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Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
David Silva
David Silva scored on his 200th appearance for City
  • City draw level on points with leaders Chelsea
  • Silva scores first City goal since 25 October
  • Palace have goal disallowed in second half

David Silva scored twice as Manchester City joined Chelsea at the top of the table with victory over Crystal Palace.

The reigning champions had struggled to break down a resilient Palace side until the Spaniard made the breakthrough soon after half-time.

His deflected shot off Scott Dann inside the area gave goalkeeper Julian Speroni little chance.

Silva then slotted in from Aleksandar Kolarov's cross before Yaya Toure smashed in after a swift break.

Pellegrini pleased by how his side adapted

The victory means City have recorded eight consecutive wins in all competitions and, perhaps more telling, are now only second to Chelsea on goal difference having been nine points behind them six games ago.

City would have taken the outright Premier League lead had they scored a fourth, although after a frustrating first half, that target surely would have been revised to just getting three points.

The home team struggled to get behind two banks of defensive lines in front of goalkeeper Speroni, and with no senior strikers available, Manuel Pellegrini's experiment of playing James Milner the furthest forward did not work.

The closest they came to scoring in that opening period was through the energetic full-back Pablo Zabaleta, who dinked his shot over Speroni but inches past the post.

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure's thunderbolt strike went in off the post in the 81st minute

Pellegrini was also without his skipper Vincent Kompany at the back, and both striker Fraizer Campbell, with a spectacular overhead, and Yannick Bolasie, with an strike at the far post, came close to capitalising on defensive errors for the visitors.

The Chilean manager tinkered with his attack at half-time, pushing Silva forward and moving Milner to the left.

The switch worked in the 49th minute when Silva latched on to Zabaleta's pull-back before unleashing an effort that took a big deflection off the unfortunate Dann.

McArthur miles onside - Warnock

He doubled the lead soon after when he found himself in a similar position to convert Kolarov's ball from the left.

Moments later, Palace were unlucky not to have reduced the deficit when James McArthur's header was ruled offside, despite replays showing he was played onside by Fernandinho.

Had that gone in it might have changed the complexion of the game. Instead, City broke from their own area and scored a third when Toure powered in at the near post from Milner's pass.

Chelsea play Stoke on Monday, now knowing the title race is well and truly back on, while Palace remained in 16th before the Saturday afternoon matches.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock:

"We worked so hard at the Etihad. Two goals down and you score a good goal like that, it knocks you.

"I don't know why top-class officials get it wrong. It wasn't even close. It was a disgraceful decision.

"The linesman will be disappointed when he sees it. It's not hard to look across and see it.

"We might have lost 5-1 - I can't tell you that, but at 2-1 the crowd might have been nervous. We worked so hard all week - it's nothing to do with us that the goal was chalked off."

Neil Warnock and a fan
Palace manager Neil Warnock got into the spirit of things with a fan
Manchester City players
Frank Lampard (second from left) was on the bench for an injury-hit City
Pablo Zabaleta
In a tight first half, Pablo Zabaleta went closest to scoring
Manchester City
David Silva made the difference after the break before Yaya Toure's late third

Line-ups

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 26Demichelis
  • 20Mangala
  • 11KolarovBooked at 36mins
  • 42Y Touré
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 15Navas
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forLampardat 69'minutes
  • 8NasriSubstituted forSinclairat 89'minutes
  • 7MilnerBooked at 79minsSubstituted forRegesat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sagna
  • 6Reges
  • 12Sinclair
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Lampard
  • 38Boyata
  • 61Ambrose

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Speroni
  • 34Kelly
  • 6Dann
  • 4Hangeland
  • 2Ward
  • 15Jedinak
  • 42PuncheonBooked at 41minsSubstituted forThomasat 84'minutes
  • 18McArthur
  • 28LedleySubstituted forBannanat 90'minutes
  • 7Bolasie
  • 10CampbellSubstituted forZahaat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mariappa
  • 11Zaha
  • 13Hennessey
  • 14Thomas
  • 16Gayle
  • 25Bannan
  • 27Delaney
Referee:
Phil Dowd
Attendance:
45,302

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 3, Crystal Palace 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Crystal Palace 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jesús Navas (Manchester City).

  6. Post update

    Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Barry Bannan replaces Joe Ledley.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Scott Sinclair replaces Samir Nasri.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jerome Thomas replaces Jason Puncheon.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

  12. Post update

    Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Fernando replaces James Milner.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester City 3, Crystal Palace 0. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by James Milner following a fast break.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.

  16. Booking

    James Milner (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

  18. Post update

    Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Manchester City. Samir Nasri tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Kolarov is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by James McArthur.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea16123136132339
2Man City17123236142239
3Man Utd1795330181232
4West Ham1794429191031
5Southampton1792628131529
6Tottenham178362223-127
7Arsenal167542819926
8Swansea177462219325
9Newcastle166551822-423
10Everton175662727021
11Liverpool166371922-321
12Aston Villa175571121-1020
13Stoke165471821-319
14West Brom174581723-617
15QPR1752102032-1217
16Sunderland1621041424-1016
17Crystal Palace173681927-815
18Burnley173681226-1415
19Hull172781524-913
20Leicester1724111529-1410
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