City make it seven straight wins with Swansea success

Manuel Pellegrini’s side go ahead of Arsenal at top of table

Manchester City’s Fernandinho scores a  against Swansea City during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Manchester City’s Fernandinho scores a against Swansea City during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

 

Swansea City 2 Manchester City 3: Another three goals and another three points made it seven straight wins for Manuel Pellegrini’s team, who survived a late scare to maintain their title challenge.

Wilfried’s Bony’s second goal of the game, in injury time, made it a nervous finale for a Manchester City side that had looked to be coasting to victory.

In the end the visitors saw the game out to record back-to-back Premier League away wins for the first time under Pellegrini. Ahead through Fernandinho’s goal, Manchester City were pegged back when Bony, enjoying one of his best games in a Swansea shirt, equalised on the stroke of half-time.

Yaya Touré’s 10th league goal of the season put City 2-1 ahead before Aleksandar Kolarov, with a fine individual strike, added a third.

Swansea, who have now won only two of their last 16 matches in all competitions, got a late goal back through Bony but by then the damage had been done.

Manchester City had made the best possible start when Fernandinho, capitalising on some desperately poor Swansea defending, put them ahead in the 14th minute. Samir Nasri’s corner bounced off Jonathan de Guzmán and ran through to the edge of the penalty area, where Fernandinho stood completely unmarked. The Brazilian ran on to the ball before thrashing a powerful low shot that gave Gerhard Tremmel, who was trying to see through a crowd of players, no chance.

Swansea, to their credit, never allowed the visitors to take a stranglehold on the match. A counter-attack that started on the edge of the Swansea penalty area and featured some slick first-time passing ended up with De Guzmán breaking clear, only to be denied by Joe Hart.

Bony, who had earlier shot narrowly wide, linked well with Jonjo Shelvey before fizzing another low drive just beyond the far upright. At the opposite end Edin Dzeko, set up by Jesús Navas, hit a left-footed shot that seemed destined for the bottom corner until it deflected off Chico Flores.

Bony, however, got his reward two minutes into first-half injury-time. Wayne Routledge laid the ball back for De Guzmán, who was able to take a touch and look up before floating a ball into the area, where Bony got in between Pablo Zabaleta and Vincent Kompany and directed a header into the corner of the net. Television replays showed the Swansea striker was marginally offside when De Guzmán delivered the cross.

While that goal gave Swansea a lift at half-time, Manchester City quickly restored their lead. Although Tremmel managed to punch Navas’s cross to the edge of the area, the ball was only half cleared and Toure quickly pounced. Turning on to his right side, the Ivorian belted a low shot that struck the sole of Ashley Williams’s right boot before beating Tremmel.

Within eight minutes Pellegrini’s side had a third. Kolarov dispossessed Routledge close to the touchline and ran from inside his own half to the edge of the Swansea penalty area without being challenged. After stepping inside Flores’s half-hearted attempt to stop him, the left back hit a right-footed shot from the edge of the area that brushed off José Cañas en route to the net.

Hart, coming off his line for a corner he had no chance of getting, almost handed Ashley Williams a goal in the 73rd minute. Bony got his and Swansea’s second with a 30-yard raking drive that swerved into the bottom corner in the 91st minute.

(Guardian Service)

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.