By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City returned to winning ways as they saw off up-to-then unbeaten Everton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Micah was on the bench as Manuel Pellegrini’s men sought to banish memories of their defeat to Bayern Munich midweek, though they faced stiff opposition in the form of Roberto Martinez’s in-form outfit.
Yaya Toure saw an effort turned behind by Tim Howard with 5 minutes on the clock, whilst Aleks Kolarov saw a free-kick bend just a yard wide of the post minutes later, and the left-back headed over soon after.
However, it was Everton who grabbed the lead after 17 minutes. Romelu Lukaku beat the City offside trap and a tackle from Joleon Lescott before sliding under Joe Hart to hand Martinez’s men the advantage.
The home side’s response, however, was immediate as Yaya Toure picked out Alvaro Negredo who in turn fired beyond Howard to level proceedings. Sergio Aguero then could and perhaps should have put City in front after a neatly worked routine from a free-kick, but the Argentine’s effort curled just wide.
The striker made amends, though, just before half-time as he charged into the box and fired powerfully beyond Howard at the far post to make it 2-1 going into the break.
Everton were certainly not out of the clash as they continued to press for a leveler, but the game was all but put beyond doubt when Pablo Zabaleta was brought down in the box. From the ensuing penalty, Aguero’s strike rebounded off the post and back into the goal via Howard’s back to make it 3-1, a misfortune for Everton’s stopper but welcome daylight between the two teams with 20 minutes remaining.
Everton’s threat faded as the second-half progressed, and it was only ever City that looked likely to score again, but as it was the game finished 3-1 to the hosts and with it a move up to fifth in the Premier League.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, Milner, Aguero, Silva, Negredo. Subs: Richards, Nasri, Dzeko, Jesus Navas, Clichy, Pantilimon, Nastasic
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Osman, Mirallas, Barkley, Naismith, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Gibson, Heitinga, Jelavic, Kone, Deulofeu, Stones