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Manchester City
4 - 3
Wolverhampton Wanderers

FA Barclays Premier League

The City of Manchester Stadium


Attendance: 46, 672

Referee: Lee Mason - Dreadful

Manchester CityWolverhampton Wanderers
K Toure 40 , Tevez 49 , 66 , Y Toure 54Milijas 12, Doyle pen 68, Zubar 86
Hart     Hennessey    
Zabaleta     Zubar    
K Toure     51 Stearman    
Kompany     Berra    
Kolarov     Ward     70
De Jong     Hunt    
Barry     Milijas    
A Johnson     84 Jones    
Y Toure     Jarvis     79
Tevez     81 Doyle    
Dzeko     Fletcher     69
Given (GK)     Hahnemann (GK)    
Milner     81 Henry     69
Boateng     Vokes    
Lescott     51 Mouyokolo     70
Silva     84 Mujangi Bia     79
Vieira     Davis    
Jo     Doherty    
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Johnny On The Spot: City go top of the league on merit tonight having once again bagged 3 more crucial points in the battle to secure Champions League football at Eastlands...Mick McCarthy set up Wolves aggressively and full of intent; a trait by now familiar to City fans as more limited sides come to Manchester and take the game to The Blues...The challenge City faced wasn't helped by some appalling refereeing by Lee Mason which again reflected this season's erratically poor officiating...But some absolutely atrocious Blues defending, both collectively as a unit and individually almost contributed to The Citizens conceding vital ground in the most exciting Premier League season in many years...Joe Hart was repeatedly furious with his team mates for failing to give him options for distribution and Roberto Mancini was livid at his side's performance...If this season is to aspire to anything then City cannot afford headless chicken phases or fail to match opponents stride for stride or press them back as they did today...This is a time for experienced heads to calm situations down and an extra edge of class and resilience told in the end as Carlos Tevez found the gears neccessary to outmuscle battling opponents whose resurgence has been checked...El Apache now has 44 goals in 61 appearances for City which is a sensational return and he has scored 15 goals in this campaign to date...He's now got top quality support at last as Mancio looks to have found a gem in Edin Dezko. The Bosnian hitman is sure to ease the brilliant Argentinan's workload. He has excellent control and footwork for a big man and has already given City an extra presence up front which has been glaringly lacking all season...Mancio has meanwhile thwarted the curse of the Manager of the Month award but it was a close run thing, but as the intensity of the campaign increases, he will be sure to focus upon City's defensive problems before this massively important run of challenges continue against the remaining 4 games of the "Midlands Challenge." Villa, Birmingham and West Brom await City before we take on the rags. In conclusion a tremendous 3 points tinged with huge relief.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday January 15 2011
Time: 5:41PM


WOW, Just WOW! How that game ended up without a single yellow card is totally beyond me. Counted at least 4 nailed on yellows for Wolves, and at least two for us. A two footed lunge is a booking at the very least - yet no booking. A deliberate trip from behind is a booking - yet no free kick. I could go on, so many times did the ref get it wrong. Still, an interesting game, and full credit to Wolves for having a jolly good go, but honestl, 4-1 up should be game over. Instead, we chose to cruise through the final 3rd of the game and nearly paid the price. Have to say, the City of old would not have recovered from a goal down against aggressive opposition, and we'd never have held out for the win when Wolves pulled two back late on, so signs of progress evident yet again. Dzeko certainly looks the business, holding the ball up and linking well with Tevez. Clearly knackered by the end of the game, but in two - three weeks time when he's fully fit i think we've got an awesome player on our hands!
15/01/2011 18:23:00
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