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Barry: Match winner

Barry: Match winner

An injury-time goal from Gareth Barry was enough to hand Manchester City all three points as they saw off Reading 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

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The Etihad Stadium encounter looked to be heading towards a goalless draw, but England international Barry snatched the win in the dying moments with a header from David Silva's cross.

The result took City to within three points of Premier League leaders Manchester United, who play Swansea 24 hours later.

The Royals, meanwhile, remain rock-bottom with just nine points from their opening 18 league matches.

Having seen their superb unbeaten home record go two weeks ago in the Manchester derby in dramatic circumstances, it was no great surprise to see the home fans a little flat, despite victory at Newcastle last weekend.

However, with bottom club Reading in town it looked like a game for the hosts to grab themselves a few goals against a side who shipped five at home to Arsenal on Monday.

From the very first whistle it was City who took control of possession and control of the game.

Carlos Tevez was well denied by Adam Federici in the early moments after the striker had beaten two men, but the keeper was in the right place at the right time to keep out Sergio Aguero's drive.

The pressure was relentless as half time approached but the Royals were looking far more organised than at any point this season and the frustration of the home fans only grew as they went into the break goalless.

It didn't take long after the break for Roberto Mancini to introduce super sub Edin Dzeko, but even the Bosnian was struggling to get himself on the ball in dangerous positions as Reading looked set to hold on for a precious point.

With just moments remaining though Silva curled a hopeful cross into the box and Barry simply wanted to get to the ball more than Nicky Shorey as he barrelled through to power the header beyond Federici.

Posted: 22/12/12 16:08

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