City midfielder more creative than Fabregas and Hazard in Everton win

Manchester City Etihad

Manchester City moved to within three points of Premier League leaders Chelsea after a hard-earned win over Everton at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City took advantage of Chelsea's slip against Newcastle United to reduce the gap at the top of the Premier League table following their 1-0 defeat of Everton at the Etihad Stadium.

Yaya Toure got the only goal of the game, converting from the penalty spot in the 24th minute after James Milner had been fouled by Phil Jagielka.

Here are the top five statistics from Saturday's encounter:

19 - Manchester City proved only slightly superior here, recording a 51% share of possession; by no means a conclusive statistic. Nonetheless, they were far more efficient with the ball, managing 19 shots, to Everton's nine. 

  Possession (%)Total Shots
Man City 51 19
Everton 48 9

3 - City's Yaya Toure has now scored three goals in his last four Premier League games after scoring just one in his previous 10. The Ivorian midfielder converted one of three attempts in this tie, while fashioning one key pass.

  PositionGoalsTotal ShotsConversion Rate (%)
Yaya Touré MF 1 3 33

6 - Samir Nasri emerged as the Citizens' creative force. The Frenchman provided an impressive six key passes - two more than his closest contender, team-mate James Milner. His efforts here see him ranked as the weekend's most creative player. 

  MatchChances Created
Samir Nasri Man City vs Everton 6
Cesc Fàbregas Newcastle vs Chelsea 5
Bojan Stoke vs Arsenal 4
Eden Hazard Newcastle vs Chelsea 4

118 - Nasri was also responsible for recording the greatest number of touches - 118 in total - while attempting a match-best 86 passes - 87% of which proved accurate. Gareth Barry recorded the most attempted passes for the visitors (77).

  TeamTouchesTotal PassesPass Accuracy (%)
Samir Nasri Man City 119 86 87
Gareth Barry Everton 87 77 81

525 - City accumulated an impressive 525 passes, while Everton managed 499. Both sides recorded an average streak of four passes.

  Total PassesPass Accuracy (%)
Man City 484 86
Everton 466 82

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