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Lescott grabs winner for Man City at Villa

Updated: February 12, 2012, 12:58

Manchester City's Joleon Lescott, center left, celebrates after scoring against Aston Villa during their English Premier League soccer match at Villa Park Stadium, Birmingham, England, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

BIRMINGHAM, England(AP) England defender Joleon Lescott preserved Manchester City's two-point lead in the Premier League by scoring a second-half winner in a 1-0 victory at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Lescott hooked in a far-post nod-down by Gareth Barry in the 63rd minute to settle a match City dominated at Villa Park.

Villa missed two great chances to equalize in a late rally, however, with an unmarked Carlos Cuellar heading over from six yards (meters) and Darren Bent's close-range effort drawing a fine reaction save from City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

With 13 matches remaining, City maintains its narrow advantage over Manchester United, with Tottenham five points further back in third.

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