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Manchester City overcame the early dismissal of Vincent Kompany to beat Hull City 2-0 and keep pressure on Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Captain Kompany saw red in the opening 10 minutes on Saturday after hauling down Nikica Jelavic as the striker looked set to race through on goal, but David Silva's superb curling effort handed the visitors the lead just four minutes later. Pablo Zabaleta hit the crossbar before the break as Manuel Pellegrini's reorganised charges continued to underline their attacking prowess, but the hosts also had their moments.
Jelavic, restored to the starting line-up along with Shane Long after Hull's FA Cup exploits, was frequently a threat and David Meyler had an effort ruled out for offside. Hull upped the pressure after the interval but were undone by Edin Dzeko's late goal, assisted by Silva, as their search for a home Barclays Premier League win in 2014 continues.
Pellegrini may have seen his dreams of a quadruple disappear this month, with his side's FA Cup and UEFA Champions League campaigns brought to an end in four days, but the Barclays Premier League title remains within his reach.
Steve Bruce's side remain uncomfortably close to the bottom three but made a confident start, Jelavic seeing his pull-back cleared away by Gael Clichy before the Croatia forward was denied by an offside flag as he raced clear of the visiting defence.
The game appeared to swing in the hosts' favour when Kompany brought Jelavic down after a physical tussle 30 yards from goal and was dismissed. But Silva turned Manchester City's frustration into joy when he seized on the opportunity to shoot from 25 yards and produced a glorious effort that swerved inside Allan McGregor's right post, ending the Spaniard's 17-match goal drought.
The goal buoyed Pellegrini's men but they still had defending to do when Long's searching right-wing cross almost found Jelavic, with Martin Demichelis doing just enough to snuff out the danger.
Zabaleta struck the underside of the crossbar with a dipping volley at the other end on the half-hour, the ball bouncing on to the line and out to safety. Meyler saw an effort ruled out for an offside in the build-up and Jake Livermore flashed a low, skidding effort narrowly wide of Joe Hart's upright on the stroke of half-time as Hull sent a timely reminder that they were still very much in the contest.
George Boyd, on for Meyler just before the hour, took a tumble in the penalty area with Hart in close attention but Mason awarded a goal-kick and booked the goalkeeper for his part in the confrontation that followed. Dzeko put the contest to bed in stoppage time after passing up the chance to do so with an earlier effort as the visitors went some way to avenging their defeat on their last trip to the KC Stadium.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "We were chasing the game against them. The turning point was the Silva goal [four minutes after Vincent Kompany was sent off]. If we had gone 10-15 minutes without them scoring, then it could have been a different story. They defended deep. We huffed and puffed and it ended up being a frustrating afternoon.
"We are disappointed. We had a wonderful opportunity but we weren't good enough to take advantage. We struggled to create a clear opening."
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It was a very good response in a very difficult week. We just lost against Wigan and against Barcelona and we needed to win today. Playing with one player less was very difficult.
"It was a good performance because we defended well with the ball and without the ball, and we also had three good chances to score. It was a very professional response from the players."
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