London: Manchester City mined their rich resources to break Hull City’s dogged resistance in a nervy 2-0 Premier League win on Saturday with their new Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo coming off the bench to prove his worth.
With memories of last weekend’s defeat by another promoted outfit Cardiff still fresh, City again looked edgy in defence and lacked attacking inspiration before Negredo found the net.
The Spaniard, who was brought on at halftime and later followed on to the pitch by more high-cost talent in Samir Nasri and James Milner, brought relief to the fans inside the Etihad Stadium with 25 minutes to play when he clinically headed home.
Midfielder Yaya Toure put an undeserved gloss on the scoreline with a fantastic curling freekick from 20 metres in the 90th minute to give City six points from their opening three games, moving them up to second in the table.
West Ham United missed the chance to join Chelsea at the top on seven points after a Jermaine Pennant freekick gave Stoke City a 1-0 away win, while Norwich City beat Southampton 1-0 to record their first league victory of the season.
Hatem Ben Arfa scored Newcastle United’s first league goal of the season with a late rasping finish to give them a 1-0 win at home to Fulham, while Everton drew for the third straight game with a 0-0 stalemate at Cardiff City.
Manchester City’s performance suggests there are still creases to iron out for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
“We know you have to give 100 percent to win every match but I think today we were more concentrated in defence.”