Manchester City wasted a chance to close the gap in the Premier League title race as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
A week after losing 2-1 at Everton in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, City were once again frustrated by the Merseysiders.
A failure to score at home for the first time this season means City remain three points behind Arsenal when a win would have moved them within one point of the leaders, who drew at Liverpool.
Manuel Pellegrini’s third placed side still haven’t managed back-to-back league wins since October.
City dominated the second half and at times were almost camped in Everton’s penalty area.
But with Tim Howard excelling in goal for the visitors, City’s shortcomings in attack when Sergio Aguero doesn’t score were again exposed as they drew at home for the first time this season.
City’s unlikely pursuit of a quadruple of domestic and European honours is still a possibility, although Everton are making sure they will have to do it the hard way.