Manchester City eventually saw off a dogged Hull City at Etihad Stadium, but this was a far from convincing performance by the hosts.

Substitute Alvaro Negredo headed home just after the hour mark before Yaya Toure curled in a delightful late free-kick, but City were well below their best throughout this frantic encounter.

Pellegrini pleased with Man City focus

Hull had the better chances in the first half, with Sone Aluko going closest as he fired wide with only goalkeeper Joe Hart to beat.

And although City improved after the break, with Toure adding a late gloss to the scoreline, Hull will feel unlucky not to have gained a point.

The emphatic nature of City's opening weekend victory over Newcastle must have felt like a distant memory to their fans as they trailed away from the stadium after a nervy afternoon.

The result aside, this was a display which epitomised City's faltering start under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

If the hosts had hoped for a gentle lunchtime stroll, a hatful of goals and three easy points, they quickly discovered this would be anything but.

Alvaro Negredo

  • Born: Madrid, 20 August, 1985
  • Nickname: La fiera de Vallecas (The beast of Vallecas)
  • Clubs: Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid, Almeria, Sevilla, Manchester City (2 goals in 3 games)
  • International: Spain - 14 caps, six goals

Last weekend's shock 3-2 defeat by Cardiff had been a reminder to them that no Premier League fixture can be taken for granted.

Tactically smart, Hull's work-rate was also admirable, their players often doubling up on City's main threats Toure and David Silva. Sergio Aguero also found he had unwelcome, unstinting company.

But Hull were not content to merely sit back and defend in numbers. At times they were progressive, creating a series of first-half opportunities they went on to squander, letting City and Pellegrini off the hook.

Aluko had the best of them, dancing delightfully beyond the ponderous Joleon Lescott only to roll his shot just wide of the right-hand post with only Hart to beat.

Robert Koren drilled a low volley narrowly wide, while Danny Graham had a goal correctly ruled out for offside.

Steve Bruce's Hull City will feel they had rotten luck, they played really well in the first half, but they didn't take their chances and once Alvaro Negredo had come on to put City in front there only looked to be one outcome.

With their captain Vincent Kompany watching from the stands because of a groin injury, City once again looked vulnerable defensively and short of ideas in possession.

Toure headed over, Aguero and Aleksander Kolarov forced goalkeeper Allan McGregor into action but the hosts lacked control, creativity and class.

Five years ago, this fixture made the headlines when a furious Phil Brown, then boss of the Tigers, infamously delivered his half-time team-talk on the pitch.

This was a very different story, though, with any half-time dressing down far more likely to have taken taken place in the home dressing room.

Hull continued to threaten after the break, Graham firing over after more confusion in the City defence, but the introduction of Negredo did give City a cutting edge.

Hull must take chances - Bruce

Within minutes of his introduction he had headed wide with only McGregor to beat. Jesus Navas then volleyed wide as City began to show signs of life and Hull began to feel the pace after an hour of incessant chasing and total commitment.

There was now more fluidity to City's passing and a move more incisive than any they had produced during the opening 45 minutes produced the breakthrough.

Aguero combined with Navas wide on the right flank and Negredo rose highest to head in Pablo Zabaleta's cross from close range.

The relief was palpable, both for Pellegrini and the City fans, but there was still work to do.

Hull continued to push and it was not until Toure strode forward in the 89th minute to curl a wonderful free-kick up and over the wall and beyond McGregor that they finally relaxed.

Hull manager Steve Bruce:

"I couldn't have wished for a better performance. I thought we were terrific all afternoon and had probably more chances than the last four or five visits I've had here, so you have to take them.

"You know that Achilles heel we have got - can we score? We've had really good possession, played well, created the chances, but can we score the goal? Unfortunately, we've created enough but we haven't been able to score and that's the difference at this level.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Man City

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta
  • 06 Lescott
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 33 Nastasic Booked
  • 15 Navas
  • 16 Aguero (Milner - 76' )
  • 21 Silva (Nasri - 66' )
  • 25 Fernandinho Booked
  • 42 Toure
  • 10 Dzeko (Negredo - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 22 Clichy
  • 07 Milner
  • 08 Nasri
  • 14 Garcia
  • 09 Negredo
  • 35 Jovetic

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Figueroa Booked
  • 05 Chester
  • 06 Davies Booked
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 11 Brady
  • 14 Livermore
  • 24 Aluko (Quinn - 70' )
  • 09 Graham
  • 10 Koren Booked (Boyd - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Harper
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 04 Bruce
  • 15 McShane
  • 07 Meyler
  • 17 Boyd
  • 29 Quinn
Ref: Dowd
Att: 46,903

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

6 2

Corners

7 4

Fouls

15 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:13 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:55

Corner taken short by James Milner.

90:00 +2:37

Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:36

The ball is sent over by James Milner.

