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Pellegrini hails Manchester City character

1 January 2014 17:39

Manuel Pellegrini lauded Manchester City's character after they collected an eighth straight Premier League victory at Swansea City.

City won 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday with goals from Fernandinho, Yaya Toure and Aleksandar Kolarov giving them their third win in their last four away matches.

Early defeats at Cardiff City, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Sunderland had created concerns that Pellegrini's men were vulnerable away from the Etihad Stadium, but their form in recent weeks has allayed those doubts.

Fernandinho put City ahead on New Year's Day before Wilfried Bony equalised just before the break.

The visitors had to withstand pressure at the start of the second half, but further strikes from Toure and Kolarov sealed the victory, despite Bony's injury-time consolation.

And Pellegrini was happy with the display shown by his team, and believes they have put their early season problems on the road behind them.

"I am very pleased because we played against a very difficult team who play very good football, so to beat them here is very important for us," the Chilean said.

"At the beginning of season we dropped too many points away, it was not good for this team to win 11 (points) from 27, winning here is very important for us.

"I think the most important thing of the performance was to score the second and third goals.

"In the first half we were winning 1-0 (but) the offside goal grew them for the second half and we knew that it was going to be very difficult for us. I think the team has the character to change it."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
1 January 2014
Game week
20
Kick-off
13:45
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 3
Venue
Liberty Stadium (Swansea)
Attendance
20498

Goals

0 - 1
W. Bony 45'+2
(assist by J. de Guzmán) 
1 - 1
1 - 2
1 - 3
W. Bony 90'+1  
2 - 3

Lineups

# Player Bookings
25
6
22
4
33
20
15
8 45+3'
11
21 37'
10 45+2' 90+1'
Coach: M. Laudrup
# Player Bookings
1
4 54'
5 86'
13 66'
33
8 26'
42 58'
15
25 14'
9
10 38'
Coach: M. Pellegrini

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
14
7 90+3'
17
6
22
30
38

Wednesday 16 April

19:08
19:08
18:05
17:56
17:53
17:06
16:38
16:37
16:35
16:06
15:46
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13:43
13:34
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12:58
12:40
12:31
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12:11
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11:11
10:31
10:19
09:12
07:53
07:21
06:37
05:31
05:23
04:47
03:30
03:28
02:41
02:32
01:48
01:41
00:03

Tuesday 15 April

23:36
23:34
23:04
23:02
22:39
22:27
21:06
20:24
19:30
19:17
18:05
18:04
17:32
17:30
17:20
16:26
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16:12
16:02
15:55
15:39
14:57
14:45
14:44
14:27
13:48
13:34
13:19
13:04
12:38
12:17
12:17
11:27
11:14
10:54
10:43
10:26
10:07
09:57
09:37
08:14
07:28
06:56
06:53
06:50
06:23
06:08
05:55
04:42
03:29
02:50
02:46
02:01
01:16
00:29

Monday 14 April

23:55
23:23
23:20
22:35
22:11
22:10
21:22
19:48
19:32
19:17
19:02
18:58
18:49
18:44
18:36
17:56
17:41
17:37
17:19
16:51
16:36
16:29
16:14
16:03
15:34
15:32
15:13
14:44
14:42
14:34
14:30
14:18
14:11
14:08
13:54
13:12
12:58
12:50
12:32
12:05
11:43
11:09
11:03
10:50
10:18
10:05
09:54
09:47
09:30
08:11
07:02
05:40
05:38
05:35
03:38
03:18
02:34
02:30
01:41
01:26
00:36
00:31
00:08
00:03

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +51 77
2 34 +42 75
3 32 +54 70
4 34 +18 67
5 33 +22 66

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