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City put three past sorry Wolves

Jesus puts City on their way to an easy win. AFP

City put three past sorry Wolves

A Gabriel Jesus double and a late strike from Kevin de Bruyne gave Manchester City a comfortable win over Wolves.

Manchester City closed the gap at the top of the Premier League to four points with a routine home victory over Wolves. The visitors were burdened by an early red card for Willy Boly, immediately making anything but a City victory highly unlikely.

The hosts started the strongest, pinning Wolves into their own half from the off with type of movement and slick passing we have come to expect from them. It was unsurprising, then, that it was they who opened the scoring, with Gabriel Jesus tucking away Leroy Sane’s low cross after only 10 minutes. And shortly afterwards Wolves' tough task became near-impossible. Boly was deservedlysent off for a dangerous lunge on Bernardo Silva, meaning the visitors would have to play the remaining 71 minutes with 10 men.

But City could have lost a man too - Fernandinho was lucky not to receive a second yellow after clipping Raul Jimenez as the Portuguese tried to break out of his own half. Shortly before half-time City doubled their lead - Sterling was tripped in the box and Jesus grabbed his second of the game from the resultant penalty.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first, but Pep Guardiola, clearly eager to improve City’s goal difference, brought on some of his big guns. David Silva, making a club record 267th Premier League appearance, was first to be brought off. On came De Bruyne, who scored with 12 minutes to play with a whipped cross that deflected off two Wolves defenders before bouncing into the net.

The rest of the game almost resembled a City training exercise, with goalkeeper Ederson at times dictating play near the half-way line. Guardiola gave brief run-outs to Ilkay Gundogan and Sergio Aguero, and will look back on this game as a useful exercise for bigger tests to come.

Charles Whitehead

Charles Whitehead

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