City ensure they finish February at the summit of the Premiership.
Manchester City cruised past a toothless Blackburn side in a 3-0 victory at the Eithiad Arena. It was a case of Carlos who? with strikers Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko all netting in the thrashing of the Premier League strugglers, meaning they’ve now scored a total of 52 goals between them. Any viewers of the encounter are likely to have been left astounded at the dominance the league leaders enjoyed, with Blackburn surrendering without so much as a hopeful punt at Joe Hart’s goal.
The visitors had frustrated City for half an hour, but from the moment the mercurial Mario Balotelli opened the scoring with a calm finish from Aleksander Kolarov’s cross they had absolutely no chance of getting anything from the game. Goalkeeper Paul Robinson was in inspired form in the first period, denying a first minute Balotelli effort spectacularly and then foiling Adam Johnson. But he was the architect behind the biggest howler of the night, flapping at a routine cross to give Aguero his 16th league goal of the season on a plate.
Blackburn continued to create nothing with their 5% share of possession, and moments after his introduction substitute Edin Dzeko impressively dispatched another glorious Kolarov delivery with aplomb to make it three. The result means Rovers slump back into the familiar surroundings of the relegation zone, with Steve Kean quickly running out of time to defy the odds and prove himself as a worthy manager. The under fire Scott thought his side might have earned a penalty minutes after City’s opener, but he was wrong. Pedersen has appeared to knick the ball past the advancing Nigel De Jong but replays showed the tenacious Dutchman just about managed to get a touch on the ball.
With Silva and Ya Ya Toure providing yet another vintage display, and the back four enjoying a valuable 90 minutes rest, Roberto Mancini will fancy his sides title chances as the season reaches a vital stage. In stark contrast Blackburn fans will be wondering how on Earth they’ll be watching Premier League football next season, with their current crop of flops showing the cutting edge of a Frisbee. It’s hard to criticise a team for getting a spanking at the hands of this City side, but when they show no desire, no passion, no flare or no footballing ability whatsoever, then you just have to.
Joe Hart N/A, Joleon Lescott 6, Vincent Kompany 6, Pablo Zabaleta 7, Aleksander Kolarov 8, Ya Ya Toure 8, David Silva 9, Nigel De Jong 7, Adam Johnson 7, Sergio Aguero 8, Mario Balotelli 8, SUBS: David Pizarro 6, James Milner 6, Edin Dzeko 7.
Paul Robinson 7, Bradly Orr 4, Scott Dann 5, Grant Hanley 5, Martin Olssen 6, Morten Gamst Pedersen 5, Mauro Formica 4, Radosav Petrovic 4, Marcus Olssen 4, Yakubu 6, David Hoilett 5, SUBS: Steven N’Zonzi 5, Ruben Rochina 2.
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