Manchester City 3 Hull City 1
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
REALITY CHECK FOR TIGERS AS MANCHESTER CITY CRUISE
It was a cruise in the sunshine for Manchester City, as they beat Hull City by three goals to one. Marco Silva brought in Evandro and Dawson for Hernandez and Maguire, but it was Manchester City’s day in the sun. City set out a defensive formation, hoping to hit the Blues on the break, bur Manchester City were simply too good. Everything was going to plan till the thirty second minute. A Navas cross into the box was clumsily put into his own net by Elmohamady, and the Tigers were already up against it. City’s best chance came just moments later when Niasse had a glorious chance in the box, but he missed his chance. City held on till half time, but created very little to trouble the hosts.
The second half started disastrously, as the excellent Sterling pulled the ball back from the byline for Aguero to score nonchalantly in the forty eighth minute. Two nil. Game over as a contest. Manchester City were attacking at will, and the third sealed it in the sixty third minute, Sterling involved again, this time setting up Delph for a smart finish. City did pull one back late on, as Ranocchia scored his second of the week, following good work from the sub Maloney.
The gulf in quality was there for all to see, and City never looked like getting anything out of the game. One shot on target says it all. The only silver lining to the day was Swansea’s loss to West Ham. City are still in there fighting, but they’ll be glad to get this game out of the way. Now for Stoke, and who knows?
By David Osgerby