Premier League

  • W. Bony 27’
  • Fernando 40’
  • David Silva 77’
2 Half Time 0
21/03/2015
Premier League
Etihad Stadium
Attendance 45,018

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • HALF TIME
    • 45'
      West Brom push forward on a rare excursion into the City half of the pitch, but Bony does well to get back and dispossess Fletcher before kick-starting a quick counter attack. The hosts break forward and Aguero then unleashes a shot from the left-hand side of the penalty area that, once again, Myhil
    • 90'
      Great strike by Dzeko! The Bosnian receives the ball with his back to goal and spins round before firing a great shot from the edge of the penalty area that ends up trickling just wide of the far post.
    • 0'
      My name is Ben Cullimore and it's been an absolute pleasure describing all of the action to you today. Until next time, goodbye!
    • 0'
      As a result of the victory, City move four points clear of Arsenal, who are in action against Newcastle United in 20 minutes' time, whilst West Brom remain in 13th place and could drop below Everton if the latter side beat Queens Park Rangers tomorrow afternoon.
    • 0'
      In the end, it was an incredibly comfortable day for City, who were able to ease past a West Brom side that had no choice but to sit back and defend after the dismissal of McAuley after only 89 seconds. As a result, the Baggies were unable to find any joy on the rare occasions that they did manage t
    • 0'
      FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 3-0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION
    • 0'
      The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
    • 0'
      City head into the half-time break with a comfortable 2-0 lead, and, a man down and with their backs to the wall, there is surely no way back into the game for West Brom, who have spent the vast majority of the first period of the game camped deep inside their own half of the pitch. The hosts have b
    • 0'
      HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION
    • 0'
      The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
    • 0'
      Meanwhile, West Brom boss Tony Pulis has decided to make three alterations to the side that started last weekend's 1-0 win at home to Stoke City, with Ben Foster, Chris Brunt and Brown Ideye making way for Boaz Myhill, Jonas Olsson and Chris Baird.
    • 0'
      Manuel Pellegrini has made seven changes to the City side that started against Barcelona during the week, with Pablo Zabaleta, Eliaquim Mangala, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, Fernando, Frank Lampard and Wilfried Bony all coming into the squad to replace Bacary Sagna, Martin Demichelis, Aleksandar Kolaro
    • 0'
      West Bromwich Albion substitutes: Rose, Wisdom, Davidson, Pocognoli, Mulumbu, Nabi, Anichebe.
    • 0'
      West Bromwich Albion XI (4-5-1): Myhill; Dawson, McAuley, Lescott, Olsson; Sessegnon, Fletcher, Baird, Gardner, Morrison; Berahino.
    • 0'
      Manchester City substitutes: Caballero, Sagna, Demichelis, Fernandinho, Milner, Jovetic, Dzeko.
    • 0'
      Manchester City XI (4-4-2): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy; Navas, Fernando, Lampard, Silva; Bony, Aguero.
    • 0'
      There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
    • 0'
      As for West Brom, they may be 25 points and 11 places behind today’s hosts, but their league form is far better than the struggling reigning champions. The appointment of Tony Pulis at the start of the year has seen the Baggies rocket up the table and away from the dangers of the relegation zone, an
    • 0'
      It’s been a miserable month for City, who head into today's clash with just one win from their last five games in all competitions. Wednesday saw them dumped out of the Champions League by Barcelona, whilst a dreadful performance at Turf Moor last Saturday resulted in a disappointing 1-0 defeat agai
    • 0'
      Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today's Premier League clash between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion. My name is Ben Cullimore and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from the Etihad Stadium.
    • 1'
      And we're off! West Brom get us underway, attacking from right to left.
    • 2'
      RED CARD! What a terrible start for West Brom! A poor pass from McAuley sends the ball into the feet of Bony, who powers towards the edge of the penalty area before being brought down by Dawson, who, as the last man, is given his marching orders. However, the referee has sent off the wrong man! In a
