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Summary

  1. Man City return to winning ways
  2. Leicester seven points from safety
  3. Silva stabs Man City into lead
  4. Substitute Milners adds the second
  5. Home captain Kompany dropped to bench
  6. Striker Bony makes his first Man City start

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Man City 2-0 Leicester

It wasn't pretty. In fact it was pretty dismal at times. But Manuel Pellegrini won't care. Manchester City are back to winning ways and their title charge is still alive. For Leicester it's another hard luck story. Thanks for your company.

GOAL

Man City 2-0 Leicester - James Milner

James Milner
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Job done. Manchester City have the points in the bag as substitute James Milner side foots home from close range following Jesus Navas's cross.

Man City 1-0 Leicester

Leicester's fate is still in their own hands. Four of their remaining 11 games after this are against fellow strugglers Hull (home), Burnley (away), QPR (home) and Sunderland (away).

Man City 1-0 Leicester

This has been another accomplished performance from Leicester. They've battled hard, been denied at least one penalty and hit the woodwork. It's another hard luck story. Nigel Pearson is getting sick of them.

Man City 1-0 Leicester

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at the Etihad Stadium

"Sharp reminder for Manchester City as that shot from Riyad Mahrez rolled against the post. Leicester City may be second best but they are preying on City's nerves, and the nerves of their supporters, every time they come forward. City looking anxious at the back."

Man City 1-0 Leicester

Former Man City and England full-back Danny Mills

at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

"I remember watching Bony play for Swansea against Leicester, when he scored a fantastic goal, a brilliant strike. It hasn't happened for him tonight, and City are nervous. They have brought on a midfielder for a striker."

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 1-0 Leicester

David Silva
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A huge cheer goes up as Frank Lampard comes on for goalscorer David Silva. It's still extremely tense at the Etihad.

Man City 1-0 Leicester

Former Man City and England full-back Danny Mills

at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

"Leicester have created chances, and they are causing Manchester City one or two problems on the counter-attack."

HITS THE WOODWORK

Man City 1-0 Leicester

So close by Riyad Mahrez, whose angled drive from 18 yards rebounds off Joe Hart's post. A huge let off for Manchester City.

Man City 1-0 Leicester

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at the Etihad Stadium

"Manchester City are still the much more dangerous side but Leicester City still right in this and the pace of Jamie Vardy has already give the slightly ponderous home defensive partnership of Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala something to think about."

Man City 1-0 Leicester

Mark Schwarzer
PA

Mark Schwarzer might be the oldest man on the pitch but he can still mix it with the best. The Leicester keeper flings himself across his line to tip away Yaya Toure's curling attempt from distance.

Man City 1-0 Leicester

David Nugent surely has to score as the ball lands at his feet three yards out. But the Leicester substitute can't direct it into the net. It's a horrible miss but Nugent's blushes are spared by a linesman's flag anyway.

Man City 1-0 Leicester

Jamie Vardy drags a great chance wide. The Leicester forward had a great chance to put his name up in lights but can't keep his composure. The Foxes need to take these chances.

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 1-0 Leicester

Bold change by Nigel Pearson as forwards David Nugent and Jamie Vardy come on for Paul Konchesky and Andrej Kramaric. The Leicester boss clearly feels his side can get something here.

Man City 1-0 Leicester

Sergio Aguero
AFP

This game is opening up. The hosts storm down the other end and 42-year-old Mark Schwarzer claws away Sergio Aguero's header to keep Leicester alive. It's a terrific save by the veteran keeper following Aleksandar Kolarov's cross.

Man City 1-0 Leicester

Former Man City and England full-back Danny Mills

at Etihad Stadium for 5 live Sport

"Leicester should have had a penalty. If a foul is on the line it's a penalty, and that definitely was. The referee has bottled that big call."

Man City 1-0 Leicester

A huge call. Fernando trips Andrej Kramaric right on the edge of the Manchester City penalty area. Leicester want a penalty. The referee awards a free-kick. Kramaric picks himself up and fires narrowly wide. This game is far from over.

Man City 1-0 Leicester

David Silva's goal has done little to improve the atmosphere. Neither has Chelsea's goal at West Ham. Even if Manchester City win, they will remain five points behind the leaders if the scores stay the same. Oh, and Chelsea have a game in hand.

Man City 1-0 Leicester

Wilfried Bony
Reuters

How much did Wilfried Bony cost? The striker is presented with a great chance to score on his first start but screws his shot horribly wide from close range. A real let off for Leicester after Jesus Navas's cut-back.

KICK-OFF

Man City 1-0 Leicester

Off we go again.

