Sergio Aguero (6 mins)
Sergio Aguero (54 mins)
Carlos Tevez (61 mins)
David Silva (64 mins)
Barclays Premier League
, Apr 11, 2012
Ground: Etihad Stadium , Kickoff: 19:45 , Att 46,746
Lescott: City will fight on Manchester City return to action on Wednesday vowing to fight on in their now apparently doomed title bid.
City's hopes of claiming a first league crown in 44 years seem in tatters after a sequence of damaging results over the past month. Roberto Mancini's men trail rivals Manchester United by eight points at the top of the Barclays Premier League with just six games remaining - a month after they held a two-point lead.
City have collected just five points from their last five outings with Sunday's defeat at Arsenal seeming the decisive blow. The full ramifications of that loss - for City and for controversial striker Mario Balotelli, who was sent off and left facing a lengthy ban after another incident - are still to be felt.
But for the players to feature as West Brom visit the Etihad Stadium, there remains a strong will to at least go down fighting. Defender Joleon Lescott said in the Manchester Evening News: "It's out of our hands but we've got to keep going and if United slip up then we've got to be there to capitalise.
"If they don't, then obviously it's going to be impossible for us to catch them now. We're professional and we owe it to the fans that we're not going to roll over and die.
"We've got to apply ourselves in the right way in every game." As well as Balotelli's ban, City may also have to cope without influential midfielder Yaya Toure after he limped off with a knee injury in Sunday's loss at the Emirates Stadium.
Playmaker David Silva (knee) will be assessed while striker Carlos Tevez could push for a start after four successive substitute appearances.
West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson believes City's season should be viewed as a success despite appearing to have lost the Barclays Premier League title battle with United.
Hodgson insists City have made substantial progress this season under Mancini despite their recent slump in fortunes. United could secure the title by this weekend if results go in their favour before Sunday's encounter with Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
Hodgson said: "They've done very well. Unfortunately for Roberto, there is some negativity surrounding them because they haven't been able to keep the championship race going down to the wire.
"That is a bit of disappointment on everyone's part. We were all hoping for a last-ditch battle between United and City to see who wins the championship. Now, with five or six games to go, it is pretty obvious it is going to be Manchester United and congratulations to them.
"As a result City, who have made it such a fascinating battle and made life so hard for them, they are now not receiving the praise they deserve for keeping the fighting going for as long as they have.
Man City vs West Brom
Last modified 22:02 11/04/12
City rout re-ignites title bid Carlos Tevez scored for the first time in 11 months as Manchester City sparked back into life to keep their faint title hopes alive with a 4-0 victory over West Brom.
Sergio Aguero struck twice and David Silva was on target in a routine defeat of the Baggies as City, perhaps belatedly, showed why they were once firm favourites for the Barclays Premier League crown.
Manchester United's failure to beat Wigan meant the gap at the top was cut to five points, and with a derby to come the game may not yet be up, but it could still be too little too late.
City suffered an apparently fatal blow to their title chances as they slumped to defeat at Arsenal on Sunday but they lived up to promises to go down fighting as they returned to the Etihad Stadium.
For much of the game they were a side far removed from the tension-ridden one of recent weeks and played much more like the carefree team they were in the autumn.
City were without injured lynchpin Yaya Toure while the suspended Mario Balotelli was present only in an executive box.
Tevez's first start since his much-publicised dispute with the club gave the side a different look while West Brom, making five changes after manager Roy Hodgson claimed they were virtually safe, offered little.
They was a further change in the middle as referee Lee Mason, involved in controversy in United's weekend win over QPR, was replaced by Kevin Friend.
City began well with Aguero breaking into the box in the opening minutes and cutting back, only to have his shot blocked.
The opener came after just six minutes as Aguero collected the ball midway inside the West Brom half and ran diagonally towards goal before lashing in a low shot past Ben Foster from 25 yards.
City looked back to their best as Aguero and Samir Nasri combined to set up Tevez, but he blasted over.
The fit-again Silva, whose outstanding early season form has tailed off in recent months, then skipped into the area and beat Foster only to get in a tangle with Tevez.
Silva linked better with Tevez moments later but Foster parried his close-range shot.
Micah Richards should have doubled the lead just after the half hour as he timed his run onto Tevez's pass perfectly and cut back to shoot past Foster, but Craig Dawson blocked on the line.
Graham Dorrans shot straight at Joe Hart as West Brom made a rare foray forward but City began to slow as the first half wore on.
Tevez turned nicely to release Silva but the Spaniard was caught and it was not until after the interval City regained their zest.
Nasri volleyed wide from a Silva cross soon after the restart and City really started to lift themselves as news filtered through to the crowd that United had fallen behind at Wigan.
City's second came in the 54th minute as Nasri seized on a poor clearance and slipped in Aguero to slide the ball past Foster.
It almost immediately got worse for the Baggies as Nasri found space and shot narrowly wide and Youssouf Mulumbu headed an Aguero cross-shot off the line.
Tevez claimed his goal on the hour, the Argentinian finding himself in the right place to tuck home an Aguero cut-back from a Nasri pass.
That proved Tevez's final involvement as he was replaced moments later by Adam Johnson but City continued to pour forward.
A fourth goal duly arrived after Jonas Olsson conceded possession to Aguero and he quickly released Silva, who took the ball in his stride and sublimely chipped the advancing Foster.
After that, City then seemed to put their cue on the rack and play out time.
Edin Dzeko came on for the outstanding Aguero after 73 minutes and much of City's cutting edge appeared to go with the Argentinian.
City seemed happy to wind down the clock safe in the knowledge that victory had been assured.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|21||David Silva(sub 80)|
|34||Nigel De Jong|
|16||Sergio Aguero(sub 73)|
|32||Carlos Tevez(sub 62)|
|5||Pablo Zabaleta(sub 80)|
|10||Edin Dzeko(sub 73)|
|11||Adam Johnson(sub 62)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|21||Youssouf Mulumbu(sub 67)|
|17||Graham Dorrans(sub 77)|
|5||Somen Tchoyi(sub 77)|
|32||Marc-Antoine Fortune(sub 67)|
|Team||Man City||West Brom|