Manchester City 3 West Brom 1 – Aguero fires City to easy win
Sergio Aguero scores and assists before departing early, with City closing the gap on Liverpool and Chelsea
April 21st, 2014
Manchester City’s faint hopes of winning the Premier League title were kept alive on Monday night as they swept aside a West Brom side who continue to sit just three points above the relegation zone.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been fast out of the traps on several occasions this term and Albion were unable to deal with some quickfire early attacks which saw Pablo Zabaleta open the scoring before his compatriot Sergio Aguero doubled the home team’s advantage.
It was Aguero whose fierce shot has forced goalkeeper Ben Foster to parry the ball into the path of Zabaleta and the full-back made no mistake with a diving header that saw City enjoy a very fast start to the game.
Aguero’s powerful strike made it 2-0 although a mix-up between David Silva and Fernandinho shortly afterwards led to a Baggies’ counter-attack and Graham Dorrans provided a class finish to reduce the arrears in the 16th minute.
However, you didn’t feel as though the home team had finished scoring and Vincent Kompany was able to flick a corner into the path of fellow central defender Martin Demichelis to restore City’s two goal advantage before the interval.
Surprisingly, there were no further goals in the second half, with City suffering a setback when David Silva was stretchered off with a suspected ankle injury, while Aguero had previously departed the pitch after sustaining a knock.
City now trail leaders Liverpool by six points with a game in hand and will be hoping for Chelsea to win at Anfield this weekend which would then mean City can win the Premier League title by triumphing in all of their remaining matches.