London: Manchester City romped to a convincing 5-0 victory over Aston Villa to fire themselves back to the top of the Premier League.
City had to rely on a goalmouth scramble to open the scoring as David Silva pounced onto a loose ball inside the Villa penalty area to score his first goal of the season from five yards out. The second half was much more entertaining as Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez grabbed two goals each to secure an emphatic win.
Manchester City made two changes to the side that beat Tottenham with Samir Nasri and Maicon returning to the starting line-up in place of Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov. Villa named an unchanged from the side that performed so well in defeat against Manchester United last weekend.
The hosts settled into the game very quickly and were controlling play nicely but struggled to find their way through the organised Villa defence.
However with half-time looming they got the break they were looking for as Silva tapped home following a goalmouth scramble. Sergio Aguero was the first to try and get on the end of Nasri’s corner, Vincent Kompany the second and Carlos Tevez the third before the ball broke for Silva who nipped in front of Matija Nastasic to score from close range.
As the second half began the home side carried on where they left off and controlled the play with crisp passing and plenty of movement, and nine minutes into the second they were rewarded with a second goal, albeit following a controversial decision from the assistant referee.
Silva drifted in from the right-hand side and played a perfect pass into Aguero but just as the Argentine was about to pull the trigger Ron Vlaar made a superb challenge to concede a corner. It was from the ensuing set-piece that Andreas Weimann was adjudged to have handled the ball and a penalty was awarded. Aguero stepped up and made no mistake, beating Guzan down to the keeper’s left-hand side.
Just when Paul Lambert thought things couldn’t get any worse, they did, as his side conceded another penalty from another handball, but this one was much clearer. Barry Bannan caught the ball with his arm as he slid in to tackle Sliva and referee Jon Moss had no hesitation to award the penalty. This time Tevez took the responsibility and he fired past Guzan.
Minutes later the score was 4-0 as Tevez released Aguero on the right-hand side, he took on Enda Stevens and unleashed a shot from inside the area which was on target but the deflection it took off the young full-back`s foot caused it to beat Guzan at his near post.
The rout was complete in the 74th minute as Tevez added his second following a flowing move from the home side. Substitute Edin Dzeko released Nasri on the left-hand side of the penalty area and his low cross found the Argentine who had the simple task of tapping the ball into an empty net.