Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep: Baggies Victory Was One of Best This Season

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep: Baggies Victory Was One of Best This Season

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PEP Guardiola ended deadline day by purring over his City players.

The end of January brought City's 99th, 100th, and 101st goal of an incredible season as they moved 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League - with a goal difference 24 better than their nearest rivals.

Only Manuel Pellegrini's 2013/14 side have managed it in fewer games and City were impervious as they swept away Alan Pardew's strugglers without breaking a sweat.

The West Brom manager admitted after the game that he had wanted to give his players a cuddle, such was their ordeal across 90 minutes.

If three points are as regular as a weekend at the Etihad, the Baggies were perhaps unfortunate to run into a Guardiola side at the top of their game.

Nineteen shots with ten on target and 74 per cent possession delighted the manager, although as ever he spotted something they must improve. …

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