Guardiola and Aguero end droughts in style
West Bromwich Albion 0 Manchester City 4
Pep Guardiola praised goalscorers Sergio Aguero and IIkay Gundogan after Manchester City returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion. Guardiola was a relieved man after ending the longest winless run of his managerial career.
A first success in seven matches was accompanied by another positive, as Aguero ended his six-game goal drought with a first-half double.
After being dropped recently, reports had suggested Aguero may be set for a move away from City. However, Guardiola this week insisted the Argentinian remained part of his plans and the striker delivered a terrific display.
Aguero also had a hand in Gundogan's first goal, which came at a time when City led 2-0 but West Brom were threatening to get back into the game. Gundogan then grabbed his second goal of the match in the final minute, which was harsh on the hosts.
Guardiola said: "Sergio is important for us. We don't have too many strikers - at the moment there's Kelechi (Iheanacho) and Sergio, and Kelechi is a young player and has to learn a lot. I would like to convince Sergio how important he is for us. We need him a lot. When he shows that brilliance and belief Sergio is exceptional. We want to try and help him to be better and better, he is fantastic.
"Sergio is important to us but Gundogan was really good with the ball and in the middle he is safe and he attacks players one against one."
City were slick in the first half which they totally dominated, looking dangerous every time they attacked.
To say they took their foot off the gas after Aguero's second goal in the 28th minute - a superb shot from outside the area which arrowed into the top corner - may not give enough credit to West Brom. The home side were much improved in the second half, and Guardiola was relieved to get the result.
"After six times without winning we needed points for the health!" said the Spaniard. "It's difficult to understand how the same players are so different. Of course they changed tactics but coping with those things is something we have to learn for the future."
West Brom assistant manager Dave Kemp admitted City were just too good for the hosts, saying: "Four-nil seems a bit harsh at the end but you can't complain, they are very good. We were poor in the first half but they're an excellent team, full of quality. We improved in the second half and came out and gave it a real good go for 20-25 minutes.
"We needed to score during that period and if we did it might have been a different game. But they were too good for us and had too much quality."
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