Pellegrini hails gritty City win

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini thought his side showed great courage to clinch a 2-1 win over Norwich at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The hosts took all of 67 minutes to break down a stubborn Canaries defence as Nicolas Otamendi headed home a cross from Kevin De Bruyne.

However, City seemed destined to pick up a share of the spoils when Cameron Jerome capitalised on a mistake from goalkeeper Joe Hart to equalise for the visitors.

But they were given a lifeline at the death as Russell Martin was red-carded for handball inside the area and Yaya Toure stepped up to convert the resulting penalty and pull off a late rescuing act for the league leaders.

Speaking to the media after the match, Pellegrini said: "I think we deserved to win the game. We started from the beginning to try and score.

"Norwich played very well because they defended very well with 11 players near their box. It was very difficult for us to create space but we created three or four chances that we missed.

"Finally, we opened the scoring with a beautiful goal from Nicolas Otamendi. Unfortunately, they drew level with a very unlucky goal but in the last 10 minutes, the team demonstrated its personality and character.

"We believe in what we can do and we went on to score what was a clear penalty and then miss another."

Asked about Hart's role in the equaliser, a sympathetic Pellegrini replied: "It was unfortunate. Sometimes, these things happen. Joe is human and he can make mistakes.

"Apart from that error, there were only two shots at him in the game and he saved those because he is a very good goalkeeper. We played against a difficult team that played very well."