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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.

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 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
  • 14García Fernández
  • 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ben Foster.

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Edin Dzeko.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jonas Olsson.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool35255596445280
2Chelsea35236667264175
3Man City34235691355674
4Arsenal35217762412170
5Everton35209657342369
6Tottenham35196105149263
7Man Utd341761156401657
8Southampton351310125045549
9Newcastle35144173954-1546
10Stoke351111133949-1044
11Crystal Palace35134182841-1343
12West Ham35107183848-1037
13Swansea3599174751-436
14Hull34106183443-936
15Aston Villa3498173549-1435
16West Brom34615134154-1333
17Norwich3588192856-2832
18Cardiff3579193165-3430
19Fulham3593233577-4230
20Sunderland3478193357-2429
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