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Corner taken short by James Milner.
Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Scharner.
David Silva goes off and Abdul Razak comes on. Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Kolo Toure. Free kick taken by James Milner.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
Steven Reid sends in a cross, Jerome Boateng manages to make a clearance.
Somen Tchoyi on for Peter Odemwingie.
Carlos Tevez goes off and Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on. Foul by Vincent Kompany on Marc-Antoine Fortune, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
Peter Odemwingie fouled by Pablo Zabaleta, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Reid takes the direct free kick.
Carlos Tevez sends in a cross, Steven Reid makes a clearance.
Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
The ball is sent over by James Milner.
Unfair challenge on James Morrison by Aleksandar Kolarov results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
The referee shows Steven Reid a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Reid on Aleksandar Kolarov. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Carlos Tevez clears the bar.
The ball is delivered by James Milner, clearance by Paul Scharner.
David Silva decides to take the corner short.
David Silva delivers the ball, blocked by Paul Scharner.
Carlos Alberto Vela crosses the ball.
A cross is delivered by James Morrison, Header by Carlos Alberto Vela from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Tevez.
Nicky Shorey takes the outswinging corner, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Paul Scharner, clearance by Pablo Zabaleta.
Nicky Shorey decides to take a short corner.
James Milner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Alberto Vela. Nicky Shorey fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Joe Hart.
Gonzalo Jara joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Brunt.
Effort from long distance by Chris Brunt goes wide right of the goal.
Jerome Boateng sends in a cross, clearance made by Paul Scharner.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov played to the near post, Steven Reid manages to make a clearance.
Edin Dzeko replaces Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Foul by Paul Scharner on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
Marc-Antoine Fortune has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Pablo Zabaleta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Reid. Direct free kick taken by Steven Reid.
Short corner taken by David Silva.
Kolo Toure takes a shot. Blocked by Nicky Shorey.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya sends in a cross, blocked by Jonas Olsson.
Effort on goal by Chris Brunt from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is swung over by Nicky Shorey, Paul Scharner takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
Steven Reid sends in a cross, blocked by Pablo Zabaleta.
The ball is sent over by Peter Odemwingie, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Direct free kick taken by Youssouf Mulumbu.
David Silva takes a short corner.
David Silva takes a shot. Steven Reid gets a block in.
Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie. Shot on goal comes in from James Morrison from the free kick.
Peter Odemwingie has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Pablo Zabaleta, free kick awarded. Pablo Zabaleta takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Pablo Zabaleta. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
The ball is crossed by Chris Brunt.
Carlos Alberto Vela on for Jerome Thomas.
Pablo Zabaleta is given a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Pablo Zabaleta. Strike comes in from Chris Brunt from the free kick.
Steven Reid delivers the ball.
Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Gnegneri Toure Yaya results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt.
James Morrison takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
The ball is crossed by Steven Reid, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
Assist by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Jerome Thomas is penalised for handball and concedes a . Penalty taken right-footed by Carlos Tevez and scored. Man City 3-0 West Brom.The assist for the goal came from Aleksandar Kolarov.
Pablo Zabaleta produces a cross.
Steven Reid crosses the ball, clearance made by Jerome Boateng.
David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
Unfair challenge on Steven Reid by Carlos Tevez results in a free kick. Steven Reid takes the free kick.
Foul by Steven Reid on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.
Aleksandar Kolarov produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Corner taken short by David Silva.
Effort from 35 yards by Aleksandar Kolarov. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
James Morrison delivers the ball, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Centre by Steven Reid, Joe Hart makes a save.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jerome Thomas. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
Centre by Marc-Antoine Fortune.
Nicky Shorey sends in a cross, clearance made by Jerome Boateng.
David Silva handles the ball and concedes a free kick. James Morrison takes the free kick.
Carlos Tevez gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 West Brom.The assist for the goal came from David Silva.
James Morrison receives a yellow card. James Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
Centre by Jerome Thomas, Gareth Barry makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt played to the near post, Gareth Barry makes a clearance.
