Goals from their two Argentine strikers, and one from David Silva sees the home side keep up the pressure on their city rivals at the top of the tableA superb Manchester City performance saw it earn a comfortable 4-0 over West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium, cutting the difference between itself and Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table to just five points.
The home side took an early 1-0 lead thanks to Sergio Aguero’s sixth minute strike past Ben Foster, and was dominant in terms the possession. However, City came up against a Baggies defense that was compact and well organized, and despite its intricate attacking play, Man City struggled to convert their possession into any more chances on goal.
However, it was in the second half that the home side did the most damage, with goals from Aguero, Carlos Tevez and David Silva all finding the net, giving the scoreline a dominant feel that reflected Man City’s dominance of possession and goal-scoring chances in the game.
Carlos Tevez made his first start for Manchester City since September, while Yaya Toure was replaced by Nigel de Jong after suffering an injury against Arsenal in their last match.
Both sides started in a confident fashion, and each had early attempts on goal, with Simon Cox dragging a shot wide for West Brom after a nervy clearance by Citizens captain Vincent Kompany, and Sergio Aguero seeing a shot blocked.
However, it was the home side that took an early advantage. After getting the ball and surging forward, Aguero let a shot go from just outside the penalty area, and it went into the net to give Manchester City a 1-0 lead in only the sixth minute.
It did not take long for Tevez to have his first impact, as after some intricate one-touch passing, he blazed a shot over the bar in the 12th minute.
For the opening 20 minutes, the home side’s talismanic midfielder David Silva had been relatively quiet, but he sprung to life in the 21st minute with his incisive running creating two half-chances, one of which was dealt with by West Brom’s Billy Jones, and the other was clung onto by the Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster.
Despite some moments of hope for the away side, Man City had another clear scoring chance in the 30th minute. A superb through ball from Tevez put Micah Richards through on goal, and despite cries for offside, he got his shot away but it was blocked on the line by Baggies defender Jonas Olsson.
The second half began in slightly cagey fashion, with both sides looking to assert their dominance in a crowded midfield. However, the home side quickly began to take control once again, and saw Nasri flash a first-time volley just wide of the near post after a superb right-footed cross from Silva.
Man City then doubled its advantage in the 53rd minute, with Nasri involved once again. The Frenchman was heavily involved in more intricate passing moves, and his through ball found its way to Aguero, who finished calmly with the side of his foot to make it 2-0 to the home side.
It was not long before the home side extended the advantage further. After yet more good work from Nasri on the left, Aguero played a square ball into the penalty area that was finished with aplomb by Tevez in the 60th minute, who celebrated his first start since September with a goal.
However, the home side refused to rest on its laurels, and only four minutes later it had another. After Aguero picked the ball up around the centre circle, he played a superb through ball to Silva, who chipped his finish over the onrushing Foster, making it 4-0 to Man City.