Manchester City continued their perfect start to the season with a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.
Manchester City made it three wins out of three to maintain their five point gap over champions Chelsea, who beat West Brom earlier in the day 3-2 (review here). In that run of three games Manchester City have scored 8 goals and conceded 0.
It took City until the hour mark to open the scoring, Raheem Sterling played the ball to Aleksandar Kolarov with an intelligent pass who then raced into the box before firing his shot and beating Tim Howard at his near post.
An absolutely awful goal to concede. A goalkeeper of Howard’s experience should not be beaten at his near post like that.
Manchester City doubled their lead two minutes from the end when Samir Nasri, after playing a clever little one-two with Yaya Toure, dinked the ball over Howard.
Another poor goal to concede.
Despite what the scoreline suggests Everton did cause problems for Manchester City. Ross Barkley and Tom Cleverley were a problem for the Man City defence with their direct running and dribbling, forcing them to give away a number of free-kicks, and they were able to get in behind a few times with their passing.
Luckily for Man City, Everton had Romelu Lukaku up front who didn’t have the best of game. His first touch at times is shocking. Had Everton had a better striker they could have posed more of a threat.
Everton were also missing Leighton Baines set-pieces. With the number of free-kicks they got in good areas you have to believe he would have made something more out of them.
As for City, they are easily the best team in the Premier League at the moment but there have to be concerns about their defence which is too easily exposed at times.
They also need another striker as cover for Sergio Aguero, as great an option as Wilfried Bony is he won’t get the goals Aguero gets and when the fixture list becomes congested that could become an issue.