Press Pass – WBA vs Manchester City
‘Press Pass’ is a partnership between The Albion Foundation and Albion’s Media Team – providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for young writers to report on a Premier League match alongside the professionals!
Tyler Morris and James Horton, both 14, and both attend St Michael’s Church of England High School in Rowley Regis were selected for ‘Press Pass’ and here’s what they had to write about West Bromwich Albion FC v Manchester City fixture:
The game on Saturday 29th October was Tony Pulis’s first match after signing his new contract. Here’s what he had said about his new contract: “This is a time of great change at Albion and when that happens you need continuity.” Pep Guardiola has extended his contract with Manchester City until 2018. City were unbeaten in their last 13 premier league encounters with West Bromwich Albion heading into the game.
This was also the game where Albion’s defender Jonny Evans returned after a one-match ban however Saido Berahino missed the match due to a lack of fitness. For Manchester City, heading into the game David Silva had been directly involved in seven goals in his previous eight Premier League appearances against West Brom, scoring 4 and assisting 3. Kevin De Bruyne didn’t start the game due to injuring his calf Southampton last weekend.
The 4 goals by Manchester City were scored by Aguero and Gundogan who both scored two each, this meant that Aguero is became the 6th all-time top goal scorer in Manchester City’s history.
After a lot of passing and moving Sterling played a through ball to Aguero who perfectly placed it in the bottom left corner to make it 1-0. Then shortly after Aguero had the ball on the edge of the box holding it up while his team mates got into space but decided to take the chance to score and finessed it perfectly into the top right corner. Manchester City dominated Albion in the first half with terrible defending by Albion meaning Manchester City headed into half time leading 2-0.
The second half started much brighter for Albion and in the 64th minute James McLean ran down the left hand side of the pitch, beating the Manchester City defender, passed it to Nacer Chadli on the edge of the box who attempted to score but fired just over the crossbar. West Brom had many chances in the second half but were unable to convert any of the shots.
In the 65th minute Albion had a free kick in a very promising position but were unable to salvage anything from it. In the 71st minute McLean broke through the Manchester City defence and tried to square it to Salomon Rondon but he wasn’t able to put the ball in the back of the net.
Jonathan Leko came on as a sub in the second half who created a few chances for Albion and changed the game. He came close to scoring in the late on in the game as he took on the Manchester City defence but was unlucky when he was tackled in the box.
In the second half the way Albion played improved but it was not enough to hurt City and in the 78th minute Aguero passed the ball to Gundogun who then scored to finish the game for Albion. Then Gundogun made it worse for the home team and scored again in the 89th minute after he was given the ball by Kevin De Bruyne.
Kevin De Bruyne came on in the second half and he helped Man City secure the win by creating a lot of chances for City. His introduction to the game destroyed Albion’s chance of pulling the game back.
After this game today Aguero became the 6th top goal scorer for Manchester City. Before today he had been 8 games without scoring for club and country but after his 2 goals today, he leapfrogged Franny Lee.
West Brom dropped 2 places and now sit in 15th after a poor display while Manchester City ended the weekend top of the league after a dominant display at The Hawthorns.