    • 4'
      Lampard steps up and fires a strike from the resulting set-piece, but it's poorly hit and fails to clear the wall camped just inside the penalty area.
    • 6'
      It's going to be a tough 84 minutes for West Brom, who have already decided to camp as many bodies inside their own half of the pitch as possible in an attempt to keep the determined hosts at bay.
    • 8'
      City patiently pass the ball around the edge of the West Brom box before Zabaleta finally sends a cross into the heart of the penalty area, but it's only able to find Fletcher, who then blasts the ball towards the halfway line.
    • 9'
      West Brom can't clear the danger, allowing Silva to break away quickly before firing a low shot from the edge of the penalty area that deflects off Olsson before flying out of play for a corner.
    • 11'
      The visitors are finally able to get forward and penetrate the City half of the pitch for one of the first times this afternoon, but they are unable to hold onto the ball for long before the hosts regain possession once again.
    • 13'
      Silva and Aguero link up well before the latter skips past three West Brom players and unleashes a fierce shot from 25 yards out, but it's poorly hit and ends up flying well wide of the goal.
    • 15'
      Again, Aguero and Silva link up well before the latter tries to send a deft through-ball into the path of Lampard, but the attempted pass is cut out on the edge of the penalty area at the vital moment by Olsson.
    • 17'
      Lovely play by City! Aguero chips a fantastic pass into the feet of Navas, who then cuts a beautiful ball into the heart of the penalty area from the right-hand side of the box. It meets Silva but the Spaniard is unable to get a shot away before being closed down well by Lescott.
    • 19'
      Great chance for Lampard! A low Clichy cross pinballs around the penalty area before coming out to the former Chelsea man, who is unmarked on the edge of the box, but he ends up sending his first-time strike wide of its intended target and out for a goal kick.
    • 21'
      As expected, the numerical advantage has meant that City have spent barely any time without the ball at their feet, and in the last five minutes the reigning champions have had an incredible 92% of the possession.
    • 22'
      Bony holds up the ball well before teeing up Lampard, who immediately sends a lovely through-ball into the path of Aguero. The Argentine sprints forward to meet the pass but his run is slightly mistimed and the linesman's flag is raised for offside.
    • 24'
      Fantastic save by Myhill! Silva receives the ball just outside of the penalty area and unleashes a rocket of a shot towards the top right-hand corner of the goal, but the West Brom goalkeeper pulls off a wonderful one-handed stop to deny the Spaniard the opportunity to fire his side into the lead.
    • 26'
      After finding it difficult to penetrate the West Brom penalty area, Aguero is forced into firing another long-range strike that is deflected out of play for a corner.
    • 27'
      G W. Bony Assist Fernando
    • 27'
      The assist came from Fernando.
    • 27'
      GOAL! City have taken the lead! West Brom fail to clear the danger, and an attempted shot from Fernando is deflected over the top of Gardner and onto the foot of Bony, who flicks the ball over his head before firing it past Myhill from close range.
    • 29'
      Bony sends a brilliant pass out to Silva, who twists and turns on the left flank before cutting the ball back to Clichy. The Frenchman immediately unleashes a first-time cross-cum-shot from just inside the penalty area but it ends up flying a few yards past the near post.
    • 31'
      Silva finds Bony with a brilliant through-ball, but the Ivorian fails to unleash a pass to Aguero soon enough, allowing the West Brom defence to regroup before cutting out the danger.
    • 32'
      Another great save by Myhill! Navas receives the ball with his back to goal and spins round Fletcher before firing a brilliant shot that forces the West Brom goalkeeper into making an even better diving stop.
    • 34'
      Lovely play by Bony! Silva tees up Bony, who then immediately flicks the ball past Lescott and into the feet of Lampard, but the midfielder is unable to get a decent shot away from the edge of the penalty area and instead sees his first-time effort trickle well wide of the goal.
    • 36'
      Morrison nudges Silva in the back and brings the Spaniard down just outside of the penalty area, resulting in a free kick for the hosts in a very dangerous position.
