Wilfried Bony scored his first goal for Manchester City, for a much-needed 3-0 home victory over West Brom, as the Citizens were left annoyed after their Champions League exit against Barcelona, when they felt desperately short of form.

The match started controversially; in the 89th second of the game the Baggies’ Gareth McAuley was sent-off for a professional foul.  There is no doubt the foul was real enough - but it was not McAuley who committed the offence - Craig Dawson had made the initial foul on Bony, who got up, before running into McAuley inside the area. The referee Neil Swarbrick was the culprit of a case of mistaken identity, as he should have dismissed Dawson, but instead sent-off the wrong man, despite protests from his team-mates.

The home side had to work hard to break down the 10 men of West Brom. In the 27th minute Bony eventually succeeded and scored his first goal for Manchester City since his January transfer from Swansea. From then on, the Citizens were in command, mustering a staggering 26 efforts on target in the first - half. Five minute before the interval Fernando found a gap in the visitors’ defence and prodded home City’s 1000th goal in Premier League history.

Their dominance was absolute in the second-half and it was only the brilliance of the Baggies goalkeeper Boaz Myhill that kept the scores down. The visitors did have one chance of note in the second-half, as Saido Berahino hit the post, after heading from close range, before the former City defender Joleon Lescott nodded over.

Nevertheless, it was City that had the last word in the 77th minute, as David Silva stuck his foot in to divert Stevan Jovetic’s shot in the right place; Baggies keeper had no chance, with the ball ending in the bottom left-hand corner.

The Citizens finished the match with 44 efforts on goal, only two less than in their record attempts on goal tally against QPR in 2012. They regained their form and have now cut Chelsea’s led at the top of the table to three points, but they have played two games more than the current leaders.

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