Manchester City widened the gap at the top of the Premier League to five points with a comfortable victory against Bolton at the Etihad Stadium.

Gael Clichy opened the scoring in the first-half when his shot clipped Gretar Steinsson and went into Adam Bogdan's net.

Mario Balotelli added his 14th of the season in the second-half, but it could have easily been a far more convincing scoreline.

Roberto Mancini took the decision to rest both Sergio Aguero and David Silva - a move which almost paid dividends instantly, as City could have been three-up inside five minutes.

Balotelli hit the post early on before Clichy's opener, while Darren Prately had a lucky escape after he struck his own crossbar.

It had been claimed that Balotelli may be dropped by Mancini following reports of his most recent off-field escapades, but the City manager retained faith in his compatriot.

One another day, Balotelli could have scored a hat-full, but he was made to settle for one on this occasion as City registered 19th consecutive home win in the league.

This equals the record set by Manchester United last October, and the Premier League champions will have the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table when they meet Tottenham on Sunday.

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