    • 37'
      Silva steps up and tries to curl a shot over the top of the West Brom wall, but it's horribly hit and clears the goal by quite some distance.
    • 38'
      Navas skips past Gardner before curling a dangerous cross into the heart of the penalty area from the right flank. It almost meets the head of Bony but, under pressure from Lescott, the Ivorian is unable to get a head on the ball and it instead ends up bouncing away from danger.
    • 39'
      Good defending from West Brom has forced City into firing from distance once again, and this time it's Silva who sees his cross-cum-shot deflect out of play for yet another corner.
    • 40'
      G Fernando Assist Fernando
    • 40'
      GOAL! It's 2-0! The West Brom defence have looked impressive up until now, but a terrible attempted clarance from Olsson sends the ball spinning straight into the feet of Fernando, who is then easily able to tap a shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal to double the hosts' lead.
    • 42'
      City win back possession straight away after the kick-off, and, as has been the case since McAuley's sending off, they immediately push forward on another dangerous-looking attack, forcing West Brom into camping themselves on the edge of their own penalty area.
    • 44'
      Aguero cuts inside from the left wing before firing a low shot that Myhill does well to stop with a good diving save. The West Brom defence are unable to clear the ball, allowing Zabaleta to unleash a follow-up shot from the edge of the box, but it's poorly hit and sails comfortably into the hands o
    • 45'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be two minutes of added time.
    • 46'
      And we're underway once again!
    • 47'
      City push forward on a quick attack straight away, with Bony charging forward before firing a brilliant shot that Myhill does well to save with a good diving stop.
    • 49'
      Berahino does well to bring down a lofted pass forward from Fletcher before teeing up Sessegnon, but the latter is unable to find a way past Mangala, who holds his ground well before winning the ball back for the hosts.
    • 50'
      West Brom are able to get forward well again, slowly but surely making their way down the right flank before Berahino sends a deep cross into the penalty area, but Kompany is comfortably able to cut out the danger with a strong header.
    • 51'
      Aguero receives the ball on the edge of the West Brom penalty area before easily skipping past Olsson and firing a great low shot that Myhill is just about able to tip round the near post for yet another City corner.
    • 52'
      Great chance for Bony! The resulting set-piece is only half cleared by the West Brom defence, allowing the Ivorian to fire in a fierce low shot from the edge of the box that flies just wide of the near post.
    • 54'
      Another opportunity for City! A West Brom attack breaks down, allowing the hosts to break away on another of their own. Aguero and Silva link up wonderfully on the edge of the penalty area, exchanging several deft passes between one another, before the latter forces Myhill into making another import
    • 56'
      Lovely play by City! Navas breaks into the right-hand side of the penalty area before fizzing a great pass across the face of goal that meets Aguero on the edge of the six-yard box, but the Argentine is unable to make any sort of decent contact with the ball and, as a result, his scuffed effort is s
    • 58'
      Aguero and Bony both hit the woodwork! The Argentine darts into the penalty area before firing a great low shot that beats Myhill before bouncing off the far post. It then meets the Ivorian, whose first-time follow-up bounces over the Welsh goalkeeper once again before ricocheting off the crossbar.
    • 60'
      Silva twists and turns on the edge of the penalty area before once again firing a low strike towards the bottom corner of the goal, but Dawson does well to throw his body in the way of the shot to stop it from causing Myhill any problems.
    • 62'
      A poor pass from Silva gifts possession to Fletcher, but the West Brom captain's attempted quick ball into the feet of Sessegnon is just as disappointing and can only find Clichy.
    • 64'
      Lovely play by City! Aguero and Bony play a wonderful one-two between one another on the edge of the box before the Argentine is intercepted by Lescott, who pulls off a great tackle to deny the striker the opportunity to get a shot away on goal.
    • 65'
      SI S. Jovetić SO Fernando
    • 65'