90:00 +1:45

Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

89:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Yaya Toure - Man City 2 - 0 Hull City Yaya Toure hits the back of the net with a direct shot from the free kick. Man City 2-0 Hull.

87:49

Foul by James Chester on Samir Nasri, free kick awarded.

86:39

The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady.

85:31

Header at goal by Danny Graham. Joe Hart safely holds on.

85:29

The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady.

85:11

Free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

85:05

Alvaro Negredo challenges Stephen Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick.

84:49

Clearance made by Alvaro Negredo.

84:46

Corner taken by Robbie Brady.

83:33

Luis Fernandinho takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

82:22

The ball is sent over by Stephen Quinn.

82:19

Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance.

82:07

Tom Huddlestone crosses the ball in from the free kick.

81:24

Luis Fernandinho concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Quinn.

81:22

Clearance by Stephen Quinn.

80:37

Header at goal by Joleon Lescott misses to the right.

80:34

Corner from the left by-line taken by James Milner.

80:00

James Chester manages to make a clearance.

79:46

Stephen Quinn takes a shot. Joe Hart catches the ball.

79:46

Clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.

79:40

A cross is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady.

77:01

Jake Livermore takes the free kick.

77:00

Jake Livermore fouled by Samir Nasri, the ref awards a free kick.

75:30 Substitution

Substitution James Milner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sergio Aguero.

74:53

Shot by George Boyd missed to the left of the target.

74:27 Substitution

Substitution George Boyd replaces Robert Koren.

73:12

Headed chance falls to Matija Nastasic. Allan McGregor catches the ball.

73:10

Free kick crossed by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

72:36

Booking for Curtis Davies for unsporting behaviour.

72:36 Booking

Booking

72:17

Unfair challenge on Gonzalez Jesus Navas by Curtis Davies results in a free kick.

72:01

The ball is swung over by Robbie Brady.

71:33

Free kick taken by Yaya Toure.

71:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Aguero by Maynor Figueroa.

71:23

Luis Fernandinho manages to make a clearance.

71:21

Stephen Quinn delivers the ball.

71:15

Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.

70:39

Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Quinn.

69:29 Substitution

Substitution Stephen Quinn is brought on as a substitute for Sone Aluko.

67:18

Luis Fernandinho makes a clearance.

67:06

Clearance made by Matija Nastasic.

66:41

Gonzalez Jesus Navas makes a clearance.

66:11

Clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.

65:24 Substitution

Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Samir Nasri coming on for David Silva.

64:18

Pablo Zabaleta provided the assist for the goal.

64:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Alvaro Negredo - Man City 1 - 0 Hull City Alvaro Negredo scores. Man City 1-0 Hull.

64:16

Pablo Zabaleta delivers the ball.

63:54

Clearance by Jake Livermore.

63:15

Clearance by James Chester.

63:13

Corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line.

62:49

Clearance made by Curtis Davies.

62:46

The ball is crossed by Luis Fernandinho.

62:44

Free kick taken by Luis Fernandinho.

62:07

Booking for Robert Koren for unsporting behaviour.

62:07 Booking

Booking

61:43

Robert Koren challenges Aleksandar Kolarov unfairly and gives away a free kick.

61:19

Alvaro Negredo takes a shot. Tom Huddlestone gets a block in.

61:06

Tom Huddlestone takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Luis Fernandinho gets a block in.

60:30

Clearance by Matija Nastasic.

60:26

The ball is swung over by Jake Livermore.

60:13

Clearance made by Joleon Lescott.

60:10

Centre by Robbie Brady.

59:51

Clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.

59:39

Ahmed Elmohamady takes the free kick.

59:32 Booking

Booking

59:32

Matija Nastasic is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

59:14

Matija Nastasic concedes a free kick for a foul on Sone Aluko.

57:26

Free kick taken by Ahmed Elmohamady.

57:06

Matija Nastasic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Graham.

56:04

Tom Huddlestone manages to make a clearance.

55:57

Clearance by Yaya Toure.

54:32

Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.

54:22

Sergio Aguero fouled by James Chester, the ref awards a free kick.

53:05

Gonzalez Jesus Navas has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

53:03

The ball is swung over by Sergio Aguero.

51:56

Free kick taken by James Chester.

51:27

Joleon Lescott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko.

50:49

Danny Graham takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

50:42

Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

50:22

David Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Huddlestone.

49:17

Clearance made by Curtis Davies.

48:48

Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.

48:35

Clearance by Curtis Davies.

47:07

Header by Alvaro Negredo misses to the right of the target.

46:37

Clearance by Curtis Davies.

46:15

Matija Nastasic manages to make a clearance.

45:38

James Chester manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Alvaro Negredo is brought on as a substitute for Edin Dzeko.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:03

Clearance by Curtis Davies.

45:00 +0:06

Clearance by Matija Nastasic.

45:00 +0:05

The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady.

44:03

The ball is crossed by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

42:47

Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.

