Pep Guardiola reserved some praise for the talented Phil Foden.
The England international has fallen down the pecking order behind both Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez in the past few weeks.
He has now scored four goals in his last three appearances and the winger is slowly regaining his form.
He suffered an ankle injury in January in a game against Manchester United and struggled to gain his confidence back.
Foden took on four players to score via a deflection against Newcastle United to give City the lead in the 15th minute.
Pep Guardiola went on to explain how Foden lacked confidence on his return in mid-February.
“(I told him) it was important to accept it, the struggle with his ankle, accept it,” Guardiola told a news conference.
“That’s the most important thing. Don’t blame the opponent, don’t blame the manager or the club or the mates or whatever. Accept: I can do better. Come back to your principles and step by step you will be back.”
“What happened with Phil was completely, completely normal,” the Spaniard added. “I said, the bad moments, these too shall pass. It’s always like that.”