Manchester City’s five-goal show ensured Newcastle United left the Etihad with their tale between their legs.
Two goals from Raheem Sterling, and one apiece for Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Phil Foden saw the Citizens rise back to the top of the Premier League table with a routine three points against the Magpies.
The return of Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson raised hopes for a brief moment but the class and levels between the sides shone through as United suffered an end of game defensive collapse.
And here’s how head coach Eddie Howe reacted to the result.
He said: “The second and third goals, the two set-plays were disappointing from our perspective. Two corners, we’re kicking ourselves.
“We had a good spell after the two subs. We had good chances to score.
“I’m disappointed with the last few minutes, it puts a different view on the game.
“We had some good passages of play. We tried to be positive. You can’t make individual mistakes here. If you do that you’ll concede - and we did.
“Those small details matter and they punished us. We could have defended both corners better.
“There’s no better learning curve than playing Liverpool and Manchester City. They’ve taught us a lot about potential areas we need to improve.
“We can’t be too negative about today. We should view it as a way to come back next season stronger.
“You could see as soon as they [returning subs] came on the impact they made. They’re important players for us.”