Man City return to the winning trail at West Brom

Manchester City got back to their ruthless best as two goals apiece from Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan secured a 4-0 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

  • West Brom 0 Man City 4
  • Aguero nets first-half brace
  • Gundogan adds two more after the break
  • City end three-match winless streak in EPL
  • Baggies without a five in last five games

Match summary

The Citizens were two goals to the good at the half-time break, Aguero opening the scoring in the 19th minute before popping up again for his second of the game ten minutes later.

Gundogan eventually made it 3-0 to the visitors in the 79th minute, before rounding off a convincing City win in the closing stages of the contest.

Full report

Manchester City went into Saturday's encounter aiming to halt a three-match winless streak in the Premier League, and they very nearly fell behind after just three minutes of play as Nacer Chadli fired high and wide from the right-hand six of the box.

However, it was one-way traffic from that point onwards as the Citizens hit back with a series of good chances.

Raheem Sterling saw his goal-bound effort saved in the top-left corner by Baggies keeper Ben Foster one minute later, before Aguero fired wide of the mark with a speculative effort from outside the box in the 10th minute.

City continued to pile on the pressure, with Sterling again denied by Foster in the 18th minute, just moments before John Stones inexplicably failed to hit the target from the right-hand side of the six-yard box.

However, the visitors weren't to be denied in the 19th minute, as Aguero latched onto a through ball from Ilkay Gundogan before placing a low shot in the left corner from the right-hand side of the box.

And Pep Guardiola's men were two goals to the good in the 28th minute, with Aguero notching his second of the game after finding the top-right corner with a sumptuous shot from outside the box.

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The only other chance of note in the latter stages of the first half saw Fernando send a long-range shot wide of the left-hand post, following some good work in the build-up by Fernandinho.

Despite showing little in the way of attacking intent in the closing stages of the first half, that was most certainly not the case early in the second half as City came flying out of the traps.

David Silva, Gundogan and Aguero were all denied by last-ditch tackles, though, while at the opposite end of the pitch, Salomon Rondon headed wide of the left-hand post after being teed up by Chris Brunt's through ball.

Buoyed by that missed opportunity, West Brom continued to pile forward, creating a handful of good chances.

Chadli failed to hit the mark with a speculative long-range effort, before Chris Brunt, Rondon and Gareth McAuley all went close to reducing the deficit.

However, any lingering resistance was finally broken in the 79th minute as Gundogan slotted home from the centre of the box to make it 3-0.

And, with the clock winding down, Pep Guardiola's men wrapped up the result in the 90th minute, Gundogan latching onto a neat pass from Kevin De Bruyne before slotting the ball in to the bottom-right corner from the centre of the box.