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Summary

  1. Man City start the weekend in fourth
  2. Hull sitting one place above the drop zone
  3. City not won in four league games
  4. Hull looking for a third win on the bounce

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By Alex Bysouth

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Manchester City 3-1 Hull

It's been comfortable for Manchester City this afternoon, but I'm sure Pep Guardiola would have liked to have seen his side keep a clean sheet.

A win's a win. And it brings to an end a four-game run without one.

Marco Silva looks dejected
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Manchester City 3-1 Hull

Chances of a Hull City comeback?

I reckon I've got more chance of backing the winner at the Grand National.

That goal came from nothing really. Poor defending from City, they just switched off.

Manchester City 3-1 Hull

Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on BBC Radio 5 live

The alarming thing for Man City is that's the first attack Hull have had this second half.

Maloney makes the run, there's no one near him, he pulls it back and the goalkeeper is awful there. Ranocchia had no right to score that. No one is prepared to defend for City.

GOAL - Ranocchia pulls one back

Manchester City 3-1 Hull

Well, Claudio Bravo has had his critics this season and they're not going to get any kinder after that.

Manchester City clear the first corner, but City get a second bite at it and it falls to Andrea Ranocchia.

The defenders pokes a weak effort goalwards and somehow it trickles beyond Bravo,..  

Andrea Ranocchia
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GOAL - Manchester City 3-1 Hull

Andrea Ranocchia (85 mins)

Manchester City 3-0 Hull

Fabian Delph has got his eye in.

He tries his luck with another long range effort that forces Eldin Jakupovic to save low down.

Sergio Aguero then gets a chance from the corner as it bobbles around the box. He scuffs wide. 

Manchester City 3-0 Hull

Manchester City haven't looked like adding to their lead since Fabian Delph lashed in a third.

Then again, they don't really need to. Pep Guardiola's side are comfortable and the visitors are offering little threat in return.

Sergio Aguero does work a half chance for himself, but skews it well wide.

Manchester City 3-0 Hull

Is Fabian Delph playing his way back into England contention?

Maybe...

That goal was a peach, but as our man Simon Stone just said, they're few and far between.

Delph the sharpshooter

Manchester City 3-0 Hull

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

It is a rare day indeed when Fabian Delph scores.

The midfielder made his debut for Leeds as a 17-year-old in May 2007.

He has now scored 12 league goals, at an average of just over one every calendar year.

His best return was five in 2008. That was his first in 2017.

SUBSTITUTION

Manchester City 3-0 Hull

Pep Guardiola's ringing the changes now.

Yaya Toure off, Fernando on.

And that's his 100th game for Manchester City.

A match of many landmarks for the hosts.

Yaya Toure
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SUBSTITUTION

Manchester City 3-0 Hull

Massive standing ovation for David Silva as he comes off on his 300th appearance for Manchester City.

He deserves it. He's pulled the strings again today.

Kelechi Iheanacho comes off the bench.


          Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City substitutes on for David Silva
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Manchester City 3-0 Hull

Manchester City are in cruise control now.

They're popping the ball around as Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling combine to almost set up the Argentine.

He can't quite gather the pass, and Eldin Jakupovic is a very happy man to pick that one up. 

SUBSTITUTION

Manchester City 3-0 Hull

A change for City.

Leroy Sane has put a decent shift in, and he's replaced by Nolito.

GOAL - Delph makes it three

Manchester City 3-0 Hull

What a cracker from Fabian Delph!

David Silva starts a move on the edge of the hosts' box by twisting and turning his way out of trouble, before City swarm downfield.

Raheem Sterling cuts it across for Delph on the edge of the box, and he has time to lash one into the bottom corner with his left foot.

Fabian Delph celebrates
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GOAL - Manchester City 3-0 Hull

Fabian Delph (63 mins)

Manchester City 2-0 Hull

John Stones, casual as you like, playing out from his own area.

He's had the better of Oumar Niasse this afternoon, both with and without the ball.

Tidy feet from the youngster.

Pep the perfectionist

Manchester City 2-0 Hull

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

After a goal like Sergio Aguero just scored, which was a flowing move from defence to attack before Raheem Sterling slalomed his way through the Hull rearguard to set up the finish, you would think Pep Guardiola would be satisfied.

Anything but as it turns out.

Guardiola was yelling at John Stones for some reason just then.

The City boss did not seem bothered in the slightest the ball was with Stones' central defensive colleague Aleksandar Kolarov.

Pep Guardiola
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SUBSTITUTION

Manchester City 2-0 Hull

Right, Hull are going to make a change. A double one at that.

It's all or nothing for Marco Silva's side...

Sam Clucas and Evandro go off, Abel Hernandez and Markus Henriksen come on. 

Manchester City 2-0 Hull

Hull have looked a different entity since Marco Silva came into the club in January. Albeit still struggling on the road. 

