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Hull City 0-3 Manchester City

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure has scored all 10 of his Premier League penalty kicks

Manchester City climbed to second place in the Premier League with a workmanlike victory over bottom side Hull City at the KCOM stadium.

Pep Guardiola's visitors were far from their free-flowing best en route to their 12th win of the season, but were nevertheless good value for a victory that keeps them seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

Yaya Toure's penalty, awarded after Andrew Robertson's clumsy challenge on Raheem Sterling, set the visitors on their way before Kelechi Iheanacho added a second from close range and Curtis Davies conceded an own goal in the last few seconds.

Hull have now conceded nine penalties so far in the league this season - four more than any other side.

The hosts played well in patches and saw Michael Dawson's second-half header cleared off the line by Bacary Sagna, but their return of one win in 16 matches is a damning statistic that points to only one outcome at the end of the season.

And it will not be lost on Tigers fans that the side bottom on Christmas Day have only stayed up three times in the 24 Premier League seasons to date.

Patience pays off for Man City

Touch map
Man City (right graphic) had 30 touches inside the Hull area but managed just six shots on target. Despite their endeavour, Hull had just 12 touches in the Man City box and produced only three shots on target

Guardiola's players will not earn many style points for this latest win but the final result is all that matters as they bid to keep in touch with Antonio Conte's flying leaders.

After starting December with back-to-back losses to Chelsea and champions Leicester, Man City now appear to be comfortably back in the winning groove with nine points from nine.

Sergio Aguero was sitting out the final game of his four-match ban and his absence appeared to be felt in a first half of few chances.

Guardiola decided against employing out-and-out striker Iheanacho from the start in favour of a four-man forward line of Kevin de Bruyne, Sterling, David Silva and Nolito, and they did not click into gear until after the break.

And Sterling took centre stage with a probing run into the area which proved the turning point, drawing a needless foul from Robertson that presented Toure with a chance from 12 yards that he did not pass up.

Iheanacho, introduced from the bench in the 57th minute, added a simple second after good work by Silva, before more direct running from Sterling forced Davies to turn into his own net in the fourth minute of added time.

The only real scare for Guardiola during the match was the early withdrawal of England defender John Stones through injury, but his concerns were quickly allayed.

"We were a little bit worried about that but it is just a kick, not ligaments or something like that," said Guardiola.

Hull pay the penalty

Hull have conceded the first goal of the game a league-high 15 times this season, but the rate at which the Tigers are shipping penalties is an even more alarming statistic.

With nine conceded so far, Mike Phelan's men are giving away spot-kicks at the rate of one every two matches.

But they have committed just 186 fouls in 18 games so far - just four teams have conceded fewer - meaning they have given away one penalty for every 20.6 fouls committed.

A mixture of poor judgement and ill fortune lurk behind most of those spot-kicks - two things the Tigers could do without if they are to escape from trouble.

Should they continue to give up penalties at even half the present rate, they will comfortably eclipse the Premier League record of 11 penalties conceded in a season, held by the Blackburn team of 2006-07.

Man of the match - Yaya Toure (Man City)

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure ran the show in midfield. His total of 106 passes was 28 more than the next best on his own team - and 60 more than Hull's pass leader (Ahmed Elmohamady with 46). He touched the ball a total of 121 times and won back possession a team-high nine times

Silva shows his class again - match stats

  • Manchester City have won three consecutive Premier league games for the first time since their run of six from the start of the current season (which ended in September)
  • Hull have won just one of their last 16 top-flight games, drawing three and losing 12
  • City registered just their second clean sheet in their last 12 top flight away games
  • Only Jamie Vardy (10) has won more penalties in the Premier League since the start of the 2013/14 season than Raheem Sterling (7)
  • David Silva (61) has provided more Premier League assists than any other player in the competition since his debut in August 2010
  • Kelechi Iheanacho has netted 12 Premier League goals from just 19 shots on target

'We forgot where the goal was' - manager reaction

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Win helps Guardiola enjoy 'tradition'

Man City boss Pep Guardiola: "I enjoyed it because we won but like always had to work hard for it.

"In the first half we forgot where the goal was, in the second half, our strikers saw the goal a bit more and after the first goal it was easy.

"There is always pressure for us because the top of the league is tough and the other teams at the top had won today. Every game we play is like a final."

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Hull 0-3 Manchester City: Andrew Robertson 'heartbroken' over penalty - Phelan

Hull manager Mike Phelan: "The penalty was the major turning point. Andrew Robertson is heartbroken over it because he knows he has suffered a harsh lesson there - he has got to stay on his feet and shuffle the player across into an area where maybe his team-mate can do a little bit better at making an attempt to tackle.

"But he has learned from that, and he will learn a lot more at this level. He is a good young player, and a good kid to have around but he has made a basic, basic mistake that has cost us.

"Until then, we put everything together the best way we could. I thought we were very very solid and moved the ball around well. We got to their players quickly and definitely frustrated them. We caused them a few problems now and again."

What's next?

Man City face a big away trip to Liverpool on New Year's Eve (17:30 GMT), while Hull are back in action on Friday, 30 December when Everton visit the KCOM Stadium (20:00).

Line-ups

Hull

  • 23Marshall
  • 5Maguire
  • 21Dawson
  • 6Davies
  • 27Elmohamady
  • 14LivermoreSubstituted forHenriksenat 74'minutes
  • 8HuddlestoneSubstituted forMasonat 63'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 11ClucasSubstituted forDiomandeat 78'minutes
  • 3Robertson
  • 10Snodgrass
  • 18Mbokani

Substitutes

  • 7Meyler
  • 15Maloney
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 17Weir
  • 20Diomande
  • 22Henriksen
  • 25Mason

Man City

  • 1Bravo
  • 3Sagna
  • 30Otamendi
  • 24StonesSubstituted forKolarovat 18'minutes
  • 22Clichy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 42Y Touré
  • 7Sterling
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forFernandoat 87'minutes
  • 9NolitoSubstituted forIheanachoat 57'minutes
  • 17De Bruyne

Substitutes

  • 5Zabaleta
  • 6Fernando
  • 11Kolarov
  • 13Caballero
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 72Iheanacho
  • 75García
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
23,134

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 0, Manchester City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Manchester City 3.

Goal!

Own Goal by Curtis Davies, Hull City. Hull City 0, Manchester City 3.

Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

Attempt saved. Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Ryan Mason (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Fernando (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Fernando replaces David Silva.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Markus Henriksen (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bacary Sagna.

Booking

Ryan Mason (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Mason (Hull City).

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dieumerci Mbokani (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Adama Diomande replaces Sam Clucas.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Manchester City 2. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.

Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).

Ryan Mason (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ahmed Elmohamady.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Markus Henriksen replaces Jake Livermore.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Manchester City 1. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Manchester City. Raheem Sterling draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Andrew Robertson (Hull City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dieumerci Mbokani (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Silva.

Attempt missed. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Gaël Clichy.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Ryan Mason replaces Tom Huddlestone.

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea18151238112746
2Man City18123339201939
3Liverpool17114241202137
4Arsenal18114339192037
5Tottenham1796229121733
6Man Utd189632718933
7Everton187562321226
8Southampton176651716124
9West Brom186572322123
10Watford186482230-822
11West Ham186482332-922
12Stoke175661924-521
13Bournemouth186392331-821
14Burnley1862101728-1120
15Middlesbrough184681620-418
16Leicester184592331-817
17Crystal Palace1844102933-416
18Sunderland1842121631-1514
19Swansea1833122141-2012
20Hull1833121439-2512
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