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Barclays Premier League

Wednesday, 11 February 2015,

Stoke
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Man City
  • Kickoff: 20:45 BST
  • Stadium: Britannia Stadium
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance: 27,011
  • 38' Peter Crouch
  • 33' Sergio Agüero
  • 55' James Milner
  • 70' Sergio Agüero - pen
  • 76' Samir Nasri

Stoke City

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Manchester City

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Pellegrini upbeat despite tough run

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident he can withstand the growing pressure as his side's title bid wavers.

The champions have slipped seven points behind Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League after a dismal run of results.

City have not won in five games in all competitions, a sequence which included an FA Cup defeat at the hands of Championship side Middlesbrough.

Pressure is growing on Pellegrini - and one report has even claimed City are monitoring Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone as a potential successor - but the Chilean insists he cannot feel it.

The 61-year-old, speaking at a press conference to preview Wednesday's trip to Stoke, said: "I never feel pressure, I have repeated the same answer for the same question for the last two years.

"The only pressure is my own pressure that I make myself when I don't feel the team is playing well.

"I think we are in a normal position, we are involved in the Champions League. If we win t[on Wednesday] we will have just two points less than (the same stage) last season.

"We have a lot of things to think about, more important than pressure. I don't feel any pressure inside the club or outside."

Despite that, there is a feeling the heat is on as City prepare for a vital midweek trip to the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke's form contrasts with that of City, with the Potters having won six and lost just one of their last nine games.

They also won at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season and are unbeaten in their last six home league games against City.

Pellegrini said: "They are a very good team, not only at this moment - they are always a very difficult team, especially playing at the Britannia.

"But we are going to go as we always do when we play away, to try and win the three points from the first minute."

City will be without Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony, who are yet to return following their success with Ivory Coast at the African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea. Otherwise Pellegrini will have a full squad to select from.

The absence of Toure has again been keenly felt.

City have not won in the league without their talismanic midfielder this season, with Saturday's last-gasp draw against Hull the sixth such occasion.

Pellegrini said: "He is a very important player, and it is very important to have Yaya back and play with the team. But we don't just depend on one player. We must win without him."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes faces City without another star name he has hailed as ''a game changer''.

Hughes' injury woes are mounting as midfielder Stephen Ireland faces around a fortnight on the sidelines with a hamstring problem that forced him off late in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Newcastle.

Ireland is joined on the sidelines by Marc Wilson (groin), another casualty from the trip to St James' Park, along with captain Ryan Shawcross (back), Erik Pieters (hernia), and long-term duo Bojan Krkic and Peter Odemwingie (both knee).

Marko Arnautovic, who missed the clash with the Magpies, is also a doubt with an ankle injury.

Hughes, though, knows former City star Ireland's loss will be felt as he said: ''It's a blow for him as well as the team.

''He'd come in and made an impact, which tempered the loss of Bojan because there was a bit of doom and gloom obviously.

''Unfortunately injuries have been the story of his season because he was our best performer in pre-season and he looked like he was going to start very strong.

''He was playing well, but unfortunately went out through injury, and then he came back in, did okay, but was then out again.

''It's a shame for him because he has that vision and creativity you need at Premier League level.

''You need game-changers and players who will make a difference and Stephen is one of those.''

Hughes knows Ireland will be particularly disappointed not to take on City on Wednesday, adding: ''You always want to do well against your former club, whatever level you're at.

''When you face your former club you want to show everyone there is life still in you and you are doing well at other places.

''I was certainly like that as a player, and Stephen will be no different.

''It's disappointing he's out, but he will be back in a couple of weeks. It's nothing too serious.''

Hughes, meanwhile, has confirmed he is closing in on signing a new contract with the Potters.

''We've had further discussions and got down to the detail of it,'' said Hughes.

''They're ongoing, with a willingness on both sides to get something done sooner rather than later, certainly from (my) point of view.

