By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho was in action for 14 minutes on Wednesday night as Manchester City were held to a 0-0 Premier League draw by Stoke City at the Etihad.
The Nigeria international came off the bench in place of Yaya Toure as Pep Guardiola desperately sought to unlock the Potters defence.
Manchester City are unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions and won four matches in a row while Stoke City’s has form have been poor so far this season, losing five of their six away league matches.
Stoke City started with intent in the game. Senegalese striker Mame Diouf met a cross inside the penalty area in the sixth minute and had a good attempt towards the bottom left corner after Gael Clichy’s failed clearance. Wilfredo Caballero was however prepared and denied him with a fantastic save.
With one hour played in the game, Manchester City were presented with a chance to score the opening goal as Leroy Sane darted into the box and immediately fired a first-time effort. It was a poor shot which went well over the crossbar.
Left-back Clichy who had a rather average first half performance for Pep Guardiola’s team created two good chances in the second half as he surged forward to support the attack which the Stoke defence dealt with his dangerous crosses into their eighteen-yard box.
David Silva produced a fine shot at the edge of the Stoke City box in the 72nd minute, City’s eighth attempt of the night, with Stoke City managing four themselves but his effort went just wide of the right post.
Iheanacho had a good opportunity when he latched on to a cross from the wing but his strike from the six-yard box went a few inches wide of the right post.
The result strengthens Chelsea’s position at the top of the Premier League table as they are still 10 points clear.