Manchester City have got their Premier League campaign off to a good start with a commanding 3-0 win over West Brom.
It took less than 10 minutes for Manchester City to take the lead. Yaya Toure fired from about 15 yards out, David Silva looked to get a little flick on it before it deflected off of Craig Dawson before ever so slowly crawling into the West Brom net.
Boaz Myhill just stood and watched it roll in. He didn’t even make an attempt to save it. Yes it took a deflection but to not even attempt to save it is criminal.
Manchester City doubled their lead 15 minutes laterwith a brilliant goal from Yaya Toure, who placed the ball from 20 yards out after playing a neat one-two with Wilfried Bony.
Around the hour mark Vincent Kompany made it 3-0 and put the game to bed. With a mighty leap Kompany got a head (or shoulder) on the end of a Silva corner and put the ball into the back of the net.
Raheem Sterling had a so-so debut. He had the chance to make it 3-0 at one stage when he was put through one-on-one with Myhill but his shot was tame and Myhill was able to save. For £49 million you would really expect him to score those kinds of chances, his finishing at Liverpool was always disappointing and it looks like it is still something he needs to work on.
Manchester City played the best of any of the top 6 so far this season, but they easily played the worst opposition. West Brom were so poor it is hard to judge just how good Manchester City actually were.
West Brom did not play like a Tony Pulis side. They were naive, kept giving the ball away, couldn’t defend, and lacked any sort of intensity. They did grow into the game in the second half but the best they did was have a series of corners that they failed to do anything with.
Despite how poor West Brom were and how good Manchester City were, West Brom were able to open up Manchester City on a number of occasions and expose their defence. The closest they came was when Saido Berahino had a goal disallowed for offside, which was very marginal, but the right call.
And as always a special mention to the referee. Mike Dean had a poor game. Very trigger happy when it came to booking the West Brom players but seemed terrified to book any Manchester City players. He was inconsistent all evening about what was a free kick and what wasn’t and about what was yellow card worthy and what wasn’t.
The good news for Manchester City fans is that that result puts them top of the table. Oh and there’s good news for Arsenal fans as well, they are no longer bottom of the table.