Barry grabs late winner for City

Sunday, December 23, 2012

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LONDON, England (AP) — Gareth Barry struck in stoppage time yesterday to ensure Manchester City kept the pressure on Manchester United in the Premier League title race with a 1-0 victory over Reading.


The defending champions were being frustrated by bottom-place Reading until Barry rose over Nicky Shorey to head in David Silva's cross.


"It's more important to score early on in games," City manager Roberto Mancini said. "My heart is not strong for these late goals."


City is three points behind United ahead of the leaders' match at Swansea on Sunday.


In the tight tussle for the four Champions League spots, Arsenal climbed to third ahead of Everton, Tottenham and West Bromwich Albion on goal difference.


Mikel Arteta's penalty on the hour clinched Arsenal's 1-0 victory at relegation-threatened Wigan after Jean Beausejour was adjudged to have brought down Theo Walcott.


Everton relied on a fortuitous goal to win 2-1 at West Ham, with Kevin Nolan's clearance from Leon Osman's cross inadvertently coming off Steven Pienaar in the 73rd minute.


Everton's comeback began 10 minutes earlier when Victor Anichebe's header cancelled out a first-half goal from Carlton Cole, who was sent off shortly after the equaliser for a high-footed challenge on Leighton Baines.


Everton had midfielder Darron Gibson sent off in stoppage time, but held on to go fourth.


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