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Etihad Stadium (ATT 40,072) 19th April 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Jones

Man City Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion West Brom

City blast Baggies away

Robinho nets first goal of the year as City put four past Albion

By Elliot Ball.   Last Updated: 19/04/09 5:41pm

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Robinho: First goal in 2009

Robinho: First goal in 2009

Manchester City have all but ended West Brom's survival hopes after beating them 4-2 at Eastlands.

Man of the match: Stephen Ireland. The midfielder was at the heart of City's attacking play and played crucial roles in the first and last of his side's goals. Chris Brunt a close second for today's accolade after his brace. Goal of the match: Robinho's volley. The Brazilian hadn't netted a goal this year but you would never have guessed as City's number 10 volleyed home Ireland's super cross with consummate ease. Moment of the match: Just two minutes after scoring, West Brom shot themselves in the foot by conceding a soft penalty to City and it proved telling as Elano struck the spot-kick into the net. Talking point: Were West Brom unlucky not to get anything out of the game, especially after Onuoha's dubious goal?

The Baggies came into the game knowing they needed a win to realistically have any chance of pulling off a famous escape from relegation.

Tony Mowbray's side came out all guns blazing, but they succumbed to an early City sucker-punch when Robinho gave the hosts the lead on eight minutes when the Brazilian forward volleyed home his first goal of 2009.

Mark Hughes' side then doubled their lead through a controversial Nedum Onuoha header before Chris Brunt gave the away side a deserved goal.

Brunt added a second from a free-kick in the 54th minute to give Albion hope, but West Brom shot themselves in the foot two minutes later as Elano scored from the spot.

The Baggies continued to press for an equaliser, but the match was sealed in stoppage-time when substitute Daniel Sturridge scored a tap-in.

Lackadaisical

City took their foot off the pedal after racing into a two-goal lead in the first 20 minutes through Robinho and Onuoha.

Robinho went close in the seventh minute before making the breakthrough a minute later. He sent a sweet volley beyond goalkeeper Scott Carson after Stephen Ireland had carved out the opening.

Considering it was his first league goal in 12 games and his first this year, there was no lack of confidence in the finish from the Brazilian.

City, however, still looked vulnerable at the back and Jonas Olsson and Abdoulaye Meite squandered good chances in quick succession.

But they extended their lead in the 20th minute after Elano swung in a corner from the right.

Meite only succeeded in heading the ball up in the air and Onuoha headed in his first goal of the season. Carson complained about being impeded and was booked for his troubles.

West Brom almost pulled a goal back in the 31st minute, only for Felipe Caicedo to clear Robert Koren's header off the line.

This was a good little spell by West Brom and James Morrison tested Shay Given in the 35th minute following a deep cross from Paul Robinson.

Reward

They got their reward two minutes later with a crisp finish from Brunt for his fifth goal of the season after he was set up by Marc-Antoine Fortune.

City were stung and Fortune again caused them some difficulty with his movement in the 42nd minute.

He was able to deliver a good cross that was scrambled away to safety by Onuoha.

West Brom maintained their momentum and almost drew level in the 50th minute.

Koren delivered a cross into the path of Fortune but Richard Dunne made a vital block at the near post.

It was a brief respite for City as the visitors equalised in the 54th minute when Brunt scored his second goal of the game.

City failed to cut out his 20-yard free-kick and it bounced beyond a startled Given to make it 2-2.

However West Brom's celebrations lasted little over a minute as City regained the lead.

Elano sent Carson the wrong way with his penalty kick after he had been floored by Olsson.

Then Sturridge tested Carson from distance as City kept up the pressure.

It was an open game and Olsson headed over the bar in the 62nd minute following a corner from Brunt.

Carson again denied Sturridge a minute later by booting the ball clear as the home side launched a quick counter attack before he made a smart save from Elano.

West Brom continued to pour forward and Given did well to parry Fortune's effort in the 78th minute.

However, they paid the price for pushing forward when Sturridge scored in stoppage-time after being released by Ireland.

Manchester CityTeam StatisticsWest Bromwich Albion
4Goals2
21st Half Goals1
9Shots on Target10
5Shots off Target11
4Blocked Shots9
3Corners9
18Fouls14
2Offsides3
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
75.5Passing Success78.7
28Tackles24
78.6Tackles Success62.5
49Possession51
41.7Territorial Advantage58.3

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