City Bounced Back From Disappointments to Ensure Second Spot.

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Manchester City’s post- Roberto Mancini era started with a win as Brian Kidd led the team to second place in the Premier League for the club.

Isn't Brian Kidd a Loner at the Visiting Stand of the Madjeski Stadium.
Isn’t Brian Kidd a Loner at the Visiting Stand of the Madjeski Stadium?

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in the first half, dispatching a low effort into the corner.

Substitute Edin Dzeko sealed victory late on, latching on to a David Silva’s ball to score from close range.

Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy ensured that his side was not drubbed with the superlative performance of the night.

The host came close to scoring when an Adrian Mariappa’s header was cleared off the line by Carlos Tevez, while Joe Hart ensured safety from Jem Karacan.

City would easily want to forget last week’s period of tests for the Manchester club as a late Ben Watson’s goal rendered them without a trophy for 2012/13 season and consequentially put paid to Mancini’s rein at the Manchester club.

However, the travelling supporters showed their appreciation to the Italian with banners held aloft ahead of the kick- off as they chanted his name.

For the players who were determined to put behind them recent disappointments, they took matters seriously right from the blast of the whistle.

In a matter of minutes into the game, McCarthy was called into action as he parried away a low drive from Aguero before keeping out a close- range3 James Milners effort with his feet soon after.

City’s early moments was disrupted in the 15th minute when defender Kolo Toure limped off with an apparent knee injury, replaced by Maicon.

Reading capitalized on the hitches at City’s backline to enjoy a decent spell of possession that yielded their first effort at goal. Hal- Robson Kanu scampered goalwards before hitting a low effort from 25 yards that had Hart scrambling at his left- hand post.

City’s intent on pressing the Reading defence had Yaya Toure’s shot blocked before a goalbound effort from Aguero was deflected over his own goalpost by Sean Morrison.

Five minutes before the break, Aguero handed the visitors the lead with a careful finish of a delightful City move.

James Milner and David Silva exchanged passes on the right of the area before the latter picked out Aguero, surprisingly unmarked, in the middle and the striker steered a first- time effort into the bottom corner.

Five minutes into the second half, City’s Hart was on the receiving end as the England international preserved the visitors lead, after Pavel Pogrebnyak got between City’s defenders to power a header goalwards and the keeper did well to parry the ball to safety.

City then endured a nervy few minutes as Reading enjoyed arguably their best interlude of the proceedings. First, Mariappa’s header was kept out by Tevez, before a full- stretched Hart prevented Karacan from getting the equaliser.

City extended their lead in the 88th minute when Silva ran unchallenged towards the edge of the area, feigned to shoot then slid a clever pass to Dzeko, who kept his composure before firing past McCarthy from six yards.

“Great credit to the Manchester City players,” Nigel Adkins said. “They were certainly up for it and put a performance in. I think certainly in the second half we gave them something to think about. All in all there was something for both teams to be happy about.

“There were lots of positives for us- the players application and attitude has been first class. We are seeing a progression from the first game when we took over and we could have scored goals today against a team who were hurting.

“The future of Reading looks bright. There is a hunger and desire to get back to the Premier League. The objective is to bounce back in one. That is the mindset. We want to be in the Premier League.”

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