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Manchester City keep title hopes alive with win at Hull


LONDON: Manchester City bounced back from their FA Cup and Champions League exits to win 2-0 at Hull City despite playing for 80 minutes with 10 men to keep alive their Premier League title hopes on Saturday. City, who climbed to second in the table, had captain Vincent Kompany sent off after 10 minutes for hauling down striker Nikica Jelavic on the edge of his own box. They then took the lead two minutes later through David Silva before Edin Dzeko added the second in the 90th minute.
Silva scored with a superbly executed curling shot in the 12th minute after a delicate pass from Yaya Toure and although Hull battled gamely, City made light of their one-man disadvantage and stretched their unbeaten away run in the league to eight games. Dzeko wrapped up the points from point blank range after a pass from Silva. City coach Manuel Pellegrini was very happy with his team’s response after what he called ‘a very difficult week’. “We have just lost to Wigan and Barcelona so we needed to win today and playing with one player less for 80 minutes was very difficult,” he said.
Hull manager Steve Bruce said: “The turning point was the goal, if we had gone 10 or 15 minutes (without conceding) after the sending off it might have been a different situation, but we were continually chasing the game against a quality side, even though they only had 10 men. “We huffed and puffed and got frustrated and it ended up being a difficult afternoon.” Hull, who have now lost their last three home matches, ended the match in 13th place on 30 points before the afternoon fixtures. The win lifted City in to second place in the table on 60 points, six behind leaders Chelsea who play away at Aston Villa in the day’s late kickoff. 

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