Manchester City beat Hull 3-1 to end a run of four Premier League games without a win and boost their chances of a top-four finish.
Pep Guardiola’s side took plenty of shots but need an own goal to open the scoring. Ahmed Elmohamady was the man to oblige when he diverted Jesus Navas’ cross into his own net as he tried to put the ball behind for a corner.
Hull had looked dangerous on the break but Sergio Aguero added a second shortly after half-time, scoring from close range after fantastic work from Raheem Sterling in the build-up, and from there it was plain sailing.
Fabian Delph added a third from the edge of the box, again set up by Sterling, before Andrea Ranocchia bagged the visitors a late consolation as his tame effort found its way past the recalled Claudio Bravo in the Man City goal.
The win keeps the Citizens in fourth place with 61 points - seven more than Arsenal and Manchester United, who both have two games in hand. Swansea’s defeat meanwhile means Hull stay 17th with 30 points.
Bravo fails to impress. Claudio Bravo was back in goal for Man City, after some blamed Willy Caballero for the goals they conceded in midweek, but the Chilean did little to silence his doubters. His distribution will no doubt have pleased Pep Guardiola but, having had little to do all afternoon, he was at fault for Hull’s consolation goal and still looks poor when it comes to his fundamental task of stopping shots.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City): Against opposition who were content to try and frustrate them, Man City needed some individual magic and it was Sterling who provided that for the crucial second goal. He also teed up Delph for his goal and was the best player on the pitch, given licence to drift inside with Hull unable to get close to him all afternoon.
Manchester City: Bravo 6, Clichy 6, Stones 7, Kolarov 6, Navas 6, Toure 6, Delph 7, Silva 6, Sterling 8, Sane 6, Aguero 6. Subs: Fernando 6, Nolito 5, Iheanacho 5.
Hull City: Jakupovic 6, Robertson 6, Dawson 6, Ranocchia 6, Elmohamady 5, Grosicki 6, N’Diaye 6, Clucas 6, Markovic 5, Evandro 5, Niasse 5. Subs: Hernandez 5, Maloney 6, Henriksen 5.
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