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Manchester City 4 - Aston Villa 0

FA Barclays Premier League

City Of Manchester Stadium

28/12/10

Attendance: 46,716

Referee: Michael Oliver

Manchester City
4 - 0
Aston Villa
Balotelli pen 8, 27 pen 55, Lescott 13
 
 
Venue: City Of Manchester Stadium
 
Attendance: 46,716
The Teams
Hart
 
 
 
Friedel
 
 
Richards
 
 
 
Lichaj
 
 
Kompany
 
 
 
Collins
 
 
Lescott
 
 
 
Cuellar
 
 
Zabaleta
 
 
 
Warnock
 
 
Toure Yaya
 
 
63
 
Albrighton
 
 
56
De Jong
 
 
77
 
Reo-Coker
 
 
81
Vieira
 
 
 
Petrov
 
 
Johnson
 
 
 
Downing
 
 
Balotelli
 
 
 
Bannan
 
 
56
Silva
 
 
58
 
Agbonlahor
 
 
Substitutes
Given (GK)
 
 
 
Guzan (GK)
 
 
Bridge
 
 
77
 
Pires
 
 
81
Milner
 
 
58
 
Delfouneso
 
 
56
Boateng
 
 
 
Delph
 
 
56
Barry
 
 
 
Clark
 
 
Jo
 
 
63
 
Hogg
 
 
Tevez
 
 
 
Herd
 
 
Game Statistics
13
Goal Attempts
10
8
On Target
6
8
Corners
6
14
Fouls
12
1
Yellow Cards
2
62
%
38
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: Roberto Mancini and his shrewdly rotated team sent out a stunning message to the rest of the Premier League today with a powerful first half rout of Aston Villa that reduced the second half to little more than a practice match...The sheer strength throughout the City squad was underlined with 5 changes made from the win at Newcastle, including 12 goal Captain Carlos Tevez. Mario Balotelli's coolly taken hat-trick ensured that the City talisman was not required...Hapless Villa were outclassed in every department including in goal where Joe Hart was outstanding. How hollow Stephen Ireland's bitter words of warning sound now...The next game cannot come quick enough for a City side working hard as a unit and growing in stature with every goal. Every player when called upon is putting in a big shift.




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Date:Tuesday December 28 2010

Time: 4:59PM

Your Comments

Great performance, fantastic win - long may it continue.
Tudor
I can't believe that last season Villa were in the same bracket as City and Spurs. and now we are relegation certainties UNLESS we change the manager NOW. Apologies that we didn't even bother to turn up to give you a game today
krfeskivilla
A terrific display that turned around our stagnant form at home that hasn't been mirroring our good away form. Silva was unplayable and while Mario didn't do much except score three goals (did I just say that?), that is exactly what he's here for. Plus his attitude in general was good, no petulance and a few little smiles. Just wondering, exactly what was Milner booked for near the end?
StuMCFC
He was booked because of Delph's reaction I think Stu, the tackle wasn't in any way cynical.
bluedub
Silva. How quickly did the hacks write him off after one game at the start of the season!?? He's sensational.
Johnny Baguette
As for Villa, they returned some of their seat allocation and on that evidence I can see why. They were absolutely brutal.
Johnny Baguette
4-0, and tevez saved for saturday, great.
arthur7171
I think Blackpool will provide a tougher challenge. Not many teams win at Sunderland these days.
Johnny Baguette
What a great performance! Every one of our players put in a shift today, aNice to see us bag a few goals at home for a change too! Krfesk - it really is astounding to see how far the Villa have fallen in such a short space of time, and I commiserate with you - it was always going to be hard once O'Neil walked out on the eve of the season though, and whilst you've got some very good youngsters, Houllier (or as I'm sure most Villa fans would prefer, another manager), needs some serious backing from lerner and your board if you're not to spend the season at the wrong end of the table.
fifthcolumnblue
They should have taken cash for Milner and used the extra to buy someone instead of Ireland. Said it when he left, Ireland with his never changing mentality would be lucky to impress in the Championship. In the end I feel like we got Milner for 16 mil as Ireland is worth nothing IMO, he is anonymous and spiritless in 99% of games.
StuMCFC
fifthcolumnblue, it shouldn't have been hard when O'Neill left. Lerner got lucky when O'Neill resigned. Unfortunately, as nice a man as Lerner is, he doesn't have a clue about football, and neither, apparently, does anyone else with any power or influence at Villa. That's why we've ended up with a manager who is hopelessly out of his depth, and why, quite staggeringly, we are genuine relegation candidates - despite some excellent young players and £140m invested in the last four years on transfer fees alone. Anyway, congratulations on hammering us without one of your best players. Just don't cock it up this season and let your execrable neighbours win the title this season. Failiure to finish above that Salford shower would be shameful in the extreme.
Albarnista
JB, so true about Silva. How many red tops do you see praising this genius? None! Now if he played for Arsenal, Yernited or CFC, he'd be lauded as a god. Fact!
RobsonGreensleeves
 

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