London, England, United States (4E Sports) – Alvaro Negredo and Yaya Toure scored in the second half as Manchester City returned to its winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Hull City Saturday at Etihad Stadium.
Negredo, who was introduced at the break for Edin Dzeko, nodded in Pablo Zabaleta’s cross in the 65th minute, before Toure struck a late free-kick in the 90th minute to give Manchester City three points.
The win put Manchester City back on track after a surprising 3-2 loss to Cardiff last week. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s boys are now tied for place with Liverpool and Tottenham with six points each.
“The most important thing is getting the points. I am very happy that we won but of course we must improve. We had too many difficulties during the first half,” Pellegrini said.
“Hull defended well and we need to try and be a dangerous team. Every match is hard and you must always concentrate and you must play 100 percent to win any game in the Premier League,” he added.
Despite suffering a second loss in three games, Hull City manager Steve Bruce was satisfied with the team’s performance.
Meanwhile, Hatem Ben Arfa scored in the 86th minute as Newcastle United claimed its first with a 1-0 victory over Fulham at St James’ Park.
Jermaine Pennant’s free kick in the 82nd minute lifted Stoke City to a 1-0 win over West Ham United at Boleyn Ground while newly promoted Crystal Palace beat 10-man Sunderland, 3-1, at Selhurst Park.
Nathan Redmond scored to give Norwich City its first league victory of the season over Southampton while Cardiff City settled for a scoreless draw with Everton.