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Ade Goal Sinks Wolves

Manchester City
1 - 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers

City of Manchester Stadium

Saturday 22nd August 2009,

Attendance: 47,287


Manchester City recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the City of Manchester Stadium courtesy of a first-half Emmanuel Adebayor goal.

After the break, Wolves came out guns blazing in search of an equaliser. Andy Keogh was the man who almost put them level, his shot beating Given but not the crossbar.

Playing in front of a record opening day crowd at Eastlands, City started brightly under a rare spell of Manchester sun.

New signing Carlos Tevez, given his first start of the season, was quickly in the thick of things as he chased down a couple of back-passes which kept the Wolves keeper on his toes.

His footballing quality was soon bringing the crowd to its feet as the Argentine played a wonderful ball through to team-mate Adebayor, who swiveled round, hitting a low strike past Hennessey at the near post.

The Togo international has now scored two in two as he reaffirms the faith showed in him by Mark Hughes.

Adebayor could (and arguably should) have increased his goal tally moments later after good play from Shaun Wright-Phillips, this time the powerful strikers shot was straight at the Wolves keeper.

City continued to press on, Mick McCarthy's newly promoted side content to put 10 men behind the ball and play on the break.

Brilliant Brazilian Robinho was also making his mark on the game, producing a couple of good opportunities only to be denied by Hennessey as Manchester City pressed their advantage looking to put the game beyond Wolves' reach.

Against the run of play, Wolves nearly had an opportunity to silence the stadium and grab an equaliser six-minutes before half-time.

Kolo Toure and Richard Dunne were both beaten by Wolves midfielder Jarvis who unleashed a thunderbolt towards the top-right corner, Given producing a magnificent save to palm the ball over the crossbar and keep City's fragile lead in tact.

City responded well as the first half drew to a close, Tevez almost doubling his sides lead after heading inches wide from Gareth Barry's supurb cross, a relieved Hennessey glued to the spot.

Half-time: Manchester City 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

After the break City continued where they left off, dominating possession for large spells and having the better of the chances.

The first real opportunity for City fell for Stephen Ireland, who after his clinical finish last Saturday will be wondering just quite how he missed.

Clever interplay between the youth academy product and record signing Robinho saw the Irishman one-on-one with the Wolves keeper, his shot hit with the outside of his boot going well wide.

In the 66th minute, Adebayor almost bettered Ireland's chance after rounding the keeper.

Unfortunately, his first touch was far too strong, forcing City's £25m signing into shooting from a tight angle, his shot rifling into the side-netting when a back-heel to support may have proved more fruitful.

A minute later, Robinho finally had the ball in the back of the net as City looked for that elusive goal to kill the game off, his effort however, was ruled out for off-side.

The bumper crowd was in full voice as they spurred their team on, ever hopeful of witnessing another goal that would see their side through as comfortable victors. As it was, City just couldn't take their chances, and against better opposition the balance of the game could have shifted in favour of the opposing team.

In the 69th minute, City's failure to score almost proved costly when Andy Keogh shrugged aside defensive duo Richard Dunne and Kolo Toure and struck a powerful effort against the crossbar.

It was Wolves' best chance of the game and Hughes moved quickly to steady the ship, bringing on Bellamy and Nigel de Jong.

Mark Hughes' side rode out the rest of the game in relative ease, Bellamy uncharacteristically wasting a few fantastic opportunities.

Mark Hughes will be disappointed that his side couldn't capitalise on a plethora of chances that were created by his multi-million pound strike force, but a clean sheet and another three points will be an immense contribution to City's top four ambitions.

Full-time: Manchester City 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

Goals: Emmanuel Adebayor 17' (Manchester City)

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

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

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Hennessey, Stearman, Craddock, Ward, Mancienne, Edwards, Henry, Halford, Jarvis, Milijas, Keogh.

Subs: Hahnemann, Elokobi, Berra, Surman, Jones, Vokes, Doyle.

Referee: Lee Mason

Star Player

Emmanuel Adebayor: The Togo international endured a torrid time at the Emirates after the Arsenal fans decided they didn't want him anymore and his every touch was was followed by groans and a chorus of boos.

At Manchester City, the lanky striker has silenced his critics after just two games and two well taken goals.

Mark Hughes and the City faithful have given their full support to Ade since his arrival and have been duly rewarded with outstanding performances, his most recent winning him the man of the match.

Amazing what a bit of love can do.

