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City Cruise To Palace Win

Crystal Palace
0 - 2
Manchester City

Selhurst Park

Thursday 27th August 2009, 8pm

Attendance: 14725

Referee:

Manchester City overcame a stubborn Crystal Palace side to record a comfortable 2-0 win courtesy of the in-form Shaun Wright-Phillips and star striker Carlos Tevez, who recorded his first goal for the club.

Mark Hughes sent out his best 11 at Selhurst Park, a bold move which certainly made the statement that City are 'in it to win it'.

Neil Warnock's young side started brightly, seemingly unfazed by coming face to face with one of the most expensive strike forces in the world. Palace certainly kept City fans on the edge of their seats at times, and Shay Given busy between the sticks.

City had the first shot of the game, but from then on it was Palace who looked more likely to take their chances, their young strikers shooting at every opportunity.

Clint Hill, Victor Moses and Freddie Sears all had decent chances denied by the unpenetrable Given in the opening half-hour.

Mark Hughes' side were dominating possession despite Palace's goal threat and Julian Speroni was soon called into action at the other end of the pitch to keep his side in the game.

Emmanuel Adebayor's powerful shot was tipped over by the Palace keeper before he made a fantastic block to deny Tevez, the Argentine having run clear of Palace's back-line to go one-on-one with Speroni.

Palace had a late chance snapped up by Given and both sides finished the half with their keepers to thank.

City will have felt hard done by as the linesman made three terrible offside decisions against them, one of which denied Robinho a goal.

Half-time: Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 0

The second-half saw a much more direct City side as they looked to force the issue of getting a goal. Slick interplay by their multi-million pound strike force ripped Palace to shreds at times.

Just five minutes after the restart, Shaun Wright-Phillips hit an unstoppable shot past the Palace keeper in a wonderful move which gave the world a glimpse of City's true attacking potential if the right components click.

Manchester City's vocal support were relentless as the away fans filled the stadium with renditions of Blue Moon.

Moments later, the fans almost had cause to sing louder as Adebayor had a fantastic opportunity saved by Palace's ever impressive keeper.

City were in full swing and Wright-Phillips nearly doubled his sides lead, chipping Robinho's clever ball over the keeper only to be denied by frame of the goal.

Palace, who struggling against the visitors' devastating attacks, almost managed to get their break-through goal but Ambrose misjudged the ball and City cleared.

Tevez put Palace out of the last of Palace's hopes in the 71st minute, his first goal for City coming about after the diminutive Argentine surprisingly won a free header three yards out from goal.

The £25m striker simply guided the ball into the back of the net, his effort greeted by the adulation of City's supporters and the call for old bacon-face Fergie to 'sign him up'.

Mark Hughes' side relaxed after the goal and were content to invite Palace forward, waiting for an opportunity to break. Credit to Neil Warnock's side who gave it their best to break down the solid pairing of Toure and the impressive debutant Joleon Lescott, but there was no answer from the home side.

The referee waved away a late shout for a penalty after Wayne Bridge's apparent handball and Micah Richards' pulling down of Danns in the box went unnoticed in the closing stages, perhaps evening things out after the linesman's poor decisions against City earlier in the game.

All in all, it was a game which was there to win and City went out and completed the job. Hughes will be delighted with new signing Lescott and will be extremely happy with the continuing run of clean-sheets.

Full-time: Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 2

Goals: Shaun Wright-Phillips 50' Carlos Tevez 71' (Manchester City)



Crystal Palace: Speroni, McCarthy, Clyne, Fonte, Hill, Ambrose, N'Diaye, Derry, Moses, Danns, Sears

Subs: Flahavan, Butterfield, Lawrence, Carle, Smith, Lee, Scannell



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

Subs: Taylor, Zabaleta, Onuoha, Weiss, de Jong, Petrov, Bellamy

Star Player

Robinho: There were a few players I could have picked here as there were outstanding performances all over the pitch, from Shay Given through to Carlos Tevez.

Robinho, for me, gave the kind of performance that we don't see too often away from home. He was back-tracking and closing down opposition players all night.

On top of this, he was central to nearly all of City's attacking play. Perhaps not his most spectacular game for the club, but certainly a solid one which should be noted and earn him plaudits from fellow fans who have criticised his efforts in away games all to often.


Writer:Lincolnsmariner
Date:Thursday August 27 2009
Time: 10:08PM

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Comments

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Much of City's flowing football in the second half was sensational tonight.
Johnny Baguette
27/08/2009 22:13:00
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Solid performance lads - now we turn our attention to Portsmouth on Sunday.
Tudor
27/08/2009 22:19:00
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very solid performance from the lads.delighted to see tevez get his first goal for city. micah VERY lucky not to be spotted by the referee right at the end for an obvious foul.
mcfcirish
27/08/2009 22:25:00
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Palace were tricky but I thought we really showed class in the second half and I feel as though this a competition we should be looking to try and win
arthur7171
27/08/2009 22:42:00
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We got the job done and we're in the hat for the next round which is all that matters. If only we had battled like this against Sheffield United, Brighton and Forest in the last couple of years to name a few. Lescott had a fairly good debut, Tevez got his first goal, Robinho battled at an away game and we kept another clean sheet were just some of the positives to take from the match.
Kevinho
27/08/2009 22:55:00
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Another win and clean sheet. This is what success looks like. I far preferred eightthsin's report to Radio 5 Live who spent most of the game saying Robinho was "the worst player on the pitch."
Sindbad
28/08/2009 02:02:00
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