City on tour

Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

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Not everyone has given up on Manchester City's title hopes. Celebrity fan Noel Gallagher is still proudly flying the club's colours on tour. This picture was taken backstage from Tuesday night's gig in Belfast. Gallagher and his band have now moved to Dublin. Will he be walking off stage to good news later? We should know in about 45 minutes. The teams are on their way out.

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Man City 1-0 Leicester

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at the Etihad Stadium

"Great relief for Manchester City with that goal from David Silva seconds before half-time. They had created the better chances but again it has been an uninspired performance. Nigel Pearson will be doubly angry now - a goal conceded and that clear penalty claim ignored."

Man City 1-0 Leicester

BBC Radio Manchester

Former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater: "It's all about the pace of the cross. Superb from Kolarov. He drilled it in, Bony hit it at goal and Silva was there to tap in the ball as it fell to him."

HALF-TIME

Man City 1-0 Leicester

But for David Silva's goal it's been a snooze-fest at the Etihad. But Manchester City have the lead. Can they build on it? It's a real test of character for Leicester.

GOAL

Man City 1-0 Leicester - David Silva

David Silva
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Relief at the Etihad as David Silva gets the breakthrough. The Spaniard follows up from close range after Wes Morgan's brilliant block. A scrappy goal to end a scrappy half.

David Silva
AP

Man City 0-0 Leicester

Manchester City have had 74% possession yet they have been unable to turn that into a goal. No wonder the home fans are frustrated.

Man City 0-0 Leicester

Chances have been few and far between yet Wilfried Bony could have had a hat-trick this half. David Silva delivers a high ball into the Leicester area which the former Swansea striker chests down before blazing wide on the half-volley.

Man City 0-0 Leicester

At last the hosts are showing some urgency as the interval approaches. But the red-shirted visitors are proving difficult to break down. That sudden wave of Manchester City pressure has petered out and the crowd falls silent. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson will be delighted by what he has seen from his players.

Man City 0-0 Leicester

Wilfried Bony
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It's been ugly, scrappy and a real turn off. Suddenly there's a ray of light for the hosts as Jesus Navas delivers a cross which presents Wilfried Bony with a great scoring chance. Mark Schwarzer makes a terrific save before recovering to keep out another attempt by Navas. Is this game finally coming to life?

Man City 0-0 Leicester

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at the Etihad Stadium

"Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is angry in his technical area - not grabbing James McArthur by the throat angry but angry nonetheless - as he believes his side were denied a penalty as Wilfried Bony dragged back Jeff Schlupp. And he has every right to be angry because that looked to be a real escape for Manchester City."

Man City 0-0 Leicester

There's a huge picture on the wall outside the Etihad Stadium of Vincent Kompany holding aloft the Premier League trophy. That must seem a long time ago for the Manchester City skipper. He's sat on the bench after being dropped. Penny for his thoughts...

Man City 0-0 Leicester

Manchester City v Leicester
AFP

Independent chief sports writer

Ian Herbert: As subdued as it's been all season at the Etihad. Two Leicester penalty shouts haven't helped, though neither looked valid.

Man City 0-0 Leicester

Crikey. Manchester City's defence is sliced open and Andrej Kramaric is surely in. Joe Hart comes rushing off the line and throws himself at the ball before the Leicester man can take it past him. Excellent stuff by the England stopper. There was no room for error otherwise it was a certain penalty.

Man City 0-0 Leicester

Wilfried Bony does little to ease the nerves of the home fans as he puts his arm across Jeffrey Schlupp in the Manchester City penalty area. The visitors want a penalty but referee Robert Madley is not interested.

Man City 0-0 Leicester

Sagna and Schlupp battle for the ball
PA

Television pictures zoom in on home fans. Many have their arms folded waiting for something to happen. The hosts are struggling to unlock a defence that has been solid in the opening 20 minutes.

Man City 0-0 Leicester

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at the Etihad Stadium

"All very subdued here at The Etihad - although all the serious threat has come from Manchester City. City's fans were frustrated as David Silva took an extra touch instead of shooting and almost all the action taking place in the Leicester City half."

Man City 0-0 Leicester

Manchester City v Leicester
AP

A powerful surge deep into the Leicester half by Jesus Navas. The ball falls to David Silva inside the penalty area but the Spaniard is crowded out. There's an anxious feel about Manchester City. They need a goal to lift their fans.

Man City 0-0 Leicester

More probing and pressing from the hosts. Sergio Aguero and David Silva are having plenty of possession but Leicester's defence is holding tight. For now.

Man City 0-0 Leicester

It's all Manchester City but this already has a feel of a testimonial match. It's flat and there's next to no atmosphere.