Fan Speak Manchester City: Villa rout a confidence boost for Citizens

Haizam Shah reflects on the champions' impressive 5-0 win over a hapless Aston Villa side, with big games against Real Madrid and Chelsea to come.
By Haizam Shah

Well, that 5-0 win over Aston Villa certainly was a surprise.

After having to work extra hard last week against Tottenham, the onslaught against Villa (whom many thought would be the bogey team for City after their 4-2 League Cup win over City a few months back) was a refreshing result for City, and would have surely made the weekend of City fans all over the world.

An opening goal by the Spanish Merlin, David Silva was followed by Aguero and Tevez stroking in two penalties within the space of 11 minutes. The two Argentinian strikers then netted a second each to lift City to the top of the league table and saw them remain the only unbeaten English team across all English leagues this season.

We could have even scored a sixth if Scott Sinclair did not twice miss sitters, but the icing on the cake came when Norwich beat Manchester United later on thanks to a solitary goal from Anthony Pilkington.

The early stages of the game saw Villa being pinned back by City, but the chances went begging for the Citizens. Meanwhile, Joe Hart’s form may have been questioned lately but he showed why he is England’s numero uno with his reactions to keep the Villa goal attempts out of his net.

Villa may have been left seething at the first penalty conceded, but the second was undoubtedly a handball by Bannan. I reckon that as much as refereeing standards have been totally rubbish since last season, City have had their fair share of disputable calls from the referees against them in the past and therefore the penalty calls more or less even out.

This is a good result for City coming into the end of 2012, and the confidence earned after the Villa game will surely help City raise their game against a wounded Chelsea (who lost to West Bromwich) and also at home against Real Madrid in the Champions League.