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So, after all these years, Manchester City are still waiting to see what it feels like to pick the fruit from the tree after yet another costly defeat to Everton.

A month ago, manager Roberto Mancini claimed the time had come to “raccogliere i frutti all’albero” and for 45 minutes he looked to be as good as his word as Yaya Toure gave the visitors a deserved advantage.

It would have meant that fourth place was all but sealed ahead of Tuesday’s game against Tottenham, allowing Mancini to rest players ahead of the FA Cup final against Stoke.

But after seeing goals from Sylvain Distin and Leon Osman gave Everton a seventh win in eight in this fixture, the visit of Harry Redknapp’s side will now have to be taken at full throttle.

To make it even more enjoyable for the home team, it was Joleon Lescott’s first return to Goodison Park since his acrimonious £24 million move to Eastlands in the summer of 2009.

And even worse for the visitors, as Mancini lost for a fourth time to David Moyes, this was another example of a new version of ‘Typical City’, with the visitors showing how good they can be before seemingly being paralysed when their dominance got them a lead.

The real frustration of the second-half capitulation will only be felt at the end of this week when Mancini finds himself attempting to get some life into shattered legs ahead of Wembley.

And it was all just so unnecessary after a display in the opening period that would have had the watching Stoke manager Tony Pulis shuddering a little.

For all the money that has been spent since the Abu Dhabi United Group takeover of 2008, there have been few better major signings than David Silva.

Europe’s top sides all looked at the little playmaker before City spent £26 million to sign him from Valencia and he took every chance to show his class, taking down a 70-yard pass from Vincent Kompany on his toe before shooting wide and also creating a great chance that Patrick Vieira lifted over from close range.

The Spaniard was finally rewarded when he was picked out by Nigel de Jong’s pass on the edge of the box and after Distin slid in, Silva laid the ball off for Toure to thump a shot across Tim Howard.

There were further opportunities to put the game beyond the hosts as City pulled Everton all over the place and David Moyes replaced Tony Hibbert, who had been tormented by Silva, with Jermaine Beckford at the break.

Initially City played 20 yards deeper but still looked bright on the break and could have doubled their lead when Silva slipped through for Toure, whose effort was blocked on the edge of the area by Howard.

But as Everton started to swarm, there was no outlet for the visitors and it was no surprise when Distin met Mikel Arteta’s cross with enough power to beat Joe Hart, despite the City goalkeeper getting a solid hand to the ball.

Six minutes later and Everton moved in front when Neville’s clipped cross saw Osman beat Kompany in the air to find the top corner.

James Milner had an effort deflected over in the closing stages but City’s desperation was summed up when they had to throw on Jo in the closing stages searching for an equaliser.

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