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Nov 22, 2014

Network Front | The Guardian: Manchester City lifted by Yaya Touré after Swansea’s bright start

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Manchester City lifted by Yaya Touré after Swansea's bright start
Nov 22nd 2014, 17:07, by Paul Wilson at Etihad Stadium

Yaya Touré came to Manchester City's rescue again just as the defending champions were labouring in the second half and looking short of attacking ideas. With David Silva still injured and Sergio Agüero having a quiet game, City's attempts to stay in touch with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League were not amounting to much until their influential midfielder suddenly found the energy for one of his trademark bursts into the area.

Touré himself had not been having a particularly impressive game up until that point, and when he is below his best City usually are too, but when Fernandinho set him up with a nonchalant back heel pass into the area just after the hour mark there was no stopping the Ivorian. Storming into the area Touré latched on to the ball and placed a low shot into Lukasz Fabianski's bottom corner almost without breaking stride. It was Touré's first league goal of the season at the Etihad, an indication of how out of sorts he has been, and only once in the lead did City show the sort of attacking confidence and expansiveness they will need to have any hope of catching Chelsea.

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