London - Alvaro Negredo and Yaya Toure scored second-half goals to earn
Manchester City a 2-0 win over Hull City at the Etihad Stadium in the
Premier League on Saturday.
For long periods it looked like the
Tigers would be the second promoted team to frustrate Manuel
Pellegrini's team in the space of a week, following last Sunday's loss
at Cardiff City.
But Negredo came off the bench at half-time and
headed the home side ahead to score his second goal since joining from
Sevilla in a deal worth a reported initial fee of 16.4 million ($25
million, 19 million euros).
Toure curled in a free-kick in the
last minute to double the lead and make the scoreline look more
comfortable than City's afternoon had been.
Hull have three points
from their opening three games, but after encouraging performances on
their trips to Chelsea -- where they lost 2-0 on the opening weekend --
and City, Steve Bruce's side will feel bullish about their prospects of
Pellegrini had been adamant that he did not need the 3-2 defeat at Cardiff to teach him about the rigours of the Premier League.
while his team were undone by two corners in Wales last weekend, even
with the return of Matija Nastasic at centre-back, they struggled
defensively from the very start against another former Championship
A routine ball over the top from Maynor Figueroa caught the
City defence flat-footed and sparked panic early on, before Sone Aluko
passed up a great chance to put the visitors in front.
left-footed Joleon Lescott was forced to play as a right-sided
centre-back and he was brutally exposed by the movement of Aluko, who
broke free, only to clip his shot wide of the post.
finally managed to apply some of their own pressure, with Tigers
goalkeeper Allan McGregor pulling off a low save to turn Aleksandar
Kolarov's header from a Jesus Navas corner around the post.
were opened up once again when Robbie Brady bent over a cross from the
left that Danny Graham volleyed in, only for the effort to be correctly
ruled out for offside.
Lescott's powerful header was tipped over
the bar by McGregor, before Robert Koren's drive flew just wide at the
other end as Hull continued to make a real contest of it.
As City struggled to make headway, Toure headed over from a Navas corner shortly before half-time.
introduced Negredo for Edin Dzeko at the interval and the Spaniard
passed up a fine opportunity less than three minutes after coming on.
He was picked out by a cross from fellow Spaniard Silva but headed wide from a good position.
might have been tempted to become less adventurous, but they produced
another opening when Brady pressured Pablo Zabaleta into a poor
defensive header and Graham just missed the target with a shot on the
Negredo carved Hull's defence open with a flick into the path of Silva, but Navas prodded wide from the winger's cross.
neat free-kick from Fernandinho saw Lescott have a header deflected
over and the defender failed to make decent contact with the ball after
being picked out by Silva from the corner that followed.
mid-way through the second half, the breakthrough finally arrived when
Zabaleta whipped in a cross from the right and the unmarked Negredo
steered a header past McGregor.
Graham headed straight into the
ground from George Boyd's cross as Hull went close to a late equaliser,
but in the final minute Toure bent in an almost exact replica of his
free-kick in the 4-0 win over Newcastle United to make the scoreline
look even more comfortable.