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Manchester City 1-0 Everton

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Manchester City v Everton
Manchester City have won four straight league games for the first time since the end of last season
  • Man City move three points behind Chelsea
  • Sergio Aguero suffers knee ligament damage
  • Everton have won once in six league games
  • Toffees stay 11th in the table

Manchester City moved to within three points of Premier League leaders Chelsea after a hard-earned win over Everton at the Etihad Stadium.

Yaya Toure's penalty, after Phil Jagielka was controversially adjudged to have fouled James Milner, secured a fourth straight league win.

But the victory came at a cost as key striker Sergio Aguero made a tearful early exit with a knee injury.

Manuel Pellegrini says side back to normal

Everton had their chances, with Romelu Lukaku denied brilliantly by Joe Hart.

City's fourth straight league win leaves Manuel Pellegrini's men breathing down Chelsea's neck five weeks after finding themselves 11 points behind the Premier League leaders.

But victory came at a cost.

They will already be without suspended midfielder Toure for Wednesday's crucial Champions League tie at Roma, while captain Vincent Kompany is struggling with a hamstring injury and David Silva is recovering from a knee problem.

Now Aguero may be missing after the Premier League's top scorer limped off against Everton.

The mood of the City fans inside the Etihad had been boisterous after Newcastle had earlier ended Chelsea's unbeaten start to the campaign but that changed when the Argentine striker was left clutching his knee.

Former Man City midfielder Dennis Tueart on BBC Radio Manchester:
"City had to show a different part of their qualities and title-winning credentials. When you lose your main goal-scorer to injury you have to show the whole qualities of the team. To win the league is a marathon not a sprint and City showed they are dogged, have the determination and discipline to challenge."

Aguero had managed to get to his feet following a Seamus Coleman tackle but, moments later, his knee appeared to jar as he stretched for the ball while under pressure from Muhamed Besic.

The 26-year-old was in tears on the sidelines as he was replaced by 18-year-old midfielder Jose Pozo, who has yet to start a senior game for City.

The exit of their talisman threatened to derail the reigning champions.

In a tetchy game of six bookings, defender Eliaquim Mangala was fortunate to escape with just a yellow card on his return from suspension after an ugly high kick on Samuel Eto'o left Everton's Cameroon forward writhing in agony.

But moments later, City went ahead in controversial circumstances.

There looked little danger when Toure's pass found Milner in the Everton area. But referee Andre Marriner left Everton incensed as he pointed to the spot after the City midfielder went down in the area under Jagielka's challenge.

With Aguero off the pitch, it was left to Toure to convert the penalty.

Penalty award was wrong - Martinez

That put City ahead but they were far from their fluent best against an Everton side who have won once in six league games and amassed 10 points fewer than after 15 matches last season.

It might have been different had Hart not produced a brilliant one-handed stop to deny Lukaku after the Belgian found himself behind the City defence.

Kevin Mirallas also had a goal-bound half-volley deflected behind, but City could have won by a more handsome margin.

Tim Howard used a shin to deny Pozo his first Premier League goal before the teenage substitute was replaced himself by Edin Dzeko.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It is important to know how to win just 1-0 in some moments.

"December is a very difficult month where we have to play seven Premier League games.

"It's not a month where you win the title but it's a key month to try and we want to start the next year leading or at least trying to be near the top."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "It's not a penalty in a million years. Jagielka cannot disappear. It's a natural action to get to the ball.

"Football is a contact sport, if you look at the reaction of James he's trying to get up and fight for the ball.

"But putting aside the referee's performance, our first-half performance on the ball was not as good as it could be."

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero had scored 14 goals in his previous 14 Premier League appearances
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure scores from the penalty spot against Everton
Yaya Toure has scored all seven of his penalties in the Premier League
Manchester City v Everton
It is the first time Everton have failed to score in an away Premier League game since April
Manchester City v Everton
Roberto Martinez has faced Manchester City 11 times in the Premier League as a manager, and never been on the winning side
Manchester City v Everton
This was Manchester City's second clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League encounters with Everton


Man City

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 26Demichelis
  • 20MangalaBooked at 18mins
  • 22Clichy
  • 15NavasSubstituted forLampardat 78'minutes
  • 6RegesBooked at 26mins
  • 42Y TouréBooked at 88mins
  • 7Milner
  • 8Nasri
  • 16AgüeroSubstituted forPozoat 7'minutesSubstituted forDzekoat 63'minutes


  • 3Sagna
  • 10Dzeko
  • 11Kolarov
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Lampard
  • 38Boyata
  • 78Pozo


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 2Hibbert
  • 6Jagielka
  • 15Distin
  • 3Baines
  • 17BesicSubstituted forBarkleyat 56'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18BarryBooked at 52mins
  • 23ColemanBooked at 11mins
  • 5Eto'o
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forOsmanat 88'minutes
  • 10Lukaku


  • 1Robles
  • 7McGeady
  • 20Barkley
  • 21Osman
  • 22Pienaar
  • 29Garbutt
  • 30Alcaraz
Andre Marriner

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamEverton
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 1, Everton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Everton 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Sylvain Distin (Everton).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Gaël Clichy.

  7. Booking

    Ross Barkley (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Ross Barkley (Everton) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Kevin Mirallas.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match James Milner (Manchester City) because of an injury.

  12. Booking

    Yaya Touré (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by James Milner (Manchester City).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joe Hart.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Milner (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Edin Dzeko with a headed pass.

As It Stood

2Man City15103232141833
4Man Utd147432416825
5West Ham147342317624
13Aston Villa14446818-1016
15Crystal Palace153571823-514
16West Brom153571420-614
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