Pellegrini hails 'professional' City after 2-0 win

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London: Manchester City survived the 10th-minute dismissal of captain Vincent Kompany to win 2-0 at Hull City on Saturday and reduce Chelsea's lead in the Premier League to six points.

Manchester City's David Silva celebrates scoring the opening goal. Pic/AFP
Manchester City's David Silva celebrates scoring the opening goal. Pic/AFP 

Kompany saw red for a last-man foul on Nikica Jelavic, but David Silva put City ahead with a glorious curling effort just four minutes later and Edin Dzeko made sure of victory at the death.

It was City's first league match for three weeks and they still have two games in hand on Chelsea, although the leaders can reassert their nine-point advantage with victory at Aston Villa later on Saturday.

City's success also saw them climb to second place above Liverpool and Arsenal, who travel to Tottenham today.

"We needed to win today and playing with one player less for 80 minutes is very difficult. It was a very professional response from the players," said manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Other results
Everton 2 Cardiff 1
Fulham 1 Newcastle 0
Southampton 4 Norwich 2
Stoke 3 West Ham 1
Sunderland 0 C Palace 0
Swansea 1 West Brom 2  

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