London: Edin Dzeko’s 50th Manchester City goal proved enough to see off a dogged Crystal Palace outfit and send them top of the Premier League.
The Bosnian steered home Jesus Navas’ cut-back midway through the second period to give City their 10th successive victory at the Etihad Stadium. Yet, after magical performances earlier in the campaign, this fell into the ‘win ugly’ category.
Hull City hammered relegation-threatened Fulham 6-0.
Aston Villa struggled again in a 1-1 draw at home to fellow mid-tablers Swansea City after West Ham United had earlier been held 3-3 by drop zone rivals West Bromwich Albion in a thriller at Upton Park. West Ham thus wasted a perfect opportunity to ease their relegation fears. (Agencies)