City beats West Brom 3-2 to cure away problems
Yaya Toure scored twice as Manchester City found a cure to its
problems away from home by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in the
Premier League on Wednesday.
Sergio Aguero put third-place City ahead in the ninth minute at
The Hawthorns with his 17th goal of the season, setting Manuel
Pellegrini’s team on its way to only a second away win that keeps
it six points behind leader Arsenal.
The only blot for City on a night that saw captain Vincent
Kompany return from 10 games out through injury were the late goals
they conceded, with goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon turning the ball
into his own net in the 85th and Victor Anichebe scoring in injury
Toure had earlier finished off a classy team move to make it 2-0
in the 24th before converting a 74th-minute penalty.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed his side’s
return to form away from home as City totally controlled the game
until conceding the two late goals.
”We played very well. In other (away) games we played as well
as we did in this game, but for some reason we didn’t score the two
early goals like we did here,” Pellegrini said. ”We had a lot of
chances to score, and for 45 minutes we were very good. The
scoreline doesn’t tell the story. It was not such a close match as
the score says.”
West Brom coach Steve Clarke acknowledged City’s
”We wanted to stay in the game as long as possible, but they
managed to pull away with the two goals in the first half,” said
Clarke, whose team stands five points above the relegation zone.
”You can risk a little to try and get back in the game, but if you
risk too much then you can end up doing serious damage to your goal