Date: 7th December 2014 at 4:41pm
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini was again pleased with our victory over Everton, especially as we lost goal machine Sergio Aguero so early on in the game.

The one nil win proved to be enough to separate the sides at full time and although it was a commanding attacking display from us, the manager will certainly hope we are a bit more clinical going forward as out of 19 attempts we only managed three on target and had we worked their keeper more the victory should’ve been more convincing.

However it was a decent performance, a good run out for Pozo and we got all three points to close the gap at the top of the table.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, he explained.

‘To play such an important game without so many important players is a difficult challenge but I never complain. We have a squad and we will try to win on Wednesday to continue in the Champions League. I am so pleased to beat Everton – a very good team – without four or five very important players, I always say this team is not just about Aguero. We have also missed Jovetic and Silva, and Dzeko was only able to play 20-25 minutes. I think the way we won is important for the trust in the way we defend.’

Pellegrini goes on to say it’s good in many ways for us to have shown that we can win one nil, make one chance count but then keep the clean sheet as well to see the game out, but of course he knows we should’ve scored again given the opportunities we created.

‘To win was important for a lot of reasons. Chelsea lost their game so it was important to try and recover points. December is a very difficult month. It is not a month where you win the title but it is a key month and we want to start next year leading or at least trying to be near the top.’

As for the Aguero set back, with him limping off after only seven minute, the manager confirmed the severity of the problem was not yet known and that would become clear over the next few days, however whilst hoping it was only a slight problem it is known it’s a ligament problem in his knee, so Pellegrini has effectively ruled him out of the Roma game in midweek. Least he doesn’t expect him to be in contention at this stage.

‘He will probably miss the game in Rome. We are not sure, but it is very difficult when you have a problem with your ligament to recover in three days.’

Fingers crossed it’s not anything more serious than missing a game or two at worst given the form he is in for us.

He ended by also saying that the run out would have been good for Edin Dzeko as he comes back to full fitness, but David Silva isn’t ready and Stevan Jovetic continues to have a small hamstring problem.

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