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By: Phillipa Hopwood 23 Feb 2014 19:48:11

Toure winner secures narrow victory for Manchester City over Stoke

Yaya Toure's second half goal was enough to see Manchester City secure all three points over a rampant Stoke City at The Etihad.

The Potters had the better of the possession in the first half but missed chances will haunt them all the way back to Staffordshire as they failed to equalise on any of the chances they created.

Man City started brightly and could have been ahead inside 15 minutes when Pablo Zabaletta worked his way through the Stoke defence but Marc Wilson made a fantastic block to deny him a clear shot at goal.

The visitors first real shot on target came from one of their main threat’s this season Charlie Adam as he tried his luck from 25 yards but Joe Hart turned it around the post.

David Silva replied with a shot from the edge of the area but Glenn Whelan was there to deny him and force a corner which ultimately came to nothing.

Stoke were seemingly having the better of the possession in the first half, before Yaya Toure and Silva ran through the Stoke defence but the Ivorian could only slot his shot wide of the post.

Man City’s strike force combined in the closing stages of the first half to send Edin Dzeko through on goal but the Bosnian international curled his shot wide of Asmir Begovic’s far post.

The hosts came out on the offensive for the second period but still hardly tested Stoke’s defence, Dzeko rolled another shot wide after being played in by Alvaro Negredo.

City made two changes part way through the second half with Navas on for Fernandinho and Jovetic on for Negredo in an attempt to find a way past Stoke’s defence but The Potters held firm.

Stevan Jovetic was straight into the action as he unleashed a 20-yard shot at Begovic, which the keeper fumbles but manages to safely collect.

City finally broke the deadlock moments later when Aleksandar Kolarov’s found himself in aches of space and put in a that cross found Toure,who side footed the ball past Begovic for the breakthrough.

Dzeko could have made it 2-0 when he was fed the ball three yards out by Navas but somehow he miss-kicked and knocked the ball wide.

Javi Garcia then attempted a shot from 30 yards out which Begovic palmed around the post. Stoke had a late chance through Man City old boy Stephen Ireland but The Potters couldn’t equalise and still await their first point and first goal at The Etihad and remain in 14th whilst Man City remain two points behind Arsenal in third after The Gunners 4-1 win over Sunderland.

 


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