City maintain pressure on Liverpool

Premier League
Manchester City 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

GABRIEL Jesus' hot streak continued as his double strike helped down Wolverhampton Wanderers and reduced Liverpool's lead at the top of the Premier League by four points.

There had been question marks over Brazilian Jesus' lack of goals since the beginning of the season.

Yet he has now netted seven iln his last three games, albeit five of them in City's demolition jobs against Rotherham United and Burton Albion.

It took City just 10 minutes to open the scoring against a Wolves side which has impressed in its first season back in the Premier League since 2011-2012.

Aymeric Laporte fed Leroy Sane and he sped down the left flank and swirled the ball into the six-yard box for Jesus to tap home past Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

David Silva, making a record 267th appearance for City in the Premier League, tested the Portuguese number one minutes later with a fabulous long-range effort which he did well to push over the bar.

And Wolves' already difficult task was made even harder when defender Willy Boly was sent off in the 19th minute by referee Craig Pawson for a lunging tackle on Bernardo Silva on the near touchline.

It was a case of sweet revenge for City, as Boly scored a hotly-contested goal, which looked a blatant handball, to equalise in a 1-1 draw at Molineux in August.

The home side suffered a scare on the half-hour mark when Jesus clattered into the near post after trying to reach Kyle Walker's ball from the right.

Luckily, he was able to continue after receiving lengthy treatment.

Already down to 10 men, Wolves were finding it difficult to cope with Sane, the exciting winger regularly turning their defenders inside out as City laid siege to their opponents' goal.

And they made it two in the 39th minute when Raheem Sterling dashed into the area, but was brought down by Ryan Bennett, with Pawson pointing to the spot.

Jesus stepped up and dispatched the resulting penalty past Rui Patricio.

Wolves' only sniff of a chance in the first-half came when Jonny Otto sent a teasing cross into the six-yard box, but striker Raul Jimenez couldn't quite connect with the ball.

Nuno Espírito Santo introduced Adama Traore for Jimenez at half-time and the Spanish winger demonstrated his rapid pace when he beat Laporte as he attempted to line up a shot, but full-back Danilo managed to get across to block his run.

By the hour mark, City's possession was recorded at 80 per cent and they were taking shots from distance, with Fernandinho and Walker both having their efforts saved by Rui Patricio.

Wolves were trying to reduce the space City had, but Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva were seeing too much of the ball for Espírito Santo's liking.

City should have gone three up in the 70th minute when Sane sent through a delicious ball for Sterling, only for Rui Patricio to dive bravely at the England man's feet.

They added a third eight minutes later.

De Bruyne whipped in a brilliant cross from the left and the ball took a deflection off both Romain Saiss and captain Conor Coady to end up in the back of the net.

City went looking for a fourth but Wolves' 10-men held firm, although they failed to land a single shot on target throughout - the first time they have failed to do so in a Premier League game since May, 2012.

City manager Pep Guardiola said: "We made a fantastic first goal with movement and passing, after that we arrived in the final third quite easily but we didn't take movements to attack to ball.

"If we don't win then Liverpool will be champions - that's why we have to win.

"We have incredible numbers after what we did last season.

"They are one team and have done better so far, but we have to be there until the end."

Espírito Santo said he was sad and disappointed with the game.

He explained: "It wasn't only the red card which changed the game, but the way we conceded with a long pass.

"The red card makes the task much harder.

"You know it is difficult to stop them but you try to avoid certain situations and it was a 30-yard pass so we must improve.

"You have to stay in the game and work yourself to the end, and my boys did that, so we must look ahead."

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Danilo; Fernandinho; Sane (Gundogan, 73) B Silva, D Silva (De Bruyne, 60), Sterling; Jesus (Aguero, 75).
Substitutes not used: Muric, Delph, Otamendi and Mahrez.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Rui Patricio; Boly, Coady, Bennett; Doherty, Dendoncker, Moutinho (Gibbs-White, 72), Neves, Jonny; Jota (Saiss, 58), Jimenez (Traore, 45).
Substitutes not used: Ruddy, Vinagre, Costa and Cavaleiro.

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