Norwegian goalscoring sensation Erling Holland scored his fourth Premier League hat-trick of a stunning season to lead Manchester City to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.
City dominated the first half and took the lead in the 40th minute after Holland headed home Kevin De Bruyne’s pinpoint cross.
It was only a matter of time until City got that crucial second goal, converting from the spot five minutes after the break after Haaland fouled Alke Gundogan. The Norwegian then quickly completed his treble to put the game to bed.
Holland broke former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record for the fastest four hat-tricks in the Premier League. Holland’s four came in 19 games, van Nistelrooy in 65.
City went on to win from there to move five points clear of league leaders Arsenal, who beat Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium later on Sunday. The Wolves finished 17th on 17 points.
“He (Holland) has to get the ball, he has great players around him,” coach Pep Guardiola said. “Kevin’s ball is fantastic.
“He (Holland) lives 24 hours a day for his job, for passion, for love. He doesn’t stress too much. He’s steady. He feels defeats. His numbers are unbelievable.
“The way we played today was very similar to the first half when we were losing 2-0 to Spurs. Our game, the football was really good. We improved today.”
Haaland had actually endured a short goal drought of three City appearances in all competitions before last week’s strike against Tottenham Hotspur, but he certainly brought his shooting boots to the trip to struggling Wolves. was
The home side had plenty of chances to break the deadlock before Holland struck with clinical precision five minutes before the break, his second expertly parried away.
The penalty took him to 30 goals in all competitions with half the season to play, before another was added to his tally after a terrible mistake by Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa.
His impressive 25-goal haul in 19 league appearances would have been enough to win the Premier League Golden Boot in each of the last four seasons. Dickie Dean’s record of 60 goals in a single league season, set in 1928, still stands.
The Dutchman has more than two league goals for Wolves this season. They are above the relegation zone only on goal difference.
“We made mistakes but the first half bothered me more than the second,” coach Julen Lopetegui said.
“It is always possible to improve the squad while the (transfer) window is open, but it is important to improve the players who are already here.”
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