Brilliant Silva adds polish to gritty Blues
- 16 March 2014 08:29
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
David Silva’s superb performance at Hull – the stand out display from a warrior-like team performance – deservedly earns the plaudits in the Sunday Press.
No City player left the pitch having given anything less than their all in a thrilling victory at the KC Stadium that saw the title race ebb and flow yet again – as it will no doubt continue to do until the final game of the season.
It was hard to imagine how the City could possibly leave Humberside with anything but a mountain to climb following Vincent Kompany’s 10th-minute sending off, yet Silva masterminded the Blues’ victory with a performance that was perhaps his best yet in a City shirt.
Let’s start with Jamie Anderson in the Daily Express.
He writes: “David Silva produced a stunning display to keep Manchester City in title contention despite playing most of the game with only ten men.
“The tricky Spaniard buried a stunning strike and created another to defeat a lacklustre Hull at the KC Stadium.
“However, a red card for captain Kompany took some of the shine off what should have been an immaculate performance from Manuel Pellegrini's side.
“Despite being shown a straight red in the 10th minute after hauling down former Everton striker Nikica Jelavic down on the edge of his own box, he will only miss the home game with Fulham and not City's crucial games against Manchester United and title rivals Arsenal.”
The Daily Mirror’s Simon Mullock continues in a similar vein: “But the visitors dug in to repel a contestant aerial bombardment, with Hart a commanding presence. The growing desperation of Steve Bruce’s team was illustrated by Boyd’s attempt to win a penalty, although only Hart was booked for the fracas that followed.
“City offered little going forward after the break – apart from the promptings of the remarkable Silva.
“The little Spaniard carved out a glorious opening for Fernandinho, only for the Brazilian to scuff his shot wide from six yards.
“Dzeko was then denied by McGregor after being sent clear by Gael Clichy. But the Bosnian secured the points in the final minute when he made the most of Silva’s visionary pass to give McGregor no chance.”
Joe Bernstein in the Daily Mail adds: “City had finished their previous game in Barcelona just 63 hours before kick-off at the KC Stadium.
“But they had won the last 21 games in which Silva had scored and Hull never looked like breaking the remarkable record.
“Indeed, it was Pellegrini’s side who nearly went further ahead when Pablo Zabaleta hit the underside of the bar, with the ball bouncing on to the goal-line rather than over it.
“Dzeko capitalised on Silva’s last-minute pass with a low finish for his first goal in nine games.
“This season, Pellegrini’s team have beaten Norwich by seven goals, put six past Arsenal and Spurs and hammered Manchester United 4-1.
“But the hugs and high fives at the final whistle on Saturday said that this victory meant more than any of them.”
Spot on, Joe.