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Points mean prizes for Pellegrini

22 February 2014 19:06

Manuel Pellegrini revelled in Manchester City's ability to win ugly after Yaya Toure's strike sealed all three points against Stoke City.

City have been lauded this season for a free-flowing style that has often seen teams reduced to virtual spectators at the Etihad Stadium.

That was not the case on Saturday as a resolute Stoke made life difficult, with Toure's winner not coming until the 70th minute.

The Ivory Coast midfielder finally settled City nerves when he swept home Aleksandar Kolarov's cross from close range to make it 1-0, with Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic unable to stop the ball from rolling over the line.

And Pellegrini insisted that the result was more important than the performance.

"The satisfaction is the same because we have three points," he said. "Teams come here to try and draw; they defend so it is very difficult to score.

"We cannot win by three or four goals every match. It's important to know how to win in both ways.

"If you cannot score, it is important to have a clean sheet and the patience to score.

"We didn't create many chances because Stoke defended very well but we had the patience and finally we scored."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
22 February 2014
Game week
27
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
47038

Goals

Y. Touré 70'
(assist by A. Kolarov) 
1 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
35
15
14
6
7
22
30

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +2 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +1 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3
6 1 +1 3
7 1 +1 3
8 1 +1 3
9 1 +0 1
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 +0 1
13 1 -1 0
14 1 -1 0
15 1 -1 0
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 1 -1 0
19 1 -2 0
20 1 -2 0

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