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Manchester City 5 - Sunderland  0

FA Barclays Premier League

The City of Manchester Stadium

3/4/11

Attendance: 44, 197

Referee: Howard Webb

Manchester City
5 - 0
Sunderland
A Johnson 9 , Tevez pen 15, Silva 63, Vieira 67, Y Toure 73
 
 
Venue: The City of Manchester Stadium
 
Attendance: 44, 197
The Teams
Hart
 
 
 
Mignolet
 
 
Boyata
 
 
70
 
Bardsley
 
 
46
Kompany
 
 
 
Turner
 
 
Lescott
 
 
 
Mensah
 
 
Kolarov
 
 
 
Ferdinand
 
 
Y Toure
 
 
 
Cattermole
 
 
De Jong
 
 
 
Henderson
 
 
59
Silva
 
 
78
 
Muntari
 
 
72
A Johnson
 
 
66
 
Sessegnon
 
 
Tevez
 
 
 
Gyan
 
 
Balotelli
 
 
 
Welbeck
 
 
Substitutes
Taylor (GK)
 
 
 
Gordon (GK)
 
 
Milner
 
 
 
Zenden
 
 
59
SWP
 
 
78
 
Malbranque
 
 
Dzeko
 
 
 
Colback
 
 
72
Barry
 
 
 
Elmohamady
 
 
46
Vieira
 
 
66
 
Adams
 
 
McGivern
 
 
70
 
Lynch
 
 
Game Statistics
15
Goal Attempts
8
12
On Target
4
6
Corners
5
3
Offside
1
9
Fouls
22
2
Yellow Cards
3
65
%
35
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot:...This was the day when everything went right for Roberto Mancini and his revitalised Manchester City squad who have taken a terrible panning from all angles over the past 14 days...This was the tempo of City performance that saw the team destroy Liverpool and Fulham earlier in the campaign. And it came against a side who have played fully 17 games less than The Blues this season...City played like a team released. Pace and power in attack, robust in midfield and imperious in defence, a clear collective team spirit saw Sunderland reduced to paper kites in a wind tunnel...Mancio will have been delighted with stunning performances from Kompany, Boyata, Toure and De Jong in particular who put in lung bursting shifts...The only blight on the day has to be Mario Balotelli. Why? Because he failed to score a thoroughly deserved goal. But for Mignolet, he'd have bagged two scorchers...Before I wind this section up, a word for Howard Webb. Outside of failing to dismiss the savaged Cattermole, he gave the best performance of any ref at Eastlands this season and that's saying something...So...this one goes out to the people baying for Mourinho and another backroom sea change this summer. For a start, you wouldn't have seen such faith put in young Ryan McGivern and Dedryck Boyata or the fielding of such a generally young City side today by The Special One...City are 3rd in the Premier League, 4th top scorers with 50 goals. The goal difference stands at +23. The Citizens have kept the most clean sheets this season and have a striker battling for the coveted Golden Boot....and the small matter of gunning for Manchester united in the FA Cup semi final is imminent. Sir Alex Ferguson shifted uneasily in his seat at Eastlands and rightly so...The momentum is back City. Bravo and more of the same please Mancio.




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Date:Sunday April 3 2011

Time: 6:43PM

Your Comments

BORING BORING CITY!
Bluedub
Could easily have been 7-0. Great performance from the team, and good management decisions.
eighthsin
That was the City we know and love. Amazing how an international break and finally some rest for our knackered squad, plus replacing Barry with an extra attacking player made us look a lot different.
StuMCFC
Back into third, one point ahead of Chelsea but most importantly we're six points ahead of Spurs. Exciting times ahead.
tudor
BTW, 'Johnny On The Spot' comment is spot on - couldnt have put it better myself.
eighthsin
Did not expect two strikers plus the extra attacking MF. So a great result for our top four chances.
johnkelv
Great result, should boost our confidence for the rest of the run in.
me_innit
 

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