THE NOTEBOOK: Man City tighten security after the BBC were pranked

THE NOTEBOOK: Cover star Rico Lewis’ stock continues to rise, Anthony Gordon makes his first Newcastle start after a fitness programme… and Manchester City tighten security after the BBC were pranked

  • Manchester City earned a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium
  • City had stepped up security with the midday kick-off broadcast live on BT Sport
  • Rico Lewis rise at City continued as he was made the programme cover star

Manchester City continued to put pressure on Arsenal at the top of the Premier League as the defending champions beat Newcastle 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Phil Foden maintained his superb recent form by giving City a first half lead, with his shot deflecting in off Sven Botman following a solo run.

Substitute Bernardo Silva sealed the victory with the Portuguese midfielder making an instant impact after brought on for Kevin De Bruyne in the second half.

The result saw City temporarily cut the gap to Arsenal to two points before the Gunners restored their five-point cushion by beating Bournemouth, while Newcastle remain four points behind fourth placed Tottenham in the hunt for Champions League qualification. 

Sportsmail’s Jack Gaughan takes a look at some of the things you may have missed from the Etihad Stadium.

Phil Foden opened the scoring in the first half of Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Newcastle

Bernardo Silva came off the bench to double Man City’s lead in the second half of the match

Man City step up security after the BBC were pranked

The YouTube pranksters who sabotaged the BBC’s coverage of Liverpool’s FA Cup clash with Wolves in January have had an inadvertent impact on security at Premier League grounds.

Sex noises were blared out at Molineux from a phone strapped to a desk, provoking much embarrassment within the studio. It’s understood that another attempt to cause similar havoc has since been made at a North West stadium but was thwarted.

Manchester City did not take any chances on Saturday. Clearly aware of potential for this game, broadcast on BT Sport, to be a victim of any sort of disruption, they upped their body scanning measures – with everybody passing through the relevant entrance now checked.

The BBC had fallen victim to a prank during an FA Cup tie at Wolves during January 

Manchester City tightened security with BT Sport broadcasting the midday kick-off

Cover star Rico Lewis’ stock continues to rise 

Young Rico Lewis might have been on the bench for City but his stock continues to rise. A new contract is on the way for the 18-year-old and here came the first time he was the cover star of the club’s programme.

Pep Guardiola has placed huge trust in Lewis, a right back who is comfortable in midfield, and it’ll be interesting to see how often he plays between now and the end of the season. 

For a first time in a long time, Guardiola had a fully fit squad to choose from after the returns of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte.

Rico Lewis was chosen as Man City’s programme cover star and will receive a new contract

Gordon starts after a personal fitness programme

One big positive for Eddie Howe was the ability to give £40million January signing Anthony Gordon his full Newcastle debut. 

Gordon has been undergoing a personal fitness programme to make sure he is up to the levels that Howe’s physical demands require. 

The youngster was bright and direct his 63 minutes.

Antony Gordon made his first Newcastle start after undergoing a personal fitness programme

City wear Pankurst inspired range to celebrate women 

City and their kit manufacturers, Puma, have launched a new range celebrating girls and women in football around Manchester. 

It’s apparently inspired by Emmeline Pankurst, with Guardiola’s side wearing the pink and white jackets before the game as part of the launch. 

So too did Steve Howey and Shaun Goater in the club’s in-house television studio.

Manchester City and Puma have released a new range to celebrate women and girls

Kevin De Bruyne blowing hot and cold 

It’s not often City hook Kevin De Bruyne early but that is what happened here, brought off after 65 minutes. 

De Bruyne was not at the races, misplacing an uncharacteristic number of passes and making the wrong decisions when the hosts broke. 

Guardiola said in midweek that he was blowing hot and cold at the moment.

Kevin De Bruyne was substituted in the second half after a below par performance

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