By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City surpassed the 100-goal barrier this season as they continued their impressive Premier League form to see off Cardiff City with a 4-2 win at the Etihad.
Manuel Pellegrini made seven changes to the side that beat Blackburn in the FA Cup midweek, with Micah among those rested as a precaution having made his return from injury in that game.
Edin Dzeko saw an early shout for a penalty turned down, and David Marshall in the Cardiff goal denied the Bosnian minutes later. However, the stopper and his defence weren’t quite able to deny the striker after 14 minutes, his scuffed shot cleared but only after it had crossed the line, a decision adjudicated by the Goal Decision System – the first such goal to use the new addition to the game.
It was the 100th goal of City’s campaign so far, and Alvaro Negredo twice went close to doubling the lead, but it was Craig Noone and the visitors who scored next. He coasted through City’s defence and slotted beyond Joe Hart to silence the home crowd who aren’t used to seeing teams level at the Etihad.
However, normal service resumed shortly after, Dzeko’s shot being blocked but Jesus Navas seizing on the rebound to make it 2-1, and Yaya Youre extended the lead midway through the second half after powering from midfield, playing a neat one-two with Sergio Aguero and powering home.
The Argentinian, himself returning from injury after scoring midweek, notched a fourth, tricking Steven Caulker and finding the back of the net. Fraizer Campbell bundled in a second for Cardiff in the dying moments, no more than a consolation for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men on his return to Manchester.
City maintain their charge at the top of the table, sitting second behind Arsenal, whilst Cardiff fans saw their team drop to the bottom of the table due to results elsewhere.
City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany ©, Demichelis, Kolarov, Navas, Yaya Toure, Javi Garcia, Silva, Negredo, Dzeko.
Cardiff: Marshall; McNaughton, Caulker ©, Turner, Theophile-Catherine; Whittingham, Medel, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Noone; Campbell.