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Unsung Hero: Manchester City’s David Silva set up two goals on 400th appearance for the club

Unsung Hero: Manchester City’s David Silva set up two goals on 400th appearance for the club

Manchester City returned to winning ways yesterday with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth, a result that elevated them to second in the Premier League and moved them to within two points of leaders Liverpool.

Sergio Aguero was on target twice for the current champions, with Raheem Sterling bagging his fifth league goal of the season after just three matches. [via Sky Sports]

The visitors took just 15 minutes to break the deadlock at the Vitality Stadium, Aguero finding the target with a measured shot that rolled into the Bournemouth net. [via Sky Sports]

Manchester City doubled their lead in the 43rd minute when Sterling stabbed the ball home from close range, but they were pegged back before the interval when Harry Wilson curled an exquisite free-kick into the top corner of the visitors’ net. [via Sky Sports]

Aguero made sure of the points for Pep Guardiola’s team on 64 minutes when he reacted quickest to a loose ball in the Bournemouth penalty area for his 400th club career goal. [via Sky Sports]

Another Manchester City man who reached a 400 landmark yesterday was David Silva, with that figure now his total number of appearances for the club since joining from Valencia nine years ago.

The 33-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal spell at the Etihad Stadium, with 71 goals and 132 assists to his name (0.18 goals and 0.33 assists per game), along with a trophy haul of four Premier League titles, four League Cups, two FA Cups and two Community Shield victories.

Yesterday against Bournemouth, he showed no signs of slowing down in his final season for the club. He ended the game with two assists, threading the pass to Sterling for his goal and jinking into the home team’s penalty area in the move that led to Aguero’s second of the afternoon. [via Sky Sports]

Silva ended the game with a 92% passing accuracy rate, completing 54 of his 59 passes, and his total of three dribbles (all successful) was more than any other player on the pitch. He also tracked back to win two tackles and make one interception and two clearances. [via WhoScored.com]

Sky Sports’ match report on the game said that he was “at his impish best“, adding that Bournemouth were unable to contain him on the day.

Sports Mole editor Barney Corkhill described Silva’s performance as “a typically classy display“, while Charlotte Duncker of the Manchester Evening News wrote that he was “composed and assured” against the Cherries.

The Spain midfielder had to be content with an appearance off the bench against Tottenham last week, but his magnificent, effective showing at the Vitality Stadium could be followed up with another inclusion from the start when Brighton visit the Etihad next Saturday.

Manchester City fans, how impressed were you with Silva’s display against Bournemouth? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

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