42:46

Clearance by Maynor Figueroa.

42:46

The ball is swung over by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

41:50

Header by Yaya Toure goes harmlessly over the bar.

41:47

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

41:31

James Chester manages to make a clearance.

41:30

The ball is swung over by Edin Dzeko.

41:03

A cross is delivered by David Silva.

40:53

Clearance made by Robbie Brady.

40:50

David Silva crosses the ball in from the free kick.

40:03

Pablo Zabaleta fouled by Robbie Brady, the ref awards a free kick.

39:42

Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.

38:40

Yaya Toure restarts play with the free kick.

38:30

Sone Aluko challenges Yaya Toure unfairly and gives away a free kick.

38:15

James Chester makes a clearance.

38:05

Clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.

38:04

Free kick crossed by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

37:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Aguero by James Chester.

37:16

Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

36:37

Robbie Brady delivers the ball.

36:33

Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.

36:08

Luis Fernandinho challenges Sone Aluko unfairly and gives away a free kick.

36:01

Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.

35:30

Matija Nastasic takes the free kick.

35:06

Jake Livermore concedes a free kick for a foul on Yaya Toure.

34:11

Free kick taken by Yaya Toure.

33:39

Curtis Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva.

32:38

Matija Nastasic manages to make a clearance.

32:07

Free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.

31:23

Sone Aluko challenges Pablo Zabaleta unfairly and gives away a free kick.

31:04

James Chester makes a clearance.

30:28

Clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.

30:09

Clearance made by Curtis Davies.

29:45

Clearance made by Curtis Davies.

28:08

Clearance by Robbie Brady.

28:02

Clearance by Joleon Lescott.

27:20

Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Allan McGregor safely holds on.

26:58

Allan McGregor makes a clearance.

26:47

Clearance by Pablo Zabaleta.

26:44

James Chester takes the free kick.

26:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko by Pablo Zabaleta.

25:48

Clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.

25:41

Gonzalez Jesus Navas manages to make a clearance.

23:32

Pablo Zabaleta crosses the ball.

22:45

Matija Nastasic manages to make a clearance.

22:43

Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.

22:25

Luis Fernandinho is cautioned.

22:25 Booking

Booking

22:14

Luis Fernandinho gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko.

21:56

Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.

21:43

Maynor Figueroa booked for unsporting behaviour.

21:43 Booking

Booking

21:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gonzalez Jesus Navas by Maynor Figueroa.

21:00

Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

20:28

The referee blows for offside.

20:27

Tom Huddlestone makes a clearance.

20:12

Clearance made by Ahmed Elmohamady.

20:10

Aleksandar Kolarov produces a cross.

19:54

Clearance by Maynor Figueroa.

19:47

Matija Nastasic manages to make a clearance.

19:43

Clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.

19:39

Corner taken by Robert Koren.

18:58

Matija Nastasic makes a clearance.

18:56

The ball is swung over by Maynor Figueroa.

18:52

Clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.

18:46

Free kick taken by James Chester.

18:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko by Yaya Toure.

17:46

Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

17:26

Jake Livermore fouled by Luis Fernandinho, the ref awards a free kick.

16:38

Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.

16:37

Free kick taken by David Silva.

16:27

Foul by Danny Graham on Matija Nastasic, free kick awarded.

15:32

Yaya Toure makes a clearance.

15:29

Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.

14:52

Unfair challenge on Danny Graham by Matija Nastasic results in a free kick.

14:12

Robert Koren takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

14:12

Clearance made by Yaya Toure.

14:08

Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.

14:05

Free kick crossed by Tom Huddlestone.

13:26

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Robbie Brady, free kick awarded.

13:01

Matija Nastasic manages to make a clearance.

12:28

Corner taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas from the right by-line.

12:06

Header at goal by Joleon Lescott. A parry by Allan McGregor prevents the goal.

12:03

Centre by David Silva.

11:55

Gonzalez Jesus Navas delivers the ball.

11:51

Robbie Brady makes a clearance.

11:49

Free kick crossed by David Silva.

10:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Aguero by James Chester.

10:50

Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.

10:13

The referee blows for offside.

9:15

Gonzalez Jesus Navas makes a clearance.

9:07

Clearance made by Jake Livermore.

9:04

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

8:41

Headed chance falls to Aleksandar Kolarov. Allan McGregor parries the ball away.

8:39

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

8:13

Clearance by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

8:04

Clearance made by James Chester.

6:53

Sone Aluko has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

6:48

Clearance made by Matija Nastasic.

4:58

Corner taken by Robert Koren from the left by-line.

4:42

Clearance made by Luis Fernandinho.

4:41

Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Koren.

4:17

Matija Nastasic makes a clearance.

1:56

Danny Graham sends in a cross.

1:23

Clearance by Yaya Toure.

1:10

Clearance made by Curtis Davies.

0:00

The game begins.

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