City strike late to beat Villa; Liverpool win


By Steve Douglas ,AP

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City kept the pressure on English Premier League leader Chelsea by scoring late goals in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, while Liverpool revived its faltering campaign by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Saturday.

Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero produced moments of brilliance in the final eight minutes to break Villa’s stubborn resistance and provisionally move second-place City to within two points of Chelsea, which hosts Arsenal on Sunday.

“I have told the players that in May you are going to win or lose the Premier League by just a point or so, so every one you drop on the way makes it more difficult,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said.

“It is very difficult to recover the points against a team like Chelsea, and the only way to do it is to win every game.”

Jordan Henderson set up Liverpool’s opening goal by Adam Lallana, and grabbed the winner against West Brom, lifting the anxiety around Anfield after the club’s run of three league games without victory.

“We needed to find a way to win today,” said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, whose team has struggled to maintain the form of last season that swept it to a second-place finish behind City.

Liverpool’s problems are nothing compared to those of Newcastle, which remained winless this season after a 2-2 draw at Swansea.

The pressure on Newcastle manager Alan Pardew would have been fierce with another defeat but he was helped out by two equalizers from Papiss Cisse, who also scored twice to snatch a draw against Hull two weeks ago.

“Anybody who saw the game today will see the players gave everything,” Pardew said.

“It’s my job to try and lift the players and make sure there’s fight in their belly. The confidence will get better and this will give us belief.”

Sunderland beat Stoke 3-1, Hull defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 and Burnley scored through a 90th-minute free kick to draw 2-2 at fellow promoted side Leicester.