Although we were poor again today for large parts of the game, goals from Negredo and Toure helped us to take all three points against a Hull team that came to play.
We were poor again today especially in the first half, we weren't passing well again, our defending left a lot to be desired and we were continuously over complicating things. Fair play to Hull though, they made us look bad as well because they put pressure on us and came to the Etihad with attacking intentions today.
The first half today was not pleasant to watch and the defensive errors started early with a mix up between Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott, the poor defending continued throughout the first 45 minutes, with the midfield non existent at times. Although we did have a lot of possession in the opening half of the game, we continuously gave the ball away with sloppy passing, Hull took advantage of this and upon gaining possession back they passed well and came at us very directly. Our attacking prowess was also a miss in the first half, once we got in and around the box we did what we usually do and played one pass to many or tried the impossible through ball one to many times.
At the start of the second half we saw Pellegrini make a much needed substitution, he brought Alvaro Negredo on in place of the very ineffective Edin Dzeko and it freshened us up. Whilst still not hitting our peak we did improve a lot in the second half, we stuck to a high line and tried to pile the pressure on Hull. We played more as a unit in the second half and it certainly improved us, individual mistakes were not as often, the passing was more fluent and in the end these slight improvements helped us on our way to victory.
Pellegrini needs to have a long hard think during in the international break because the team are just not performing, we seem to have a nervous energy about us at the moment and I don't know if that's because of the pressure of how he wants them to play or just because of the pressure involved in being a top team, regardless what the problem is it needs to be fixed. As well as the manager analysing what is wrong, the players also need to have a look at themselves. There are far too many big names not performing at the moment, the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva, Joleon Lescott and Joe Hart to name but a few are top players at the top of the football ladder and it is hard to see why they would have a drop in form, whatever the reason we need them to get their heads down and start performing consistently if we are to have a chance at the title.
Goals and highlights.