Manchester City moved 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League after a dominant 1-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday.
City were in complete control throughout at St James’ Park and should have secured their 18th straight league win by a more convincing scoreline.
Sergio Aguero hit the post twice and Kevin De Bruyne also struck the woodwork, but in the end Sterling’s 31st-minute finish was enough for all three points.
Newcastle had just 22 per cent possession and only threatened on a couple of occasions, with Rolando Aarons going closest when his chipped effort was headed off the line in the first half.
Dwight Gayle also headed wide late in the game, but otherwise Manchester City were untroubled as they moved a step closer to equalling the 19-game winning streak of Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in 2013/14, which is the record in Europe’s five major leagues.