Wilfried Bony celebrates his first goal for Manchester City 1 Manchester City eased the pain of their Champions League exit with a routine victory over ten-man West Brom to move three points behind Chelsea at the Premier League summit.It was a case of mistaken identity for the Baggies as Gareth McAuley was dismissed inside two minutes, before Wilfried Bony netted his first goal for City with a composed finish.Fernando doubled the hosts’ advantage after some uncharacteristic defending from Tony Pulis’ side and the points were secured late on when David Silva flicked the ball past Boaz Myhill.The Baggies struck the woodwork deep in the second half but, in truth, they never looked like taking anything from a one-sided affair at the Etihad Stadium.West Brom – and referee Neil Swarbrick – made a disastrous start when McAuley was shown a red card, despite the fact that team-mate Craig Dawson was the guilty party in a tackle on Bony on the edge of the area.Predictably, one-way traffic pursued as the hosts probed for an opening with Frank Lampard skewing wide and Myhill denying efforts from Silva and Sergio Aguero.But City’s waves of attacks were soon rewarded when January signing Bony grabbed his first goal since New Year’s Day in clinical fashion as a crisp spin was accompanied with a precise finish into the top corner.Manuel Pellegrini’s side doubled their advantage five minutes before the break courtesy of some calamitous defending from the Baggies as Myhill and Jonas Olsson failed to clear Silva’s corner, with Fernando the grateful recipient from six yards.The second half followed the same pattern as the first, with City sweeping forward at will against an abject West Brom; Bony, Aguero and Silva all quelled by the busy Myhill.Even when the Welsh shot-stopper was beaten the Premier League holders were left frustrated as Lampard and Bony struck the woodwork in quick succession.Yet, despite the home side’s dominance, West Brom should have levelled when Saido Berahino was presented with a gilt-edged chance inside the six-yard box but the 21-year-old made a mess of Olsson’s flick, heading the ball into the crossbar.City then wrapped up the points ten minutes from time when Silva glanced Stevan Jovetic’s shot inside the post with a delicate flick.
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