Manchester City cruised to an easy win over Aston Villa after a second-half rout saw them put four past the league’s bottom side.
After a first half where Villa sought to frustrate the home side, the game all changed three minutes after the break when Yaya Toure’s first-time shot deflected off Micah Richards and opened the floodgates.
Sergio Aguero then doubled the lead two minutes later after he closed down Richards who tried to clear and deflected the ball past Brad Guzan.
Two became three on the hour mark when Aguero smashed the ball into the bottom corner after good build up play from the hosts saw the goalscorer and David Silva linking up with a sublime one-two.
Raheem Sterling scored City’s fourth six minutes later when he converted at the back post after Jesus Navas had gone down the right flank and put a good cross into the danger area, which managed to elude three defenders.
Aguero had the chance for a hat-trick when on 72 minutes Kelechi Iheanacho was clipped by Ciaran Clark and the referee had no doubt in awarding a penalty, the Argentinian striker stepping up but hitting the post.
The visitors saw very little action up front and after a good defensive display in the first half just capitulated after the break as City ran riot.
Aguero was the star man and also had two good chances in the first half only to be denied by great saves from Guzan.
Jordan Ayew saw Joe Hart make a smart save at his near post in the first period in what was Villa’s only effort of note in the game. Had it gone in it may have been a different story but Villa are still staring down the barrel, nine points adrift of safety.