''So yes, there's progress and it's going well.''

91'+4

End Regular Time

91'+3

Substitution, Stoke City. Oliver Shenton replaces Steven N'Zonzi.

91'+1

Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 92'

91'

Fernando (Manchester City) Blocked Pass at 91'

91'

Attempt blocked. Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mame Biram Diouf.

91'

Mame Diouf (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 91'

91'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 91'

90'

Attempt blocked. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 89'

89'

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) Throw In at 89'

88'

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) Free Kick at 88'

88'

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

88'

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) Blocked Pass at 88'

88'

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) Free Kick at 88'

87'

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

87'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 87'

86'

Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces Samir Nasri.

86'

Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Charlie Adam following a corner.

86'

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 86'

85'

Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Glenn Whelan.

85'

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Fernando.

84'

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta with a through ball.

84'

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Assists Shot at 84'

83'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 83'

82'

Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) Free Kick at 82'

82'

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

81'

Attempt saved. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

81'

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) Assists Shot at 81'

80'

Substitution, Stoke City. Steve Sidwell replaces Victor Moses.

80'

Substitution, Manchester City. Frank Lampard replaces David Silva.

79'

Attempt missed. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

78'

Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) Free Kick at 78'

78'

Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76'

1 - 4

Goal! Stoke City 1, Manchester City 4. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Edin Dzeko.

76'

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) Assists Shot at 76'

76'

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 76'

75'

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Throw In at 75'

74'

David Silva (Manchester City) Blocked Pass at 74'

74'

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) Throw In at 74'

73'

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Throw In at 73'

73'

Substitution, Manchester City. Edin Dzeko replaces Sergio Agüero because of an injury.

72'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 72'

70'

1 - 3

Goal! Stoke City 1, Manchester City 3. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

69'

Penalty conceded by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) after a foul in the penalty area.

68'

Attempt missed. Victor Moses (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

67'

Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67'

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Throw In at 67'

66'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Free Kick at 66'

66'

Victor Moses (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 65'

65'

Attempt missed. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

65'

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 65'

64'

David Silva (Manchester City) Free Kick at 64'

64'

Marko Arnautovic

64'

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63'

James Milner (Manchester City) Corner Kick at 63'

63'

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marc Muniesa.

63'

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) Throw In at 63'

62'

Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Geoff Cameron with a cross.

62'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 62'

61'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 61'

60'

Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Philipp Wollscheid.

60'

Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 60'

60'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 60'

59'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 59'

58'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 58'

57'

Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 57'

55'

1 - 2

Goal! Stoke City 1, Manchester City 2. James Milner (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross.

55'

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) Assists Shot at 55'

54'

Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) Free Kick at 54'

53'

Offside, Manchester City. Pablo Zabaleta tries a through ball, but David Silva is caught offside.

53'

Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) Free Kick at 53'

52'

James Milner

52'

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52'

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) Free Kick at 52'

51'

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 49'

47'

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho.

47'

Fernandinho (Manchester City) Assists Shot at 47'

46'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 46'

46'

Start 2nd Half

46'+1

Halftime

46'+1

Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) Free Kick at 47'

46'

Sergio Agüero

46'

Hand ball by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

46'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 46'

45'

Attempt missed. Fernando (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta with a cross.

45'

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Assists Shot at 45'

45'

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44'

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva with a cross.

44'

David Silva (Manchester City) Assists Shot at 44'

43'

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) Corner Kick at 43'

43'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 43'

42'

Joe Hart (Manchester City) Free Kick at 42'

41'

Offside, Stoke City. Geoff Cameron tries a through ball, but Steven N'Zonzi is caught offside.

41'

Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) Free Kick at 41'

40'

Offside, Manchester City. James Milner tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

39'

Fernandinho (Manchester City) Free Kick at 39'

39'

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

39'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 39'

38'

1 - 1

Goal! Stoke City 1, Manchester City 1. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross.

