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Manchester City did wonders for their title rescue mission as Sergio Aguero and Co gave them a 4-0 win against West Brom.

Starting the night eight points behind Manchester United, City knew a win was desperately needed if they were even to think about a miraculous turnaround and manager Roberto Mancini handed rebel striker Carlos Tevez a first start in almost seven months in a bid to pep his side up.

It certainly worked, with the Argentinian City’s most impressive performer, although the only goal went to his fellow countryman when he ran at the West Brom defence in the sixth minute and put a 20-yard drive beyond Ben Foster’s reach.

Some strong running into the channel from Aguero helped lay on a chance for Gareth Barry but his edge-of-the-box hit reared up against Andrews, bringing about a half-hearted penalty appeal for handball.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Andrews then gave Hart his first real touch, warming his palms from 20 yards, before a wonderful slide-rule pass from Tevez should have led to Richards grabbing a second.

Playing slightly deeper than Aguero, Tevez took possession outside of the area and split the West Brom defence to send Richards clear but, after evading Foster, he saw his off-balance strike blocked on the line by Craig Dawson.

Half the ground thought Nasri had given City an identical start to the second half when he pulled a Silva cross out of the sky, but his left-footed volley crept narrowly wide of Foster’s right-hand post.

Although City’s lead was a slender one, the atmosphere inside the stadium suddenly lifted as news of Wigan’s goal against United filtered through and, as if to cement the mood, Aguero quickly made it 2-0 in the 54th minute.

After Tevez had failed to play a ball over the top, Nasri slid the former Atletico Madrid man in and he opened up his body before clinically beating Foster from eight yards.

A hat-trick would have soon come had he been able to extend his leg on to Nasri’s fizzing cross-shot, but that was soon forgotten as he created Tevez’s first goal in 11 months with 61 minutes gone.

Nasri played Aguero in down the left and, when he pulled it back across the six-yard box, Tevez was waiting to slam in his first City goal since the 3-0 win over Stoke last May.

As if to show all was not forgiven, though, the City fans responded to the goal by chanting Mancini’s name, although there was warm applause for the player when he was replaced by Adam Johnson two minutes later.

If there was any doubt over the outcome it was emphatically erased when Silva made it 4-0 with 65 minutes on the clock, chipping over Foster after racing on to an Aguero pass.

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