Premiership - Manchester City 1-0 Reading


Premiership - Manchester City 1-0 Reading

City barely defeated last place Reading 1-0 before happy fans at Etihad Stadium in pouring rain on Saturday.

Going into the match Roberto Mancini's side trailed rivals Manchester United by six points in the title race.

Barry headed home the winmer in stoppage time from a David Silva cross to trim United's lead to three points before its battle with Swansea on Sunday.

"I think we deserved to win but when you are in the last two or three minutes of extra time, it could be difficult," Mancini said. "These games, if you don't score in the first half when you have a lot of chances to score, I think they can be strong.

"They played well, they defended well, for 90 minutes with all players behind the ball. We didn't find space to score. When you have one chance, you have to score. In the end, I am happy with the victory but we had a big problem."

City's 18-year-old Karim Rekik, made his Premier League debut at left back in the absence of Gael Clichy.

Reading manager Brian McDermott felt Barry illegally jumped on the back of one of his players as he leapt to reach Silva's cross.

"Absolute joke. We have had that a few times this season and even the Tabb penalty -- it was a penalty," McDermott said. "We have had three or four of those, we have had a handball goal against us and an offside goal against us -- all of which have cost us points. To get that wrong -- I have just said to (Dean) he will be gutted he's missed that.

"He hung in the air, but you can hang in the air all day long if you are on someone's back. It's an absolute cert foul, it cannot be anything else."

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