Edin the Executioner, Manuel the Engineer and Lampard the Eternal ensured Manchester City eventually eased to three precious points, in an ‘Ee bah gum’ northern encounter packed with twists and turns.
It came as no surprise that the Champions raced into a two-goal lead over Hull City within 11 minutes, courtesy of a clinical finish from Sergio Aguero and a super-strike from Dzeko.
What followed in a separate 11 minute period came as a massive shock to the men from Manchester.
Hull City’s Tigers had been reduced to new born blind kittens before City’s defensive sensation, Eliaquim Mangala, decided to make generous donations to the Yorkshire cat sanctuary in the 21st and 32nd minutes.
The 23-year old French centre back made a dream debut against Chelsea last Sunday, but suffered a first half horror show at Hull.
He powered an unstoppable own goal header past an unsuspecting Willy Caballero, before the nightmare continued, conceding a penalty with a wayward chest high tackle on Hull striker Hernandez.
At 2-2, Steve Bruce’s toothless Tigers had been handed a new set of dentures with razor-like incisors, and they continued to bite and gnaw at their ‘big game’ prey from across the Pennines.
Pellegrini’s tactical nous, inspired substitutions and some divine intervention, aligned to Dzeko and Lampard’s killer touch, finally quelled Hull’s hunting instincts.
City bagged a deserved 4-2 victory displaying attacking flair, adventure and enterprise. They pegged themselves back from a winning position, but re-asserted their class and authority to emerge victorious.
This wasn’t happening last year at the likes of Cardiff and Villa.
Pellegrini has learned lessons, improved his personnel and City will undoubtedly reap the rewards this season in their title defence.
Having let the two goal advantage slip away, and conscious of the need for a maximum return, Manuel changed tactics to spread the play wide and give more freedom to playmaker David Silva.
Navas for Fernandinho enabled City to deploy the Spanish speedster and Milner on the wings, Yaya to sit deep and Silva to ghost in behind Aguero and Dzeko, making him harder to pick up by the Hull defenders.
Merlin duly weaved his magic, threaded a pass through to Dzeko in the home penalty area and the Bosnian fired a low precise drive beyond McGregor to restore City’s lead.
Super Frankie was next on for Aguero. Lamps, who simply can’t stop scoring at the moment, hooked up with Zabaleta to side-foot the ball home – his fourth goal in six days – with just three minutes remaining.
The hero of last season’s corresponding fixture, Martin Demichelis, replaced Silva to help see out the win, on a day when his long-term replacement, Mangala, had been given a Premier League wake up call.
Never ones to miss a chance of some City-baiting, the prat pundits on Sky thought it’d be hilarious to label City’s number 20 as ‘Manowngola’ – by gum they missed their vocation as would-be comedians!
The watching nation must’ve laughed until they stopped! Puerile has-beens, the lot of them.
Speaking of which, Robbie – or should that be Lily – Savage, that most ‘cultured’ of players during an ‘illustrious’ career with Leicester, Birmingham, Blackburn and Derby, declared to the world that Joe Hart must leave Manchester City to save his career.
Perhaps Savage should ask for a free transfer back to Strictly Prancing?
How the media and the pundits love to show their appreciation of City’s stylish play! Four goals, a very entertaining match and a good away win but, oh no, they ridicule a player new to English football and try to unsettle City’s top keeper.
But who cares, actions speak louder than words. They hated us last season and little seems to have changed.
Back where it really mattered, City could’ve scored more.
Aguero surged forward after 41 seconds, forcing McGregor to a near post save. In truth Dzeko was better placed if Sergio had spotted him in the 18 yard box. Yaya Toure hit an exocet-like 35 yarder which cannoned of McGregor’s post in the 49th minute.
Hull had some near misses themselves, Nikica Jelavic was just inches short of a connection that would have put them one up early on, whereas Tom Huddlestone had a shot deflected in the 85th which would have levelled it at 3-3.
The visitors with 60% possession, 20 shots and 8 corners won the stats of the day contest and there were no complaints – for once – from Hull boss, Bruce.
With no new injury concerns and the prospect of the imminent return of Fernando and Jovetic, City will now switch their attentions to the Romans.
A Champions League win at the Etihad on Tuesday night is as imperative as yesterday’s Premier League success.
Pellegrini has his priorities…he wants to be champions of England and Europe…so there’s a couple of ‘E’s and, if he and his team succeed it’ll be followed by plenty of ‘bah gums’ in Berlin on June 6th.
By David Walker
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