Man Utd 1-6 Man City: Blue dominance in Manchester established

October 24, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Manchester City humiliated Manchester United in a 6-1 victory as the visitors opened up a five point gap at the top of the Premier League table. Braces from Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko as well as strikes from Sergio Aguero and David Silva put Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to the sword while a stunning consolation from Darren Fletcher proved futile. The Manchester City statistics cannot be disputed because after weathering the early storm from their hosts, they tore them to shreds and the scoreline fairly reflects that.

Star of the show: David Silva

The hosts kicked-off in a much brighter fashion to their big-spending rivals as they dominated possession early on. Ashley Young in particular was proving to be a thorn in Manchester City’s defence but the home side couldn’t unlock their rearguard as Wayne Rooney and Anderson were restricted to long-range efforts.

However in the 22nd minute against the run of play, the visitors grabbed the lead. James Milner collected Sergio Aguero’s incisive pass and the Englishman pulled it back for Balotelli, who passed it precisely into David de Gea’s bottom left corner. Ferguson’s men were jolted by conceding as Roberto Mancini’s men finally got a foothold on proceedings and began to enjoy long spells of possession themselves but there were no significant chances before the end of the first half.

Within a minute of the restart, Manchester United’s day got worse as Jonny Evans hauled Balotelli down on the edge of the box. The Northern Irish defender received a red card since he was last man back and their defence never got to grips with their cross-city rivals since then.

Mario Balotelli after netting the opener

Balotelli doubled City’s lead on the hour mark when he converted Milner’s cross as Patrice Evra’s indiscipline was exposed at the back. Micah Richards and Sergio Aguero combined to complete the same feat down the right flank as the right-back’s back post cross was converted by the Argentine attacker to make it 3-0 to City.

However with nine minutes left, Darren Fletcher produced a stunning 25-yard curling effort that found Joe Hart’s top left corner as hopes of a United comeback materialised.  But nothing was going to take this day away from the FA Cup holders as Edin Dzeko kneed in Joleon Lescott’s cross in the 90th minute to make the scoreline 4-1.

The Premier League champions defence disintegrated further in injury time when David Silva was allowed to ghost though their sieve-like defence and slot the ball under the helpless de Gea. There was still time for Dzeko to snatch a sixth as he latched onto Silva’s sublime pass and calmly slotted past the young Spanish ‘keeper once again.

Alex Ferguson was bamboozled

The crushing defeat of Manchester United puts a chasm between the two sides as Man City are now five points clear of them in the race for the Premier League title with a vastly superior goal difference of +26, 12 more than their championship rivals. The size of the win will have a long-term positive psychological effect on Macini’s squad as a powershift looks on the cards in the city of Manchester.

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Early Tevez Strike Defeats Bolton

December 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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A Carlos Tevez goal just three minutes into the game was enough to see off Bolton but the blues squandered a host of chances to kill off the opposition in a game that sees City cement their fourth place position.

After Arsenal beat Fulham to go top of the Premiership and Chelsea only managing a draw at home to Everton, it was vital that the blues secured three points not only to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack but also to close the gap at the top of the table

City rested Tevez for the midweek win over Salzburg but he returned to the side to partner to goal hero Mario Balotelli in attack and the new formation set to work immediately and unsettled Bolton from the start and within three minutes, the blues were in front.

Yaya Toure, also recalled to the starting line up, fed the ball beautifully through the Bolton defence and Tevez beat the offside trap to coolly fire City ahead. It was just the start the blues had been looking for after drawing a blank in their last three home league games.

That signified a City onslaught and should have lead to more goals and the blues had plenty of chances to increase the lead. David Silva looked lively and he felt he should have been awarded a penalty when his shot hit Gary Cahill but the referee waved play on. Shortly after, City were denied a second when Silva beat the offside trap and squared to Tevez but the goal was disallowed as Gareth Barry, who was not involved in the move, was judged offside.

