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Man City   3 - 0   West Brom

Carlos Tevez celebrates his hat-trick
Tevez has now scored four hat-tricks since his arrival in English football in 2006

By Chris Bevan

Carlos Tevez's first-half hat-trick helped Manchester City see off West Brom and end a three-game winless run.

The Argentine had already hit the post from Aleksandar Kolarov's cross when he slotted home from the spot after Steven Reid hauled Kolarov down in the box.

David Silva set Tevez up to make it 2-0 and he celebrated his 27th birthday with a third goal, converting another penalty after Jerome Thomas handled.

Marc-Antoine Fortune wasted West Brom's best chance when he fired wide.

City could have been further ahead at the break, and would have been but for Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill tipping a Kolarov thunderbolt on to the bar and also denying Silva when he was clean through.

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The second half was a different story, with the home side seemingly happy to sit back and soak up some spirited attacks by the visitors.

But, given the recent defensive fragility that has undermined his side's title bid, City boss Roberto Mancini will no doubt be satisfied to have a clean sheet to go with the three points that keep the Blues in touch at the top of the table.

On an emotional day at Eastlands that saw City mark the death of former star Neil Young with a minute's applause before kick-off, Mancini's men were quickly into their stride.

With £27m striker Edin Dzeko starting on the bench, Kolarov was operating in a more advanced position down the left and he got forward well to send over the cross that Tevez volleyed against the post after four minutes.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart has come under some criticism of late for his part in City's wobbles at the back but he was at his best to push Chris Brunt's free-kick wide and then tip Jonas Olsson's header over the bar from the resulting corner.

It was still City who were looking the more dangerous coming forward, however, and they made the breakthrough in the 17th minute.

Following a quick free-kick by Kolo Toure, Reid brought down Kolarov in the left-hand corner of the area and, after referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot, Tevez made no mistake to roll it into the bottom corner.

Tevez did not have to wait long to add his 19th goal of the season, rounding off a neat build-up involving Vincent Kompany and Silva by hurdling a sliding Reid challenge and firing confidently home.

By now, City were rampant and only a series of super saves by Myhill stopped Kolarov and Silva adding to their tally.

Di Matteo predicts tight relegation scrap

But Myhill could do nothing to prevent Tevez completing his fourth hat-trick in English football shortly before the break when Atkinson awarded another penalty.

Pablo Zabaleta's cross span off Nicky Shorey and hit Thomas's arm, and this time Tevez stepped up to despatch the ball high to the goalkeeper's right.

West Brom, who came to the game with only one win in their last nine matches and sliding rapidly down the Premier League table, might have feared an avalanche of City goals after the break.

But it was the Baggies who came out with more attacking purpose and were arguably unlucky not to find the net at least once.

Peter Odemwingie sent a shot bouncing wide with Hart scrambling across his goal and, after Brunt blasted over, substitute Fortune fired into the side-netting after running clear and Carlos Vela headed wide when well placed.

Hart, who had made another good save from Brunt just before the interval, again played his part when he pushed a Shorey free-kick round his post.

City rarely looked interested in adding to their tally but still created a golden chance for Tevez to add a fourth before the end, with the Argentine blazing wastefully over.


Manchester City coach David Platt: "We pushed players on in the first half. We knew that when we played at the Hawthorns our full-backs played in their half.

"The manager [Roberto Mancini] reinforced that before the game. We wanted to play in their half when we had the ball.

"We almost had numerical advantage going forward which enabled players like Carlos and David Silva to come off and find little holes. Carlos has also hit the post as well."

West Brom boss Roberto di Matteo: "We just need a win to get ourselves going again. We need to stay positive that we can do that. There are a lot of clubs involved, it is very tight.

"We need to show togetherness, fight for the cause and not forget what our strength is.

"I am disappointed with the way the goals came about, especially the two penalties because there wasn't any danger there. So you give them two goals when it is difficult enough facing City.

"But we said at half-time if we didn't concede one and scored one then we could get back in the game. The second half was much better."

