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Manchester City 3-1 West Bromwich Albion

Martin Demichelis
Martin Demichelis

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.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to keep winning and put pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool.

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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.

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 Bromwich Albion boss Pepe Mel says their upcoming fixture against West Ham is like a cup final as a win would help them avoid relegation.

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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."

Line-ups

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 22Clichy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 4Kompany
  • 26DemichelisBooked at 22mins
  • 8Nasri
  • 14Javi García
  • 16AgüeroSubstituted forJoveticat 64'minutes
  • 10DzekoSubstituted forKolarovat 89'minutes
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forMilnerat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Richards
  • 6Lescott
  • 7Milner
  • 9Negredo
  • 13Kolarov
  • 30Pantilimon
  • 35Jovetic

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 28Jones
  • 6Ridgewell
  • 11Brunt
  • 25DawsonBooked at 19mins
  • 3Olsson
  • 18Amalfitano
  • 21MulumbuSubstituted forMorrisonat 84'minutes
  • 20VydraSubstituted forAnichebeat 60'minutes
  • 29SessegnonSubstituted forBerahinoat 76'minutes
  • 17Dorrans

Substitutes

  • 2Reid
  • 5Yacob
  • 7Morrison
  • 13Myhill
  • 14Lugano
  • 16Anichebe
  • 38Berahino
Referee:
Phil Dowd
Attendance:
46,564

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

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

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, West Bromwich Albion 1.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ben Foster.
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.
Attempt missed. Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Edin Dzeko.
Liam Ridgewell went off injured after West Bromwich Albion had used all subs.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jonas Olsson.
Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.
Attempt blocked. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Youssuf Mulumbu.
Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Samir Nasri.
Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.
Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).
Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Liverpool3525555280
2Chelsea3523664175
3Man City3423565674
4Arsenal3521772170
5Everton3520962369
6Tottenham3519610263
7Man Utd34176111657
8Southampton35131012549
9Newcastle3514417-1546
10Stoke35111113-1044
11Crystal Palace3513418-1343
12West Ham3510718-1037
13Swansea359917-436
14Hull3410618-936
15Aston Villa349817-1435
16West Brom3461513-1333
17Norwich358819-2832
18Cardiff357919-3430
19Fulham359323-4230
20Sunderland347819-2429
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