Manchester: A bizarre own goal from West Ham's James Collins helped Manchester City back to winning ways in the English Premier League.
West Ham 'keeper Adrian watches the ball go in from a James Collins header against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. Pic/Getty Images
Top scorer Sergio Aguero was also on target as the fallen champions, after a horrendous run of six defeats in eight games, claimed a welcome and routine 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Collins set them on their way when he contrived to lob goalkeeper Adrian when an attempted interception went wrong before Aguero added to the tally before half-time.
It was not enough to lift City back into the top three but at least increased the gap to fifth-placed Liverpool — with heat increasing in the race for Champions League positions — to seven points.
The result is also unlikely to alleviate the pressure on City manager Manuel Pellegrini much.