After going for two matches without a win, Manchester City finally bounced back following a 2-0 win over West Ham United in a Premier League clash staged at Etihad on Wednesday night.
Rodrigo opened the scoring in the first half before Kevin de Bruyne made it 2-0 in the second half through a brilliant strike.
City had a decent start at the Etihad Stadium. Diop failed to cut out Silva's through ball and Jesus was in on goal. However, he took one touch too many in trying to round Fabianski which allowed Fredericks to get back and nick the ball away from the Brazilian striker.
The hosts had yet again another attack and it was conventional from Fabianski, who stuck out a leg to block De Bruyne's low drive. A minute later, De Bruyne poked the ball through for Jesus who was in on goal. And once again the Brazilian wanted too much time which allowed Cresswell to get back and make a crucial block.
After a number of corners, City finally found a breakthrough and it was a simple goal. Rodri met De Bruyne's corner at the near post and, with no West Ham players on the posts, his flick on looped all the way in at the far post. Laporte attempts to nick the goal right on the goal line but the ball looked to have already gone in.
VAR had a quick check for offside but there are no problems with that goal whatsoever.
De Bruyne started the move, fizzing the ball into the feet of Bernardo Silva, who, with his back to goal, flicked the ball around the defender. Silva attempted to latch onto his own flick but De Bruyne continued his run and had the momentum to get there ahead of his team-mate. The Belgian side-footed the ball past Fabianski at his near post to double his side's advantage.
The victory sees them move four points clear of third-placed Leicester, while the gap to Liverpool at the top is 22 points. Meanwhile, West Ham stay 18th on the log.