Next Match: away to Southampton, December 07
Europe: UEFA Champions League (Group D)
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed his side's return to form away from home even though they took their foot off the gas in the dying stages. City totally controlled the game at The Hawthorns, opening up a 3-0 lead over West Brom before conceding two late goals. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in the ninth minute, sweeping home his 17th goal of the season, as many as West Brom have managed from their entire squad. Yaya Toure then produced a deft touch 15 minutes later to a low ball from Aleksandar Kolarov, and but for a fine save from Boaz Myhill to deny Aguero it could have been 3-0 before the interval. A Toure penalty after 72 minutes gave City their third before Albion pulled one back courtesy of a Costel Pantilimon own goal four minutes from time and added a second four minutes into stoppage time from Victor Anichebe. The scoreline was perhaps rough justice on City, who remain six points behind leaders Arsenal at the top of the Barclays Premier League, but it at least ended back-to-back away defeats. "We played very well. In other (away) games we played as well as we did in this game, but for some reason we didn't score the two early goals like we did here," assessed Pellegrini. "We had a lot of chances to score, and for 45 minutes we were very good. The scoreline doesn't tell the story. It was not such a close match as the score says. Maybe we were thinking of the next game before we finished this one, and in football the game is not over until the final whistle."