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Hull City 0-3 Manchester City, 2016 Premier League: Post-Match Reaction

Boxing Day victory!

Hull City v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Manchester City have now won three Premier League games in a row, defeating Hull City 3-0 away from home on Boxing Day thanks to goals from Yaya Touré, Kelechi Iheanacho and Curtis Davies (own goal). The Citizens weren't at their best against a well organized Hull side, but eventually found the goals and picked up three vital points ahead of a giant trip to Anfield.

FIRST HALF

Pep Guardiola had a plan for the first half, and he saw it work in the first 10 minutes: lots of possession (almost 90%), plenty of movement in the front four and chance creation. City troubled the Hull defense, and looked ready to score.

But as time went on, the hosts were able to slowly take the ball from City, putting it in the air and keeping away from their own box, but weren't able to trouble Claudio Bravo when they had the ball. Man City had a few half-chances in good transitions, but nothing too dangerous.

At halftime, a very promising start became a boring game, and City needed to be more incisive in the final period.

SECOND HALF

Once again in the final period, City started well and created some good chances, including a great shot by De Bruyne that hit the post. But as the minutes went on, Hull once again stopped City from scoring and started to create some danger with crosses and long balls.

And then Raheem Sterling happened. The winger cut into the box, just like he did against Arsenal, and forced Andrew Robertson to stop him with a penalty. Yaya Touré buried the spot kick. 1-0 to the Sky Blues. Five minutes later, a beautiful counter attack created by Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva ended up with an easy goal for Iheanacho. Davies scored an own goal and it was 3-0. Game over. Job done.


Hull: Marshall; Maguire, Dawson, Davies; Huddlestone (Mason); Elmohamady, Livermore (Henriksen), Clucas, Robertson; Snodgrass, Mbokani

Man City: Bravo; Sagna, Otamendi, Stones (Kolarov), Clichy; Fernandinho, Touré; Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva (Fernando), Nolito (Iheanacho)

Goals: Touré (72'), Iheanacho (78'), Davies (94' OG)


Reactions

  • Get well soon, John Stones. Another knee injury. Hopefully it's not serious.
  • Sterling's run into the box that won him a penalty was AMAZING. Raheem is back!
  • Yaya penalties always go in, don't they? I've missed those.
  • Fernandinho returned and gave exactly what he expected from him: everything. Passes, runs, tackles, smart defending and positioning, all of it. He's just brilliant.
  • De Bruyne and Silva were amazing. They looked for each other all game long, and their passing combination led to a beautiful second goal.