City Stay Fourth In Entertaining Victory
Carlos Tevez`s early strike earned City a crucial 1-0 victory against North-West neighbours Bolton. Two wins at the start of December has given City a positive start to what will be a hectic festive period.
The marginal one goal victory was the least City deserved after entertaining the crowd for 90 minutes. Despite the one-sided entertaining clash Aleksander Kolarov`s late red card gave the visitors brief hope.
With the clubs glaring difference in bank balance this match should have been a foregone conclusion. Nevertheless, Bolton have performed far-above expectations this season and travelled to Eastland`s with hope of clinching something.
However, Owen Coyle`s ever-improving and fluent Bolton side were comfortably blew away and if City had any worries over their recent scoring at home, Tevez eased them worries early on when he latched onto a perfectly weighted through ball from Yaya Toure and placed his right-footed shot past Jussi Jasskelainen.
City continued to assert their authority and press the Wanderers, but the chances they created couldn`t be dispatched.
When City did put the ball in the net for the second time, courtesy of Tevez, the linesman ruled for offside.
Even with the slight set back, City`s pressure and dominance never faded and Jasskelainen had to be at his best to prevent the goals flooding in.
City`s two Argentinians had Jasskelainen scrambling, but neither the aforementioned Tevez nor Pablo Zabaleta could beat him.
Mario Balotelli and then a crunching David Silva shot both struck the frame of Bolton`s goal as the second goal was looking hard to come by.
Fortunately the second goal wasn`t needed and City defeated Bolton to stay 4th.