The Rovers boss could do nothing as his side fell apart after the restart as Roberto Mancini’s men swept them aside to keep their unbeaten start to the season alive after Tuesday’s Champions League nightmare in Munich. Adam Johnson opened the floodgates breaking the deadlock 10 minutes after half time before Mario Balotelli, Samir Nasri and Stevan Savic added three more to the Citizens within touching distance of neighbours United at the Premier League summit. As for the home side they sit a point and a place of the bottom with fans becoming increasingly worried that their team could be playing Championship football this time next season. They certainly played like a second tier side as City quickly got into the rhythm hardly giving their hosts a sniff across the 90 minutes.
With Carlos Tevez’s midweek spat with the club to overshadow preparations for the game Sergio Aguero limping off with a groin injury during the first period Mancini will be delighted with his players as they strolled to yet another high scoring win. In truth they offered little in the first forty five with Mario Balotelli looking the most likely to shooting over the bar before curling the ball narrowly wide. Those two chances sandwiched a marvellous piece of defending from James Milner with the midfielder putting in a superb block to deny Yakubu from opening the scoring.
Thats about as good as it got for Rovers as City came out after the restart intent on going home with all three points in their back pocket. An increase in tempo was too much for the hosts and it was no surprise when Johnson curled a terrific shot into the top corner to give City the lead. That opened the floodgates and Balotelli doubled their advantage three minutes later darting in front of Scott Dann to volley Nasri’s cross past Paul Robinson. The Frenchman, who had earlier replaced injury victim Aguero, then got on the scoresheet himself thumping the ball home via a deflection from Jason Lowe after a swift counter attack. They weren’t finished there with Savic nodding his first goal in City blue with a minute left on the clock to round off yet another impressive win and leave Kean wondering what to do next.