Published: Tue, December 27, 2016
National | By Miranda Cannon

Manchester City runs past Hull City in second half

Manchester City runs past Hull City in second half

Hull are now four points adrift at the bottom of the table and only three teams have survived relegation after being bottom of the Premier League at Xmas.

Pep Guardiola's side will certainly be expecting all three points, with Hull City having struggled hugely since their return to the top flight in the summer.

Although it was a quiet first half at the KCOM Stadium, Pep Guardiola was hit with another set back after £50million summer signing John Stones was forced off the field after picking up an injury. They could even have taken the lead when Sagna needed to clear a looping header from Michael Dawson off the line, but City's quality ultimately won through.

Hull held out for more than an hour but their resistance finally crumbled when Raheem Sterling was upended by Andrew Robertson in the 72nd minute and Toure fired the ball in from the spot. Five minutes later, a handsome counter attack created by Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva ended up with an easy goal for Iheanacho.

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The Blues moved into second place and kept pace with leaders Chelsea, but are still seven points behind.

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De Bruyne and substitute Iheanacho threatened with half chances before Sterling was awarded the penalty and Toure convincingly buried his shot to the keeper's right. "Of course, we are happy to win again, especially away here at Hull".

The game livened up in the second half as City pushed for the breakthrough and Hull started to sense the possibility of an upset the longer it remained goalless.

"It's like a final for us if you want to be there until the end of the season".

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