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Manchester City
2 - 0
Birmingham City

Carling Cup R3

Etihad Stadium

21/09/11

Attendance: 25,070

Referee: Kevin Friend

Manchester CityBirmingham City
Hargreaves (17), Balotelli (38)
Costel Pantilimon     Colin Doyle    
Nedum Onuoha     Jonathan Spector    
Kolo Toure     Pablo Ibanez    
Stefan Savic     Curtis Davies    
Wayne Bridge     (78) David Murphy    
Pablo Zabaleta     Chris Burke    
Owen Hargreaves     (57) Guirane N'Daw    
Abdul Razak     (86) Keith Fahey     (67)
Aleksandar Kolarov     Jean Beausejour    
Carlos Tevez     Nathan Redmond     (78)
Mario Balotelli     Adam Rooney     (67)
Substitutes
Stuart Taylor     Boaz Myhill    
Karim Rekik     (78) Steven Caldwell    
James Milner     (57) Marlon King     (78)
Gael Clichy     Morgaro Gomis     (67)
Denis Suarez     Nikola Zigic     (67)
Sergio Aguero     Akwasi Asante    
Luca Scapuzzi     (86) Jake Jervis    
Game Statistics
11
Goal Attempts
8
7
On Target
5
4
Corners
5
11
Fouls
8
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
61
%
39
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: Roberto Mancini promised changes for this League Cup stroll in the rain. He delivered by changing the entire XI that drew at Fulham and included a host of players who are defenders by trade but didn't let Mancio down...Such a controlled League Cup performance early in a season is yet another novelty for dreamland based Blues...A legion of anti-City hacks will be left crestfallen again following City's win, moreso as Owen Hargreaves made an assured goalscoring debut. Our other comeback kid Kolo Toure also excelled...This was a solid runout for a number of City fringe players who outside of a dreadful Carlos Tevez all put shifts in...City's 6ft 8in keeper Costel Pantilimon secured a clean sheet in his first start amongst plenty of lively performers...But Tevez, routinely disposessed with no chase back is drifting towards becoming the fourth choice striker at City and that's alarming in the context of an intense first half of the season...That aside, this was a solid exercise in squad rotation which will have pleased the manager and his backroom team immensely. The knowledge that West Brom took Saturday's opponents Everton into extra time lends further cause to be chipper......The draw for the Fourth Round will take place this Saturday on 24 September 2011 - The Fourth Round itself will take place in the week commencing 24 October 2011 sandwiched between the Manchester derby Away and Wolves at Home.

Writer:danielqpr
Date:Wednesday September 21 2011
Time: 9:41PM

Comments

0
Well played that Owen hargreaves. Not getting carried away just yet, but looks like Taggart dropped a massive bo^llock!
fifthcolumnblue
21/09/2011 21:50:00
0
Well played that Owen hargreaves. Not getting carried away just yet, but looks like Taggart dropped a massive bo^llock!
fifthcolumnblue
21/09/2011 21:50:00
0
Just hope he stays fit long enough to prove everyone wrong Fifth.
tudor
21/09/2011 21:53:00
0
Just hope he stays fit long enough to prove everyone wrong Fifth.
tudor
21/09/2011 21:53:00
0
Delighted for Hargreaves, great start for him, could yet turn out to be the bargain of the season.
Bluedub
21/09/2011 21:55:00
0
Delighted for Hargreaves, great start for him, could yet turn out to be the bargain of the season.
Bluedub
21/09/2011 21:55:00
0
Just seen the City goals on SSNews. Hargreaves goal was a belter. Look out for the look on Hargreaves face when he runs to celebrate his goal, priceless. SSN reporting he played excellent, also Nedum getting some praise. Mario's goal was top class too even if he didn't celebrate.
rojo2010
21/09/2011 22:03:00
0
Just seen the City goals on SSNews. Hargreaves goal was a belter. Look out for the look on Hargreaves face when he runs to celebrate his goal, priceless. SSN reporting he played excellent, also Nedum getting some praise. Mario's goal was top class too even if he didn't celebrate.
rojo2010
21/09/2011 22:03:00
0
That's our 18th win at home in all competitions in the last 20 games. Solid.
rojo2010
21/09/2011 22:04:00
0
That's our 18th win at home in all competitions in the last 20 games. Solid.
rojo2010
21/09/2011 22:04:00
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