- Spurs vs Man City

Wednesday 29 January 2014 | White Hart Lane | Referee: Andre Marriner | Attendance 36,071

Spurs
  • Etienne Capoue (59)
Spurs
1 - 5
Man City
  • Sergio Agüero (15)
  • Yaya Touré (51 Pen)
  • Edin Dzeko (53)
  • Stevan Jovetic (78)
  • Vincent Kompany (89)
Man City

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Sergio Aguero scored his 50th Barclays Premier League goal as Manchester City beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 to go top of the table.

Aguero's neat finish after 15 minutes set Man City on their way during an impressive first half, which was dampened somewhat when the forward limped off with an injury.

But the visitors put the game to bed with a blistering second-half performance.

Danny Rose was sent off after he was adjudged to have fouled Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure slotted in the spot kick six minutes after the restart.

Dzeko then got in on the act himself from close range and though Etienne Capoue pulled on back for Spurs, Stevan Jovetic's first league goal for Man City and Vincent Kompany's late effort confirmed their eighth successive league win and condemned Spurs to their first Premier League defeat under Head Coach Tim Sherwood.

Sherwood made one change from the victory at Swansea, with Gylfi Sigurdsson replacing Nacer Chadli.

Manuel Pellegrini made five alterations to his Man City side after the FA Cup scare against Watford, including recalls for captain Kompany and David Silva.

Aguero had scored six times in his previous four games following his injury lay-off and almost added another early on when he rattled the post from a tight angle.

The visitors’ early dominance was rewarded four minutes later, though, when Silva slipped in a perfect ball for Aguero and he delicately stroked his shot past the onrushing Hugo Lloris from 10 yards.

Emmanuel Adebayor's curling effort was deflected wide soon afterwards, but Spurs were indebted to Lloris after 20 minutes when he made a stunning one-handed save to keep out Aguero's pin-point header.

Michael Dawson thought he had brought the hosts level after 36 minutes when he prodded in a fantastic Christian Eriksen free-kick, but he was ruled marginally offside.

A few moments after half-time, Dzeko was played in on goal, only to be thwarted by Rose, and referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty and sent the defender off.

Toure dispatched the penalty into the corner for his 15th goal of the season in all competitions.

Man City ensured an 18th win from their last 20 games after 53 minutes when Silva's rasping drive was brilliantly tipped onto the post by Lloris, only for the ball to eventually fall to Dzeko, who slotted home with ease.

Spurs did pull one back six minutes later when Man City failed to deal with a corner and Capoue latched onto the loose ball to hammer home from six yards.

But a perfect night was rounded off late on when Jovetic found space in the area to thump beyond Lloris via a deflection, and Kompany's late effort rounded off a five-star performance.

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Tim Sherwood: "Even before the red card it was very difficult, Manchester City are the best team on the planet, certainly the Premier League. It was difficult with level numbers but once we were down to 10 it was over as a spectacle."

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: “If we continue to play the way we are, we will have chances to win but it’s early.

“We played some fantastic football in the first-half – we scored just one goal but we had three or four more clear chances to score.

“I don’t think we deserved just one goal from the first half – of course playing with one player less is more difficult for Spurs but I don’t the game changed in that moment.

“We were the team that had all of the chances, all of the possession and scored five goals.”

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Line-up All Fans BFR
25. Hugo Lloris 4.5 5.67
6. Vlad Chiriches 3.08 4.76
2. Kyle Walker 2.91 5.09
20. Michael Dawson 2.43 4.65
3. Danny Rose 2.75 5.09
19. Mousa Dembélé 2.73 5.08
7. Aaron Lennon 2.36 4.77
22. Gylfi Sigurdsson 3.09 5.57
42. Nabil Bentaleb 2.17 4.72
23. Christian Eriksen 5.42 6.19
10. Emmanuel Adebayor 5.13 6.39
Substitutes All Fans BFR
14. Lewis Holtby 1.33 4.36
15. Etienne Capoue 1.33 4.31
21. Nacer Chadli 1.33 4.6
18. Jermain Defoe 2.25 4.72
16. Kyle Naughton 1.0 3.55
24. Brad Friedel 1.67 3.63
9. Roberto Soldado 3.5 5.2
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Joe Hart 6.07 5.49
22. Gaël Clichy 5.36 5.06
26. Martín Demichelis 5.71 5.19
5. Pablo Zabaleta 6.31 6.1
4. Vincent Kompany 6.63 6.07
25. Fernandinho 5.85 6.0
21. David Silva 6.36 7.09
42. Yaya Touré 7.75 7.18
15. Jesús Navas 6.29 6.22
16. Sergio Agüero 7.73 7.6
10. Edin Dzeko 6.94 6.09
Substitutes All Fans BFR
35. Stevan Jovetic 5.55 5.38
17. Jack Rodwell 4.6 3.97
9. Álvaro Negredo 6.14 6.8
13. Aleksandar Kolarov 6.0 5.43
33. Matija Nastasic 4.83 5.58
30. Costel Pantilimon 5.83 5.09
6. Joleon Lescott 5.0 4.87

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