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You Think You Big Time- Carlito Is!

City 4 Blackburn 1

City strolled past Blackburn tonight scoring four goals to put them in fourth place in the Premiership and remind everyone that they are looking only upwards from now til the end of the season.

A fantastic goal by a resurgent Micah Richards and a wonderful hat-trick from Carlos Tevez warmed every frozen Blue's night as the Blue Juggernaut showed no signs of slowing down.

Mancini has his team well-drilled and obviously inspires confidence in players as forgotten men Richards, Garrido and Benjani were all played in their favoured positions and all were excellent.

I suggested that Blackburn wouldn't want a hard nights work with their semi-final looming on Thursday and that's just what they got.

City were out of the box like a flash and within minutes Tevez had put them ahead with a good close range finish after great work by Benjani.

Micah Richards started off his well taken goal by running what seemed like the full length of the pitch with ball to feet, beating several Blackburn players before laying off a delightful pass to Benjani. The Zimbabwean's finish hit the post and rebounded into the onrushing powerhouse who finished like a striker to make it two nil.

It was then the Carlito Tevez show as he set up several chances before scoring two wonderful goals to take his scoring streak to ten goals in seven matches and Alex Ferguson's blood pressure to DEFCOM three.

The first was a carbon copy of the goal that Adebayor scored against the same team on the opening day of the season as Tevez ran onto a perfectly weighted pass before smashing the ball low and hard past the helpless Robinson.

If the second was quality the hat-trick goal was sublime as Tevez received the ball in a seemingly hopeless area just outside of the area.

With the full Rovers' defence in front of him he guided an inch perfect shot past Robinson with little or no backlift to earn the match ball and cement the Blues in the top four of the Premier league.

Gamst Pedersen the Rovers' dangerman had curled a well taken shot past Given in between after Kompany miscontrolled, but nothing was going to dampen the spirits of the City faithful who must be thinking anything is possible this year now.

One things for sure, with a run of winnable games and a possible final place just around the corner, Mancini must be wondering what he can do wrong at the moment and long may it continue.

Man of the Match:
Carlos Tevez- World Class

Goal of the game:
Micah Richards for sheer athleticism and perseverance gets the nod over the last Tevez masterpiece.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday January 11 2010
Time: 11:49PM


Wasn't pedersons goal before carlos' third? Anyway, great match and 3 points. 4th in the league!!!! We have what it takes to climb even higher IMO.
12/01/2010 03:48:00
It was eighth but so what - well done blues, onwards and upwards!
12/01/2010 06:22:00
Good performance with some excellent goals. The real test will come this week, away to Everton who look to be coming into some decent form.
12/01/2010 07:45:00
Not a great game for the neutrals but an easy victory over a complacent blackburn. I would not be too excited about that performance, not even 1 good period of possesion football or a good movement to break down of the defence... All i saw was Tevez...
12/01/2010 08:05:00
I don't know how many tesrt we need, we have beaten Arsenal Chelsea an d should have done for Liverpool, Robbed at The swamp. All the commentators say its a big test on Saturday, no its not a test, Its a tough match, but we all know that half the season through and still within touching distance. hughesy got us the right players, just didn't quite have the knowledge or backroom staff just to take us that bit further.
buzz lightyear
12/01/2010 08:29:00
Mix26, didn't you see Micah's goal or Benji's involvement in three goals or the fact that City controlled the game start to finish. You should get your arse to Specsavers.
12/01/2010 08:38:00
Good solid performance let down by a momentary lapse of concentration
12/01/2010 09:24:00
Erm Bluedub thats great Benji,superp! And 1 man sprinting up feild is seen as a good period of possesion... Controlling the game is what Spurs did to u lot...
12/01/2010 09:34:00
Erm Mix, did I say anything about possession in relation to Micah's goal, erm, no I didn't. If you want proof of controlled possession may I suggest you remove the white tinted glasses and watch it again, or alternatively have a look at match stats. While your at it have a look at the league table.
12/01/2010 10:07:00
That was never going to be an easy game against Blackburn's woeful head tennis. Again some of the pass and movement was sensational and you can see the side growing in confidence with each performance. Benjani was outstanding. We've scored 14 goals across our last 5 games and it's starting to tell. Don't forget Adebayor, Toure, Bridge, SWP, Lescott, Johnson, Ireland and Onuoha are all unavailable right now which has made this latest unbeaten run all the sweeter. But as Mancio says, feet on the ground and look at the table in 2 months time.
Johnny Baguette
12/01/2010 10:26:00
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