Those expecting a Roberto Mancini’s title concession speech will have to wait
a while longer. Joe Hart, Yaya Toure and Carloz Tevez maintained Manchester
City’s slender hopes of catching Manchester United, and - perhaps more
significantly given the current state of the table - extended their cushion
to Chelsea in second place.
The turning point at The Etihad was Hart’s 51st minute penalty save to deny
Hart could have found himself having to explain another error to his manager
after he clumsily challenged Demba Ba in the penalty box. Instead, he
offered a timely reminder why he is England premier goalkeeper.
Lampard, normally so reliable from the spot, saw his well struck kick pushed
City then piled on the pressure and deservedly took the lead thanks to a
brilliant individual goal by Toure as he danced his way through a packed
Chelsea defence and side-footed past Cech on 63 minutes. A superb second
from Tevez late on completed an accomplished second half performance.