PREMIER LEAGUE: Man City brush aside Blackburn's challenge
League leaders Manchester City had little trouble in making it 18 home wins on the bounce as they breezed past struggling Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium. Rovers away form of just two successes in 21 league games was never going to trouble City's impressive home record. And so it proved as a totally dominate home side cruised to three points and extended their lead at the top of the table over Manchester United to five points, although United have a game in hand.
Little changed after the break and the host's took only six minutes to double their tally. Ironically, after all the good work of keeper Robinson it was the England international's error from David Silva's corner that allowed Aguero to hammer home his palmed clearance.
Morten Gamst Pedersen had a half-chance charged down for Blackburn and right at the end leading scorer Yakubu finally brought a save from City keeper Joe Hart bringing ironic cheers from the terraces.
Referee: Mike Jones
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Man City scorers: Balotelli 30, Aguero 52, Dzeko 81 Blackburn scorers:
TRIBAL ASKS: With goal difference at the foot of the table so crucial, Rovers leaky defence could prove decisive at the end of the season.
Yellow cards: Hanley (BLA), Orr (BLA)