Elsewhere, Liverpool were 5-0 winners against Norwich City, Reading caused an upset at Newcastle United, while Queens Park Rangers clung on for a point at West Ham United.
Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present.
Former world champion boxer Ricky Hatton (@HitmanHatton) is impressed by a knockout performance from Silva: “2-0. A good win today. Should have been three goals for Silva. He had a great game. Absolutely freezing.”
City striker Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) is happy to be back from injury: “It’s always good to be back and better when a victory welcomes me. @21LVA can make a nice finish, can’t he?”
Everyone is talking about Silva’s performance, and Joleon Lescott ([email protected]) adds: “What a performance by @21LVA, he is never in a rush and makes the game look so easy.”
Reading striker Noel Hunt (@boyhunt) is in awe of his team-mate: “Ohhhhhh Adam Le fondre!!!”
Man of the moment Adam Le Fondre (@A1F1E9) reveals the secret behind is success: “Wow what a result!! Fans amazing!! New boots wooldy!! #teamspirit #goals”
Liverpool midfielder Suso (@suso30fernandez) is pleased with an emphatic win: “Good game today and good score.. YNWA!”
QPR striker Jay Bothroyd (@jaybothroyd) is pleased with a point: “Very ugly game today but we dug in and got a very good point back line were quality and congrats to Loic Remy for his first goal. #Fansamazing Still unbeaten this year that’s important there is a real belief and a great team spirit.”
Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) revels in the Black Cats’ much-improved form of late: “Three points and 11th in the table! Massive shout to all the fans who made the journey and supported us today! #hawaythelads#homegameontheroad”
Former Reds striker Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) enjoyed a stylish Liverpool performance: “Really enjoyed that today from Liverpool. Some fantastic goals and performances throughout the team. #LFC”
Ex Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) is particularly impressed by Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suárez: “Good win for #LFC …encouraging start for the new partnership …two big games coming up.”
Stoke striker Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) tweets after scoring his 150th Premier League goal: “Thanks for all your kind messages people. Not the ideal way to bring up the milestone but nice to get off the mark for Stoke. #150club”
Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) is disappointed: “Tough loss today, credit to Swansea they were the better team. We will get better! Credit to the fans braving the weather. #potternation”
Former Villa midfielder Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) feels deflate after his old team fail to pick up three points: “Slight disappointment about tonight after going 2-0 up but would have taken point beforehand. Best of @CharlesNzo seen. #benteke goal! BOOM!”
Finally, West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster (@BenFoster) enjoye the derby atmosphere: “Awful first half but what a second! That’s the reason why I don’t want Villa to go down.. that was fun! Atmosphere was brilliant, well done all!”
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