English Premier League
Full Time: Stoke City 1-4 Manchester City
Date: 11 February 2015
Venue: Britannia Stadium
Manchester City thumped Stoke City 4-1 in an English Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday night.
The result sees Manchester City up to 52 points on the table, but they still trail league leaders Chelsea by seven points after the London club beat Everton 1-0 also on Wednesday night.
Stoke started the better of the two sides and came close to opening the scoring in the sixth minute when Joe Hart had to be at his best to turn a long range shot from Victor Moses around the post.
From the resulting corner Peter Crouch saw his header cleared off the goalline by James Milner, the Manchester City man suspiciously using his hand, but no penalty was given.
In the 20th minute Crouch found the back of the net after latching onto a loose ball when Hart parried a Moses shot into his path, but the goal was disallowed because the Stoke player was in an off-side position.
Manchester City were not in the game until they took the lead in the 33rd minute after superb solo run from Sergio Aguero, stealing the ball on the half way line and then proceeding to drive into the box and finishing with aplomb from 14-yards out at an acute angle on the right, 1-0.
Stoke, though, hit back four minutes later when Crouch brilliantly headed home a deep right wing cross from Marko Arnautovic, 1-1.
Manchester City thought they had taken the lead in the dying seconds of the half when Aguero found the back of the net after getting onto the end of low right wing cross, but the goal was disallowed and he was booked for using his hand to tap the ball in.
Ten minutes into the second half Milner gave Manchester City the lead when he headed home a right wing cross from Samir Nasri, 2-1.
Manchester City were afforded the chance to grab a two goal cushion in the 69th minute when Geoff Cameroon pulled David Silva down inside the box and the referee point to the penalty spot.
Aguero stepped up and made no mistake from the spot-kick to find his second gola of the night and his side’s third, 3-1.
Nasri put the result beyond doubt in the 76th minute when he found the bottom corner of the net from 20-yards out to make it 4-1.
Manchester City took their foot off the pedal after that and cruised to their 15 win of the league season.