City strike late to beat Villa
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Manchester City kept the pressure on English Premier League leaders Chelsea by scoring late goals in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, while Liverpool revived their faltering campaign by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1 yesterday.
Yaya Touré and Sergio Aguero produced moments of brilliance in the final eight minutes to break Villa's stubborn resistance and provisionally move second-place City to within two points of Chelsea, who host Arsenal today.
"I have told the players that in May you are going to win or lose the Premier League by just a point or so, so every one you drop on the way makes, it more difficult," City manager Manuel Pellegrini said.
Grabbed the winner
Jordan Henderson set up Liverpool's opening goal by Adam Lallana, and grabbed the winner against West Brom, lifting the anxiety around Anfield after the club's run of three league games without victory.
Liverpool's problems are nothing compared to those of Newcastle, which remained winless this season after a 2-2 draw at Swansea.
The pressure on Newcastle manager Alan Pardew would have been fierce with another defeat, but he was helped out by two equalisers from Papiss Cissé, who also scored twice to snatch a draw against Hull two weeks ago.
Sunderland beat Stoke 3-1, Hull defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 and Burnley scored through a 90th-minute free kick to draw 2-2 at fellow promoted side Leicester.
Touré has been criticised by some pundits for failing to keep up his high standards from last season, when he scored 24 goals for City in all competitions.
But the Ivory Coast midfielder showed his importance to the champions by finally finding a way past Villa's American goalkeeper, Brad Guzan, who had produced a string of saves in a one-sided second half and also saw his goal frame struck by Aguero and Aleksandar Kolarov.
Aguero ensured there was no way back for Villa by collecting a pass just outside the area, giving himself space and smashing a low shot into the corner in the 88th.