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Thursday, May 8, 2014

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EPL Super Six: Slick City

The New Paper | Gary Lim | Thursday, May 8, 2014

Members from Man City. Despite going a goal down against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, Man City recovered to win 3-2.

TOP TEAM:

MAN CITY

Despite going a goal down against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, Man City recovered to win 3-2. Surely there's no stopping them now.

Everton were their biggest obstacle to the finishing line.

Liverpool's title hopes now rest on Aston Villa or West Ham picking up away points against the Citizens.

That's a big task, especially since both teams are now safe from the drop.

The Reds will be kicking themselves for letting the prize slip from their hands in the defeat by Chelsea two weeks ago.

But there was nothing fortunate about City's victory over the Toffees.

Although Everton took the lead, the Citizens retained their poise and patience as they systematically went about breaking down the opponents.

Sergio Aguero's equaliser was a beauty, beating goalkeeper Tim Howard at his near post.

Edin Dzeko's brace showed just how deadly and composed he is. City never panicked and that was the key.

Even after Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for the hosts, they kept their head and concentration to see out the game.

They also had Joe Hart to thank for coming up with a couple of excellent saves.

This match was all about getting the job done, and City did it with little fuss.

City managed twice as many goal attempts to Everton's nine.

Their win was achieved despite achieving just over 40 per cent of ball possession.

TOP DEFENDER:

VINCENT KOMPANY (MAN CITY)

The City skipper led by example.

Kompany (below) marshalled his defence superbly, got his team out of trouble on several occasions and read Everton's attackers like a book.

His ability to win the ball and initiate a counter-attack also troubled the opponents throughout the game.

Quite easily one of the top three defenders this season.

Kompany's 46 completed passes was surpassed by only one teammate, Samir Nasri, who had 49.

The reliable Belgian completed 92 per cent of his passes.

TOP ATTACKER:

EDIN DZEKO (MAN CITY)

There is just something so clinical about Dzeko's game.

His (below) two goals helped City establish a two-goal cushion that took the game out of Everton's reach. The first, a brilliant header, demonstrated his finishing ability.

The second, an easy chance from close range, was a result of instincts that can never be taught on the training ground. A five-star performance by the Bosnian.

Dzeko equalled his best Premiership haul of 14 goals in a season, which he set in each of the last two campaigns. Dzeko's two goals take his tally this season to 24 in all competitions.

SUPER SIX RESULTS

Arsenal 1 West Brom 0

Chelsea 0 Norwich 0

West Ham 2 Tottenham 0

Man United 0 Sunderland 1

Everton 2 Man City 3

Not including Crystal Palace v Liverpool.

This article was published on May 6 in The New Paper.

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