City were forced to settle for a point despite taking a late lead away to Everton.
The champions had to wait until 16 minutes from time to edge in front against the Toffees through a Fernandinho header, but the advantage lasted just four minutes as Everton pulled level from a set-piece that the City defence should have dealt better with.
The Blues have now fallen two points behind leaders Chelsea and though a point at Goodison Park can hardly be classed as a failure, the title race is so tight between the two top clubs that every point dropped feels decisive.
There is, of course, a long way still to go.Read full match report
Barclays Premier League
As of: 10 January 2015, 5:30 PMView full league table
- Duration: 94 minutes
- Home possession: 38%
- Away possession: 62%
- Home: 4
- Away: 2
- Home: 9
- Away: 10
- Home: 3
- Away: 1