Battling City hit three to see off valiant Tigers

Manchester City were made to work by rock-bottom Hull at the KCOM Stadium on Boxing Day before eventually emerging 3-0 victors.

  • Hull City 0 Manchester City 3
  • Visitors struggle in the first half
  • De Bruyne hits post after break
  • Toure penalty puts City in front
  • Iheanacho tap-in doubles their lead
  • Davies own-goal seals the win

Match Summary

The hosts held on until the 72nd minute when Yaya Toure fired home from the penalty spot and Kelechi Iheanacho doubled their lead six minutes later with a simple tap-in.

Curtis Davies then turned in Raheem Sterling's cross at the near post at the death as Pep Guardiola's side cruised to victory in the end to maintain the seven-point gap to league leaders Chelsea in second place, with the Tigers propping up the table.

Full Report

City lacked an end product in the opening 45 minutes after bossing proceedings as Hull dealt with everything being thrown at them.

However, they threatened early on when Toure forced David Marshall into a save with his shot from distance in the sixth minute, although the keeper wasn't seriously tested in the first half.

Jake Livermore had the first chance for Mike Phelan's men on 16 minutes when he skied a first-time volley from outside the area after City struggled to clear their lines.

Marshall made a low save to his right to keep out David Silva from 22 yards out on 20 minutes after the Spaniard received the ball from Toure before surging towards goal.

Livermore was presented with two opportunities in the space of a minute soon afterwards as he headed well over from Ahmed Elmohamady's cross on the right before testing Claudio Bravo from 20 yards out after latching onto Nicolas Otamendi's weak headed clearance.

Intricate passing from the Citizens around the 18-yard area resulted in Nolito hitting a tame shot from range that was easily gathered by Marshall in the 34th minute, while Sterling fired way over the crossbar three minutes later.

The final chance of the first half saw Nolito curl a shot over from outside the box after a short corner came out to him in the 39th minute.

The Tigers made a positive start in the second half, with Robert Snodgrass firing wide of the near post on the left following a corner and Harry Maguire then steered a free-kick over from inside the area after he got to the ball ahead of the defender.

Kevin De Bruyne was denied by the woodwork on 52 minutes after being picked out by Gael Clichy's cut-back on the edge of the box, with the Belgian's strike hitting the base of the left post before rebounding across the face of goal.

The hosts then went close in the 59th minute as Michael Dawson saw his looping header cleared off the line by Clichy after Bravo came out to claim a corner but got nowhere near the ball.

Elmohamady wasted a promising spell for Hull on 65 minutes when he lashed a shot way over the bar from just outside the area, before De Bruyne fired wide of the right post two minutes later at the other end after receiving a pass from Silva inside the area.

Iheanacho looked to make an impact from the bench as he got on the end of De Bruyne's clipped cross on the right on 70 minutes, but Marshall gathered  his effort comfortably at the far post.

However, the home team's resistance finally crumbled two minutes later when Andrew Robertson brought down Sterling inside the box for a penalty, which was dispatched by Toure as he sent Marshall the wrong way.

City doubled their advantage with ease on 78 minutes as De Bruyne collected the ball in the middle of the park and released Silva on the right, with the Spaniard crossing for an unmarked Iheanacho to tap home at the far post.

Snodgrass drew a comfortable save out of Bravo at his right post from a free-kick in stoppage time before Sterling's cross was turned into his own net by Davies with the last kick of the match as City broke upfield.