difference advantage over second-placed champion Manchester United, who beat Swansea City 2-0.

Assuming City beats QPR, United would have to win by a huge margin away to Sunderland to deny its cross-town rival a first English title since 1968.

But while United manager Sir Alex Ferguson suggested City had ''two hands'' on the trophy, Mancini, who wrote off his team's chances when it was eight points behind United a month ago, said: ''Maybe we are the favourites now. But, in one game, things can change. We should keep our concentration like we have done the last five weeks.

''I'm excited because we are top, but it's not enough. If we play like we did here I think we have a fantastic chance to be champions. We've still got a difficult game against QPR on the last day.


''At least it doesn't depend on Manchester United anymore, it depends on us, but we have another game.

''It won't be easy because QPR are fighting against relegation. If we think we have won the Championship it will be a big mistake.''

Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is now convinced City will be crowned champions.

''The QPR game is one you would expect them to win,'' he said.

''If I'm honest, City are the best team we have faced this season.''

The defeat damaged Newcastle's chance of figuring in the Champions League next season, but it can finish in the top four with a win at Everton and Tottenham and Arsenal slip up on the last day.

After seeing his side beat Swansea, Ferguson was left hoping former United striker and ex-City manager and current QPR boss Mark Hughes could do the champion a favour.

''QPR need a point; you never know,'' he said.

''I just wish Sparky [Hughes] was playing.'' AFP