Manchester City looked to be heading towards a draw against Swansea on Saturday, but a late goal by Yaya Toure secured the win.
Wilfried Bony gave City the lead at the Etihad Stadium in the 26th minute. Swansea stood up well in their first game after the firing of manager Gary Monk. The Swans were not afraid to go forward, and in the 90th minute, substitute Bafetimbi Gomis scored the equalizer. It looked like City were headed to another game with dropped points, but Toure scored in added time to give City the three points.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini was pleased to get the win and stay in the race at the top of the table.
“Without the last two minutes of the match, I think 1-0 would be the perfect game for us,” Pellegrini told mcfc.co.uk after the win. “It’s important to keep clean sheet but it’s also important for the team to win this kind of game.
“I think that we showed the spirit of this team when we were drawing 1-1. We knew we weren’t playing that well but we also knew we had to find another goal and fortunately, we did.”
Pellegrini also took some time to praise Toure for his performance as the Ivorian midfielder just recently came back from injury.
“Yaya was one of the best players in this game,” Pellegrini said. “He was the player who tried to create different things.
“He just came back from an injury in his calf and he played in midweek and today so I’m happy for him.
“That was our fifth game in 15 days, it was important to win this game – now we’ll see what happens at the top of the table. We have the week to work before we play Arsenal.”