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West Bromwich Albion 0 - Manchester City 2

FA Premier League

The Hawthorns

7/11/10

Attendance: 23,013

Referee: Lee Probert

West Bromwich Albion
0 - 2
Manchester City
 
Balotelli 20 , 26
 
Venue: The Hawthorns
 
Attendance: 23,013
The Teams
Carson
 
 
 
Hart
 
 
Shorey
 
 
 
Zabaleta
 
 
88
Tamas
 
 
 
K Toure
 
 
Ibanez
 
 
 
Kompany
 
 
Mulumbu
 
 
 
Boateng
 
 
Scharner
 
 
80
 
De Jong
 
 
Brunt
 
 
 
Barry
 
 
Cech
 
 
60
 
Y Toure
 
 
Cox
 
 
 
Silva
 
 
68
Thomas
 
 
 
Tevez
 
 
Fortune
 
 
60
 
Balotelli
 
 
Substitutes
Myhill
 
 
 
Given
 
 
Tchoyi
 
 
 
Richards
 
 
Barnes
 
 
60
 
Milner
 
 
Miller
 
 
80
 
Adebayor
 
 
Reid
 
 
 
Johnson
 
 
68
Dorrans
 
 
 
Kolarov
 
 
88
Odemwingie
 
 
60
 
Vieira
 
 
Game Statistics
13
Goal Attempts
9
7
On Target
5
6
Corners
1
15
Fouls
16
3
Yellow Cards
4
1
Red Cards
1
38
%
62
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: This game served as another reminder that if Manchester City do win a trophy this season, then it will be against almighty odds...Everyone from press box to pitchside who isn't a Blue is desperate to see The Citizens fail and an increasing tactic employed by rival teams is to goad our players into situations that result in them winning free kicks and penalities and us shipping cards...West Brom employed those tactics to the letter amid another rudderless refereeing performance so it was no surprise whatsoever when the brilliantly talented but short fused young Mario Balotelli stupidly got suckered in...Beyond all that, it's all the more pleasing to see City back on track with a win that never saw The Blues get out of third gear. Some of City's passing was exceptional today and without a shadow of doubt the best footballing side won. Balotelli will now miss the Manchester derby on Wednesday night, but with Taggart's own weasels ready to make trouble, it's probably best he takes no part at this stage of his English career.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 7 2010

Time: 5:18PM

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We beat 12 men convincingly today. Fantastic performance, Balotelli is the ultimate love/hate player. He has the talent to not be one of the best but -the- best forward in the world but he is so moody and petulant and that is his worst enemy. That said, he was suckered into the second yellow, the WBA defender had hold of his leg and he just tried to shove him off, then the player clutched his face theatrically and that was it. Silva again MotM, he is one of the world's great playmakers and is beginning to show it. Yaya Toure finally stepped up with a beastly performance. De Jong's return inspired his defence and gave Yaya the freedom to march forward. A very good performance in all, professional and would have been easier if not for Balotelli's sending off. Now for the derby...
StuMCFC
Mancini will calm Mario down - the red card may do him good for future EPL games.
Thaibluefan
 

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