Manchester City vs. West Bromwich Albion: Final score 3-1, David Silva injury the real story

Alex Livesey

David Silva's injury might have overshadowed what was a very solid win for Manchester City.

Manchester City still need some help, but they've kept themselves in the title race with a win on Monday. West Bromwich Albion, meanwhile, are still in the relegation mix after the 3-1 loss. David Silva picked up what looks like it might be a serious injury during the match, which is probably a bigger story than the result.

It took all of three minutes for Manchester City to take the lead. Sergio Aguero got free in the penalty area and had a shot saved by Ben Foster, but Pablo Zabaleta anticipated having a chance at the rebound and made a late run into the box, finding the rebound with a header that sailed past everyone into the back of the net.

Just seven minutes later, Aguero had a goal of his own, bending a stellar shot away from Ben Foster's outstretched hand to score from 25 yards out. It looked like West Brom were about to find themselves on the bad end of a beating, but they hit back in surprising fashion.

City had a dangerous free kick from 30 yards out in the 16th minute, but botched their set piece routine, turing the ball over and allowing the Baggies to get out on the break with a man advantage. Matej Vydra found Graham Dorrans in the center of the pitch, and he took a brilliant touch to set himself up for a volley past Joe Hart from the top of the penalty area.

It looked at the time like the game was going to be a wide open and entertaining one, but City turned it into an uneventful, methodical victory. Martin Demichelis scored off a corner in the 36th minute to double his side's lead, and from there, City were very much in control.

Instead of coming out like a team desperate to steal a result from two goals down to start the second half, West Brom played like one that already had the result they wanted. They sat back and looked to play on the counter, which suited City just fine, and neither team had too many real chances in the second half.

The biggest event of the second 45 minutes was, sadly, an injury. In the 67th minute, Silva went down under a challenge by Morgan Amalfitano, with his right foot getting stuck in the pitch and twisting awkwardly. Whatever his injury is, it's severe enough that he needed to be taken off on a stretcher.

West Brom never looked like challenging for a draw, but their hopes of stealing a point were well and truly dashed at the end of the game when Liam Ridgewell had to exit after the Baggies had made all of their substitutes, leaving them to finish the match with 10 men.

Manchester City: Hart, Clichy, Demichelis, Kompany, Zabaleta, Garcia, Fernandinho, Nasri, Aguero (Jovetic 64'), Silva (Milner 70'), Dzeko (Kolarov 89')

Goals: Zabaleta (3'), Aguero (10'), Demichelis (36')

West Bromwich Albion: Foster, Ridgewell, Olsson, Dawson, Jones, Mulumbu (Morrison 84'), Brunt, Amalfitano, Sessegnon (Berahino 76'), Dorrans, Vydra (Anichebe 60')

Goals: Dorrans (16')

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