Undeterred, City took the lead moments after the sending off when David Silva floated across the pitch and curled a wonderful effort into the corner of Allan McGregor’s goal.
The hosts looked lively throughout but were plagued by an inability to stay onside as the makeshift City defensive pairing of Javi Garcia and Martin Demichelis kept them at bay.
Hull felt aggrieved when substitute George Boyd went down inside the penalty area after contact with Joe Hart, although replays suggested that the winger was already on his way down when he clipped the England number one’s outstretched leg.
The visitors wrapped up the points in the final minute as Edin Dzeko latched onto a sublime Silva pass to fire home and keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea.
PRE-MATCH – AGUERO MISSES OUT: As expected, prolific Argentinian Sergio Aguero is ruled out with a hamstring injury.
10’ – KOMPANY SEES RED: Jelavic catches Kompany in possession and, for some crazy reason, the Belgian recklessly tugs at the striker's shirt. Clear sending off. The City skipper is off down the tunnel (after having a major rant at Lee Mason and booting a wall).
14’ – SILVA STUNNER: City go 1-0 up as Silva works a bit of space on the edge of the penalty area and unleashes a wonderful curling effort past McGregor.
30’ – GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE: Zabaleta unleashes a fierce volley which crashes against the underside of the bar and bounces onto the line. Goal-line technology's verdict: No goal.
68’ – DIVE? Boyd darts into the penalty area, rounds the keeper and hits the deck! Penalty or dive? Looks like the latter... Mason can't decide and just waves play on.
73’ – HE MUST SCORE... BUT HE DOESN'T: Fernandinho pops up in space inside the area. He must score... No! He somehow skews wide.
87’ – ANOTHER CHANCE: A sweeping Manchester City move culminates in Dzeko racing through on goal and blasting straight at McGregor. What a chance to wrap up the points.
90’ – GAME OVER: City go 2-0 up at the death and the title race is very much alive! Silva dawdles on the ball, waiting for the space to open up, before playing a delightful ball through to Dzeko. The Bosnian slots home. Game over.
Manchester City complete the league double over Hull for only the second time – the previous time was in the old Division Two in 1909/10.
Manchester City have kept three successive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since May 2013.
Four of Edin Dzeko’s eight Premier League goals this season have come against promoted opposition.
Can Manchester City survive without Vincent Kompany? The general consensus is the City skipper will only be banned for one match, and the Etihad faithful will be mighty relieved that Javi Garcia and Martin Demichelis formed a reliable makeshift partnership against Hull. But can they do it again when Fulham visit Manchester?
MAN OF THE MATCH
Javi Garcia (Manchester City): Slotted seamlessly into the City defence after Kompany’s dismissal and halted numerous Hull attacks. Honourable mentions to David Silva and Martin Demichelis.
Hull: McGregor 6, Rosenior 5, Elmohamady 6, Figueroa 6, Chester 6, Davies 6, Huddlestone 6, Meyler 6, Livermore 6, Jelavic 7, Long 6... Subs: Aluko 6, Boyd 6, Fryatt 6.
Manchester City: Hart 6, Zabaleta 7, Kompany 3, Demichelis 7, Clichy 6, Garcia 8, Fernandinho 7, Toure 6, Nasri 6, Silva 8, Dzeko 7... Subs: Lescott 6, Navas 6, Kolarov N/A.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Manchester City
- Vincent Kompany
- Premier League
- David Silva
- Javi Garcia
- Martin Demichelis
- Hull City
- Edin Dzeko