Tevez then picked up a booking for kicking the ball away and that could see him miss the game at West Ham through suspension. Pablo Zabaleta was sent clean through only to see his shot saved by Jaaskelainen as the Bolton keeper led a charmed life in goal. Tevez had another chance before the half ended but fired wide of the Bolton goal.

The crowd needed another goal to settle them and Zabaleta almost provided it but saw his shot parried by Jaaskelainen with no-one following up. Joe Hart almost gifted Bolton an equaliser when he raced out to take a simple catch but the ball somehow slipped through his fingers and headed towards the goal, but Vincent Kompany was on hand to clear the danger. 

Bolton could sense a little nervousness and pushed forward and their hopes of getting something from the game were increased in the final ten minutes when Aleksander Kolarov was dismissed for what seemed like a decent challenge. The defender had already been booked and slid in with both feet on the ground and won the ball, but the referee saw it as a two footed challenge and Kolarov walked for a second bookable offence.

A week ago, City conceded a last minute equaliser at Stoke and Bolton pushed forward hoping to get something out of the game but even four minutes of injury time could not help them and City hung on for another three points. 

So City remain in fourth but more importantly, just three points behind leaders Arsenal and the next game is at Struggling West Ham, where the blues will be hoping to pick up a fifth away win of the season.

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Draw From The Clutches Of Victory

November 27, 2010 by · 3 Comments
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 City gained a hard earned point following a physical encounter with Stoke but it was an injury time equaliser for the Potters that denied the blues a fifth away win of the season.

Micah Richards had given the blues the lead in the 81st minute but Matthew Etherington earned a deserved point for the home side in the second minute of injury time to deny the blues the chance to go level on points with Chelsea.

Following the 4-1 win at Fulham last week, the blues were under the cosh from virtually the first whistle and Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller looked in the mood to torment the blues defence and was a constant thorn in the side of Kolo Toure.

Rory Delap, whose long throw-ins caused all sorts of problems during last season two FA Cup ties, could have easily lead to the opening goal, but fortunately, the blues defence seemed to have learned a lesson from last season and just about managed to deal with them. 

But City rode their luck in the first half and both Fuller and Etherington had chances to put Stoke in front.  Joe Hart denied Etherington on at least two occasions, while Fuller had a glorious chance after being allowed through he City defence but instead of hitting the target, he fluffed his shot hopelessly wide.

Roberto Mancini must have been wondering what had happened to the side that so easily dispatched Fulham last Sunday bit whatever he said to his team during the half time interval seemed to have some effect as the blues started the second half with a little more purpose.

Mario Balotelli, returning after a three match ban following his red card at West Brom, hit a shot wide while James Milner fired into the arms of Stoke keeper Begovic. Despite the increased performance from City, Stoke still pressed and Milner was the saviour for City when he cleared off the line from a Stoke corner.

It looked to have been a crucial moment in the match, particularly when Richards gave the blues the lead with just nine minutes remaining. The defender received the ball on the edge of the area and superbly dummied Robert Huth and fired his shot under Begovic to send the visiting supporters wild.

But defeat would have been harsh on stoke and they got their reward with just a minute of injury time remaining. With the City defence already thinking about taking the three points back to Manchester, Tuncay produced a neat back heel that Etherington latched onto to shoot past for the equaliser.

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10 Men City Lose To Arsenal

October 24, 2010 by · 30 Comments
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A sending off, Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure injured and three goals conceded wasn’t what City wanted as they lost at Eastlands for the first time this season.

The blues sat in second place in the table prior to the fixture and were hoping for three points against the Gunners that would keep the pressure on Chelsea. The blues have won this fixture for the last two seasons, as well as beating the Gunners in the League Cup Quarter Final last season and named Mario Balotelli on the bench, alongside Europa League hat-trick hero Emmanuel Adebayor, as Carlos Tevez was returned to the starting line-up.

Before the game, Bobby Mancini justified his decision by explaining the importance of having a good bench. “When we play a game every three days, players who start on the bench can be important, it’s very important we have a good bench. Mario Balotelli is not ready to play a whole game or 45 minutes but it’s important that he’s now available and he can maybe play 10 or 15 minutes.”

