Goals in the last 10 minutes from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero were enough for Manchester City to overcome the stubborn challenge of Aston Villa in Birmingham.
Manchester City have put the pressure right back on to title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal ahead of their huge London derby tomorrow, with two late goals from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero proving to be the difference as the reigning champions saw off the challenge of Aston Villa in the West Midlands.
Paul Lambert and Roy Keane sent their side out to frustrate City, who came into the clash off the back of a disappointing Champions League draw against AS Roma, and the Villains were able to do that for much of the match.
The first half was largely non-eventful, with City dominating possession but struggling to break down a stubborn Villa defence and finding the inspired Brad Guzan in their way when an opening was forged.
For their part, Villa did retain a sporadic threat on the break, although this seemed to be minimise once Andy Weimann had been withdrawn for Christian Benteke, who looked a long way away from full fitness after his return from a long injury lay-off.
Kieran Richardson had Villa’s best chance, but was thwarted by the legs of Joe Hart, before a moment of magic from Toure finally found a way through the massed ranks of defenders with seven minutes remaining – the Ivorian twisting and turning before slotting a majestic left-footed shot beyond the dive of Guzan:
With Villa now lured out and having to attack to try and salvage a point from the game, City finally had the space which they craved – Aguero punishing them after a fine touch and wonderful 25-yard finish settled matters:
The result puts City right back into title contention, particularly if Arsenal are able to take something away from Stamford Bridge tomorrow, whilst Villa’s bright start to the season is becoming a distant memory as they struggle for goals.