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6-1 – Even Vieira Scored


Football - Burnley v Manchester City Barclays Premier League


That sums up City’s Saturday evening following their 6-1 demolition of Burnley which saw the blues move back into fourth in the league.

The blues repeated their performance at Turf Moor eleven years ago with a devastating display of finishing which rightly gave the advantage back to City in the race for fourth place in the league.

The writing was on the wall from the first minute when Adam Johnson rifled in a shot after just 41 seconds and it was inevitable that the blues would take an early lead. Adam Johnson’s corner was controlled by Adebayor who rifled home after three minutes and two minutes later, the blues showed their dominance when Craig Bellamy collected a pass and easily slotted past the home keeper.

The home fans, who had came to Turf Moor in the hope that their team would put in a similar performance to that which beat United earlier in the season and also grabbed a 3-3 draw at Eastlands, were heading for the exits after just seven minutes. Brian Jensen in the home goal couldn’t hold Adebayor’s shot and the rebound fell to a grateful Carlos Tevez to give City one of the quickest three goal leads in Premiership history.

But there was more to come. After twenty minutes, another Johnson corner was met by Patrick Vieira, whose thumping header found the back of the net to send the visiting supporters into dreamland.

And on the stroke of half time, Adebayor beat the offside trap and coolly slotted home to send the blues in 5-0 up at the break. This coming after Tevez had seen his wicked shot bounce back off the upright and away.

Football - Burnley v Manchester City Barclays Premier League

It was all about damage control for Burnley in the second half and they were helped by another deluge of rain. But a sixth arrived after 57 minutes when Vincent Kompany headed home yet another corner.

The sun came out and Burnley pulled a goal back when Steven Fletcher scored from a tight angle. But there was never any way that City would surrender their lead and the blues now have the advantage in the race for fourth.

City were helped by Sunderland as the Wearsiders beat Spurs 3-1 at the Stadium of Light in a game that saw three penalties for the home side. Darren Bent took all three and missed two of them but in the end it didn’t matter as The Black Cats held on for a good win.

In the other great result of the day, Chelsea took control of the title race with an easy win at Old Trafford. Joe Cole and Didier Drogba scoring at the theatre of crap.

So a good day for City all round and with four of the remaining six games being at home, City are now favourites to claim fourth spot and a place in the Champions League next season.

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