Jan 29, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​White Hart Lane
SpursTottenham Hotspur
Man CityManchester City
Capoue (59')
Naughton (64')
Rose (50')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Aguero (15'), Toure (51' pen.), Dzeko (53'), Jovetic (78'), Kompany (89')
Toure (32'), Aguero (39'), Demichelis (40'), Zabaleta (76')

Match Analysis: Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Manchester City

Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at Manchester City's 5-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Manchester City made it a miserable day all round for North London as they thrashed Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 at White Hart Lane to leapfrog Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.

Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany all got on the scoresheet for City, who extended their unbeaten streak to 20 games in all competitions.

Etienne Capoue got one back for Spurs with the score at 3-0 after the hosts had been reduced to 10 men early in the second half for a Danny Rose foul on Dzeko inside the box.

Here, Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at an action-packed night at White Hart Lane.

Match statistics

Shots: 4
On target: 2
Possession: 34%
Corners: 3
Fouls: 11

Man City
Shots: 24
On target: 10
Possession: 66%
Corners: 5
Fouls: 10

Was the result fair?

Yes. That stats speak volumes about Manchester City's dominance and, from the moment Sergio Aguero hit the post in the early stages of the match, it looked like there would only be one winner. City were in control for the vast majority of the game, hogging the ball and forcing Spurs to chase shadows in their own back yard.

Spurs can rightly feel aggrieved at a couple of calls that went against them - such as Michael Dawson's wrongly disallowed equaliser and a very contentious penalty and red card at the start of the second half - but even with 11 vs. 11, City were by far the better team.

Things may have been closer had those two decisions gone Tottenham's way, but City probably would have still gone on to win the match, such was their attacking threat.

Tottenham's performance

Spurs must be sick of the sight of City. That is 11 goals they have now conceded against them this season, and they simply didn't have an answer for their attacking prowess. Spurs were not at their best, but they didn't play particularly badly.

Tim Sherwood will be telling his team that this City side are sweeping all before them at the moment and, in truth, they would have comfortably beaten anyone in the league tonight. One big talking point after the match will be the decisions that went against the hosts, as they made a big difference to how the match went.

However, Spurs were always second best to City and, while Sherwood's first league defeat as manager is a heavy one, he will take solace in the fact that he couldn't have done much more to stop their opponents today.

Man City's performance

City are simply unstoppable at the moment. They looked dangerous every time they came forward and could have had a lot more than the five they managed. Edin Dzeko had a number of good chances that he wasted, while they also hit the woodwork and had an effort cleared off the line.

The visitors were rampant tonight and the stats do not flatter them at all. They were in complete control throughout, and that stranglehold only tightened when they got their man advantage.

Their quadruple dream is very much on course as they move to the top of the table, and it is hard to see who is going to be able to knock them from pole position right now. Certainly, if they play like they did today, then you'd have to back them to regain the title.

Sports Mole's man of the match

David Silva: This could have gone to a number of City players today as the whole team performed well, with the possible exception of the wasteful Dzeko. Silva was the architect of their dominance, however, pulling the strings from midfield to create chance after chance for the visitors.

He didn't last the whole match having just returned from injury, but he certainly made his presence felt during his time on the field and City will be delighted to have him back fit and firing.

Biggest gaffe

There were quite a few mistakes to choose from this evening, but the biggest of the lot has to go to the linesman Scott Ledger. It was him who awarded the penalty despite Rose getting a foot on the ball, and once the spot kick was flagged it had to be a red card for the defender. He was also the man who wrongly disallowed Dawson's goal in the first half, flagging him for offside when he was at worst level with the last man. That would have made it 1-1, and we could have had a very different game on our hands. Those were two game-changing decisions that he got wrong, and either are worthy of the gaffe of the game.

Referee performance

Andre Marriner was let down a little by his assistant this evening. The referee was not going to give the penalty initially but did so on the linesman's say so, and then he had no choice but to red card an unfortunate Rose. Judging him solely by his own performance, he had a decent game, but there is no doubt that the team of officials will get some criticism.

What next?

Tottenham: Spurs will look to get back to winning ways when they travel to the KC Stadium to take on Hull City on Saturday.

Man City: The big games keep on coming for City as they host Chelsea at the Etihad next Monday.

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany celebrates after scoring his team's fifth goal against Tottenham during their Premier League match on January 29, 2014
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