The blues started well and with barely a minute played, Tevez ran along the right wing and his low cross into the area was met by David Silva, whose shot was saved by Arsenal keeper Fabianski. City could have had another chance in the third minute when Micah Richards burst into the box but couldn’t find the pass.

A minute later came the game’s first talking point. Dedryck Boyata brought down Marouane Chamakh and, despite it not being a clear goal scoring opportunity, referee Mark Clattenburg produced a red card for the youngster. Clattenburg was probably going to send him off anyway, but the situation wasn’t helped by Cesc Fabregas, who disgraced himself by waving an imaginary card to get the City man sent off.

After that, Fabregas got a bit of attention from the City midfield. First Nigel de Jong, who was heavily criticised in City’s last home league game against Newcastle, Made a good challenge on Fabregas but Gareth Barry was booked for what looked like a fair challenge on Spaniard.

The game threatened to become a bad tempered affair and Clattenburg angered the City faithful by not booking Song for a rash challenge on Silva after just thirteen minutes played.

Carlos Tevez had a chance to give City the lead but his scuffed shot was saved while at the other end, Chamakh headed over from six yards when he really should have scored. However Arsenal did score moment later when Samir Nasri was neatly played through and beat Joe Hart at his near post.

City 0-1 Arsenal

On 26 minutes, Fabregas saw his name in the book for foul tackle on de Jong and from the free kick, City played it among themselves before Micah Richards made a dash for the penalty area, turned in the box and unleashed a left foot shot that went agonisingly wide.

In the 40th minute, Vincent Kompany seemed to get to the ball ahead of Fabregas but the Spaniard went to ground and Clattenburg awarded the visitors a penalty. To a chorus of boos, Fabregas dusted himself off and took the spot kick himself, only to see it brilliantly saved by England’s number one keeper Joe Hart. Kompany had a chance to level the scores a minute later but headed over from a corner.

Clattenburg continued to annoy the home support by not awarding a penalty for handball, but the ball found its way through to Silva, who was onside but couldn’t control it. Kompany then made a great block from to keep the score at 1-0, as he got his body in the way of Denilson’s fierce drive.

The last chance of the half fell to Arsenal, but a free kick, conceded by de Jong on Fabregas on edge of box, came to nothing as ref blew for half time. A goal and a man down, City had a mountain to climb in the second half.

Half Time: City 0-1 Arsenal

Wayne Bridge replaced Yaya Toure at half time after the midfielder picked up a knock in the first half, which meant Barry could return to his usual midfield role. Within six minutes of the start of the second half, Tevez went off with a presumed injury and was replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togolese striker was the catalyst for a near riot last season from the Arsenal fans and his introduction again produced jeers from the away end. But the striker was not given the service he needed to follow up his midweek European hat-trick.

City’s problems increased on 66 minutes after another Arsenal move ended with Alex Song sweeping the ball into the back of the net and giving the visitors breathing space. City pressed but they looked a beaten side and didn’t look like scoring even after Italian striker Mario Balotello was introduced five minutes after the goal, replacing the ineffective and disappointing Gareth Barry.

City gave a brief rally, with Adebayor just failing to reach Silva’s pass and Jerome Boateng’s drive was tipped away by Fabianski.

Arsenal made the game safe with two minutes left and there was more than a little controversy over the goal. The ball seemed to go out of play for a City throw in but none of the officials seemed to notice and the ball found its way to Nicklas Bendner, who looked marginally offside, who raced into the area and finished neatly into the back of the net.

Final Score: City 0-3 Arsenal

The defeat was City’s heaviest at home since being beaten by Blackburn in January 2007 by the same scoreline, but it is Arsenal’s first clean sheet on the road in 16 attempts.

City now lie in fourth place, five points behind leaders Chelsea and the next game at Wolves will be of utmost importance to the blues if they are to keep up their dreams of Champions League qualification.

