Manchester City were comprehensive 3-0 winners over Blackburn Rovers this evening as they extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 5 points ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Norwich City on Sunday.
Statistics were overwhelmingly one-sided in favour of the home side, who were 1/5 favourites with the bookmakers before kick-off. Blackburn Rovers didn’t muster an attempt on goal until the 80th minute.
Manchester City had 78% of the possession and amassed 21 shots on goal to Blackburn’s 1. Yaya Toure in particular controlled the game in the middle of the park, completed 100% of his pass attempts in the first half; misplacing just 2 in the second 45 minutes.
Mario Balotelli back from suspension opened the scoring on the half hour mark with a nice finish at the near post following Aleksandar Kolarov’s low left wing cross.
Kolarov was a good provider from the left wing in this game; created 6 opportunities for his team mates, and it was delightful first-time cross from the left wing onto the head of Edin Dzeko for City’s third.
In between, David Silva’s corner was strangely palmed away by Paul Robinson under no pressure, into the path of Sergio Aguero who duly doubled the home side’s lead shortly after the break. Aguero’s 3 other hopeful attempts all failed to test Robinson throughout the game.
Joe Hart kept his 12th Premier League clean sheet of the season with no threat at all from Blackburn who had Yakubu up front on his own with almost no supply throughout the game. The Nigerian who’s scored one league goal in 2012 since scoring a dozen in the first half of the season made just 23 touches in this game, producing 1 tame shot. All of Manchester City’s outfield players had more touches of the ball than Martin Olsson (45) who had the most for Blackburn.
This result leaves Manchester City 5 points ahead having played 26 games. Manchester United’s game in hand is at Norwich City tomorrow. Next weekend, Manchester City host Bolton Wanderers, who lost 3-0 at Chelsea today.
Statistics provided by Opta Sports