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Blackburn Rovers 0 - Manchester City 4

Barclays Premier League

Ewood Park

01/10/11

Attendance: 24,760

Referee: Phil Dowd

Blackburn Rovers
0 - 4
Manchester City
 
Johnson (56), Balotelli (59), Nasri (73), Savic (87)
 
Venue: Ewood Park
 
Attendance: 24,760
The Teams
Paul Robinson
 
 
 
Joe Hart
 
 
Jason Lowe
 
 
 
Pablo Zabaleta
 
 
Christopher Samba
 
 
 
Vincent Kompany
 
 
Scott Dann
 
 
 
Joleon Lescott
 
 
Gael Givet
 
 
 
Aleksandar Kolarov
 
 
Radosav Petrovic
 
 
 
James Milner
 
 
Steven Nzonzi
 
 
 
Toure Yaya
 
 
Gamst Pedersen
 
 
 
David Silva
 
 
David Goodwillie
 
 
(61)
 
Adam Johnson
 
 
(79)
Ayegbeni Yakubu
 
 
 
Sergio Aguero
 
 
(27)
David Hoilett
 
 
 
Mario Balotelli
 
 
(88)
Substitutes
Mark Bunn
 
 
 
Costel Pantilimon
 
 
Mauro Formica
 
 
(61)
 
Edin Dzeko
 
 
(88)
Jordan Slew
 
 
 
Stefan Savic
 
 
(79)
Ruben Rochina
 
 
 
Gareth Barry
 
 
Simon Vukcevic
 
 
 
Samir Nasri
 
 
(27)
Jason Roberts
 
 
 
Gael Clichy
 
 
Grant Hanley
 
 
 
Nigel De Jong
 
 
Game Statistics
5
Goal Attempts
19
4
On Target
12
4
Corners
5
9
Fouls
14
1
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
35
%
65
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: Cometh the hour, cometh The Mario. Roberto Mancini boldly selected Mario Balotelli to lead City's line alongside Kun Aguero and the young Italian delivered with an intelligent, hard working performance that oozed class...A beleaguered Rovers side who beat Arsenal here last month gave Planet Blue a reminder of what many teams will do when confronted by the City juggernaut and got every man behind the ball repeatedly...The Blues spent the best part of the first half striving to stroll it in through the middle, but the break saw City play wider and stretch Rovers to an extent that gave opportunities for Adam Johnson and Balotelli to showcase their brilliance...This thumping away result and a clean sheet will be doubly satisfying for Roberto Mancini. City have registered it after the chastening away defeat and long journey to Bayern Munich. Furthermore, Tevezgate is immediately consigned to a sideshow. 7000 travelling Blues made it very clear who's side they are on today and it isn't that of the disgraced chancer. Well played Blues!




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Date:Saturday October 1 2011

Time: 4:56PM

Your Comments

Great second half performance. First half was good but frustrating and had the feel of a post-Champions League effort. Improved in the second half. Aguero's injury is a worry but Nasri was sensational when he came on to replace him - 2 assists and 1 goal, how can you argue with that for a player on the pitch for 60 minutes? Balotelli has matured so much lately, let us hope it is permanent as he led the line so well and his goal was brilliant.
StuMCFC
If Mario can play like he did today every game he will become the sensational player we've all been expecting! Nasri also had a great one after the disapointing show against Munich so that will boost his confidence. All in all everyone in the team played well to secure a well deserved 3 pointer...C'mon City!!!
Blue ponderer
Another load of chances created away from home.
Johnny Baguette
Thank god there wasn't any post-tevezgate hangover. The players proved today that they are fully focussed on the job at hand and won't let some trumped-up bighead derail their quest for trophies. Well played City, hope Aguero isn't too seriously injured - wonder what Tevez must be thinking now that the opportunity to impress was there on a plate for him? What a plonker!
fifthcolumnblue
Thought the first have was a stolid afair but boy did we light up the second half ...maybe something Bobby said......
Doody
 

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