Manchester City moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League as first-half goals from Sergio Agüero and Yaya Touré paved the way for a comfortable home victory against Liverpool.
Roberto Mancini Talking After The Match
Roberto Mancini’s side were in a mini-slump after taken only one point from their two away previous games, but they are a different side at home, dropping only two points at home in the league in all of 2011.
Iy took them only 10 minutes to end their mini goal scoring drought when Pepe Reina allowed Agüero’s 25-metre effort to creep underneath him and into the net.
More poor defensive play from Liverpool allowed Touré to make it2-0 from a corner in the 33rd minute. With Liverpool’s inability to score, there was no way they were coming back from a two-goal deficit.
And they didn’t as City were content to sit back and hit Liverpool on the break in the second half, and that is what they did when Touré had been fouled by Martin Škrtel and James Milner added a clinching third from the penalty spot.
The only black spot for Man City was that Gareth Barry was sent off after collecting two yellow cards and as a result he will miss this weekend’s FA Cup tie with Manchester United.
Tottenham Hotspur kept up their title chase with a 1-0 victory at home against West Brom. Jermain Defoe’s goal in the 63rd minute the difference between the two sides.
The Martin O’Neill revolution is firmly underway at Sunderland as they moved into the top ten with an impressive 4-1 victory at Wigan. Since O’Neill took charge at the Stadium of Light six games ago, Sunderland have picked up an impressive 13 points out of 18.