Premier League - Tevez treble floors West Brom
Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick in the opening 38 minutes as Manchester City demolished Premier League rivals West Brom 3-0 at Eastlands.
Tévez, who turned 27 on Saturday, became only the second player in Premier League history to score a hat trick on his birthday after Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink scored three in Chelsea’s 5-2 home win against Wolves on March 27, 2004.
That decision looked a bit harsh with Kolarov going to ground under minimal contact from the visiting player.
There was no question marks over the second goal on 22 minutes as the Argentina forward gave Jonas Olsson the slip to slide the ball under the exposed Myhill.
The home skipper made it three with his second penalty of the day and his 18th league goal of the season on 38 minutes when Jerome Thomas was deemed to have handled in the area.
Myhill went the right way this time, but the ball was already beyond him by the time he had completed his dive.
West Brom enjoyed several decent moments in the first period.
Home keeper Joe Hart make excellent stops from a Chris Brunt free-kick and a James Morrison volley that contained some venom, but City could have had more than three goals as they headed up the tunnel at the interval.
Tevez hit a post in the opening minutes, while Myhill somehow tipped a Kolarov drive from 35 yards onto his bar midway through the half.
The second period was a bit of a non-event as City decided to sit deeper and soak up whatever pressure the visiting side could muster, which wasn't much.
Marc-Antoine Fortune blew a glorious chance to score for the visitors on 61 minutes as he whacked into the side of a net from Youssuf Mulumbu's pass, but City were always comfortable as they saw out the match in some style.
Tevez should have added a fourth goal ten minutes from time when he walloped over from seven yards out from Barry's pass with Myhill stranded, but the miss could not detract from his stunning contribution to the afternoon.
It is little wonder City are desperate to keep their captain on days such as these.
They never lost when Tevez has scored, winning 22 out of their 24 matches when he has found the net.
The only matches they failed to win came in a 3-3 draw at Bolton in December 2009 and the 2-2 draw with Birmingham City at St. Andrews on Wednesday.
City are five points behind leaders Manchester United, who have a game in hand on their neighbours despite their 1-0 loss to Wolves later on Saturday.