Balotelli shines in City rout
Mario Balotelli played a starring role as Manchester City emphatically proved there is life after Carlos Tevez with a 4-0 Barclays Premier League win at Blackburn.
Balotelli capped a brilliant performance with a 59th-minute goal while other second-half strikes from Adam Johnson, Samir Nasri and Stefan Savic eased City home.
Blackburn's best chance fell to substitute Mauro Formica late on but it was not enough for the home fans, some of whom called for boss Steve Kean's dismissal.
Junior Hoilett's pace troubled the City rearguard in the 16th minute and he sent Yakubu in on the left, but he was denied by James Milner's fine challenge.
David Silva spooned a 25th minute half-chance high over and City's striking options, already diminished by the suspension of Tevez, were further hit when Sergio Aguero suffered an apparent groin strain.
Silva shot across the face of goal just after the restart before Balotelli struck the post.
City finally broke the deadlock in the 56th minute when Johnson picked up a half-cleared Aleksandar Kolarov corner and swung a superb left-foot shot into the top corner.
And three minutes later, Balotelli stole in front of Steven Nzonzi to prod home Nasri's cross.
Nasri swept home City's third in the 74th minute after good work from Silva before Rovers substitute Formica forced the first real save out of Joe Hart.
Yakubu blazed over but City scored their fourth three minutes from time when substitute Savic headed in Nasri's corner.