38'

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 38'

37'

Joe Hart (Manchester City) Free Kick at 37'

36'

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.

34'

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Phil Bardsley with a cross.

34'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 34'

33'

0 - 1

Goal! Stoke City 0, Manchester City 1. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Milner following a fast break.

33'

James Milner (Manchester City) Assists Shot at 33'

33'

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Moses with a cross.

33'

Victor Moses (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 32'

32'

Victor Moses (Stoke City) Free Kick at 32'

32'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 32'

30'

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Silva.

30'

David Silva (Manchester City) Assists Shot at 29'

28'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 28'

27'

Fernandinho (Manchester City) Blocked Pass at 27'

26'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 26'

25'

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 25'

25'

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) Throw In at 25'

25'

Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City) Free Kick at 25'

25'

Offside, Manchester City. Eliaquim Mangala tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

24'

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) Throw In at 24'

23'

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) Throw In at 23'

22'

Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) Blocked Pass at 22'

21'

Attempt missed. Victor Moses (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

21'

Attempt saved. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

21'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 21'

21'

Joe Hart (Manchester City) Free Kick at 21'

20'

Offside, Stoke City. Victor Moses tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

20'

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) Throw In at 20'

19'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 19'

19'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 19'

19'

Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 19'

19'

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) Throw In at 19'

18'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 18'

18'

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mame Biram Diouf.

18'

Mame Diouf (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 18'

18'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 18'

17'

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Throw In at 17'

17'

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Throw In at 17'

17'

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Throw In at 16'

16'

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Throw In at 16'

15'

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

15'

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

15'

James Milner (Manchester City) Assists Shot at 15'

15'

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) Throw In at 15'

15'

Victor Moses (Stoke City) Free Kick at 15'

14'

Victor Moses (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14'

Attempt blocked. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Moses.

14'

Victor Moses (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 13'

13'

Victor Moses (Stoke City) Free Kick at 13'

13'

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 12'

12'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 12'

10'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 10'

10'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 10'

9'

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) Throw In at 9'

9'

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 9'

9'

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) Free Kick at 9'

8'

Offside, Stoke City. Glenn Whelan tries a through ball, but Marko Arnautovic is caught offside.

7'

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Moses with a cross.

7'

Victor Moses (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 7'

7'

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Joe Hart.

6'

Victor Moses (Stoke City) Corner Kick at 6'

6'

Attempt saved. Victor Moses (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mame Biram Diouf.

6'

Mame Diouf (Stoke City) Assists Shot at 6'

5'

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) Throw In at 5'

5'

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva.

5'

David Silva (Manchester City) Assists Shot at 5'

4'

Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) Throw In at 4'

4'

Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) Free Kick at 4'

3'

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

3'

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) Free Kick at 3'

3'

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2'

Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) Blocked Pass at 2'

1'

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) Throw In at 1'

1'

First Half begins.

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Possession

51%
49%
  • Stoke City
  • Manchester City

Shots

17
14

Shots on target

5
8

Fouls

6
11

Corners

3
2

Yellow Cards

1
2

Red Cards

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Head to Head

Stoke1 - 4Man City
Man City0 - 1Stoke
Man City1 - 0Stoke
Stoke0 - 0Man City
Stoke0 - 1Man City
Man City3 - 0Stoke

Stoke

  • 1Asmir Begovic
  • 5Marc Muniesa
  • 2Phillip Bardsley
  • 26Philipp Wollscheid
  • 20Geoff Cameron
  • 10Marko Arnautovic
  • 13Victor Moses
  • -> Steve Sidwell
  • 15Steven N'Zonzi
  • -> Oliver Shenton
  • 18Mame Diouf
  • 6Glenn Whelan
  • -> Charlie Adam
  • 25Peter Crouch
  • Subs
  • 23Dionatan Teixeira
  • 8Wilson Palacios
  • 22Jack Butland
  • 28Andy Wilkinson

