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Pellegrini hails Man City spirit for victory over Villa

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is delighted with their show of spirit for victory over Aston Villa.

City consolidated their top four hopes with an exciting 3-2 win.

Fernandinho struck in the 89th minute as City killed off a Villa comeback at the Etihad Stadium. City were not at their best but looked to have the game sewn up as they went 2-0 ahead with goals from Sergio Aguero - pouncing on a Brad Guzan blunder - and Aleksandar Kolarov.

But FA Cup finalists Villa quickly replied through Tom Cleverley and looked to have claimed a hard-earned point in their relegation fight through Carlos Sanchez five minutes from time.

Pellegrini said: "I don't think it was fortunate.

"We didn't play well and I think Aston Villa played very well, especially in possession of the ball, but they didn't have chances to score, just the two set-pieces (from which) they drew the game.

"So, I don't know why we are fortunate that we scored the third goal from a set-piece in the same way they scored their two goals.

"It is very important to continue with the spirit we had today. It is not easy when you are winning 2-0 and then they draw 2-2 to go again for the match. We did it.

"With this spirit, another game we don't lose."

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