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Blackburn Rovers 0 - Manchester City 2

Ewood Park

Saturday 15th August 2009,

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Adebay-scores On Debut City Win

Manchester City began their top-four assault with an away win, three points and a clean-sheet. Goals from debutant Emmanuel Adebayor and Stephen Ireland gave City the perfect start to the season.

After just three minutes, former Arsenal striker Adebayor found the back of the net to open his scoring account for the season.

City favourite Shaun Wright-Phillips cut inside Warnock on the edge of the box, squaring the ball for Adebayor who blasted past Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson from just inside the area.

Blackburn soaked up a little pressure from City before they settled into the game, often enjoying long periods of possession.

Jason Roberts, Benni McCarthy and Morten Gamst Pedersen were a real handful for a shaky City defense, City's defensive duties made all the more harder by the giant Christopher Samba during set pieces.

Blackburn's first opportunity of the game presented itself to Roberts, who sidefooted over from 12 yards after McCarthy headed the ball into his path.

The dangerous Samba then drew a spectacular one-handed save from Shay Given after directing a Diouf corner goalwards.

Rovers had a shout for a penalty in first-half injury time turned down after referee Mike Dean judged that it was ball to hand rather than hand to ball. A let off for City's under pressure captain, Richard Dunne.

Half-time: Blackburn 0 Manchester City 1

The second-half was a more open affair as both sides looked to break on the counter-attack in the pouring rain.

Blackburn had the lions-share of possession but City were a lot more composed in defense and looked increasingly dangerous on the attack.

Gareth Barry worked extremely hard defensively and his outstanding performance allowed the likes of Bellamy and Wright-Phillips to launch swift box-to-box attacks.

It was the home side who had the best opportunity of the second period. Poor concentration allowed an unmarked Roberts to send a header on goal, the superb Given coming to City's rescue once again with another fine stop.

Mark Hughes' side quickly got their act together and Robinho almost doubled City's lead moments later, only to be denied by a diving save from Robinson to turn the ball round the post.

Carlos Tevez was introduced on the 68th minute to a huge cheer from the away end, the moment that City fans had been waiting patiently to see all summer.

City were now becoming the dominant force as they continued to push forward, Ireland spurning a glorious opportunity after Craig Bellamy's surging run found Adebayor on the edge of the box. The powerful forward put Ireland through on goal but his pass was a little too weak and the move ended in Ireland's left footed effort soaring high into the stands.

Minutes later, Argentine international and 'Welcome to Manchester' poster boy Tevez almost got his name on the score sheet with fellow debutant Adebayor, but Robinson was on hand to keep Blackburn in the game.

With 10 minutes to go, McCarthy fired over a 20-yard free-kick as Blackburn desperately searched for an elusive equaliser.

The game wore on with both sides struggling to contain each other, however, it was City who managed to make the break-through as they put the game to bed.

Stephen Ireland sealed the victory in injury time after a sublime pass by Wright-Phillips put him through on goal.

After almost squandering his opportunity, some excellent solo skill by the creative midfielder saw Robinson beaten as Ireland coolly passed the ball into the back of the net to hand City a deserved result and a vital three points.

It is early days and the team is yet to gel, however, after one game City already sit at the top of the Premier League table. A sign of things to come?

Full-time: Blackburn Rovers 0 Manchester City 2

Goals: Adebayor 3' Ireland 90+2' (Manchester City)



Blackburn: Robinson, Jacobsen, Samba, Givet, Warnock, Diouf, Andrews, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Roberts, McCarthy.

Subs: Brown, Grella, Khizanishvili, Gallagher, Olsson, Hoilett, Di Santo.



Man City: Given, Richards, Dunne, Toure, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Barry, Bellamy, Robinho, Adebayor.

Subs: Taylor, Onuoha, Zabaleta, Petrov, Tevez, De Jong, Weiss.



Referee: Mike Dean

Star Player

Gareth Barry: City's 12m coup of Barry paid dividends today as he worked tirelessly around the pitch to allow the players around him to do their jobs effectively.

There is no doubt that Barry could prove to be one of Hughes' finest acquisitions to date as he has plenty more to offer than just being a midfield engine.

Barry could have been forgiven for an off day after his mid-week blunder against Holland, however, the England international gave a shining performance to highlight exactly what he is capable of.

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Date:Saturday August 15 2009

Time: 4:57PM

Your Comments

Top of the league.... lol
MCFC_Goatboy
A tremendous win. Our first clean sheet on the road in 12 months. We have ignition.
Johnny Baguette
A thoroughly professional job as we get the win and keep a clean sheet. The new signings all did well and despite a few sloppy passes Richards, Dunne and Bridge all looked a bit better today.
Kevinho
Great win -- and the Villains humbled 2-0 by Wigan too.
Sindbad
Hughes got the defence well prepared for anything blackburn had to offer. Adebayor tracked back like his life depended on it, i feel he can do something special at city. Toure was sensational at the back. Brilliant win. Brilliant goal by ireland capped of a great day.
enzo city
Feet on the ground required before Wolves and hopefully we'll tear them apart.
Johnny Baguette
Well done lads. You took your chances and we didnt - simple as. How we didnt score I have no idea as we were actually on the whole the better side in my eyes (Stats will back me up here) but I suppose that is why you pay so much for strikers like Adebayor - he needs one chance and bang! Good luck for the rest of the season.
Mikey D
As JB points out on another Home Page article, we fielded 8 home based players, one up the spout for Platini. Good report 8thsin and spot on in your assessment. Winning needs to become a habit.
Buzz Lightyear
Ah the old classic "Adebay-scores". If there's one thing he will bring to your club, it's an opportunity for some nify headlines.
ArsenalRob
Ive got an entire book of Ade headlines. Didnt bother purchasing the Danny *Shittu one though...
eighthsin
Great result after last seasons away form - Barry MOM for me.
Thaibluefan
 

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