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Manchester City 1-0 Stoke City

Yaya Toure scores for Man City against Stoke

Manchester City kept up the pressure on title rivals Chelsea as they beat Stoke to stay three points behind the Premier League leaders.

The hosts had struggled to break down their stubborn opponents and almost went behind when Charlie Adam had a shot palmed wide by keeper Joe Hart.

But the unconvincing home side broke the deadlock when Yaya Toure swept in a low Aleksandar Kolarov cross.

Edin Dzeko should have doubled the lead but mistimed a shot from four yards.

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini

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Man City 1-0 Stoke City: Manuel Pellegrini says getting win was crucial

The hosts knew the importance of a victory over Stoke, having seen title rivals Chelsea beat Everton in the early kick-off, yet lacked the urgency they might have been expected to show until Toure's effort.

The Ivory Coast international's goal came moments after manager Manuel Pellegrini had replaced injured substitute Stevan Jovetic - who managed only 13 minutes - with Javi Garcia, and pushed Toure further up the pitch.

Defeat means Stoke, who have now gone 11 league matches without a clean sheet, are just three points above the relegation zone.

However, they can take some consolation from a resolute display that saw them give their hosts, who appeared to be feeling the effects of a midweek Champions League defeat by Barcelona, two early scares.

First Potters defender Ryan Shawcross glanced a header wide from a free-kick before midfielder Adam had a low, angled strike from long range touched wide by Hart.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes, a former manager at the Etihad Stadium, had set his side up to frustrate the hosts by defending deep, and the ploy was proving a success.

Pellegrini's side have been finding the free-flowing football and abundant goals that have marked their season harder to come by in recent games and rarely threatened.

The closest they came before the break was when Dzeko gathered a David Silva pass, played a one-two with Alvaro Negredo and curled a 22-yard shot just wide.

Dzeko also sent a 10-yard effort high after the interval before Pellegrini tried to kick-start his side by bringing on Jovetic for the ineffectual Negredo.

Jovetic had a fizzing 25-yard shot saved before he was in turn removed, and replaced by defensive midfielder Garcia in a switch that turned the game.

Almost immediately, Toure arrived in the Stoke area and was on hand to finish a move that involved Samir Nasri and Kolarov in the build-up.

Playing with more freedom after the goal, the home side should have extended their lead when Jesus Navas squared the ball across for Dzeko, only for the forward to get his feet tangled and miss from close range.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

"Stoke were defending with 10 players in their box. It was very important to be concentrated for counter-attacks and set pieces. Both things were important, to keep a clean sheet and to be patient.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes

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Man City 1-0 Stoke City: Mark Hughes says defeat not damaging

"I thought we controlled the game and it was a matter of time before we scored.

"Stevan Jovetic felt his hamstring so we will see what the doctor says.

"We will see about Sergio Aguero. He will start working with the team on Tuesday. We will see during the team if he is fit to play in the Capital one Cup final."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes:

"We are disappointed because we put in a huge effort. We were excellent in the first half.

"We came here with a gameplan and we executed it really well.

"I thought we were a threat on the break when we regained possession and out of possession we were organised. They found us really hard to break down.

"In the end, we have just made a couple of errors which led to the goal and they were grateful to get the goal and the three points."

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Line-ups

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 13Kolarov
  • 42Y Touré
  • 4KompanyBooked at 15mins
  • 26Demichelis
  • 8Nasri
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 31minsSubstituted forJesús Navasat 63'minutes
  • 10DzekoBooked at 90mins
  • 9NegredoSubstituted forJoveticat 56'minutesSubstituted forJavi Garcíaat 69'minutes
  • 21Silva

Substitutes

  • 6Lescott
  • 7Milner
  • 14Javi García
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 22Clichy
  • 30Pantilimon
  • 35Jovetic

Stoke

  • 1Begovic
  • 20Cameron
  • 3Pieters
  • 16AdamBooked at 34mins
  • 17Shawcross
  • 12Wilson
  • 9Odemwingie
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forEtheringtonat 82'minutes
  • 25Crouch
  • 19WaltersSubstituted forIrelandat 78'minutes
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forPalaciosat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Muniesa
  • 8Palacios
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 26Etherington
  • 28Wilkinson
  • 29Sørensen
  • 32Ireland
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
47,038

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 1, Stoke City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Stoke City 0.
Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).
Attempt missed. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Erik Pieters with a cross.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Yaya Touré (Manchester City) because of an injury.

Booking

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Edin Dzeko (Manchester City).
Matthew Etherington (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Wilson Palacios (Stoke City).
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Matthew Etherington replaces Glenn Whelan.
Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marc Wilson.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Peter Odemwingie.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland replaces Jonathan Walters.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.
Attempt saved. Javi García (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).
Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 1, Stoke City 0. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross.
Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Javi García replaces Stevan Jovetic because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Wilson Palacios replaces Marko Arnautovic.
Attempt saved. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva.
Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces Fernandinho.
Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.
Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).
Hand ball by Edin Dzeko (Manchester City).
Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Stevan Jovetic replaces Álvaro Negredo.
David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).
Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo.
Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).
Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City).
Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Silva.

Second Half

Second Half begins Manchester City 0, Stoke City 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Manchester City 0, Stoke City 0.
Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
goal

As It Stood

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2Arsenal2718542559
3Man City2618354257
4Liverpool2616553453
5Tottenham261556450
6Man Utd2713681245
7Everton2612951045
8Southampton271098639
9Newcastle2611411-637
10West Ham278712-331
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12Swansea267712-328
13Aston Villa267712-928
14Stoke276912-1527
15Crystal Palace268216-1826
16West Brom2741310-825
17Norwich266713-2025
18Sunderland266614-1624
19Cardiff275715-2922
20Fulham276318-3221
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