      City have decided to make their first substitution of the game, with Jovetic coming on to take the place of Lampard.
    • 65'
      Sessegnon breaks away on a great run forward before being brought down by a clumsy challenge from Fernando, and raucous cheers immediately come from the West Brom fans, who are delighted at finally winning a free kick in the City half of the pitch.
    • 66'
      The resulting set-piece is flung into the City penalty area where it can only find Hart, but the goalkeeper gets clattered into by Olsson as the two battle in the air for the ball on the edge of the six-yard box. After a few moments on the ground, the Englishman seems to have recovered and looks oka
    • 68'
      Great strike by Jovetic! The substitute skips past two West Brom players before curling a low shot towards the bottom right-hand corner of the goal, but it's sent slightly too wide of its intended target and flies just past the far post.
    • 70'
      After breaking down a good City attack, West Brom are finally able to spend some time on the ball near the halfway line. However, they are unable to take advantage of the possession and a poor pass from Olsson results in a throw-in for the hosts midway inside the visitors' half of the pitch.
    • 72'
      Dawson pushes forward down the right flank before earning West Brom a corner and, more importantly, a chance to cause the City defence problems.
    • 73'
      What a miss by Berahino! The corner is nodded towards the back post by Olsson, where it finds the striker, who, somehow, sends his header crashing into the crossbar. The ball then falls onto the head of Lescott, but he can only send his follow-up just over the top of the crossbar.
    • 75'
      West Brom do well to deal with another dangerous City attacking move before Gardner breaks away on a quick counter attack. He breaks into the hosts' half of the pitch and is immediately brought down by a clumsy challenge from Kompany, resulting in a free kick for the visitors.
    • 76'
      Aguero embarks on another lovely run into the left-hand side of the penalty area before trying to cut a deft cross into the heart of the box, but it's deflected out for a corner by Dawson.
    • 77'
      G David Silva Assist Fernando
    • 77'
      S. Jovetić provided the assist.
    • 77'
      GOAL! It's 3-0! City take the resulting set-piece short before Clichy cuts a great ball back to Jovetic, who immediately fires a low shot from the edge of the penalty area that Silva sends past Myhill with a deft close-range flick.
    • 78'
      SI E. Džeko SO Fernando
    • 78'
      City have made their second change of the afternoon, with Bony making way for Dzeko.
    • 80'
      West Brom are enjoying a good spell of possession at the moment, but, as has been the case for the vast majority of the game, they are finding it impossible to find a way past the well-organised City defence.
    • 81'
      SI J. Milner SO Fernando
    • 81'
      And now City have made their final substitution, with Milner coming on to take the place of Silva, who has been wonderful this afternoon.
    • 83'
      Jovetic plays a lovely one-two with Aguero before darting into the West Brom penalty area and going down under a challenge from Dawson, but, despite the striker's pleas, the referee shakes his head and waves play on.
    • 85'
      Baird does well to keep Zabaleta at bay, resulting in a corner on the right flank for City. It's flung in towards the near post but is poorly hit, allowing Berahino to comfortably blast the ball away from danger.
    • 86'
      SI V. Anichebe SO Fernando
    • 86'
      West Brom have made their first substitution of the game, with Berahino making way for Anichebe for the final few moments.
    • 88'
      Aguero's search for a goal goes on! Navas fires a dangerous cross into the heart of the penalty area, where it finds the Argentine, but he can't get a shot away before being dispossessed by a vital interception from Lescott.
    • 90'
      SI Y. Mulumbu SO Fernando
    • 90'
      And now West Brom have made a further change, with Mulumbu coming on to take the place of Sessegnon.
    • 90'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be two minutes of added time.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE

    SUBSTITUTES

    Midfielder
    brazil
    Fernandinho
    25
    Captain

    MANAGERS

    spain
    Josep Guardiola
    england
    Sam Allardyce

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 6 5
    Yellow Cards 0 0
    Red Cards 0 1
    Offsides 0 0

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