Five observations from Manchester City's essential win at Everton

Joe Hart

A 3-2 win over Everton edged Manchester City closer to the title, with Sergio Aguero and a Edin Dzeko brace sealing the result.

City looked confident with the expectations

Unlike Chelsea this season, and to a lesser extent, Liverpool in their game with the Blues, Manchester City have proved themselves experts at negotiating their fixture list just right to leave them in a position to go on and achieve success. As the most recent winners of the Premier league among those challenging, they have made their experience count, and boss Manuel Pellgrini should be given acclaim for guiding them in the perfect way to achieve.

Joe Hart's save was a key moment

Out of favour earlier in the season, Hart completed his return to the fore at City with a phenomenal save to deny Steven Naismith with the score still at 1-1. His fingertip stop, one of the finest of this Premier League season, was made all the more important given that without it, the game would have finished 3-3 and City may have lost out to Liverpool in the title race. That Edin Dzeko went up the other end and scored City's second goal soon after Hart's heroics only emphasised its importance further.

Toure is more important for the side than Aguero

The game was much more open when Aguero was on the field and Toure was playing deeper for the Citizens. If anything, the Argentine's injury made City a stronger midfield, with Toure free from his defensive responsibilities and Fernandinho on in his place. Granted, Aguero was clearly not fully fit, and when he is, is one of the world's top strikers, but much of this year's impressive forward play has come off the back of Toure's outstanding attacking game alongside players like Dzeko and Negredo.

Dzeko has more than earned an extended stay at the Etihad

The Bosnian has had his best season since joining the club, with an impressive 24 goals and 15 assists to his name, making him second top scorer. His brace at Everton, like so many other goals he has scored this year, look like being key to City's pursuit of the title, and talk of a possible exit from the club, and there has been plenty in the last few months, should surely be put to bed for now.

The title may just be in City's grasp now

Much had been made of this fixture, from supporters of many teams, and the fact City have negotiated it successfully surely indicates that they have as good as won this season's Premier League title. While there are games still to be played, Liverpool and Chelsea will be hoping something goes wrong in City's march to the trophy, but it is looking more and more unlikely.

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