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Manchester City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

By Chris BevanBBC Sport at Etihad Stadium
Wilfried Bony scores for Manchester City
Ivorian Wilfried Bony scored his first Manchester City goal
  • Referee Neil Swarbricksends off 'wrong' West Brom player
  • Wilfried Bony scores first Manchester City goal
  • Fernando nets City's 1,000th Premier League goal
  • Manuel Pellegrini's side close gap at top to three points

Wilfried Bony's first goal for Manchester City helped his side on their way to a much-needed victory after Gareth McAuley was controversially sent off for West Brom.

Fernando and David Silva added further goals as City cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the table to three points, at least until Jose Mourinho's side play their two games in hand.

But the game turned on McAuley's dismissal after just 89 seconds - the fastest in the Premier League this season - when it was unclear whether referee Neil Swarbrick had shown the red card to the wrong man.

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Another Baggies defender, Craig Dawson, had committed the initial foul on Bony, who got up before running into McAuley inside the area.

Swarbrick, however, awarded City a free-kick before calling McAuley over, and proceeded to send him off despite his pleas of innocence and protests from his team-mates.

It was the second case of apparent mistaken identity in the Premier League in less than a month, following Wes Brown's red card at Old Trafford for a foul by his Sunderland team-mate John O'Shea.

On this occasion it was debatable whether it was a sending-off at all but City, reeling from their Champions League exit against Barcelona and desperately short of domestic form, were not complaining.

They still had to wait until the 27th minute to make the breakthrough against West Brom's 10 men, when the ball bounced kindly for Bony in the box and the £25m January signing calmly side-footed home.

From then on, the result was never in question with West Brom concentrating on defending in numbers in front of their own area rather than trying to threaten at the other end.

The Baggies' resistance was broken again five minutes before the break, when some disastrous defending from a corner allowed Fernando to pounce and score City's 1,000th Premier League goal.

In total, Manuel Pellegrini's side mustered 26 shots in the first 45 minutes, the most in a top-flight game since 2003-04.

Man City 3-0 West Brom: Manuel Pellegrini on 'important' Wilfried Bony

Such was their dominance, they were also enjoying upwards of 80% of possession and only wayward shooting and the excellence of West Brom keeper Boaz Myhill kept the score down after half-time.

Sergio Aguero sent a shot thudding against the post and Bony hit the bar with his follow-up as the hosts continued to attack.

West Brom did briefly threaten at the other end, with Saido Berahino heading against the woodwork from close range before former City defender Joleon Lescott followed up to nod over.

But City had the last word when substitute Stevan Jovetic let fly and Silva was in the right place to turn the ball home.

Gareth McAuley sent off
West Brom's Gareth McAuley was sent off instead of Craig Dawson
Fernando
Fernando tapped home the second from close range after sloppy West Brom defending
Saido Berahino
West Brom's Saido Berahino headed onto the bar from close range
Neil Swarbrick
Referee Neil Swarbrick (right) told a BT Sport reporter at half-time that Gareth McAuley's sending off was a case of mistaken identity

Line-ups

Man City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4Kompany
  • 20Mangala
  • 22Clichy
  • 15Navas
  • 6Reges
  • 18LampardSubstituted forJoveticat 65'minutes
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forMilnerat 81'minutes
  • 14BonySubstituted forDzekoat 78'minutes
  • 16Agüero

Substitutes

  • 3Sagna
  • 7Milner
  • 10Dzeko
  • 13Caballero
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Demichelis
  • 35Jovetic

West Brom

Formation 4-5-1

  • 13Myhill
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuleyBooked at 2mins
  • 3Olsson
  • 6Lescott
  • 29SessegnonSubstituted forMulumbuat 90'minutes
  • 24Fletcher
  • 8Gardner
  • 4Baird
  • 7Morrison
  • 18BerahinoSubstituted forAnichebeat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wisdom
  • 10Anichebe
  • 14Davidson
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 36Nabi
  • 38Rose
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
45,018

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home78%
Away22%
Shots
Home43
Away3
Shots on Target
Home16
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 3, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Darren Fletcher tries a through ball, but James Morrison is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Youssuf Mulumbu replaces Stéphane Sessegnon.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

  7. Post update

    Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

  9. Post update

    Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe replaces Saido Berahino.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Chris Baird.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces David Silva.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

  15. Post update

    James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Edin Dzeko replaces Wilfried Bony.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester City 3, West Bromwich Albion 0. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gaël Clichy following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

  20. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Craig Gardner tries a through ball, but Jonas Olsson is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea28197258233564
2Man City30187562283461
3Arsenal30186658312760
4Man Utd29168550262456
5Liverpool29166743301354
6Southampton30165942212153
7Tottenham3016595045553
8Swansea30127113438-443
9West Ham30119104037342
10Stoke30126123437-342
11Crystal Palace3099123641-536
12Newcastle3098133348-1535
13West Brom3089132739-1233
14Everton29710123641-531
15Hull29610132637-1128
16Aston Villa3077161939-2028
17Sunderland30414122344-2126
18Burnley30510152649-2325
19QPR2964193052-2222
20Leicester2947182748-2119
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