Crystal Palace 0 Man City 2: Three talking points
Crystal Palace 0 Man City 2: Three talking points as Yaya Toure helps the Citizens move to within three points of Liverpool
It was hardly Crystal Palace’s best performance of the season but you could still see the factors that have made them so successful under Tony Pulis. Before the season started and after their disastrous opening run of form, they were written off and seem to be heading towards relegation but they can now set their sights on an unlikely top-half finish. They were organized and it was easy to see how they’ve kept so many clean sheets. Many suggested the only thing keeping Pulis from winning the manager of the season gong was if Liverpool won the league – so is there a chance of the unfashionable Welshman winning the award?
If Manchester City are to lift the Premier League title, you can talk about Sergio Aguero, David Silva and the likes all you want but the key man within their masses of talent is without a doubt Yaya Toure as he showed on Sunday. The Ivorian appeared to be everywhere on the pitch both offensively and defensively as he got an assist and a goal, before being subbed with 25 minutes to go after his recent injury. If the Premier League title is to return to The Etihad he will need to stay fit and in this sort of form. When he plays like he did at Selhurst Park he is unplayable, with his driving runs, box-to-box style, passing and finishing, he could still be the defining figure in this year’s title chase.
Title challenge back on
After Liverpool slipped up against Chelsea in the game which finished just minutes previous to the match at Selhurst Park, the pressure could have got to Manuel Pellegrini’s men – but it didn’t. Two first-half goals gave them control of the match and they were professional throughout as Toure ran the first half show. That professionalism must continue as they go to bogey side Everton next week but with the Toffees faltering slightly of late, it could be a perfect time to play them. With two winnable home games against out of sort Aston Villa and West Ham sides after that, they know that Everton is the big hurdle. Three wins out of three should see City win the league, with a massive swing in goal difference the only thing able to stop them.