Man City beats West Brom 3-0 after Tevez hat trick

BY foxsports • February 5, 2011

Carlos Tevez scored a 19-minute first-half hat trick on his 27th birthday to help Manchester City record a comfortable 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Tevez hit the post after only three minutes but made no mistake from a 16th minute penalty, awarded for a trip by Steven Reid on Aleksandar Kolarov.

His second goal came five minutes later and followed a clever one-two with teammate David Silva which allowed Tevez to advance and comfortably beat Albion goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.

After Kolarov had struck the crossbar, Tevez completed his hat trick 10 minutes before the interval - taking his season tally to 20 goals - with another penalty after Jerome Thomas had handled in the West Brom area.

The victory re-established City among the Premier League title contenders and was the perfect response after manager Roberto Mancini complained about his team's performance in a disappointing midweek draw at Birmingham.

Following events at Newcastle where City's rivals Arsenal threw away a four-goal lead to draw, City coach David Platt admitted that events of the day had made up for his club's slightly sub-par second half showing.

''We came off a little bit disappointed not to have got more goals,'' former Arsenal player Platt said. ''Human nature means you take the foot off the pedal. And in the Premier League, if you lose that five percent - coupled with the reaction from the opposition - you see what happened.

''But you come back into the dressing room, hear what's happened at St James' and I'd rather be in our dressing room than Arsenal's!''

City maintained their remarkable record of never having lost a game in which Tevez has scored for them - a streak which now amounts to 25 games.

Tevez almost claimed a fourth goal before half time when, in attempting to pass to Silva at the far post, he almost played the ball into the Albion net.

In a far more subdued second half performance from the home side, Tevez missed the best opportunity of adding to his team's haul when he somehow shot over the target from six yards after Gareth Barry had pulled the ball back into his path.

In a late flurry, substitute Edin Dzeko came within inches of scoring his first Premier League goal as he slid in on a James Milner cross while fellow replacement Shaun Wright-Phillips capped an exciting run with a shot that the over-worked Myhill did well to keep out.

City goalkeeper Joe Hart was forced into sporadic action but proved equal to anything that West Brom could throw at him, keeping out first half shots from Chris Brunt and James Morrison while tipping a header from Jonas Olsson over the crossbar.

Any hope of Albion pulling off an unlikely recovery disappeared just after the hour with Marc-Antoine Fortune's 62nd-minute miss when he shot into the side-netting from Youssuf Mulumbu's slide-rule pass.

With just one victory in their last nine games, West Brom are facing the growing prospect of a swift return to the Championship and manager Roberto di Matteo said the situation is of concern.

''It's not a good sign,'' Di Matteo said. ''We just need a win to get ourselves going and we have a home game (against West Ham) coming up.

''There are a lot of clubs involved at the bottom so we just need to stay positive that we can win games. We need to show togetherness, fight for the cause and not forget what our strengths are.''

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