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Ade 3-1 Lech. Who Needs Rooney?

October 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first hat-trick for City that sent a big message to Roberto Mancini regarding the rumours surrounding Wayne Rooney.

The Togolese striker was preferred to Carlos Tevez and he became the first City player ever to score a European hat-trick as his three goals sent City back to the top of the group.

With all the hype surrounding Rooney’s apparently imminent departure from Old Trafford, speculation has been rife that City are favourites to sign the out of form England man. But Adebayor’s performance on Thursday may well have Mancini wondering if he should persevere with Ade and forget Rooney all together.

Adebayor scored two goals in the first 24 minutes of the game to put City firmly in control. His first coming when he superbly turned and fired a shot past the visiting keeper Buric, before heading home David Silva’s cross to double City’s lead.

Silva himself played an impressive part in City’s performance and is rapidly establishing himself in the side. The Spaniard could have grabbed a goal himself in the second half but was denied by Buric after another weaving run and shot inside the area.

That came after Lech had pulled a goal back and were threatening to draw level. Joleon Lescott, who was lucky not to concede a penalty in their last home game against Newcastle, seemed to bring down Slawomir Peszko in the same penalty area. The referee waved to play on and City’s dallying in the area was compounded as the ball fell to Joel Tshimbamba, who hammered home to reduce the deficit.

Adebayor had a chance to complete his hat-trick but was let down by an awful first touch and was nearly made to rue that miss when Tshimbamba had a golden chance to level but somehow blazed his shot over.

That was enough to force City to stop messing around and finish the game and Adebayor duly obliged in the 73rd minute. It was Silva again who provided an inch perfect cross for Adebayor to steer home and send his name into the City history books.

City were hungry for more goals and Adam Johnson, who seems to get better with every game, almost provided the fourth. The tricky winger waltzed his way into the area and curled a shot which bounced off the crossbar and out of play.

Lech still pressed and a dreadful backpass by Dedryck Boyata almost allowed the Poles back in the game but thankfully it came to nothing.

So a second group win for City sent them back to the top of the group and, with Juventus only managing a third draw from three, qualification is looking good for the blues. However, looking at Lech tonight, the return in Poland is not going to be easy but if the blues will probably field a few more of their big names for that one.

As for Adebayor, he has been criticised over the last few weeks over his work rate, but if he continues to perform in such a manner, surely it will be enough to persuade Mancini that he is the best strike partner for Tevez.

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Tevez and Silva Win It For City But Its Tough Luck On Blackpool

October 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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The TV schedulers of football picks great games intermingled with dour, lacklustre affairs that are hardly worth remembering. But this week they picked a game that showed passion from one club, skill from another and a little more controversy from the officials.

Three decisions which went in City’s favour seemed to have shaped the game, with the blues benefitting from an offside decision given against Blackpool, which saw Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s neat finish disallowed, before Carlos Tevez was allowed to score from a position where he was, in fairness, slightly offside himself. The third incident came seconds before City’s second goal when it looked like Ian Evett had been fouled before Tevez scored. Either way, I’m not too bothered as it made my Premier League Fantasy Football team look good this week.

It was a game that saw City ride their luck considerably in a game that they could so easily have lost had it not been for some woeful finishing from the home side. Two goals by Carlos Tevez and a superb individual strike from David Silva sent the blues second in the league, but it also showed us exactly what Blackpool are about and why they might spring a few more surprises this season.

The Premier League new boys match the blues stride for stride and, in fairness, dominated parts of the game which could have seen striker DJ Campbell give them a 2-0 lead. The striker had two decent chances, both steered wide which would have sent the home fans into a frenzy and increase the already electric atmosphere.

But City had chances of their own, the first one falling to Adam Johnson, whose left foot shot was tipped over by goalkeeper Matthew Gilkes. Towards the end of the half, Adebayor and Tevez both missed a chance to send the blues in 1-0 at the break. The Togolese striker missed the ball completely before it hit Tevez on the chest and bounced into the grateful arms of Gilkes.

