A strong second-half showing from Manchester City earned them an emphatic 4-0 win over Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
- Manchester City 4 Aston Villa 0
- Goalless at half time
- Toure opens scoring
- Aguero bags a brace
- Sterling adds the fourth
Manchester City were knocking on the door from the get go against a very defensively set up Aston Villa side, who did well to keep the home side at bay in the first half.
However, the second half was a different story as a Sergio Aguero brace, coupled with goals from Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling saw the Citizens run out comfortable 4-0 winners.
The match began just as everyone would have expected with Manchester dominating possession and Aston Villa dropping very deep to defend their goal and look for opportunities to counter.
Aguero was denied by a fine diving save by Brad Guzan in the 10th minute before Bony missed a glaring opportunity four minutes later.
Toure, David Silva and Aguero combined well in the 17th minute to create a chance for the Argentine, but was once again denied by a great Guzan save.
City gave Villa no time to breathe and continued to pour forward in search of an opening goal with Toure hitting a long-range attempt over the bar before Aguero finally had Guzan beaten moments later, but the ball slid agonisingly wide of the post.
Villa’s best chance of the half came, as expected, on the counter with Ashley Westwood breaking down the wing before feeding the ball to Jordan Ayew, who found space for a shot but Joe Hart was equal to it and pushed the ball behind for a corner.
Villa did defended phenomenally well to remain on level terms at half time, but everything changed after the break.
Just three minutes after the restart Aguero broke down the left wing before squaring the ball to David Silva, who played in Toure. The Ivory Coast international took his chance first time and beat Guzan thanks to a deflection of Micah Richards.
They added a second two minutes later when Aguero caught Richards in possession. He closed the Villa defender down and deflected his attempted clearance past Guzan to truly open the flood gates.
Aguero and Silva combined fantastically again in the 60th minute with an inventive one-two to leave four Villa defenders stranded before the Argentinean smashed the ball past Guzan at his near post to make it 3-0
The fourth came six minutes later when Navas broke down the right before hitting an accurate cross into the box for Sterling at the back post, who tapped-in a simple finish.
It should have been five in the 72nd minute when Ciaran Clark tripped Kelechi Iheanacho in the box, but Aguero was denied his hattrick from the spot by the right-hand upright.
As much credit as Villa deserve for their defensive exploits in the first half, at least as many questions need to be asked of their defending after the break as they suffered their fourth straight defeat and 18th of the season.