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Bolton Wanderers 2 - Manchester City 3

FA Barclays Premier League

The Reebok Stadium

21/8/11

Attendance: 24, 273

Referee: Mike Jones

Bolton Wanderers
2 - 3
Manchester City
Ivan Klasnic 39, Kevin Davies 63
 
David Silva 26, Gareth Barry, 37 Edin Dzeko 47
 
Venue: The Reebok Stadium
 
Attendance: 24, 273
The Teams
Jaaskelainen
 
 
 
Hart
 
 
Steinsson
 
 
 
Richards
 
 
Cahill
 
 
 
Kompany
 
 
Knight
 
 
 
Lescott
 
 
Robinson
 
 
 
Kolarov
 
 
Eagles
 
 
78
 
Milner
 
 
Muamba
 
 
59
 
Barry
 
 
Reo-Coker
 
 
 
Y Toure
 
 
Petrov
 
 
 
Silva
 
 
88
K Davies
 
 
 
Dzeko
 
 
80
Klasnic
 
 
 
Aguero
 
 
68
Substitutes
Bogdan GK
 
 
 
Pantilimon GK
 
 
Alonso
 
 
 
Zabaleta
 
 
88
M Davies
 
 
59
 
Clichy
 
 
Blake
 
 
 
Savic
 
 
Pratley
 
 
78
 
Johnson
 
 
80
Wheater
 
 
 
Tevez
 
 
68
Blakeman
 
 
 
Balotelli
 
 
Game Statistics
6
Goal Attempts
18
4
On Target
9
7
Corners
8
2
Offside
4
19
Fouls
14
2
Yellow Cards
0
43
%
57
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: This was a sensational advertisement for Premier League football. A thrilling contest that saw an as ever uncompromising Bolton Wanderers roared on by Sergeant Major Coyle give City a stern examination, particularly physically...But Roberto Mancini's big side are a robust proposition themselves and went toe to toe with everything Wanderers could throw at them in a pulsating battle. But for repeated profligacy in front of goal City could have doubled their score and won more comfortably. Coyle's men never give up though which meant that Joleon Lescott's previously uncharacteristic errors would see City fans living life that bit more on the edge than was neccessary...Otherwise, City's strong team spirit shone through. There is a clear willingness to fight for each other drilled into this squad now who look as if they enjoy their football. Recharged Aleks Kolarov is a classic example. I will exclude the clearly not match sharp Carlos Tevez from that equation as he tossed his stylish red and black striped shirt into the crowd by the tunnel rather than go across with the team to thank the fans for their superb vocal support...Dzeko was outstanding. The way he shrugged Zat Knight off to power in the crucial third goal promises more to come. Merlin Silva was exceptional and his very presence meant that Bolton were that bit more visibly terrified every time The Citizens poured forward...A special word for our England midfielders. Jimmy "Milna" and Gareth Barry played superbly. This was Milner's finest City hour and Barry took on the role of commander in chief with aplomb to the clear delight of Captain Kompany who lives every City ball. Of the six Englishmen to represent City today they were the pick of the bunch...The next game at Spurs cannot come quick enough and a sharper Kun Aguero will be eager to spearhead City's continued resurgence. As for Roberto Mancini, he has what he asked for. 6 points from two testing games and 7 goals already in the bank. But you bet your life he'll be unhappy at 2 conceded! Well done Blues. Keep at it.




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Date:Sunday August 21 2011

Time: 6:13PM

Your Comments

44 shots in two games. Boring, boring City! :D
StuMCFC
44 shots in two games. Boring, boring City! :D
StuMCFC
Kevin Davies is the anti- christ of football. It is no coincidence he has the highest number of fouls for and against every season. The guy is an out and out cheat. Drops like a stone to win his team a free kick but strong as an ox in the penalty area. Overall, I thought City played some fantastic stuff today, Edin was brilliant, as was David, Sergio's goal should have stood ( if Micah had done that in his own area, no way would a pen be given). Having said that, Kun won't be happy with the other two chances he spurned. Bolton were lucky to lose today. A win at WHL would be very welcome. I feel we are better equipped for this fixture than we were last season. I hope we have a go at them like we did today at the Reebok. It's time to let the opposition worry about us!
thecamelsfoot
Kevin Davies is the anti- christ of football. It is no coincidence he has the highest number of fouls for and against every season. The guy is an out and out cheat. Drops like a stone to win his team a free kick but strong as an ox in the penalty area. Overall, I thought City played some fantastic stuff today, Edin was brilliant, as was David, Sergio's goal should have stood ( if Micah had done that in his own area, no way would a pen be given). Having said that, Kun won't be happy with the other two chances he spurned. Bolton were lucky to lose today. A win at WHL would be very welcome. I feel we are better equipped for this fixture than we were last season. I hope we have a go at them like we did today at the Reebok. It's time to let the opposition worry about us!
thecamelsfoot
Good shout about Davies free kick gains. A bit like Jones in the Cup Final..not skilfull enough with the ball so blag yourself free kicks by cheating.
Pedmachine
Good shout about Davies free kick gains. A bit like Jones in the Cup Final..not skilfull enough with the ball so blag yourself free kicks by cheating.
Pedmachine
Davies tried to break Aguero's ankle in the first half intentionally, he should have walked.
StuMCFC
Davies tried to break Aguero's ankle in the first half intentionally, he should have walked.
StuMCFC
Lest we forget his demented opening minute challenge.
Johnny Baguette
Lest we forget his demented opening minute challenge.
Johnny Baguette
You know these guys are only just warming up Fair play to Bolton to keep going two decent goals out of few chances I was comfortable watching all the way through I'd be pressed to pick out any of our team who didn't put a full shift in. Well done Barry Milner Richards outside the wizardry who toiled endlessly
taggarts nose
You know these guys are only just warming up Fair play to Bolton to keep going two decent goals out of few chances I was comfortable watching all the way through I'd be pressed to pick out any of our team who didn't put a full shift in. Well done Barry Milner Richards outside the wizardry who toiled endlessly
taggarts nose
What about Robinson raking his studs on Silva's thigh.The media make out that Coyle plays good football.In the words of Jim Royle,"my a*se".
giolib921
What about Robinson raking his studs on Silva's thigh.The media make out that Coyle plays good football.In the words of Jim Royle,"my a*se".
giolib921
I love Super Kevin Davies !
bwfc1874
I love Super Kevin Davies !
bwfc1874
Who wouldn't love a player that constantly cheats? For such a hard man he doesn't half whine like a bitch when decisions don't go his way.
Bluedub
Who wouldn't love a player that constantly cheats? For such a hard man he doesn't half whine like a bitch when decisions don't go his way.
Bluedub
Kev Davies. Arsene Wenger, there's your man!
Johnny Baguette
Kev Davies. Arsene Wenger, there's your man!
Johnny Baguette
so Clichy on the bench for the whole match? Impressive squad overall. But looking at that bench with the introduction of Nasri, who stays in the first team who drops to the bench and who isn't in the squad. interesting developments
GunnaBlazing
so Clichy on the bench for the whole match? Impressive squad overall. But looking at that bench with the introduction of Nasri, who stays in the first team who drops to the bench and who isn't in the squad. interesting developments
GunnaBlazing
Clichy picked up a knock in training GB, heavy strapping on his leg. Rotation is the name of the game.
Bluedub
Clichy picked up a knock in training GB, heavy strapping on his leg. Rotation is the name of the game.
Bluedub
 

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