Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 1: Mancini's men made to toil for victory over strugglers
21:53 GMT, 4 March 2013
22:00 GMT, 4 March 2013
Carlos Tevez scored the decisive goal as Manchester City kept their title hopes hanging by a thread with a win at Aston Villa.
After a solid start from Villa, the visitors took control of the game. Edin Dzeko pounced on a Ciaran Clark error to slide the ball into Tevez, who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home on the stroke of half-time.
City struck the upright twice after through Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta, but couldn't increase their lead to kill the game off.
One up: Carlos Tevez (right) put Manchester City 1-0 up against Aston Villa
Aston Villa: Guzan, Clark, Bennett, Baker, Lowton, N'Zogbia (Holman 65), Westwood (El Ahmadi 86), Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann (Dawkins 84)
Subs not used: Given, Lichaj, Sylla, Bowery
Booked: Benteke, Delph
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, K Toure, Nastasic, Milner, Garcia, Rodwell (Dzeko 25), Silva (Barry 90), Y Toure, Tevez (Nasri 75)
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolarov, Sinclair
Goal: Tevez 45
Referee: Mike Dean
More to follow…
Relief: City celebrate their goal on the stroke of half-time from the Argentina international
Aerial battle: Edin Dzeko gets above Ciaran Clark (right) to win a header
Up for it: Christian Benteke (left) made a nuisance of himself for City's back four
Tussle: Fabian Delph (right) pursues City playmaker David Silva
Running the show: Yaya Toure (left) struck the post midway through the second half
Out of this world: Two Aston Villa fans dress up to show their support for Christian Benteke
Injury curse: Jack Rodwell was marking his 11th appearance for Manchester City since his summer arrival from Everton
Blow: Rodwell was replaced by Edin Dzeko after suffering an apparent hamstring injury
Expressive: Frustrations boil over for Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini