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City Push For Top Spot With Another Classy Victory

3 - 1
Lech Poznan


20.00 GMT

Attendance: 33,383


If Manchester City were indeed thinking of acquiring the services of Wayne Rooney for real star quality, well they needn`t bother. As 15 minutes at Blackpool and 70 minutes against Lech Poznan showed they have a player in a class of his own, an individual who possesses quality even Wayne Rooney would be admiring, a man named David Silva.

The Spanish artist was again at his mercurial best as he tantalised Lech Poznan. Silva even managed to steal the show from hat-trick hero Emmanuel Adebayor who eased City to a 3-1 victory and guaranteed that they topped their group in the Europa League.

Lech Poznan weren`t exactly a name that sprung to mind when we qualified for the Europa League. They don`t come with that Aura teams like Juventus have and they don`t obtain players of star quality. However, one thing that was evident with the Polish Champions was how well they were supported.

The away fans- for large parts of the match- drowned out City fans with their boisterous nature, their bizarre dancing and even louder voices. Poznan had already travelled to Juventus in their other away match and recorded a fantastic result with a 3-3 draw, so taking a team with their desire lightly wouldn`t have ended so positively for City.

Despite failing to satisfy any City fans with his recent performances, Emmanuel Adebayor was handed another start. The Togolese centre forward- who so long ago was scoring in every match for city- portrayed the quality tonight all City fans were crying out for.

After missing the chance to latch onto an Adam Johnson cross earlier in the match, Adebayor was later released by Patrick Vieira and after a quick turn the striker was bearing down on the goal, with only the keeper to beat he side-footed home to score a remarkable goal.

The game continued to be played at a pulsating pace and with Silva dazzling the crowd more goal were on the agenda. After the Spaniard found space, his perfectly weighted cross allowed Adebayor to add to his tally. The striker rose and headed home to the delight of the home fans- something to finally silence Poznan`s.

With City looking desperate to add to their tally and surge forward- something that`s quite rare under the stewardship of Mancini- they were caught cold by a goal from the visitors. Joel Tshibamba gave Poznan a life-line after slack defending from The Blues. The striker also had a chance later on but his lack of composure ensured his shot flew over.

Even with Poznan`s equaliser, City never failed to dominate. De Jong was back to his destructive best and with David Silva pulling the strings there was always going to be chances for Adebayor to net his first hat-trick for City.

After failing to score on several occasions Adebayor was finally slipped in again by Silva whose gem like cross earned purrs of appreciation. His bouncing, dipping ball was placed on a plate for Adebayor and the striker didn`t pass up this opportunity. With that goal he safely placed City as clear favourites to win their group.

City`s failure to add a fourth wasn`t important and with Silva in fine form, another Spanish gem continues to light up the world of football.

Star Player

David Silva- Phenomenal. He drove City forward and his attacking play was nothing short of magical. An absolutely top player.

Player Ratings


Had no problems.


Was strong, quick and didn't give Poznan an inch. Attacked well.


Look comfortable for the majority with a few careless moments.


Doesn't look quite right at City, but did nothing to alarming.


Energetic and another 100% display. Tough tackling and attacked very well.

De Jong-8

Was back to his combative best.


Worked brilliantly in midfield alongside De Jong. I've never been Vieira's biggest fan at City, but this was his best game by a long shot.

Wright Phillips-5

A few runs were forceful enough but without the games he didn't look sharp.

Adam Johnson-7

His shot against the post would have been a wonder goal. Tore their left back to pieces.


Phenomenal. He drove City forward and his attacking play was nothing short of magical. An absolutely top player.


Despite Silva getting man of the match a lot of credit will also go to the finisher. Took his goals very well and will hopefully push on from him.

Yaya Toure-5

The usual slow moving display.


Had an impact on the game going forward. Has greatly improved since we sent him out on loan, but i doubt he'll stick around for long.


A quick display.

Date:Thursday October 21 2010
Time: 11:39PM

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brilliant report OAB!
21/10/2010 23:50:00
Not sure about the Yaya comment? Did you miss his bursting runs after he came on, he left the Poles behind several times.
21/10/2010 23:51:00
Yaya was a sub so really unfair to that comment plus he made some bursting runs. And i thought it was Ade who got MOM mainly for his hatrick? Silva was class though.
22/10/2010 02:16:00
Good report OAB but - don`t agree with the Yaya comments and whilst Silva would get the MOTM in any other game you have to give it Ade for his hat trick.
22/10/2010 05:27:00
Top analysis, OAB!
Johnny Baguette
22/10/2010 06:47:00
City's failure to add a 4th? We could have had about 8! Good report as ever OAB, if we keep on taking this competition seriously I reckon we could go quite far. Might have to dust off my "Rough Guide to Dublin"! :-)
22/10/2010 08:35:00
I really enjoyed Vieira's performance, brought back some nostalgia. Calm on the ball, keeps good posession and good pass range. Legs have deserted him a bit but a really decent squad player to have.
22/10/2010 11:36:00
Great report OAB top analysis. Felt like the away leg so that should prepare us for the real thing. Silva is the real deal. Ade has looked like a real lazy loafer so hopefully now after earning his corn this match he will continue to produce. A long time overdue! V Pleased with Viera performance De Jong thankfully has stopped reading the negative press ..get in there you professional. Well done Richards and ZAB
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22/10/2010 21:23:00
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