Manchester City vs. Aston Villa  5 - 0

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Mancini backs City strikers

17 November 2012 19:58

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has vowed his side can improve further after demolishing Aston Villa 5-0 on Saturday.

City struggled in the first half against a resolute Villa back line, but got the break just before half-time as David Silva tapped in following a goalmouth scramble, and Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero split four goals between them after the break to seal a resounding win.

"We played well, created a lot of chances but we also missed one or two opportunities in the first half," Mancini told reporters.

"We can do better, but I hope we are starting to find the form of last season. We started to change things a few games ago and it seems to be paying off."

The Italian had special praise for the club's attackers who have begun to find the net on a regular basis.

"I'm very pleased that our strikers have now scored six goals in the last two games," Mancini said.

"It is important they are in good form and are finding the net on a regular basis."

Villa manager Paul Lambert lambasted the assistant referee for his decision to award City a penalty in the 54th minute for an apparent handball by Andreas Weimann.

"That's never a handball," Lambert said.

"What the linesman saw there I do not know, (but) he saw something that 50,000 other people never saw."

Villa were not out of the contest at that point and had managed to frustrate City for large parts of the game, but that decision seemed to dent their confidence and they crumbled under the pressure from the home side.

"I thought Joe Hart did a brilliant save from Christian's (Benteke) header (in the first half)," he said.

"So we were well in the game, but the penalty was a real shocking decision.

"He (the assistant referee) said he was 100 percent sure it hit his hand, (but) he (Weimann) jumped with his hands to try and get leverage but the

Man City lad behind him was heading it so that to me is a guess."

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Premier League: Manchester City 5 Aston Villa 0

17 November 2012 18:11

Manchester City romped to a 5-0 win over Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on Saturday to put the pressure on city rivals Manchester United.

City had to rely on a goalmouth scramble to open the scoring two minutes before half-time when David Silva pounced on a loose ball inside the Villa penalty area to score his first goal of the season.

The second half was much more entertaining as Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez grabbed two goals each to secure an emphatic win that puts City on top of the Premier League table by a point, although Manchester United will reclaim the lead with a win over Norwich later on Saturday.

The hosts settled into the game very quickly and were controlling play nicely but struggled to find their way through the organised Villa defence.

However, with half-time looming they got the break they were looking for as Silva tapped home following a goalmouth scramble.

Sergio Aguero was the first to try and get on the end of Samir Nasri's corner, Vincent Kompany had the second attempt and Carlos Tevez had a third before the ball broke for Silva who nipped in front of Matija Nastasic to score from close range.

As the second half began the home side carried on where they left off, controlling the play with crisp passing and plenty of movement, and nine minutes into the second they were rewarded with a second goal albeit following a controversial decision from the assistant referee.

Silva drifted in from the right hand side and played a perfect pass to Aguero but just as the Argentine was about to pull the trigger Ron Vlaar made a superb challenge to concede a corner. It was from the set piece that Andreas Weimann was adjudged to have handled the ball and a penalty was awarded. Aguero stepped up and made no mistake, beating Brad Guzan down to the goalkeeper's left hand side.

Just when Paul Lambert thought things could not get any worse, they did as his side conceded another penalty from another handball, but this one was much clearer. Barry Bannan caught the ball with his arm as he slid in to tackle Sliva and referee Jon Moss had no hesitation to award the penalty. This time Tevez took the responsibility and he fired past Guzan.

Minutes later the score was 4-0 as Tevez released Aguero on the right hand side. He took on Enda Stevens and unleashed a shot from inside the area that was on target, and the deflection it took off the young full-back's foot caused it to beat Guzan at his near post.

The rout was complete in the 74th minute as Tevez added his second following a flowing move from the home side. Substitute Edin Dzeko released Nasri on the left hand side of the penalty area and his low cross found the Argentine who had the simple task of tapping the ball into an empty net.

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Premier League preview: Manchester City v Aston Villa

15 November 2012 13:17

Manchester City host Aston Villa in the English Premier League on Saturday in what shapes as a danger game for Roberto Mancini's side.

City are two points behind leaders Manchester United on the league table and a win this week would see them keep pace with the Red Devils.

But City, who play an important Champions League match against Real Madrid next week and go up against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on November 25, must be careful not to overlook their opponents this weekend.

Villa sit 17th and are three points clear of the relegation zone after losing to Manchester United 3-2 last Saturday at Villa Park.

Paul Lambert's side lost their last match against Mancini's side in the Premier League 1-0 on February 2 but won their most recent meeting in September, in the third round of the League Cup, 4-2 in extra time.

Striker Andreas Weimann netted two goals in his side's loss to Manchester United and told reporters this week Villa has no reason to fear the reigning Premier League Champions.

City remain undefeated in the Premier League this season after beating Tottenham 2-1 last Sunday at Etihad Stadium.

Right-back Maicon and David Silva returned from injury to help Mancini's side to victory over Spurs and Joleon Lescott should be available for this week's game to further boost City's stocks after a back injury.

Villa are still uncertain how long striker Darren Bent will be out of action with his ankle injury, following his setback in training two weeks ago.

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Manchester City hold no fear for Villa, says Weimann

13 November 2012 16:56

Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann says his side do not fear Manchester City ahead of Saturday's trip to face the Premier League champions.

The Midlands outfit are currently 17th in the Premier League, having endured a difficult start to life under new manager Paul Lambert.

But following his two-goal performance in a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United, Weimann says that the Villans are full of confidence as they visit the Etihad Stadium.

"We don't have fear and we shouldn't have. The last few weeks, we've got confidence because we've won a couple of games," the 21-year-old told reporters.

"You've seen the way we played against Manchester United. At the moment we think we can take on anyone and at Manchester City we'll be the same."

Villa have already beaten City away from home this season, posting a 4-2 victory in the League Cup, and Weimann is hoping for a repeat on Saturday.

"We went there in the cup and got a win. It's going to be a really hard game but after this performance we'll go there with a lot of confidence," he said.

"I'm sure that if we play like that we've got a chance of getting something.

"The gaffer said after the United game if we keep playing like that we'll get results, even against the top teams."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25