Manchester City yesterday thrashed Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Ethihad Stadium and equalled a remarkable record set by Blackburn Rovers in the 1958-59 season.
Having notched 5 goals versus Liverpool two weeks ago, 6 at Watford last weekend, and then 5 more against Palace, the Citizens became the first English side since Blackburn Rovers in the 1958-59 campaign to score 5 or more goals in three consecutive English top-flight matches in the same season.
Palace on the other hand became the first side in English professional football history to lose their first six games of the season without scoring a single goal.
Once more, City’s attack showed fine moments of movement, clinical finishing and a destructive quality that, despite the plaudits they got last season, had previously been missing. Another clean sheet and a solid defensive performance was key.
City finally broke the shackles just before the break when Leroy Sane pounced on a David Silva threaded pass and powered a decisive finish past Wayne Hennessy at the near post.
Sane turned provider for the second goal when his cross was turned in by Raheem Sterling, who killed off any chance of an unlikely Palace fightback by claiming his fifth in just four league appearances this season on the hour-mark.
Sergio Aguero got in on the act turning home Sane’s cross to register his sixth goal in four games. The Argentine star is just one goal short of City’s goals record set by Eric Brook set 78 years ago.