Manchester City moved within six points of Premier League leaders Liverpool with a routine victory over West Brom.

Pablo Zabaleta headed the home side in front after two minutes before Sergio Aguero drove in from 20 yards.

Graham Dorrans pulled one back for the Baggies with a fine effort from the edge of the area before Martin Demichelis stabbed in from a corner.

City winger David Silva was carried off on a stretcher with what appeared to be an ankle injury in the second half.

Pepe Mel's West Brom are three points above the relegation zone with four matches remaining after a defeat that saw City take their goal tally to 145 for the season.

Third-placed City, who have game in hand, are still reliant on Liverpool slipping up following their 3-2 defeat at Anfield and a 2-2 draw with Sunderland last week and could be nine points behind the Reds again by the time they kick off against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Pellegrini hopes to continue winning

But this was a performance that suggested Manuel Pellegrini's side believe there is still some life left in the title race.

In his third appearance since returning from a hamstring injury, Aguero looked sharp and ended a five-match run without a goal with his 27th of the season in his 63-minute run-out.

But there was concern as Silva, who has been struggling with an ankle problem, left the field on a stretcher following a challenge from Morgan Amalfitano midway through the second half.

After the lack of fluidity of their previous two performances, City took little time to show they had rediscovered some of their attacking bite.

Samir Nasri's cross was headed away by Liam Ridgewell and after Ben Foster got a hand to Aguero's shot, Zabaleta turned it in with a diving header for his first goal since January 2013.

Fast starters

No team has managed more than Manchester City's 11 goals in the opening 10 mins of Premier League games this season.

West Brom's Stephane Sessegnon had an effort ruled out for offside but Aguero added a second after just nine minutes when he thumped in from just outside the area.

Dorrans pulled one back with a strike of real quality, lifting the ball over Gael Clichy and thumping in a half volley after the Baggies punished City's confusion over a free-kick with a swift break.

But nine minutes before half-time City got a third when Nasri's corner was flicked on by Vincent Kompany and side-footed in from close range by Demichelis.

Craig Dawson blocked a Zabaleta shot and also turned a Nasri shot past the post after City cut through the visitors with a slick move.

West Ham game a cup final - Mel

After Silva was forced off, Hart made a scrambling save to push away a drive from Amalfitano before Stevan Jovetic thumped wide from distance at the other end.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

"David Silva was playing the games before with the problem in his ankle and that's why he couldn't play against Sunderland but we'll see on Tuesday with the doctor what injury he has.

"If Liverpool win 14 games in a row they deserve to be champions but our duty is to obligate them to win all their games. We'll see what they do but our duty is to win all our games.

"In the second half we tried to keep the result but the team played the way we have the whole year."

West Brom head coach Pepe Mel:

"We were against the best squad in the Premier League and going behind in the third minute made it difficult but we went on to have a good 70 minutes

"West Ham is a cup final for us, the game of the year. What we've got to do is focus on beating West Ham, if not it will be much more difficult.

"We've been playing under pressure all year and we're getting towards the end and we're going to achieve our objective."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Manchester City

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta
  • 22 Clichy
  • 25 Fernandinho
  • 04 Kompany
  • 26 Demichelis Booked
  • 08 Nasri
  • 14 Javi García
  • 16 Agüero (Jovetic - 64' )
  • 10 Dzeko (Kolarov - 89' )
  • 21 Silva (Milner - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Richards
  • 06 Lescott
  • 07 Milner
  • 09 Negredo
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 35 Jovetic

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 28 Jones
  • 06 Ridgewell
  • 11 Brunt
  • 25 Dawson Booked
  • 03 Olsson
  • 18 Amalfitano
  • 21 Mulumbu (Morrison - 84' )
  • 20 Vydra (Anichebe - 60' )
  • 29 Sessegnon (Berahino - 76' )
  • 17 Dorrans

Substitutes

  • 02 Reid
  • 05 Yacob
  • 07 Morrison
  • 13 Myhill
  • 14 Lugano
  • 16 Anichebe
  • 38 Berahino
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 46,564

Match Stats

Shots

19 10

On target

6 3

Corners

8 2

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Manchester City 3, West Bromwich Albion 1.

90:00 +5:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, West Bromwich Albion 1.

90:00 +3:20

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ben Foster.

90:00 +3:18

Attempt saved. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho.

90:00 +2:16

Attempt missed. Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

88:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Edin Dzeko.

88:41

Liam Ridgewell went off injured after West Bromwich Albion had used all subs.

86:47

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jonas Olsson.

86:46

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

84:48

Attempt blocked. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

83:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Youssuf Mulumbu.

83:21

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

83:03

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

81:54

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

79:37

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:37

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

78:23

Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:23

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

77:16

Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:16

Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).

76:36

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

75:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Saido Berahino replaces Stéphane Sessegnon.

74:11

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

74:11

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:56

Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

72:56

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:21

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

70:25

Attempt saved. Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

70:17

Attempt missed. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Youssuf Mulumbu.

70:03

Attempt blocked. Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Anichebe with a headed pass.

69:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces David Silva because of an injury.

68:48

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:12

Delay in match David Silva (Manchester City) because of an injury.

63:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Stevan Jovetic replaces Sergio Agüero.

60:16

Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).

60:16

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe replaces Matej Vydra.

57:54

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

57:52

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta.

51:00

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

50:13

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

50:11

Attempt blocked. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho with a headed pass.

49:07

Offside, Manchester City. Joe Hart tries a through ball, but Edin Dzeko is caught offside.

48:39

Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:39

Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).

47:26

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt tries a through ball, but Liam Ridgewell is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester City 3, West Bromwich Albion 1.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Manchester City 3, West Bromwich Albion 1.

45:00 +1:42

Offside, Manchester City. Vincent Kompany tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

45:00 +1:09

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

44:50

Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).

44:50

Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:27

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

42:41

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

42:40

Attempt blocked. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy Jones with a cross.

41:51

Dangerous play by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

41:51

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:30

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho.

36:38

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Chris Brunt.

35:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 3, West Bromwich Albion 1. Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vincent Kompany with a headed pass following a corner.

34:30

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Billy Jones.

33:54

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Billy Jones.

27:17

Offside, Manchester City. Gaël Clichy tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

25:33

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

25:33

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:05

Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).

24:05

Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:46

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt tries a through ball, but Morgan Amalfitano is caught offside.

22:45

Attempt saved. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

21:47 Booking

Booking Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

21:40

Foul by Martín Demichelis (Manchester City).

21:40

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:24 Booking

Booking Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

18:19

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:19

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

16:43

Foul by Edin Dzeko (Manchester City).

16:43

Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 2, West Bromwich Albion 1. Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

13:49

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:49

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

12:59

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Silva.

10:23

Attempt missed. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano.

9:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 2, West Bromwich Albion 0. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

8:17

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:17

Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).

7:04

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jonas Olsson.

5:41

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Stéphane Sessegnon tries a through ball, but Billy Jones is caught offside.

4:55

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

4:45

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

2:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 1, West Bromwich Albion 0. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

2:19

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

1:44

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Javi García.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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