James Morrison has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Aleksandar Kolarov makes a clearance.
Jonas Olsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Foul by Steven Reid on Aleksandar Kolarov, Penalty awarded. Placed penalty scored by Carlos Tevez. Man City 1-0 West Brom.
The official flags Gareth Barry offside. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
James Morrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Milner, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
Chris Brunt takes the outswinging corner, Header by Paul Scharner from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie. Shot on goal comes in from Chris Brunt from the free kick, save by Joe Hart.
Inswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line.
The ball is sent over by Gareth Barry.
A cross is delivered by Carlos Tevez.
James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Brunt. Nicky Shorey takes the direct free kick.
Carlos Tevez is caught offside. Jonas Olsson takes the free kick.
Aleksandar Kolarov sends in a cross, Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from inside the penalty box that bounces off the post.
Unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune by Pablo Zabaleta results in a free kick. Chris Brunt crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Joe Hart.
Chris Brunt challenges Jerome Boateng unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
Mancini's case for the defence
Roberto Mancini would be happy for his Manchester City team to bore their way back into the Barclays Premier League title race.
After being right in the thick of it, the big-spending Blues now appear to be bit-part players.
One point from their last two games has left City eight points adrift of leaders Manchester United, having played a game more.
In addition they have required replays against lower league opposition to retain an interest in the FA Cup.
The reason is obvious.
After being one of the most difficult sides to score against earlier in the campaign, City's defence is now riddled with holes.
Since the goalless draw at Arsenal a month ago, the Blues have conceded 11 goals in six games and kept no clean sheets.
And Mancini accepts it is not a run that can continue for much longer if his side are going to challenge for honours.
"I would like this," said Mancini, when asked if his team needed to become more boring.
"When you don't concede a goal but you have players like Carlos (Tevez), (Edin) Dzeko, (David) Silva and Yaya Toure, you win 90% of your matches.
"At this moment, I would prefer it if we win 1-0 for two or three games.
"We would like to score two or three goals every game but it is not possible and in the past, all the teams that have won the title conceded very few goals."
Yet City have proved they can keep bigger clubs out.
Mancini's men ground out goalless draws against United and Arsenal in the last three months, just as they did at Tottenham on the season's opening day.
Chelsea and Liverpool also failed to score against them at Eastlands earlier in the campaign, leading to the accusation that City lack focus against the top flight's lesser lights.
"I don't think that is true," said Mancini.
"Our players know the value of this league very well. They know every game is a battle.
"Maybe we are having more difficulty when you meet teams that are at the bottom but this is normal.
"Three weeks ago everything was good but now we are in a bad moment because we concede too many goals.
"Maybe some situations have gone against us but it is important we understand it and try to have more concentration."
Mancini certainly is not blaming goalkeeper Joe Hart for the problem, even though plenty of critics have pointed the finger at England's number one.
"Joe is the best goalkeeper in England," said Mancini, playing down speculation that Hart might lose his place to Shay Given.
"If a striker doesn't score the game can finish 0-0. If a goalkeeper makes a mistake you might lose 1-0. That is the problem." A secondary issue for City is the loss of Adam Johnson for three months with an ankle injury.
Although Johnson has not been a regular starter this season, Mancini never underestimated the impact his former Middlesbrough winger could have.
"Players like Adam can change a game," he said. "He is a very important player for us and we don't have another like him."
As the extent of Johnson's injury was not known until the weekend, Mancini had little time to come up with an alternative.
Sebastian Larsson was mentioned but City have denied an offer was made to Birmingham.
Instead, they must head into the remainder of the campaign with the players they already had, with Mancini convinced United will drop enough points over the coming months to offer his side another opportunity.
"We have lost five points on United the last two games but it is possible they will lose two games," said Mancini.
"They have to play against Chelsea twice, against Arsenal and against us so anything can happen.
"All the teams at the top are very strong - United, Arsenal and Chelsea - but we want to stay there."
