The Star Late Edition
City show the Reds no mercy
Mancini’s men go three points clear after taking down lacklustre Liverpool
PREMIER League leaders Manchester City put their recent run of poor form behind them to beat Liverpool 3-0 last night, while Tottenham Hotspur maintained their title push with a 1-0 win at home to West Bromwich Albion.
Despite having Gareth Barry sent off in the 73rd minute, first-half goals from Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and a second-half penalty from James Milner helped City to a comprehensive victory.
They move to 48 points from 20 games, three clear of rivals Manchester United, who have played one match fewer and face Newcastle United tonight.
Tottenham consolidated third place after Jermain Defoe’s goal secured a 1-0 victory over strugglers West Bromwich Albion.
West Brom’s stubborn resistance took until the 63rd minute to be broken down when Spurs slickly produced the goal that pushed them five points above fourth-place Chelsea with a game in hand (against Everton next week).
Fed by midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, winger Gareth Bale crossed from the left to striker Defoe, who found space in a crowded penalty area to shoot on the turn into the net.
Having been in complete control until that point, Tottenham endured a nervy end to the match after being disrupted by injuries.
But unlike on Saturday when a late equaliser was conceded at Swansea, Harry Redknapp’s side clung on amid intense pressure from West Brom.
Sunderland maintained their good form since the arrival of new manager Martin O’neill with a 4-1 win over struggling Wigan Athletic.
The three points moved them up into 10th spot on the table.