Man City held to 1-1 draw by Everton in EPL

Marouane Fellaini

Manchester City fell three points behind Manchester United in the Premier League title race after the champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton on Saturday.

Marouane Fellaini headed Everton in front in the 33rd minute but conceded a penalty 10 minutes later after tangling with Edin Dzeko, allowing Carlos Tevez to equalize from the spot.

The draw maintained City's unbeaten start to its title defense, however it also allowed United to extend its lead by winning 4-3 at Reading.

In this moment, we are not very strong with our strikers,'' City manager Roberto Mancini said. ``We need them to score more goals.''

City has gone 37 home games without defeat, a sequence stretching back to a loss to Everton two years ago.

Everton is always a difficult game because they work hard, they defend very well,'' City manager Roberto Mancini said. ``In the second half we played better, probably deserved to score another goal.

In the end we are not happy, but the season is long and this doesn't change anything. If you don't pay attention you can lose three points, and it is sometimes better to take one.''

It was Everton's seventh draw in its past nine games.

We've been playing well in most of the games and we showed it again against the champions,'' Everton manager David Moyes said. ``I was pleased with that and then 20 minutes after halftime we knew we would have to weather it.

Manchester City tend to get better in the second half and they did do. It was a good draw for us. We've had some bad draws but that was a good draw.''

The match took some while to warm up and City was hit by an early blow as Aleksandar Kolarov limped off after just six minutes.

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