West Brom, meanwhile, will attempt to recreate their early season form when they take on Manchester City, according to head coach Roberto Di Matteo.
The Baggies acquitted themselves well against the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool during the first three months of the season.
And Di Matteo is hoping that the team can draw experience from their away win at Arsenal in September in particular.
He said: "We've had some good games and good results against the big teams so we're going to be positive.
"Even at home against Manchester United we matched them for long periods and we should have got something out of it."
Baggies midfielder Chris Brunt believes that his team only need look at the team's previous meeting, which City won 2-0, if they need motivation.
"We know we're in for a really tough game," he said. "They played very well against us at the Hawthorns and battered us from start to finish.
"They've got a good record at Eastlands so it's going to be a tough game, but it's one we're all looking forward to. They've got some of the biggest names in the world.
"It's a game that's going to be tough for us to get something out of, but we've proved that away from home against some of the big teams that we're capable of doing that."
However, Brunt concedes the Baggies do have one eye on their next few matches, in which they take on West Ham and Wolves at home, then Stoke and Birmingham away.
"There's games you're going to pinpoint more so than others," the Northern Ireland international said.
"We're going to Man City looking to try and get a result, but knowing that we've got a couple of big games coming up at home against teams that are down there around us.
"Those are ones we're going to have to look to take wins from, never mind draws."
Birthday boy Tevez celebrates in style
Carlos Tevez celebrated his 27th birthday by keeping Manchester City on course for a Champions League spot with a first-half hat-trick to seal a 3-0 win against West Brom.
It was the Argentina striker's third treble of his City career and took his tally for the season to 20 goals. He was given a standing ovation when he came off four minutes from time.
It was just the result that manager Roberto Mancini was looking for as it came on the day a minute's applause was held in memory of former City favourite Neil Young, who died recently after a long battle against cancer.
City almost took the lead in the fourth minute when West Brom defender Paul Scharner failed to cut out a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov.
Tevez was perfectly positioned and got in a first-time shot that beat goalkeeper Boaz Myhill but he saw it come back off the post.
Albion responded in the 12th minute. Chris Brunt delivered a well-struck free-kick on the edge of the area but goalkeeper Joe Hart diverted his effort to safety.
A minute later Hart was again forced into action, tipping a looping header from Jonas Olsson over the bar.
City made the breakthrough in the 17th minute with Steven Reid punished for barging Kolarov. Tevez sent Myhill the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Tevez extended their lead in the 22nd minute after skipping into the area following a one-two with David Silva before finding the corner with his effort.
West Brom continued to be pegged back and Olsson did well to block Silva's path to goal in the 31st minute after he had linked up with Yaya Toure.
A minute later Myhill reacted superbly to get the slightest touch to a Kolarov thunderbolt and touch it onto the bar.
City continued to turn the screw and Silva made space for himself in the area only to see his shot beaten away by the goalkeeper.
Tevez completed his hat-trick in the 36th minute with his second penalty of the game.
Jerome Thomas, for reasons only known to himself, handled in the area and referee Martin Atkinson had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Tevez stepped up and this time sent his effort high over Myhill to make it 3-0 to City.
The skipper came close to adding a fourth in the 42nd minute after being set up by Silva but the ball went the wrong side of the post.
However, West Brom almost pulled a goal back two minutes into the second half when Peter Odemwingie scampered forward only to see his effort turned away at the post by Hart.
Then Marc-Antoine Fortune squandered a good opportunity for the visitors, finding the side-netting from a good position.
West Brom again pushed forward and Hart had to be alert in the 71st minute to turn away a free-kick from Nicky Shorey 20 yards out.
Tevez should have scored his fourth of the game eight minutes later when he was set up by Gareth Barry.
Given how prolific he had been in the match there were gasps of astonishment around the ground when he spooned the ball over the bar from six yards.
Substitute Shaun Wright-Phillips was then denied by Myhill on the stroke of full-time as City secured their first win in four games.
West Brom, however, remained in deep trouble and locked in a relegation battle after further defensive slip-ups.
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