Second-half substitutes Mario Balotelli and James Milner combined to send Manchester City top of the Barclays Premier League for a couple of hours at least with a 2-0 victory over Everton.

The Toffeemen, who had won the last four meetings between the sides, proved tough to break down.

It was not until the arrival of Balotelli after an hour that City managed it, the striker's shot deflecting in off Phil Jagielka, before Milner finished Everton off in the final minute.

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