Joleon Lescott kick-started City's season way back in August at Wembley, but his second-half winner at Villa Park might come to be the one he remembers most fondly.
His close-range hook into Shay Given's net squeezed the Blues back to the top of the Barclays Premier League and ended a leanish spell on the road. Lescott showed all the movement and preditory instincts of a striker to carve out space and time to score
Roberto Mancini's men had lost three of their last five away games and had won only once since Bonfire Night. There were no pyrotechnics, nor were Villa really at it, but this was a must-win and, eventually, a job well done.
City's recent away record has not even come close to matching those inspirational early-season performances at Manchester United and Tottenham, and once more they struggled to turn possession into goals in a one-sided first half.Read full match report
Barclays Premier League
As of: 12 February 2012, 5:56 PMView full league table
- Duration: 97 minutes
- Home possession: 36%
- Away possession: 64%
- Home: 3
- Away: 7
- Home: 15
- Away: 6
- Home: 1
- Away: 2