City drop points in title race

Updated: April 17, 2014


Manchester City and Everton both dropped points on a night that could determine how their Premier League aspirations finish this season.

City had their title hopes dented when they were held 2-2 by bottom of the table Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium. After losing to Liverpool last weekend this was a must win for Pelligrini’s men however for bottom of the table Sunderland this was also a six pointer if they wanted to stave off relegation.

Fernandinho settled the nerves with the opener in only the second minute when he got on the end of another brilliant through ball from Sergio Aguero.

Sunderland had their chances, John O’Shea should have converted a pair of headers however Conor Wickham came to the rescue with a brace in the 78th and 82nd minutes to stun the home team into a final attacking push which saw Sami Nasri providing the equaliser in the 88th minute.

City remain 6 points adrift of Liverpool with a game in hand.

In the nights other game, Everton were stunned 3-2 by Crystal Palace. With Arsenal moving into fourth place last night it was a bitter loss for the home team in their pursuit of Champions League football.

Everton remain fifth on 66 points while Palace continue their remarkable turnaround and move onto 40 points 8 clear of the relegation zone.