Manchester City closed the gap at the top of the table to five points by hammering West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium. Sergio Aguero got the hosts off to the best possible start when he slotted past Ben Foster just six minutes in. From then on there was never any doubt as to who would win - instead, it was simply a question of how many more times City would score.
Three, as it turned out, but they all had to wait until the second half. Aguero got his brace just after the restart after being slipped in by Samir Nasri, and Nasri was provider again for City's third after cutting back from the byline for Carlos Tevez to hammer home. It was the former captain's first goal of the season after a long and much-publicised absence from the team.
There was time enough for David Silva to make it four, as the little midfielder, who missed the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal, dinked home the cutest of chips in the 64th minute to mark a three goal, ten minute spell for the hosts. After that, City seemed content enough to simply wait out the rest of the game - West Brom didn't appear much of a threat to do anything, and the points were well and truly secure. The gap between Roberto Mancini's men and Manchester United now stands at five points.