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Saturday, 5 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 3-0 West Brom FT
(HT 3-0)
  • Tevez (pen) 17
  • Tevez 22
  • Tevez (pen) 39

    Man City

    Substitutes

    West Brom

    Substitutes

    Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 46,846
    MAN CITY
    WEST BROM

    Possession

    • Man City 51%
    • West Brom 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Man City 9
    • West Brom 9

    Attempts off target

    • Man City 4
    • West Brom 8

    Corners

    • Man City 8
    • West Brom 8

    Fouls

    • Man City 13
    • West Brom 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:22 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+2:24 Short corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line.
    • 90:00+2:15 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
    • 90:00+1:30 Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Scharner.
    • 90:00+0:10 Marc-Antoine Fortune gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kolo Toure. James Milner takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:10 Substitution David Silva leaves the field to be replaced by Abdul Razak.
    • 89:37 Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
    • 88:17 Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.
    • 87:33 A cross is delivered by Steven Reid, Jerome Boateng manages to make a clearance.
    • 86:40 Substitution Somen Tchoyi comes on in place of Peter Odemwingie.
    • 85:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune by Vincent Kompany. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:31 Substitution Shaun Wright-Phillips on for Carlos Tevez.
    • 85:07 Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
    • 84:03 Pablo Zabaleta challenges Peter Odemwingie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Reid.
    • 83:55 Carlos Tevez delivers the ball, Steven Reid manages to make a clearance.
    • 83:24 Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 82:10 The ball is swung over by James Milner.
    • 80:57 Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov on James Morrison, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 79:13 Aleksandar Kolarov fouled by Steven Reid, the ref awards a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.
    • 79:13 Booking Steven Reid booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 78:18 Shot from deep inside the area by Carlos Tevez clears the crossbar.
    • 78:08 A cross is delivered by James Milner, clearance made by Paul Scharner.
    • 77:48 Short corner worked by David Silva.
    • 77:39 The ball is swung over by David Silva, Paul Scharner gets a block in.
    • 75:39 A cross is delivered by Carlos Alberto Vela.
    • 73:37 James Morrison crosses the ball, Headed effort on goal by Carlos Alberto Vela from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 73:21 Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Tevez.
    • 72:53 Corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey from the left by-line, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
    • 71:13 Centre by Paul Scharner, Pablo Zabaleta manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:41 Nicky Shorey decides to take the corner short.
    • 69:37 Carlos Alberto Vela fouled by James Milner, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Shorey produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Joe Hart.
    • 68:49 Substitution Gonzalo Jara is brought on as a substitute for Chris Brunt.
    • 66:59 Effort from long distance by Chris Brunt goes wide right of the target.
    • 66:27 The ball is crossed by Jerome Boateng, clearance made by Paul Scharner.
    • 63:14 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov played to the near post, Steven Reid manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 62:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Paul Scharner. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
    • Correction - 62:36 Substitution Gnegneri Toure Yaya leaves the field to be replaced by Edin Dzeko.
    • 62:36 Foul by Paul Scharner on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
    • 62:36 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Edin Dzeko coming on for Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • Correction - 61:42 Shot by Marc-Antoine Fortune from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 61:42 Effort on goal by Marc-Antoine Fortune from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 61:10 Pablo Zabaleta challenges Steven Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Reid restarts play with the free kick.
    • 58:48 Short corner taken by David Silva from the right by-line.
    • 58:37 Kolo Toure takes a shot. Blocked by Nicky Shorey.
    • 58:09 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Aleksandar Kolarov.
    • 58:03 A cross is delivered by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, Jonas Olsson gets a block in.
    • 57:15 Shot by Chris Brunt from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
    • 55:13 Nicky Shorey delivers the ball, Paul Scharner takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
    • 54:44 Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Brunt, clearance by Kolo Toure.
    • 54:35 Steven Reid delivers the ball, Pablo Zabaleta gets a block in.
    • 54:14 Peter Odemwingie delivers the ball, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
    • 53:48 Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Youssouf Mulumbu takes the direct free kick.
    • 52:50 Short corner taken by David Silva.
    • 52:34 David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Reid.
    • 50:58 Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie. Strike on goal comes in from James Morrison from the free kick.
    • 48:27 Peter Odemwingie has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 46:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Pablo Zabaleta. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
