Manchester City go top with emphatic win over Tottenham

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Manchester City brushed aside Tottenham with a superb 5-1 victory at White Hart Lane to go top of the Premier League table.

The Citizens demolished Spurs at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season - one of former boss Andre Villas-Boas' last games in charge - and Tim Sherwood's team fared only slightly better as goals from Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany sent Manuel Pellegrini's side top.

Tottenham meanwhile were left to rue a handful of refereeing decisions that derailed their attempts to pull level with Liverpool in 4th spot.

The visitors were by far the better side early on, with Aguero offering a glimpse of what was to come when he rattled the woodwork following a run that left defenders Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches trailing in his wake.

With City purring and Spurs dropping deep it was only a matter of time before the away side got their goal, and after Dzeko spurned a good chance and Spurs cleared one off the line, Aguero latched on to a cute through ball from David Silva to chip over the on-rushing Hugo Lloris with 15 minutes gone.

Manchester City could have been out of sight before the half-hour mark but Spurs eventually stirred into life, with Adebayor going close to steering a corner past Joe Hart.

Then came the most controversial incident of the first half. A free-kick was sent into the area for Dawson to prod home from close range. The linesman's flag went up much to the Tottenham captain's dismay. Replays suggested he was level.

Spurs didn't seem to be dwelling on the decision and emerged from the second half much quicker - although without Mousa Dembele who was forced off after a heavy tackle from Yaya Toure. Etienne Capoue was his replacement.

Sadly their hopes of pulling level were dashed minutes later, as referee Andre Marriner sent Danny Rose off for a tackle from behind in the box on Dzeko. The full-back got the ball but was adjudged to have got the man first. Toure dispatched the spot kick emphatically.

From there Tottenham tried to rally but Dzeko put the game to bed, although Capoue gave the home side brief hope when he tapped home from close range after  58 minutes.

Spurs dropped deeper and deeper but eventually succumbed to City's attacking power, conceding twice more with Jovetic and Kompany applying the finishing touches.

For Sherwood's men it was another damaging defeat in a topsy-turvey season. They are still only three points off 4th place but with a few days of the window left, they may well consider  foray into the transfer market.

City meanwhile carry on scoring goals for fun, and few could argue that they didn't deserve the win, or to be at the top of the table.

The only downside of the night for the Citizens was injuries to main men Aguero and Toure.

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