Manchester City secured a 4-1 win over Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with goals from Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony and Kevin De Bruyne sealing all three points.
The hosts were in dominant mood having taking the lead after just 13 minutes, with Sterling heading home the first of two assists for the game from Kevin De Bruyne before City went 3-0 up after 22 minutes.
Having played the role of provider, the Belgian international got himself on the scoresheet in the second half to round off the win with a stand-out and decisive performance, although the hosts will be disappointed to have conceded a consolation strike from Fabio Borini.
On what was a difficult afternoon for the Black Cats, they will hope that they don’t slip any further adrift of safety in the coming weeks as Sam Allardyce continues to struggle to ensure that they don’t slip deeper into the relegation zone.
In contrast, coupled with Leicester City’s loss at Liverpool, City are now just three points adrift of the league leaders as they continue their title push even without Sergio Aguero, with Bony making the most of the Argentinian’s absence through injury with a well-taken goal.
However, Manuel Pellegrini suffered a huge blow in the second half as captain Vincent Kompany was forced off after suffering a recurrence of his calf injury that had kept him out previously.
Given how the Citizens struggled significantly in his absence, it remains to be seen how damaging the centre-half’s injury is to Pellegrini in the coming weeks as Arsenal will have the opportunity to go top later in the day when they face Southampton and could open up a four-point lead over City.