Hull 0 Man City 2: Manuel Pellegrini pleased with ‘ very good response’

Hull 0 Man City 2: Manuel Pellegrini praises the Citizens after bouncing back from their Champions League elimination

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Manuel Pellegrini praised Manchester City’s “very good response” to their Champions League exit after 10-man Citizens were comfortable winners at Hull.

The visitors made a shaky start fresh from their defeat at Barcelona mid-week as captain Vincent Kompany received a red card in the opening 10 minutes for a foul on Hull striker Nikica Jelavic.

Playing with one player less for 80 minutes is very difficult. It was a great performance

Manuel Pellegrini

However, Spain international David Silva helped City make an immediate response to the setback, with the 28-year-old curling a powerful strike past Tigers goalkeeper Allan McGregor in the 14th minute.

Pellegrini introduced Joleon Lescott as Hull midfielder David Meyler came close to scoring a second-half equaliser before Bosnian Edin Dzeko sealed three points on the stroke of full-time at KC Stadium.

“It was a very good response after a very difficult week,” Pellegrini told BBC Sport.

“Playing with one player less for 80 minutes is very difficult. It was a great performance.

“We played well with and without the ball. And we also attacked a lot and could have scored more goals.”

Pellegrini took issue with Kompany’s early dismissal after the Belgian appeared to be fouled by Hull striker Jelavic in the lead up to the infringement which resulted in a red card.

“It was a clear foul by Nikica Jelavic against Kompany before the tackle by Kompany. But the referee did not see it,” Pellegrini added.

City leapfrogged Liverpool into second place courtesy of their 2-0 win at Hull.

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