The Baggies struggled from the outset after having the wrong man sent off by referee Neil Swarbrick - but a dominant Manchester City didn't relent in any shape or form.
Summer signings Fernando and Mangala, meanwhile, offered a much-improved performance against West Brom considering the amount of criticism the City duo have faced of late...
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As Opta stats show, both Fernando and Mangala produced solid displays against West Brom when it came to the basics. Fernando took 116 touches of the ball, while both posted a near-perfect passing accuracy and won four and five interceptions respectively.
The former's contribution also ensured his name will be etched in Manchester City history - as he scored their 1000th Premier League goal.
Is it a turning point in their Etihad Stadium careers? A ten-man West Brom side with only their goalkeeper seemingly at the races perhaps didn't offer the most testing opposition...
Nevertheless, Manchester City supporters were pleased with the summer signings on Twitter after the game - and here's a selection of what they said:
Also, new signings Fernando and Mangala played well. They both needed a good performance. Have been getting a lot of stick lately. #MCFC— Man City Fan Club (@BlueMoonFanClub) March 21, 2015
I thought Mangala & Fernando were great today. Good to see. I know it wasn't the most demanding game but decent nonetheless. #MCFC— Micky (@The_MJ_Maher) March 21, 2015
Bony, Mangala, Silva and Fernando all excellent today for me. #MCFC— Tuggs (@mickeytuggs90) March 21, 2015
Was really impressed with Fernando today, held onto the ball extremely well maybe he's starting to prove his worth #MCFC— [Silvaology] (@My_Little_Bony) March 21, 2015
Credit where credit is due to Fernando too, great performance albeit against 10 men #MCFC— Aguero3 (@Aguero310) March 21, 2015
Hopefully this game will be a turning point in the City careers of Fernando and Mangala.— Tom (@tomlongley_01) March 21, 2015