Accomplished performance sees City secure second
By Aaron Leggott
It is often said that teams rally around following shocking news, and this is exactly what happened at Reading as City triumphed 2-0 over the Royals.
It was Sergio Aguero who opened the scoring for the Blues five minutes before half time, before top scorer Edin Dzeko finished things off with minutes to play.
|Aguero celebrates after opening the scoring|
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Brian Kidd was offered the position of caretaker for the remaining two fixtures against Reading and Norwich City, and he made four changes to the team that lost the FA Cup final.
Out came suspended Pablo Zabaleta for Micah Richards, whilst Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Samir Nasri were replaced by Joleon Lescott, Kolo Toure and James Milner.
|McCarthy denies Milner with fine save|
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The English keeper was in top form to deny Aguero and Milner early on, before Kidd was forced into making an early substitution as Maicon replaced the injured Kolo Toure.
Reading started to enjoy some possession as City readjusted to the change, but they were unable to prevent Aguero finishing off a delightful move in the 40th minute as Milner and David Silva exchanged the ball with some neat football before picking out Aguero, who wasn't going to be denied on yet another occasion as he fired the ball into the bottom corner.
City were in control but had Joe Hart to thank for just minutes into the second half after he denied Pavel Pogrebnyak with a fine save following the Russian finding space in the area.
Reading were a different team in the second half, but proved why they were in the bottom three with a lack of a clinical edge after Dzeko finished the game on 88 minutes when Silva found him in the box with an exquisite pass.
Below are highlights from the 2-0 win:
62% Possession 38%
27 (20) Shots (on target) 11 (7)
10 Corners 4