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Manchester CITY
2 - 1

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium


Attendance: 46, 324

Referee: Mike Dean

Manchester CITYChelsea
Aguero (pen) 78′ , Nasri 85′Cahill 60
25 Hart     01 Cech    
02 Richards     02 Ivanovic     21'
05 Zabaleta     03 Cole    
22 Clichy     04 Luiz    
28 K Toure     24 Cahill    
19 Nasri     07 Ramires    
21 Silva     76' 08 Lampard    
34 De Jong     66' 10 Mata    
42 Y Toure     12 Mikel    
16 Aguero     16 Meireles     58'
45 Balotelli     46' 09 Torres     73'
30 Pantilimon     22 Turnbull    
13 Kolarov     17 Bosingwa     21'
15 Savic     05 Essien     58'
07 Milner     15 Malouda    
18 Barry     46' 11 Drogba     73'
10 Dzeko     76' 21 Kalou    
32 Tevez     66' 23 Sturridge    
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Johnny On The Spot: Roberto Mancini's men responded to a relentles rag mind games gauntlet and plain bad luck tonight with a never say die display that hauled The Citizens up to one point behind the rags in the race for the title...Roberto Di Matteo set Chelsea up to not concede and play on the counter. They lived dangerously from the first whistle...With David Silva well off the pace, a virtuoso display from Samir Nasri took the game to Chelsea throughout a first half dominated by the record breaking home winning side...Chelsea, who had been run ragged for long periods went in at the break looking like a side who couldn't believe they weren't behind. Their back four had looked as rattled as Peter Cech's bar yet the game remained goalless... Mario Balotelli's poor pull shot wide when clean through one on one helped their cause no end. He found himself subbed at half time in favour of Gareth Barry who was sent on to shore up central midfield. So much for talk of Mancio favouritism there then...Chelsea started the second half looking there for the taking. Yet still City could not finish the job. And to stunned disbelief The Blues conceded a pisspoor soft goal to gift Chelsea a ludicrous lead. What a travesty it would have been for City to lose this. In point of fact, Chelsea are a pale shadow of the side that once swept all before them. Frank Lampard's shrieking turf plummet towards the end of the game and the understrength travelling support spoke volumes...Enter Carlos Tevez to a favourable reception and cue Chelsea's defence back tracking and standing off rapidly as El Apache began to get amongst them. The subsequent Chelsea backline confusion resulted in a stonewall penalty sweetly struck by Kun Aguero. Backed by third striker Edin Dzeko who further mixed things up, Tevez exchanged superb passes with the brilliant Samir Nasri to seal a superb fightback. The second witnessed at The Etihad inside a week. This hard fought win could prove the springboard that takes The Blues on a run that will push the rags and their easy run-in all the way to the finish line. The makeshift backline will be reinforced by Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott at Stoke. Win that and the pressure will shift back on to the rags...Special final word tonight for Samir Nasri. Le Petit Prince de Marseille was absolutely brilliant.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday March 21 2012
Time: 9:43PM


Well done, you were better today. Gotta say, it's a real kick in the teeth that Spuds drew in the last minute...
21/03/2012 21:45:00
Thank ***** for that, we got the result our play deserved. Nasri outstanding tonight.
21/03/2012 21:47:00
Congrats for the deserved result...please win the league now.
21/03/2012 21:55:00
We were lucky, but we didn't deserve to be losing I don't think. Some great build up play to score the winner - it had to be THAT good, otherwise we were looking at a draw. Good game though
21/03/2012 22:00:00
Chelsea came in with a defensive plan. As a CFC supporter I understand it as much as I didn't like it. So you can make the argument that you "deserved" to be in the lead b/c you were playing more positive football. I think that is a bit simplistic b/c Chelsea had a plan that they were executing. Anyway, you showed the character of EPL champions. I think we're all sick to death of United winning the league. Keep pushing.
21/03/2012 22:06:00
It is simplistic RD but to be fair Chelsea rode their luck at times in that first half, overall I think a fair result, we got the bit of luck in the end that our play deserved. Good game I thought. Good luck in your race for CL.
21/03/2012 22:24:00
In a nutshell, Tevez made Chelsea's area a much busier place than it was before he came on. It's what we've been missing.
21/03/2012 22:34:00
Mancio:...."I think we deserved to win because we had three or four chances in the first 20 minutes. When they scored I think we didn't deserve to go behind. But we wanted, we desired to win this game. After their goal it was feeling like squeaky bum time. It's more than three points this game."
Johnny Baguette
21/03/2012 22:36:00
The minute Tevez came on I knew Chelsea was in trouble. That guy is a menace. Incredible footballer, awful personality.
21/03/2012 23:24:00
It would have been a travesty if we had lost this game, just like the Liverpool game in the LC. In the end we deserved the three points. Hope we score early against Stoke and put them away. Also thought Micah had a good game as a CB. Samir was the MOM no question.
21/03/2012 23:45:00
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