By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games
With Liverpool losing 2-0 to fellow title challengers Chelsea in the game prior, Manchester City claimed the initiative in the race for the Premier League, securing a 2-0 win away at in-form Crystal Palace to move three points behind the Reds with a game in hand.
Five straight wins had moved Palace into the top half of the table, but City’s nerves were settled within four minutes as Edin Dzeko headed home Yaya Toure’s cross to make it 1-0.
Jason Puncheon’s 20-yard drive shot was all the hosts really had to show for their first-half endeavours, though they were able to break through City’s line a few times without any real end product.
With the game approaching half-time, Manuel Pellegrini’s men sealed their dominance in a move started by and finishing with Yaya Toure. The Ivory Coast international instigated an attack from the half-way line, coasting passed three defenders before curling home left-footed to make it 2-0.
It was no more than City deserved, but Palace weren’t going to take it lying down, though they spurned several chances to test Joe Hart with indecisive attacks.
Sergio Aguero had a chance to grab one of his own only to clip the ball straight to Julian Speroni, whilst the home side’s stopper did well to stop a Dzeko effort that was wildly deflected soon after.
City wrapped up the three points to move back into pole position in the hunt for the title, with just three games to come.
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerome.
Subs: Hennessey, Gabbidon, Parr, Dikgacoi, Ince, Gayle, Murray
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Milner, Garcia, Toure, Nasri, Dzeko, Aguero.
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Clichy, Fernandinho, Jovetic, Negredo