Date: 23rd March 2015 at 9:05pm
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VMC’s roving youth reporter Jake swaps the Nou Camp for Ashton New Road and his seat at The Etihad for his take on an absolutely crucial win against West Bromwich Albion…

It was a bright Spring day at The Etihad for this mid day fixture against The Albion, the sun bathing the North end of the stadium in sunlight forcing an in-form Joe Hart to don a cap. City got a lucky break 2 minutes into the game when Gareth McAuley played a dreadful pass back to Craig Dawson who had Wilfred Bony breathing down his neck. Dawson brought down Bony in a clear goal scoring opportunity – the result saw the ref Neil Swarbrick delve into his back pocket and produce a red card. In the ensuing pushing and protesting the ref (who I thought otherwise had a good game) sent off McAuley in a case of mistaken identity leaving the offending and embarrassed Craig Dawson allowed to remain on the park. This was an immediate turning point in the match, making it an uphill struggle for Tony Pulis’ West Brom who I thought came to park the team bus and wait to counter attack using Berahino’s pace.

City dominated the first half with constant pressure and tested West Brom’s goal repeatedly before finally opening the score on the 27th minute as The Blues played a corner short, the ball eventually finding its way to Fernando whose deflected shot found its way to Bony who flicked the ball over his head before hooking the ball into the top left corner with his right foot. City kept the pressure on with a beautiful bending effort from Navas whose shot was beaten away by Myhill. With City rarely scoring from corners this season they managed to break their duck on the 40th minute when David Silva whipped in a ball which found the leg of Eli Mangala whose attempted effort caused pinball in the West Brom box before Fernando’s foot doubled City’s lead and his goals for the season, scoring Manchester City’s 1000th Premier League goal. City ended the half with 26 attempts on goal with the score registering less than it should. In the second half City kept up the constant pressure and goal attempts only to be stopped by West Brom’s dogged goalkeeper Myhill. Kun Aguero came close with a fantastic effort which hit the post, the ball rebounding to Bony whose effort then hit the crossbar. A third goal was not far away though as Stevan Jovetic and Gael Clichy linked up well playing a smart one-two round the back before Jovetic’s shot was gleefully turned home by David Silva’s right shin pad to make it 3 and the beaming smile on the little Spaniard said it all. In my opinion he’s been our best player this season and continues his fantastic goal scoring form in the campaign. City then continued to press with curling efforts from both Edin Dzeko and Jovetic which just went wide.

The game from where I was sat looked more like a training session as The Blues seemed to find it way too easy racking up 43 shots and some beautiful passing and movement. Next up, next month, we play Crystal Palace away and I hope we find it as easy as we did this game to try and keep the pressure on Chelsea. For a brief moment this weekend I hoped that Chelsea would be collecting just the one point at Hull but alas, it was not to be.

Funds permitting I hope to be blogging VMCers from Palace!

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