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Manchester City showed their title credentials as they
swept aside Crystal Palace’s threat to draw level on
points with League leaders Chelsea.
Jason Puncheon had a chance to hand the visitors a
surprise lead very early on, but his left footed shot from
outside the box was blocked. No sooner did James
Milner find Yaya Touré, however, his effort was too
high.
The home side found the first initiative in the second
half, with the returning David Silva getting his name on
the score sheet. Pablo Zabaleta pass met the diminutive
Spaniard in the box, his tame shot was deflected to the
bottom corner to send the home fans into raptures.
David Silva scored twice
It got even better for the 28-year old, as he was at the
end of a Aleksandar Kolarov cross following a corner to
double the advantage.
The pressure from Manuel Pellegrini’s boys was telling
and it was only a matter of time before they sealed the
victory. Milner found Toure inside the box, and the
Ivorian buried his effort into the top left corner.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: “It was a
very good win. A very good performance. I enjoyed the
way the team worked the whole week – to work in a
different way without strikers.
“Palace are a team who know how to defend. It was a
great job to score three goals. They are also dangerous
on the counter. We had two clear chances in the first
half – the way we had chances is by moving the ball.
David Silva is a top player with lots of quality. We are
not just Sergio Aguero – we work hard every day. We
have strikers out and Vincent Kompany is injured.
“I did think December is a key month to be in the fight
for the title, and if you want to be involved you must be
very near the top of the table. I hope we continue
playing like this. The fight for the title was not just one
team. There are so many games in November and
October. We must continue working.”

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