Sunderland 0-3 Manchester City
Shaun Wright-Phillips had a dream return to Manchester City as he scored two goals to help his side notch up a second straight 3-0 victory in the Premiership.
The former Chelsea winger scored a brace in space of eight second half minutes after Stephen Ireland had put City in the lead on the stroke of half time. It was a deserved result for City who dominated Sunderland completely throughout the match and manager Mark Hughes will be pleased with his side's overall performance.
Fresh from their 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Sunderland started the game brightly and almost took the lead when Pascal Chimbonda's took a deflection and struck the cross bar. However City soon assumed control of the match and came close to breaking the deadlock on numerous occasions in the first half.
The visitors finally took the lead in the first half stoppage time when Ireland latched on to a poor clearance by Collins before slotting the ball past Gordon. Wright-Phillips marked his return back to Manchester City by doubling the lead five minutes into the second half as he latched on to Jo's cross inside the Sunderland penalty area and was left with a simple finish from four yards out.
It was all over in the 58th minute when Wright-Phillips scored City's third goal of the match as he raced forward to meet Ball's through pass, beat Bardsley and slotting the ball past Gordon. Sunderland were unable to create any real chances late in the game except a long range effort by David Healy that was easily saved by Joe Hart.
Tags: Manchester City, Stephen Ireland, Sunderland, David Healy