Manchester City 3-0 Wolves
MANCHESTER City kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool with a comfortable victory over ten-man Wolves at the Etihad Stadium last night.
The win saw Pep Guardiola’s side close the gap at the top to four points on a tough night for Wolves who had defender Willy Boly sent off after just 19 minutes for a reckless tackle on Bernardo Silva.
City had scored 16 goals in their previous two games, against Rotherham and Burton, and added to that tally through Gabriel Jesus after ten minutes.
Aymeric Laporte’s brilliant pass released Leroy Sane down the left and his cross was tapped in by the Brazilian.
David Silva, making a club-record 267th Premier League appearance for City, almost added a second when his deflected strike brought a smart save from Rui Patricio before Wolves’ task got even harder as Boly was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Bernardo Silva.
The visitors, to their credit, continued to look for a way back and Diogo Jota steered an effort just wide of the target.
But Jesus bagged his second from the spot six minutes before the break, coolly slotting home after Ryan Bennett had brought down Raheem Sterling in the area. City’s victory was sealed when substitute Kevin de Bruyne’s cross took deflections off both Romain Saiss and Conor Coady before finding the net.
Guardiola told Sky Sports: ‘We were solid and didn’t give away many chances so it is three points to keep the pressure on the team at the top of the table.
‘Most teams come here and defend deep and it is not easy, but we did it well and we got a third goal to take us closer to Liverpool.’
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo had no complaints about Boly’s red card and said: ‘It was a very tough night for us. We had a plan that was about our defensive organisation.
‘With a goal and the red card everything went down but we showed character. We have to forget about it and try to look ahead.’
■ 267 — Premier League games for David Silva, the most by anyone in a Manchester City shirt. He last night overtook the club’s former goalkeeper Joe Hart