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MAN CITY v BOURNEMOUTH RECAP: Sterling and Bony on fire as City assert authority on Cherries

Manchester City continued their free-scoring ways with a 5-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.


Manuel Pellegrini's men retained their place at the top of the Premier League table thanks to a hat-trick from big-money summer signing Raheem Sterling and a double from Wilfried Bony who replaced the injured Sergio Aguero.

Close-range finished form the pair had City two to the good after 11 minutes before Glenn Murray's deflected effort had Eddie Howe's side back in the contest.

A composed finish from Sterling on the half-hour mark, after shrugging off a pair of defenders, had City back in command before the former Liverpool winger completed his treble on the stroke of half-time when firing through the legs of hapless Bournemouth keeper Adam Federici.

Bony wrapped it up in the 89th minute when slotting beyond the Australian after nicely controlling Jesus Navas' cross form the right.

City remain two points clear of second-placed Arsenal as top flight debutants Bournemouth dropped to 17th position after being outclassed by the 2014 champions.


MATCH OVERVIEW

Manchester City: 5 (Raheem Sterling 7'/29'/45+3', Wilfried Bony 11'/89')
Bournemouth: 1 (Glenn Murray 22')
Etihad Stadium, Manchester - 54,502


TALKING POINTS

- Even without Aguero and David Silva, City managed to score 5 goals. Are they clearly the team to beat this season?

- Can Bournemouth fight their way back to form or will they continue to slide into the bottom three?



WHAT'S NEXT?

Man City host Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday before taking on crosstown rivals United in the Manchester derby on Sunday as Bournemouth prepare to host Tottenham.



TWITTER INSIGHT


QUOTES CORNER

Man City's Pellegrini on Sterling's hat-trick:

"I think it was important for Raheem to score three goals. He must improve his finishing - he did that today. He's young and will continue to get better."


Bournemouth boss Howe on his side's defeat:

"We always knew it was going to be very difficult. It was our first experience of the top four and we didn't deal with it very well."




STATS SPECIALS
*Thanks to Opta




TEAM LEADERS

MAN CITY
Goals - Sergio Aguero 6
Assists - David Silva 6
Clean sheets - Joe Hart 4
Yellow cards - Eliaquim Mangala 4


BOURNEMOUTH
Goals - Callum Wilson 5
Assists - Simon Francis 2
Clean sheets - Artur Boruc 1
Yellow cards - Matt Ritchie 3

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