    • 45:27 Chris Brunt sends in a cross.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • 45:01 Substitution Jerome Thomas leaves the field to be replaced by Carlos Alberto Vela.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:10 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+1:19 Pablo Zabaleta is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.
    • 44:14 Pablo Zabaleta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie. Chris Brunt produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 44:14 Booking Pablo Zabaleta is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 42:57 Centre by Steven Reid.
    • 41:55 Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 41:10 Gnegneri Toure Yaya gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Jonas Olsson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 40:16 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line.
    • 40:02 James Morrison takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
    • 39:55 The ball is sent over by Steven Reid, clearance by Kolo Toure.
    • 39:24 Assist by Aleksandar Kolarov.
    • 38:16 Assist by Aleksandar Kolarov.
    • 38:16 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 3 - 0 West Brom Power penalty scored by Carlos Tevez. Man City 3-0 West Brom.
    • Correction - 37:34 Jerome Thomas handles the ball and concedes a .
    • 37:34 Jerome Thomas is penalised for handball and concedes a .
    • 37:23 A cross is delivered by Pablo Zabaleta.
    • 36:30 A cross is delivered by Steven Reid, Jerome Boateng manages to make a clearance.
    • 35:41 David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
    • 35:13 Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Reid. Free kick taken by Steven Reid.
    • 32:17 Steven Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
    • 31:19 Shot from just outside the box by Aleksandar Kolarov misses to the left of the goal.
    • 31:03 Short corner worked by David Silva.
    • 30:43 Effort from 35 yards by Aleksandar Kolarov. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
    • 29:29 James Morrison crosses the ball, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
    • 28:25 A cross is delivered by Steven Reid, save by Joe Hart.
    • 26:21 The referee blows for offside against Jerome Thomas. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:09 The ball is sent over by Marc-Antoine Fortune.
    • 22:56 The ball is sent over by Nicky Shorey, clearance made by Jerome Boateng.
    • 22:30 David Silva is adjudged to have handled the ball. James Morrison takes the indirect free kick.
    • 21:14 David Silva provided the assist for the goal.
    • 21:14 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 2 - 0 West Brom Carlos Tevez fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 West Brom.
    • 20:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Morrison on David Silva. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:36 Booking James Morrison goes into the referee's book.
    • 20:11 The ball is crossed by Jerome Thomas, Gareth Barry makes a clearance.
    • 18:51 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line played to the near post, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
    • 18:11 Shot from outside the box by James Morrison misses to the left of the goal.
    • 17:43 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Aleksandar Kolarov manages to make a clearance.
    • 17:11 The assist for the goal came from Aleksandar Kolarov.
    • 16:38 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 1 - 0 West Brom Carlos Tevez scores a placed penalty. Man City 1-0 West Brom.
    • 15:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonas Olsson on Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Steven Reid.
    • 14:36 Gareth Barry is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • Correction - 13:55 Foul by James Morrison on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Milner from left wing, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by James Morrison. Free kick taken by James Milner.
    • Correction - 12:15 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt, Headed effort on goal by Paul Scharner from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 12:15 Chris Brunt takes the outswinging corner, Headed effort from inside the box by Jonas Olsson misses to the right of the target.
    • 11:43 Corner taken by Chris Brunt, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 10:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Vincent Kompany. Chris Brunt has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Joe Hart.
    • 7:59 Inswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line.
    • 6:48 Gareth Barry produces a cross.
    • 6:41 The ball is swung over by Carlos Tevez.
    • 5:38 James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Brunt. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
    • 4:13 The referee blows for offside. Jonas Olsson restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 3:15 A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, Carlos Tevez produces a volleyed right-footed shot from inside the box and hits the post.
    • 3:15 The ball is delivered by Jerome Boateng, Shot by Carlos Tevez from deep inside the box hits the post.
    • 2:28 Marc-Antoine Fortune fouled by Pablo Zabaleta, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Chris Brunt from right wing, save made by Joe Hart.
    • 1:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brunt on Jerome Boateng. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 5 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 25 31 54
    2 Arsenal 25 27 50
    3 Man City 26 20 49
    4 Chelsea 24 25 44
    5 Tottenham 25 8 44
    6 Sunderland 26 1 37
    7 Liverpool 25 2 35
    8 Bolton 26 -1 33
    9 Stoke 25 -1 33
    10 Newcastle 25 2 31
    11 Blackburn 26 -8 31
    12 Fulham 26 0 30
    13 Everton 25 -1 30
    14 Aston Villa 26 -15 29
    15 Blackpool 25 -11 28
    16 West Brom 25 -17 26
    17 Wigan 26 -18 26
    18 Birmingham 23 -10 24
    19 West Ham 25 -17 24
    20 Wolves 25 -17 24

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