Man City

  • 1Joe Hart
  • 4Vincent Kompany
  • 5Pablo Zabaleta
  • 20Eliaquim Mangala
  • 11Aleksandar Kolarov
  • 21David Silva
  • -> Frank Lampard
  • 8Samir Nasri
  • -> Jesús Navas
  • 16Sergio Agüero
  • -> Edin Dzeko
  • 7James Milner
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 6Fernando
  • Subs
  • 13Wilfredo Caballero
  • 35Stevan Jovetic
  • 3Bacary Sagna
  • 26Martín Demichelis

Aguero double helps sink Stoke

Sergio Aguero and Manchester City rediscovered their touch as the champions turned on the style in the second half to win 4-1 at Stoke.

Aguero struck twice as City won for the first time in five Barclays Premier League games to keep some pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table.

Aguero's first strike in six games since returning from injury was cancelled out by Peter Crouch before the break but he grabbed a second from the penalty spot after James Milner had put City back ahead. Samir Nasri claimed the fourth with a fine strike 14 minutes from time.

The first half was a compelling affair but both sides might have had more than a goal apiece after efforts were ruled out at each end.

Crouch was first denied by an offside flag and Aguero had what would then have been his second chalked off in confusing circumstances on the stroke of half-time.

Handball was the offence, although it was only the faintest of touches and possibly not deliberate.

But City reacted well to the controversy and finally showed some champion quality after a disappointing few weeks by running in three second-half goals.

City ended as the dominant force but Stoke had a large say in the early proceedings.

City did have an early chance but Aguero scuffed a shot when he might have been better leaving it to Fernandinho.

After that Stoke looked the more confident for a prolonged spell with the lively Victor Moses troubling Joe Hart with a well-struck shot.

Crouch, back in the Potters' starting line-up after a late leveller at Newcastle on Sunday, got his head to the resulting corner but Milner cleared off the line. There were appeals for handball against Milner but referee Lee Mason gave nothing.

Crouch thought he had scored when he pounced on a rebound after Hart parried a Moses effort but the flag was raised.

City survived another scare as Hart beat away a strong effort from Steven Nzonzi and Moses smashed the rebound inches wide.

They were chances Stoke looked likely to rue missing as City seized the lead following a moment of Aguero brilliance in the 33rd minute.

The Argentinian seized on a long clearance and ran at Marc Muniesa and finished with a superb low shot across goal.

But City had not yet weathered the storm and Stoke replied immediately.

Marko Arnautovic curled in a wicked cross from the right and Crouch ducked as he slid in to expertly guide home a firm header.

City thought they had reclaimed the lead just before the interval but controversy erupted as Mason denied Aguero.

Stoke were caught flat-footed as Fernandinho picked out Silva with a lofted ball and the Spaniard turned the ball across goal for Aguero.

Aguero appeared to have an easy tap-in but the ball deflected off a defender and he had to readjust to use his head. After doing so the ball brushed his hand on the way in.

Mason initially seemed to give the goal but Stoke's players protested and it eventually became apparent the referee agreed something untoward had occurred. It may have been that Aguero had cunningly used his hand but replays suggested that would be a harsh interpretation.

If City felt wronged, they soon put it right. Milner made no mistake with his head as he rose to meet a Nasri cross 10 minutes into the second half.

Milner, whose future beyond the end of the season remains uncertain as contract talks continue, celebrated by mimicking the action of a DJ in front City fans.

Whatever that meant, City appeared to be getting back into their groove.

They went further ahead after 70 minutes as Silva proved too tricky for Geoff Cameron and was pulled down. Aguero clinically dispatched the spot-kick.

Nasri made victory certain six minutes later as he drove at the Stoke defence, checked inside on the edge of the area and fired a shot across goal and in at the far post.

Stoke were beaten although Mame Biram Diouf did threaten on the break and might have had a free-kick after tangling with Eliaquim Mangala - who could have been sent off - but Mason ruled contact accidental.




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