Skip to main content

Manchester City rekindle EPL title challenge with win against West Brom

updated 10:52 PM EDT, Mon April 21, 2014
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with David Silva after scoring a second goal.
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with David Silva after scoring a second goal.
  • 2012 league champions get back on track with a 3-1 win over struggling West Brom
  • Manuel Pellegrini's side secure three points after claiming just one in previous two games
  • City now trail league leaders Liverpool by six points but have a game in hand

Follow us at @WorldSportCNN and like us on Facebook

(CNN) -- Normal service was resumed at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night as Manchester City overcame West Bromwich Albion 3-1 in the English Premier League.

After taking one point from their last two matches, City snatched all three to rekindle their title challenge and deepen West Brom's relegation woes.

A frantic first 15 minutes saw three goals with Pablo Zabaleta opening the scoring with a diving header in the third minute.

The Argentine right-back responded first after goalkeeper Ben Foster had palmed away Sergio Aguero's rasping drive to steer the ball home.

Seven minutes later City were two up as Aguero played a neat one-two with Samir Nasri before thumping home a precise low shot past a helpless Foster.

Graham Dorrens showed that Sunderland could also finish in style with a superb goal in the 15th minute -- the Scottish midfielder flicking the ball over his shoulder before hitting a volley past keeper Joe Hart.

But the Sky Blues restored their two-goal cushion nine minutes before the break when Martin Demichelis was gifted a simple tap-in following a corner kick.

In the second half, City continued to dominate but couldn't add to their tally -- a fact that wasn't helped by the departure of David Silva who was stretchered off with an ankle injury in the 65th minute.

"I think we made a very good first 45 minutes -- we scored three goals and had more chances to score," City manager Manuel Pellegrini told Sky Sports.

"The second half we were not so clear with the ball but we (got) the result and that's what is important."

The win means City now have 74 points and trail league leaders Liverpool by six points, but they do have a game in hand.

Defeat for West Brom keeps them perilously close to the relegation zone in 16th place with 33 points and only four games remaining with West Ham United up nest at the Hawthorns.

City, meanwhile, have two testing away fixtures to contemplate. On Sunday, they travel to in-form Crystal Palace who have won their last five games before heading to Goodison Park to face Everton on May 3.

Roberto Martinez's side sent David Moyes' Manchester United packing with a 2-0 defeat on Sunday.

Several reports in the British media on Monday suggest that Moyes, who took over from Alex Ferguson last year, is on the verge of losing his job with The Telegraph reporting that the 50-year-old Scot has lost the support of owners, the Glazer family.

When CNN contacted United for a response to the reports, Phil Townsend, the club's director of communications, said: "Nothing has happened at all. I don't know where the suggestion has come from."

Read more: Liverpool inspired by Hillsborough words

Part of complete coverage on
updated 7:51 AM EDT, Fri August 15, 2014
Last season Jose Mourinho wrote off the title of hopes of his "little horse" -- but now he has a squad primed to dethrone Manchester City.
updated 2:58 PM EDT, Thu August 14, 2014
Luis Suarez will have to wait until late October to make his competitive Barcelona debut his ban for biting an opponent was partially upheld.
updated 12:49 PM EDT, Thu August 14, 2014
Can Louis van Gaal cut it at Manchester United? Will Bayern conquer all in Germany? Is this PSG's year to win the Champions League?
updated 6:12 AM EDT, Thu August 7, 2014
It's been a difficult year for Barcelona on and off the pitch, and the signing of Luis Suarez has only increased the prospect of more controversy.
updated 10:35 AM EDT, Mon August 11, 2014
Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who scored a total of 16 goals at four World Cup finals, has announced his retirement from international football.
updated 7:45 AM EDT, Thu July 31, 2014
Cultural y Deportivo Leonesa line up in their tuxedo kit.
When celebrating an important anniversary, it's always good to look your best. At least that's theory for a Spanish football team's preseason tuxedo kit.
updated 7:03 AM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
While many top European clubs are targeting the U.S. market, French football is setting its sights on expanding into Asia -- with China playing a key role.
updated 8:29 AM EDT, Sun July 27, 2014
Major League Soccer has snared another big name from England with former Chelsea star Frank Lampard committing his future to New York City FC.
updated 12:56 PM EDT, Wed July 23, 2014
Europe's top clubs have booked a summer holiday to the U.S. -- but this is business not pleasure as they look to cash in on the World Cup afterglow.
updated 2:28 PM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
Brazil's new coach Dunga won the World Cup as a player in 1994.
Former World Cup-winning captain Dunga is appointed coach of Brazil's national team for the second time, charged with restoring national pride.
updated 10:20 AM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
Colombia's World Cup star James Rodriguez continues Real Madrid's long tradition of signing "Galacticos."
updated 6:07 AM EDT, Mon July 21, 2014
Germany's World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has decided to go out at the top by announcing his retirement from international football.