Manchester City must improve - Pellegrini

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has warned his team they must improve after his side struggled to breakdown Hull City Tigers in the opening half of Saturday’s Premier League clash.

City went onto win the game 2-0 through substitute Alvaro Negredo’s headed effort and a 90th-minute free-kick from Ivorian international Yaya Toure.

Pellegrini blamed his side’s slow start on failing to recover from last weekend’s surprise defeat to Premier League new boys Cardiff City.

The Chilean, speaking to BBC Sport, said: "In the first-half we were without trust... but again at home we have a clean sheet - that's very pleasing.

"In pre-season we tried to work on different things, we experimented. But when we play in the Premier League we have to think more about the three points.

"So I am very pleased to win. We must improve though - we had many difficulties in the first-half.

"Hull is a good team. I was concerned that we failed to break them down in the first-half but 2-0 is a good scoreline. We can't win every game four or five nil - that's a good thing about the Premier League."

The 59-year-old went onto praise Manchester City’s backline and goalkeeper Joe Hart, who was heavily criticised for his display against Cardiff.

He added: "The clean sheet is very important for the whole team, for (goalkeeper) Joe Hart and for our defenders. They weren't very confident after the last game so it was important for them."

Manchester City, who are expected to sign Atletico Madrid defender Martin Demichelis before Monday’s transfer deadline, face Stoke City after the international break before kicking off their Champions League campaign against Viktoria Plzen.

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