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Date:Saturday August 22 2009
Time: 4:59PM


So many.. MANY.. chance. ): But, as others have said, a win is a win, no matter the score.
22/08/2009 17:28:00
we're on of only 3 clubs now yet to conceed, the others being Fulham and West Ham and there's a good chance that could change tomorrow
22/08/2009 17:52:00
I think plenty of clubs will do far worse than 1 nil at yours this season. Sounds like it should have been more. No worse a result for us than expected and better than most predicted. Could have snatched an undesrved point via Jarvis or Keogh.Good luck for the rest of the season..except for the retun at Molineux!!
22/08/2009 19:13:00
Thanks oldgold, you have a lot of positives to take away from that game- notably the spirit of the performance when under pressure and a couple of decent efforts. McCarthy has built a solid team and you might do better than expected if all your key players stay fit.
22/08/2009 19:31:00
I must start by saying that before i read this article, i had a soft spot for Man City. The season you went up, (01-02?), your team were immense. You would feed the goat, and yes, he would score. However, the guy who wrote this article is a pure clown... Were you even at the game? 'Old Gold' you can tell you really weren't at it either. 'Could have snatched an undeserved point'?! You what? Fair play, Man City had a good few chances in the first half, but we absolutely battered Man City in the second. Even BBC Manchester said we were well on top the whole of the second half, and that 'Man Citys millions look no better' than newly promoted Wolves. Now i'm not on here to say that we deserved to win. Of course we didn't, but hand on heart we deserved a point. I was expecting a 6-0 thumping. 1-0 is a tremendous effort from our lot. Man City will do very well this season. Adebayor is one hell of a talent, and Tevez... a class act. Given is one of, if not, the best keeper in the league, showing his class with a stupendous save off Matt Jarvis' curling effort. Barry was comfortable on the ball, and with Robinho getting you a free kick every time he gets the ball, your going to spawn a few set plays too ;) All in all, you look good to break into the big 4. One final note. The clown who wrote this article, please clarify what this statement means. 'The bumper crowd was in full voice as they spurred their team on'. In full voice? You what? I could hear the W.I. having a meeting at the other end of the ground sometimes it was that quiet. Almost as quiet today from the home fans as Wigan away on Tuesday night. Your all blimmin lucky to be watching such an awesome team in such a fine stadium. If i were you, id be well happy. Stop munching on werthers originals, tapping your toes to Rolf Harris tunes and make some noise for your lads. Best of luck for the rest of the season. We all hate that red scum.
22/08/2009 20:00:00
Slightly dissapointed that we failed to take at least one more of our huge numnber of chances, but due respect to Wolves who were very well organised and gave us a game. The right result in the end, some of our attacking play was simply awesome. Same can't be said for the defending at points in the second half, but hopefully Lescott will be in the side for the Pompey match and tighten things up a bit. Once again, respect to Wolves, they certainly don't look like the relegation fodder some pundits have predicted.
22/08/2009 20:02:00
Should have been, could have been 6-0. It wasn't. But it's a win. MH needs to have a 'word' with the entire team after that performance, if it was aginst the likes of Chelsea, we'd have lost big time.
22/08/2009 20:15:00
Two wins in a row is a great start to the season, especially after a variable pre-season results-wise. City must kill games off, though. Wolves could have drawn level in the second half when they were showing a lot of hunger. Robinho needs to get his goalscoring boots on.
22/08/2009 21:31:00
PremiershipWolf if you think you deserved a point you had two many shandys at half time. All you had was the chance where you hit the bar and the Jarvis curler which was a half chance at best... it was a good save but 99 times out of a 100 from that range nothing is gonna beat a top goalkeeper. Up until about the 70th minute you'd hardly been in our half and then for the last 20 you had plenty of industry but no cutting edge. Adebayor should of had a hat trick... missed an open net after rounding the kepper and fired straight at the keeper from 12 yards out with nobody near him.... Wright-Phillips was pulled back for what should of been a penalty... Tevez had a free header from 6 yards but missed... Ireland missed a one on one with the keeper when he completely miss hit his shot... and they were just the gilt edged chances... Honestly... if you think you deserved a draw out of this game you need your head checking... if it weren't for uncharacteristicly poor finishing from us you would of lost by at least four goals. You should be thanking your lucky stars you got away with 1-0 instead of a spanking.
22/08/2009 21:44:00
LOL you lot make me laugh. ALL the pundits and even city fan sites are raving about how well wolves played and deserved something for their second half efforts. You lot on here are clearly wearing beautiful tinted glasses. HELLO. You didn't put any of your chances away?! Maybe if we were playing UNITED or CHELSEA we woulda lost 4-0+, but we weren't... we played a very strong City side who made themselves look good, but didn't really do that much! Adebayor never looked like scoring when he rounded the keeper - hardly a great chance. His goal was crap too! Tevez hardly missed a sitter of a header. Ireland .. fair enough. Wright-Phillips penalty - give over! Your telling me the Jarvis chances was a 1 in 100... LOL good one there! Keogh battered your crossbar once... you battered ours how many? No denying you won and got 3 points, just have to check BBC Sport for that (Or just go to the game like real fans... loyal loyal fans who spent 2 hours on the phone to get 1 ticket out of a measly 2700 you tight lot gave us. Not money grabbing glory hunters us lot ;) ) Like i said in my first response. I quite like city as a club, but as for supporters like you matey, slight screw loose. The mighty Wolves are never competing for Europe this season, and are never going to do as well as Stoke from last season, but were definitely not going down. We play good football, and compete all over the park. Most of your fans would agree.
22/08/2009 22:27:00
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