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Manchester City 3 - Blackburn Rovers 1

City Of Manchester Stadium

Saturday 2nd May 2009, 3pm

Attendance: 43,967

City Cruise To Win Against Blackburn

Defensive errors allowed Felipe Caicedo, Robinho and Elano to put City three goals up before the half-time whistle.

Blackburn pulled one back in the second-half courtesy of Keith Andrews, but the damage had already been done and Rovers never looked like getting back into the game.

The win keeps Manchester City's bid for seventh place and qualification for the Europa League alive.

Blackburn started the game brightly and Big Sam looked to have got the better of Mark Hughes after his defensive strategy nullified City's potent strike force in the early stages of the game.

Just as it appeared that Blackburn were in control, Ecuadorian international and Manchester City powerhouse Filipe Caicedo's 27th minute goal put City ahead as Big Sam's defensive strategy crumbled.

Elano's beautifully flighted corner was half-cleared by Andre Ooijer who could only find Vincent Kompany, the Belgian playing Nedum Onuoha through on goal.

Onuoha's shot was deflected into the path of Caicedo who scuffed his finish past Paul Robinson from close range to claim his first Premier League goal since Boxing Day and a subsequent yellow card for his shirtless celebrations.

Just seven minutes after scoring the first, Blackburn failed to clear the danger from another Elano corner. This time it was Diouf who was the culprit, giving the ball back to the Brazilian to whip in for a second time.

Elano managed to find Kompany, this time the Belgian laying the ball off for an unmarked Robinho who curled the ball in at far post with a sublime first-time shot for his third goal in three games and his 14th league goal of the season.

Blackburn could have halved the deficit before half-time but wasted two opportunities, with Ooijer shooting well wide of the post before South African international Benni McCarthy powered a header just inches over.

After two defensive blunders, City claimed their third goal in first-half stoppage time as yet another mistake cost Blackburn.

The goal came against the run of play as Robinho burst down the left flank to release Stephen Ireland who tried to play the Brazilian back in.

Ireland's back-heel hit Givet's outstretched arm right in front of referee Mike Riley and he had no hesitation as he awarded City the penalty, three Blackburn players earning themselves yellow cards for ther protestations.

The spot-kick was never in doubt as Elano made it a hattrick for the South Americans as he sent Robinson the wrong way and retained his 100% penalty record.

Half-time: Manchester City 3 Blackburn Rovers 0

Blackburn started the second-half as they had the first, a lot of possession although very little endeavour going forward.

Fortunately for Blackburn, it was City's turn for defensive errors and Blackburn found a way back into the game with a penalty, Onuoha felling Morten Gamst Pedersen in the box.

Shay Given made a fantastic save against Diouf's penalty before reacting quickly to save Diouf's follow up shot.

There was little the Irishman could do as the ball fell to Keith Andrews to poke the ball home with his first touch of the game after coming on as a substitute. It was an unfortunate goal to conceed after such good work by the City keeper and Given was less than pleased.

After Blackburn's lifeline goal, they failed to threaten again and the game faded out as the clock ticked on.

Mark Hughes gave Valeri Bojinov and Martin Petrov some much needed match time but neither could make any impression on the game as it wound on to 90 minutes.

A valuable win for Manchester City as they recorded their first home Premier League win over Blackburn since 1993.

Full-time: Manchester City 3 Blackburn Rovers 1

Star Player

Elano: The Brazilian made a bold statement before the game, declaring he wanted to extend his contract with City. While he may not be a priority with two years left to run, he certainly backed up his claims with another fine display.

The return of Shaun Wright-Phillips will certainly pose Mark Hughes with an interesting dilemma as Elano stakes his claim for a place in the starting 11.




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Date:Sunday May 3 2009

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Your Comments

Having also watched the game, i think that's an excellent report on the game 8th. How we were three up at the turn i'll never know and at that stage the score didn't represent the game. The end result was justified but we will need to play better against the rags.
Thaibluefan
Having also watched the game, i think that's an excellent report on the game 8th. How we were three up at the turn i'll never know and at that stage the score didn't represent the game. The end result was justified but we will need to play better against the rags.
Thaibluefan
Great assessment Eighthsin, It was a question of blackburn not taking their chances and City punishing them for it. A hope for at least a point at the swamp to keep us in with a shout of 7th and with it the great posibility of attracting better players.
Buzz Lightyear
Great assessment Eighthsin, It was a question of blackburn not taking their chances and City punishing them for it. A hope for at least a point at the swamp to keep us in with a shout of 7th and with it the great posibility of attracting better players.
Buzz Lightyear
as i said in my "rate them" thread we didnt play well at all really yesterday and god knows how we was 3 up? its going to be backs against the wall next week and i fear for us i really do.
bluemooner_mcfc
as i said in my "rate them" thread we didnt play well at all really yesterday and god knows how we was 3 up? its going to be backs against the wall next week and i fear for us i really do.
bluemooner_mcfc
Good summary 8 ...it is exactly as I saw the match ....we did win the game but it was not pretty to watch ...but three points is three points.
Doody
Good summary 8 ...it is exactly as I saw the match ....we did win the game but it was not pretty to watch ...but three points is three points.
Doody
We will need to play a lot better against Manure. But the spirit is there, I think.
Sindbad
We will need to play a lot better against Manure. But the spirit is there, I think.
Sindbad
We won the game in 2nd gear really. Allardyce's tactics were totally inept, so the players did just enough to win this game without breaking sweat. If the game had required it I'm sure everyone could have stepped up a gear or two. Let's also not forget the fact that Ireland Elano and Robbie all had a knock or two from some of the more "robust" challenges going in from the "disgraceful" Blackburn players... Think we will be a bit more fired up for the match at the swamp, although judging on past performances, United will be even dirtier than blackburn and we will get a huge kicking, particularly our more dangerous players. Of course there will be a red card waiting for any City player that dares even sneeze on a rag player....
fifthcolumnblue
We won the game in 2nd gear really. Allardyce's tactics were totally inept, so the players did just enough to win this game without breaking sweat. If the game had required it I'm sure everyone could have stepped up a gear or two. Let's also not forget the fact that Ireland Elano and Robbie all had a knock or two from some of the more "robust" challenges going in from the "disgraceful" Blackburn players... Think we will be a bit more fired up for the match at the swamp, although judging on past performances, United will be even dirtier than blackburn and we will get a huge kicking, particularly our more dangerous players. Of course there will be a red card waiting for any City player that dares even sneeze on a rag player....
fifthcolumnblue
We cruised past Blackburn without breaking into a sweat. The Rags have two tough games this week and if we are up for this we can get something from the swamp, but we have to keep our concentration.
Buzz Lightyear
We cruised past Blackburn without breaking into a sweat. The Rags have two tough games this week and if we are up for this we can get something from the swamp, but we have to keep our concentration.
Buzz Lightyear
 

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