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 By Simon Curtis

Man City stagnation hits home in season of underachievement

Substitute Fernandinho struck a late winner as Manchester City killed off an Aston Villa comeback to claim a frantic 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

On Monday morning, Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City sit in second place in the Premier League table -- level on points with Arsenal but ahead on goal difference, albeit one game behind. After seeing off Aston Villa 3-2 at the weekend, just, the Chilean was then widely quoted as saying: "It is no shame if City finish second."

Indeed, City have spent the majority of the season in second. Even during a brief spell at Christmas when they caught leaders Chelsea and -- with identical points, goal difference...

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Man City the less error-prone in calamitous affair with Villa

Substitute Fernandinho struck a late winner as Manchester City killed off an Aston Villa comeback to claim a frantic 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Fernandinho bags the late winner as Manchester City move up to second ahead of Sunday's results.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini reacted to his side's last minute 3-2 win over Aston Villa, where he felt his side were far more dominant.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood explains his side had real belief to secure maximum points from Manchester City, but indicates Villa gifted Manuel Pellegrini's side a few goals.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three observations from the Etihad where Manchester City emerged victorious 3-2 over Aston Villa in an error-prone affair.

1. City win calamitous game

Four goalkeeping errors, and the winner scored after abject failure to clear a corner. This was no game for defensive purists. Jose Mourinho should scoff at the organisational chaos on show.

Fernandinho's acrobatic winner put Manchester City within two wins of reaching next season's Champions League, while Aston Villa...

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Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard get PFA merit awards for stellar careers

Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard were honoured to receive Merit awards by the PFA for their stellar careers.
The ESPN FC team react to Eden Hazard winning the PFA Player of the Year award, where Alejandro Moreno still does not feel the Belgian international is yet one of the top five players in the world.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley reacts to the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

Former England midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were back in tandem as they shared the PFA Merit award on Sunday.

The veteran pair, who will leave the Premier League for Major League Soccer in the summer, were mainstays of England's so-called "golden generation" and collected 220 caps between them.

Questions were often asked of their suitability as partners in central midfield, with both being attack-minded players, but each man's individual ability was never in doubt.

Liverpool skipper...