Manchester City moved to within four points of Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-0 victory over 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.
Gabriel Jesus scored either side of Willy Boly’s 19th-minute red card to put the Citizens in complete control by the break, but the only further damage to Wanderers after the break was Conor Coady’s own goal as the visitors battled to the end.
The Citizens had scored 16 goals in their last two outings and looked in the mood prior to Boly’s dismissal, and took the lead inside 10 minutes via a classic Pep Guardiola move.
Aymeric Laporte started the attack with a 40-yard through ball inside Matt Doherty for Leroy Sane, who squared perfectly into the path of Jesus who knocked home from six yards.
Making his club-record 267th Premier League appearance for City, David Silva nearly marked his landmark outing with a goal when his deflected strike from the edge of the box threatened to loop underneath the crossbar before Rui Patricio pushed it over.
Wolves claimed the scalps of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool over the festive period but their hopes of another giant-killing were effectively over after 20 minutes as Boly lunged into a challenge with Bernardo Silva studs first and caught the Portuguese on the ankle.
That being said, the visitors did have one golden opportunity to equalise on 36 minutes, only for Jonny to waste a really promising three-on-three break by attempting to square to Diogo Jota, rather than take on the shot himself after being released into the box.