By Alan Duffy
Manchester City 1-1 Hull City – Premier League – 7th February 2015
Premier League champions Manchester City found themselves seven points behind leaders Chelsea on Saturday after a poor performance which saw them held at the Etihad by Hull.
Without Yaya Touré, who is busy with Cote D’Ivoire in the Africa Cup of Nations, the Citizens struggled once again to create enough chances in the first-half against a hard-working Hull side desperate for points. On 35 minutes, the Tigers took a deserved lead, with David Meyler firing home after Gaston Ramirez’s shot had come back off the post. In the second period, Manuel Pellegrini sent on Edin Dzeko but it was James Milner, right at the death, who salvaged a point for the hosts, courtesy of a superb free-kick.
While the Citizens failed to keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea, Steve Bruce’s Hull go 17th, kept out of the drop-zone courtesy of a better goal difference than Burnley. However, the Tigers’ impressive display will not doubt have pleased their manager, despite the final result.
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