Manchester City strolled to a 4-0 win over Aston Villa at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon to get their league campaign back on track.
Sergio Aguero bagged a brace, while Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling also got on the scoresheet as the hosts overcame a sluggish first half to seal a comprehensive victory.
In contrast, the misery continues to be piled on Villa, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table and are eight points adrift of safety with just nine games remaining this season.
Having now conceded 15 goals in their last four league games, it doesn’t appear as though things are getting any better for Remi Garde and his men, as they arguably now looked resigned to dropping down to the Championship.
In contrast, City will hope that the win restores some confidence having struggled for consistency in the league in recent weeks. Despite impressing in the Champions League and winning the Capital One Cup, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have slipped up in their pursuit of a league title, although they still hold an outside chance of triumphing.
With Aguero back amongst the goals and with the team playing with confidence after the interval, it appears as though they are primed to launch a late assault on the likes of Leicester City and Tottenham at the top of the table.