Date:Monday January 11 2010
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.
Date:Monday January 11 2010
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