Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Manchester City kept pace with Arsenal at the top of the table with a 4-2 win over Cardiff City.
It was not all plain sailing, as Cardiff fought back to get on level terms in the first half, but City’s greater class told in the end.
City had appeals for a penalty in the opening minutes. Edin Dzeko tumbled in the box under challenge from Kevin McNaughton, but their pleas fell on deaf ears. The danger was not averted, as the loose ball came to Jesus Navas, but he shot wide.
City’s opener did come on 14 minutes. David Silva showed great tenacity to squeeze in a cross from the byline to Dzeko. He did not make crisp contact, but he's a striker in form, and the ball is rolling for him at present, so it dribbled over the line.
Cardiff shocked the Etihad faithful on 29 minutes when Craig Noone levelled the scores. He showed great feet to outfox Vincent Kompany and slipped a shot beyond Joe Hart.
Four minutes later, City were swiftly back in front. Yaya Toure and Dzeko combined to fashion a chance. Dzeko’s shot was blocked, but the ball fell to Navas, who slotted home.
Hart made a fine save to deny Noone a second leveller, but City went through the gears late in the match.
Yaya Toure exchanged passes with Sergio Aguero to score and ease the nerves 14 minutes from time, while the latter added a fourth goal three minutes later.
Fraizer Campbell netted in injury time, but it proved nothing more than a consolation for Cardiff.
Shots on Target: 9-6
Passing Accuracy: 87 percent-80 percent
Possession: 62 percent-38 percent