Manchester City 3-0 Blackburn Rovers
Last Updated: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 20:18
Manchester City have reaffirmed their Premier League title credentials with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers.
Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko were all on the scoresheet as Roberto Mancini's side continued their 100 percent home league record to extend their lead at the top of the table to five points.
Struggling Rovers travelled to the Etihad Stadium on the back of a 3-2 win over QPR but Steve Kean's men managed only on one shot on target throughout the entire game in Manchester- and that came in second-half stoppage time.
The hosts were favourites from the offset and could have been ahead after the first minute when Balotelli's low strike was somehow kept out by Paul Robinson.
It was a bright start from the league leaders and they eventually got their breakthrough when Italian maverick Balotelli steered in Aleksandar Kolarov's cross on the half hour mark.
Morten Gamst Pedersen had a penalty appeal turned down moments later as referee Mike Jones waved away his appeals for a foul from Nigel De Jong.
City could have doubled their lead before half-time but David Silva and Vincent Kompany were both denied by the Blackburn keeper before Aguero dragged a late shot wide of the post.
Aguero didn't have to wait long for a goal however. On 52 minutes the Robinson fumbled Silva's corner and the Argentine hotshot made him pay with a volley from eight-yards.
It was a horrendous error from the ex-England stopper but there was nothing he could do about substitute Dzeko's header on the 81st minute. The Bosnian forward had been on the pitch just over a minute when he steered in Kolarov's cross to put the final nail in the coffin for Blackburn.
Yakubu forced Joe Hart into his single save in the 92nd minute and it was a disappointing performance from the visitors who stay in the relegation zone.
The three points are the icing on the cake for Manchester City who rounded off their February fixtures with their fifth win in as many matches. Mancini's side will now hope Norwich can do them a favour when they host second-placed Manchester United on Sunday.