A disappointing 1-1 draw for Manchester City as they failed to claim all three points in a fixture which saw them play relegation-threatened Hull City; definitely a match Manuel Pellegrini's side were expected to win.
With Yaya Toure on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, the Citizens have struggled to keep pace with top dogs Chelsea.
Injuries concerning the likes of Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero in attack have also hindered City's title surge, but both featured in this weekend's clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City midfielder and England international James Milner - who scored a late free-kick to bring the game level - commented: "We know, more than anyone, you have to keep going to the death and anything can happen, but I think we have got to be pretty faultless between now and the end of the season to get close."
If City drop more points in the upcoming weeks, their title claim will not only be in tatters but Champions League football may also be in jeopardy.
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Although they sit in second as things stand, local rivals Manchester United will be a mere win away from City as well as the Saints being four points away with in-form Spurs not too far behind them.
Stoke City away and Newcastle United at home are the remainder of February's fixtures for Pellegrini's side, but ending the month at Barcelona surely won't benefit the squad fitness wise as the game is followed by in-form Liverpool who are also beginning to look dangerous in the Champions League scrap.
Will Manchester City's problems be over with the return of Toure and new signing Wilfred Bony? Will their home form improve? Do Manchester City still have a genuine title shot?
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