Result: Manchester City ease to win over West Bromwich Albion

Manchester City move to within six points of league leaders Liverpool courtesy of a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Manchester City have moved back to within six points of Premier League leaders Liverpool courtesy of a 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad this evening.

The hosts made a perfect start to the match when they took the lead inside three minutes as Pablo Zabaleta nodded home from close range after Ben Foster had parried Sergio Aguero's strike.

Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion on April 21, 2014© Getty Images

Aguero almost doubled his side's lead two minutes later as Samir Nasri slipped the ball through to the Argentine striker, but he couldn't keep his shot down.

He did get a goal in the 10th minute, however, reacting quickest to his own blocked pass to curl the ball past Foster from 25 yards.

West Bromwich Albion's Scottish midfielder Graham Dorrans (L) scores his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match against Manchester City on April 21, 2014© Getty Images

Stephane Sessegnon threatened with a long-range effort moments later, but it was Graham Dorrans who pulled a goal back for the Baggies, flicking the ball over Gael Clichy before slamming his shot past Joe Hart.

City had their two-goal cushion back with nine minutes to go until half time as Martin Demichelis lost his marker in the box and swept home a corner at the back post.

Martin Demichelis of Manchester City (L) scores their third goal past goalkeeper Ben Forster of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match on April 21, 2014© Getty Images

The hosts almost got a fourth shortly before the hour mark when David Silva slipped a pass through to Zabaleta, whose drilled cross was poked narrowly wide by Nasri.

Morgan Amalfitano drew a routine stop from Hart with just under 20 minutes to go in the match, while Stevan Jovetic came close himself moments later as he fired an effort just wide.

City continued to push for a fourth in the closing stages and Edin Dzeko almost provided it, curling an effort off target from the edge of the box having been found by Nasri's pass.

James Milner also threatened late on with a powerful effort that drew a save from Foster, but they settled for the 3-1 win to keep the pressure on the teams above them in the table.

Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion on April 21, 2014
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
9Everton2376102538-1327
10Watford2375113342-926
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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