If Mancini was unhappy with the blues first half performance, he will have been equally unimpressed at the start of the second as the blues continued to ride their luck. Campbell always looked a threat to City and he was left unmarked by Joleon Lescott but, with only Joe Hart to beat, the Blackpool man hit his shot agonisingly wide. Soon after came the first controversial decision.

Campbell was judged offside when he went for a ball played over the top and, although he didn’t get a touch on it, Taylor-Fletcher did and lifted it precisely past Hart to send the home fans wild. But unfortunately for them, the linesman judged Campbell offside and the fact the striker went to play the ball was enough to rule out the goal.

On 65 minutes, Spaniard David Silva emerged from the bench to replace Adebayor and the World Cup winner instantly made his mark. Silva played a neat back heel to James Milner, who played the ball across the box for Tevez to nick in and score the opener. Blackpool half heartedly appealed for an offside that never arrived as Tevez celebrated with the City fans and earned himself a booking.

City upped their game after the goal and Milner almost made it two when his right foot shot cannoned back off the crossbar as the blues pressed for more. But back came Blackpool. Wayne Bridge conceded a free kick and Charlie Adam swung the ball over for substitute Marlon Harewood to glance home the equaliser.

But before the Blackpool fans had settled in their seats, City were back in front following controversial incident number three. Evett appeared to have his foot taken from him, but Tevez didn’t hang around for the whistle and promptly dispatched the ball past Gilkes with the help of a deflection from Craig Cathcart.

The game looked safe for City and Tevez could have had a hat-trick but for the top of the crossbar. Then came a moment of sheer genius that would be enough to win any game and clearly marked the arrival of David Silva.

Tevez was fouled near the byline and a quick free kick was played to Silva, who waltzed into the Blackpool box, tricked his way past several defenders before curling the ball beyond Gilkes for an incredible third goal. Silva was also booked for removing his shirt but he hardly cared. City were on their way back to second.

The home side restored a little parity to the scoreline when Taylor-Fletcher was on hand at the far post to tap home but the points were safe and, following the results from Saturday which saw Chelsea and United drop points, the blues returned to second in the league, three points clear of their closest rivals and just two points off the top.

So victory for City but Blackpool can take heart from this game. If they play like that against some of the other teams in the Premier League, they should have no problem staying up. Just as long as they take their chances.

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Johnson The Hero As City Go Second

October 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Substitute Adam Johnson was City’s saviour again as his second goal in four days sent City into second place in the Premiership.

The blues dropped the winger and Emmanuel Adebayor to the bench as Roberto Mancini reverted to his much preferred 4-5-1. The visitors started brightly but suffered a major setback within the first few minutes of the game.

Hatem Ben Arfa went down injured following a challenge from Nigel de Jong and the winger received several minutes of treatment on the pitch, before being given oxygen and stretchered off with a suspected broken left leg.

Both teams seemed to cancel each other out following Ben Arfa’s injury but the blues broke the deadlock in rather dubious circumstances in the 18th minute. Caros Tevez looked to get away from Newcastle defender Mike Williamson but fell under a challenge from the defender, who appeared to get a toe on the ball.

The referee though judged it as a penalty and Tevez dusted himself off to smash home the spot kick, but the lead didn’t last long. Jonas Guiterrez crossed but Kolo Toure blocked the ball, only for the Argentine to collect and hammer past Joe Hart in the City goal from just ten yards out.

Newcastle were looking to create an upset and had the better of the half but would also lose their centre half Fabricio Coloccini with a groin injury before half time. City created chances but wasted them as they half time whistle blew and the scores were level.

With Newcastle looking industrious and likely to score, the blues introduced Emmanuel Adebayor to replace Yaya Toure. The Togolese striker looked like he would score his first goal of the season, but was continually beaten by the linesman’s flag.

