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Manchester CITY 2 - Bolton Wanderers 0

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium

3/3/12

Attendance: 47, 219

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Manchester CITY
2 - 0
Bolton Wanderers
Steinsson og 23 Balotelli 69
 
 
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 47, 219
The Teams
25. Hart
 
 
 
1. Bogdan
 
 
5. Zabaleta
 
 
19
 
2. Steinsson
 
 
4. Kompany
 
 
 
12. Knight
 
 
6. Lescott
 
 
 
31. Wheater
 
 
22. Clichy
 
 
 
18. Ricketts
 
 
42. Y Toure
 
 
 
16. Davies
 
 
18. Barry
 
 
 
19. Reo-Coker
 
 
11. Johnson
 
 
 
32. Ream
 
 
8. Pizarro
 
 
61
 
21. Pratley
 
 
87
19. Nasri
 
 
84
 
30. Miyaichi
 
 
45. Balotelli
 
 
 
24. Ngog
 
 
Substitutes
30. Pantilimon GK
 
 
 
22. Jaaskelainen GK
 
 
7. Milner
 
 
84
 
4. Robinson
 
 
10. Dzeko
 
 
61
 
6. Muamba
 
 
87
13. Kolarov
 
 
 
7. Eagles
 
 
16. Aguero
 
 
 
10. Petrov
 
 
21. Silva
 
 
 
17. Klasnic
 
 
28. K Toure
 
 
19
 
29. Sordell
 
 
Game Statistics
24
Goal Attempts
7
10
On Target
5
7
Corners
4
2
Offside
0
13
Fouls
8
69
%
31
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: City answered a week long tsunami of united interviews claiming The Blues were about to bottle their title charge with not even a shoulder shrug in a routine win over Bolton that should have registered double figures...The Citizens blitzed Bolton in the opening and closing stages of a wide open first half which was noteable for a barrage of City shots going anywhere but the back of the net and an unfortunate injury to the brilliantly rampaging Pablo Zabaleta. Roberto Mancini had set The Blues up in a squad rotated 4-2-3-1 formation with the charging Rhino Yaya Toure playing in behind the marauding Mario Balotelli who missed a catalogue of chances...David Pizarro, clearly sent out there with a licence to pass at will introduced a more direct approach to City's play which was reflected in 15 shots at goal inside the first 45 minutes, but the avalanche of goals just wouldn't come as Bolton's defenders lumbered about in panic...The second half became a by now routine Etihad defence against attack training session with Joe Hart again rested. Indeed, the England Number One may as well have gone off and joined the importantly spared Sergio Aguero and David Silva on the bench, such was City's total dominance...Super Mario ultimately made the gulf in class tell, connecting with a brilliant Adam Johnson backheel to secure City's 96th competitive goal of the season. But for referee Mark Clattenburg, who erratic as ever played his customary part in this game by turning down two stonewall penalties for fouls on Balotelli, the scoreline would have certainly been more emphatic. Still, it was gratifying to see that City did not ship any bookings again following a harrowing midwinter littered with soft cards... So all eyes on Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow who have Arsenal breathing down their necks for a third placed finish. All eyes too on the rags who have talked a good mind game all week. Again, they are up against a growing mountain of pro-City statistics. All of a sudden, a 5 point gap and thirteen goals sounds a tall order to overturn, doesn't it......




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Date:Saturday March 3 2012

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Your Comments

Never really got into our stride in that one and still could have had a bucketful. Another three points, another clean sheet and two more for the goal difference. The Sky Blue juggernaut keeps on rolling. Well in City.
Bluedub
should have been a cricket score
Buzz Lightyear
Let's see what Spurs can produce tomorrow, that late Van Persie winner for Arsenic will make the game interesting....Spurs still have a nice little cushion, but I'd certainly prefer 3rd and no qualification games for the CL..... Well done City, one game less.
Colin Is The King
Sorry, but not impressed with winning 2-0. With the number of chances we had it could and shoulod have been at least 8-0. Just hope squandering all those chances against Blackburn and Notlob won't come back to haunt us. To be fair, whilst there was only ever going to be one winner today, at least Bolton came and tried to play football. hats off to them, they're not great, but on today's evidence they deserve to stay up
fifthcolumnblue
 

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