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Blackburn Rovers 0 - Manchester City 4 - Stats

Blackburn Rovers
0 - 4
Manchester City

Barclays Premier League

Ewood Park

01/10/11

Attendance: 24,760

Referee: Phil Dowd

Blackburn RoversManchester City
Johnson (56), Balotelli (59), Nasri (73), Savic (87)
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!

Writer:danielqpr
Date:Saturday October 1 2011
Time: 4:56PM

Comments

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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.
StuMCFC
01/10/2011 17:23:00
0
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
01/10/2011 17:55:00
0
Another load of chances created away from home.
Johnny Baguette
01/10/2011 18:11:00
0
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
01/10/2011 19:20:00
0
Thought the first have was a stolid afair but boy did we light up the second half ...maybe something Bobby said......
Doody
02/10/2011 08:31:00
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