Lescott grabs winner for Man City at Villa


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.