Soccer-City go top with tough win over Palace

(Adds late game) By Tim Collings LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Manchester City ground out a 1-0 win over struggling Crystal Palace to go top of the Premier League and champions Manchester United continued their recent revival with a 1-0 victory at Norwich City on Saturday. With leaders Arsenal not playing until Sunday, Edin Dzeko's 66th-minute goal earned the points for City who maintained their perfect home record this season but showed none of their usual free-scoring swagger at the Etihad Stadium. "I think the team that wants to win the title must have different faces," City manager Manuel Pellegrini told the BBC. "We usually score lots of goals at home, but after 45 minutes we knew it would not be like that." Mid-table Hull City hammered relegation-threatened Fulham 6-0, Aston Villa struggled again in a 1-1 home draw with Swansea City and West Ham United were held 3-3 by West Bromwich Albion in a thrilling early kickoff at Upton Park.

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