With the scores still level, Gareth Barry was replaced by Johnson in the 72nd minute and the England winger turned the game. Collecting a pass on the wing, Johnson ran at the Newcastle defence, turned two players inside out and unleashed a low, left foot shot that found the bottom corner of the goal to send City 2-1 up.

Newcastle toiled and had a penalty appeal rejected when Shola Ameobi appeared to have been fouled in the area by Joleon Lescott but, to Lescott’s and the City faithful’s relief, referee Martin Atkinson waved play on.

Newcastle could have snatched a draw close to the end when Williams had a clear header but couldn’t direct it on target.

So a third straight win for City, which sends them up above United and, following Arsenal’s defeat at Stamford Bridge, into second place in the Premiership table.

City 1-0 Chelsea – Blues Pass Latest Test

September 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Carlos Tevez scored the only goal in the so called ‘Battle of the Cash’ as City ended Chelsea’s 100% start to the season.

City were defending an unbeaten home record against the current Premier League Champions, who had scored nine goals and conceded just one in just two away games so far this season and had to do so without several key players.

Micah Richards was ruled out before the game and he joined Wayne Bridge, Aleksander Kolarov and Joleon Lescott on the sidelines. With such defensive problems, City were forced to field youngster Dedryck Boyata in defence until he was substituted with just a couple of minutes of normal time remaining, to be replaced by debutant Jerome Boateng.

Chelsea, missing Frank Lampard in the middle, didn’t offer too much to threaten City with, although Branislav Ivanovic hit the post in the first half. The blues stifled their main threat, Didier Drogba as the game reached half time at stalemate.

Usually in such a high profile game, the longer the match wears on the likelihood City would concede and they would have done if Joe Hart hadn’t been on hand to tip former blue Nicolas Anelka’s shot away. Spanish World Cup winner David Silva then forced his way into the penalty area and saw his low shot turned behind by keeper Petr Cech.

But then the moment the blues had been waiting for arrived. Under pressure from James Milner, Ramires lost the ball and Yaya Toure fed it to Tevez. The Argentine ran unchallenged from the halfway line and, with John Terry and Ashley Cole backing off him, Tevez hit a shot that went in off the post to give City the lead.

That should have opened the door for Chelsea to flood the City half but the expected surge didn’t materialise and it was City who could have added to their lead. Silva almost reaching Tevez’s cross but for a touch by Alex.

The ineffective Drogba was replaced by Daniel Sturridge to a chorus of boos from the home fans but he was about as effective as his predecessor.

With normal time up, the fourth official added on four additional minutes, but the blues weathered anything Chelsea could throw at them and, for the third successive game, inflicted defeat on the Londoners.

So City pass their latest test and now look forward to Thursday’s Europa League game with Juventus.

Wigan Athletic 0 – 2 Manchester City

September 19, 2010 by · 3 Comments
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Roberto Martinez stated in his programme notes that he wanted his side “to affect areas of the game to get a positive result”, but his side were architects of their own downfall by gifting City a goal in either half.

Roberto Mancini made 2 changes to the side that defeated Salzburg on Thursday evening by recalling Micah Richards and James Milner to the starting eleven in replace of Wayne Bridge and Jo. The Blues had never won a Premiership game at the DW Stadium and after failing to defeat Sunderland and Blackburn were determined to finally end their woeful run of results at this ground.

With the rain falling at an ever increasing rate, many players struggled to stay on their feet in the opening exchanges and Carlos Tevez created his own opening, only to drive his shot wide of the Wigan goal. Many of the 5,000 travelling City faithful were frustrated with their side early in the first half as the players were misplacing passes and struggling to breakdown the Latics defence. With chances at a premium and both sides looking like they were content with going into the half time break all square, City broke the deadlock. Joe Hart’s hopeful punt up field was completely misjudged by the Wigan defence and Tevez latched onto the ball. Ali Al Habsi, the only Omanian player to feature in the Premiership so far, rushed out of his goal to try and stop Tevez, only for the Argentine striker to chip the ball over the goalkeeper and send the thousands of City fans into raptures.

