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Blackburn Rovers 0 - Manchester City 4

Barclays Premier League

Ewood Park


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
Adam Johnson
Ayegbeni Yakubu
Sergio Aguero
David Hoilett
Mario Balotelli
Mark Bunn
Costel Pantilimon
Mauro Formica
Edin Dzeko
Jordan Slew
Stefan Savic
Ruben Rochina
Gareth Barry
Simon Vukcevic
Samir Nasri
Jason Roberts
Gael Clichy
Grant Hanley
Nigel De Jong
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On Target
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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

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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.
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01/10/2011 17:23:00

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!!!
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01/10/2011 17:55:00

Another load of chances created away from home.
Johnny Baguette
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01/10/2011 18:11:00

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!
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01/10/2011 19:20:00

Thought the first have was a stolid afair but boy did we light up the second half ...maybe something Bobby said......
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