But they've hardly been able to get hold of the ball today, with the likes of Lazar Markovic struggling to make his mark.

City have clocked up more than 70% of possession so far. A hot day to be doing a lot of running off the ball...

Manchester City 2-0 Hull

Well Manchester City are cruising now.

They're knocking it about in the sun with ease and just upping the tempo whenever they spot a gap.

Hull are still pretty much camped in their own half. Surely they have to make a change if they're going to salvage anything from this.

Manchester City 2-0 Hull

Manchester City almost add a third immediately.

And it was nearly another own goal. I'm not quite sure which black shirt that came off but Eldin Jakupovic did pretty well to scramble across and keep it out. 

GOAL - Aguero doubles City's lead

Manchester City 2-0 Hull

That was a goal made by Raheem Sterling.

All of a sudden the tricky winger springs into life and dances his way through the Hull defence before cutting it back for Sergio Aguero.

The Argentine lashes one goalwards, and it creeps between the legs of Eldin Jakupovic and squeezes over the line.

He doesn't even celebrate. 

Sergio Aguero scores
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GOAL - Manchester City 2-0 Hull

Sergio Aguero (48 mins)

Sergio Aguero celebrates
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Manchester City 1-0 Hull

Just look how deep City (left) forced Hull (right) to defend in that first half...

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KICK-OFF

Manchester City 1-0 Hull

Right then, 45 minutes for Hull City to grab just a second away win of the season in the Premier League? Or will Manchester City add to their lead?

Here we go...

'Hull or Swansea will get relegated'

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

Is the third relegation spot between Hull and Swansea? Garth is saying yes:

"I would say that. I've relegated Sunderland. Middlesbrough don't have the goals to pull them out of this situation so they're doomed. The third place is between Hull and Swansea. Crystal Palace have too much quality."

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Plenty to ponder

Manchester City 1-0 Hull

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

Both managers looked as though they had plenty to ponder at the break.

Pep Guardiola marched down the tunnel with purpose after seeming to get slightly more irritated as the opening period wore on, even though his side were winning.

Marco Silva walked much more slowly. They are clear underdogs for this game and have not done much attacking, to the extent Claudio Bravo has still not faced a shot on target.

Marco Silva and Pep Guardiola
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HALF-TIME

Manchester City 1-0 Hull

That's that for the first half at City. Ahmed Elmohamady's own goal the difference. 

Marco Silva
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Manchester City 1-0 Hull

David Silva, Leroy Sane... almost a deadly combination for Manchester City down the left.

Finally the hosts do drag Hull out and the Spaniard picks Sane out with a delightful throughball.

The pacey winger strides on to it and looks for Sergio Aguero in the middle, but Eldin Jakupovic is down quickly to smother. 

Manchester City 1-0 Hull

Manchester City are enjoying plenty of possession, but it's often seen them playing in front of a wall of black shirts.

They can afford to be more patient now after the goal, as Hull don't look too desperate to come out and attack.

Perhaps Marco Silva wants to get to half-time and then reassess. We'll see..

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O Cube: Man City have no football discipline whatsoever. Almost conceding just after going a goal up Pep's not bringing anything special.

Manchester City 1-0 Hull

Jesus Navas is finding loads of room on the right for Manchester City. That's of course where the City goal came from.

The hosts win successive corners, but if there's one area Hull can match them then it's from set pieces and both are headed clear.

Could you wait a second please

Manchester City 1-0 Hull

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

Fabian Delph didn't get to fully join in with the Manchester City goal celebration just then as he was called to the touchline for some instructions from his manager.

Pep Guardiola was pointing towards the corner flag where the dressing rooms are - I think it was the area he wants Delph to play the ball into.

Delph took a swig of water as he listened, then made to head back on the field as Hull were getting in position to kick-off.

But Guardiola had not quite finished and kept the midfielder there for a couple more seconds before the game could restart.

Manchester City 1-0 Hull

I was chatting to a couple of Everton fans the other day about Oumar Niasse and they said the forward couldn't score for, ahem, toffee during his time at Goodison Park.

He didn't get too much of a chance there and has been finding the net for Marco Silva's side since getting a move, but the powerful forward should've added to his tally there.

Manchester City 1-0 Hull

Moments after City open the scoring, Hull have a chance to pull level.

The ball ricochets around the City penalty box and eventually to Oumar Niasse in front of goal, but the striker can't connect with a side-footed effort.

GOAL - City break the deadlock

Manchester City 1-0 Hull

That's perhaps a little harsh on Hull, but others would argue City deserve their lead.

Jesus Navas scurries down the right and puts a low cross behind the Hull defence and across the six-yard box, where Ahmed Elmohamady can only turn it into his own net.

The 'corridor of uncertainty' if ever there was one... 

Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates
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GOAL - Manchester City 1-0 Hull

Ahmed Elmohamady OG (31 mins)

Hull's Marco Silva
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