Gareth Barry had looked very composed in the central of midfield alongside Nigel De Jong and Yaya Toure. Vincent Kompany also met his current high standards by proving to be as solid as ever against the hard working, Franco Di Santo.

Wigan started the 2ndhalf brightly, but coming up against a City defence that has only conceded 2 goals so far this season, were restricted to fruitless long range efforts. City were working the ball around well all over the soaked DW pitch, but when they unlocked the Wigan defence they were denied by the linesman’s suspicious looking flag.  Another mistake by the Wigan defence nearly put the game beyond Wigan’s reach as Ivory Coast international, Steve Gohouri’s short pass invited the terrific Tevez to fire straight at Al Habsi from 12 yards out.   Carlos Tevez was yet again on hand to pounce on the shaky home defence’s mistakes when twice, Wigan failed to clear the ball leaving Tevez to hook the ball across the six yard box for Yaya Toure to grab his first City goal and celebrated in style with the City fans.

Wigan tried to please the disappointed home support by grabbing a consolation goal, but the closest they came was a Diame header from the six yard box that bounced just wide of Joe Harts goal. Substitute, Adam Johnson nearly grabbed City’s third when his deflected cross was pushed onto the bar by the goalkeeper.

Roberto Mancini was delighted that his side had got back to winning ways in the league, he told Sky Sports News, “The first goal was very important for us. The goal changed the match.”Against Sunderland and Blackburn we had chances to score goals, so when Tevez scored, it obviously changed the game.”We never took any risks and never gave away any chances at the back, which I was very pleased about.

Martinez was disappointed with his sides defending in the game, as he told Sky Sports News, “We created Manchester City’s best chances and that is very disappointing. In any performance the hardest thing should be to concede a goal.”At the moment from time to time we come out with this softness in our defensive play, which really lets ourselves down and puts games out of our reach.

Man Of The Match – Carlos Tevez – This decision was a close call between our favourite, Carlos Tevez and tireless defensive midfielder, Nigel De Jong. But with Tevez grabbing his first goal after the disastrous miss during the defeat to Sunderland and an assist for Toure’s goal.  Tevez troubled the woeful Wigan defence all afternoon and deserved the standing ovation he received from the travelling support when he was substituted.

Hart Saves City In Opening Day Draw

August 14, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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The question of who would start in goal was answered as Joe Hart beat Shay Given to the Number One position and produced an outstanding display to keep the blues in the game in the first half and secure their first point of the season.

Hart made three excellent saves from Jermain Defoe, Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto as Spurs threatened to kick City’s new look squad out of sight in the Premiership opener. Spurs Gareth Bale also hit the post during a first half of dominance for the home side.

The match was eagerly anticipated following the penultimate game of last season when Spurs beat City at Eastlands to secure a fourth place finish and the home side were looking to continue their fine record against City which had seen them win the last seven games at White Hart Lane.

City gave debuts to Yaya Toure, David Silva and Aleksander Kolarov, but they couldn’t stem the tide that threatened to sweep the blues away in the first half.

Defoe, who is always a threat in the Spurs front line, brought Hart’s first save of the game as the young City keeper dived to his left to keep the shot out. Huddlestone then hit a volley, which produced another good save while Hart saved the best until last with a brilliant stop to deny Assou-Ekotto top corner bound shot.

Bale then hit the post shortly after being denied a penalty following a challenge with Micah Richards and the follow up was cleared of the line by apparent Arsenal target Vincent Kompany.

City gained some shape following the break and Yaya began to find some form. The new signing looped a ball over the top of the Spurs defence for Shaun Wright-Phillips, who was brilliantly tackled be the impressive Assou-Ekotto. Fellow new boy Silva saw his shot blocked by Ledley King following another good ball from Yaya, while last season’s top scorer Carlos Tevez shot was deflected agonisingly over the bar.

Spurs substitute Roman Pavlychenko had another couple of chances to win the game for Spurs but Hart was equal to the test as City held on for a point and finally ended their run of defeats at White Hart Lane.

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