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Manchester City 2 - Tottenham Hotspur 1

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium

11/11/12

Attendance: 47, 208

Referee: Michael Oliver

Manchester City
2 - 1
Tottenham Hotspur
Aguero 65′ Dzeko 88′
 
Caulker 21′
 
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 47, 208
The Teams
01 Hart
 
 
 
24 Friedel
 
 
04 Kompany
 
 
 
05 Vertonghen
 
 
05 Zabaleta
 
 
 
13 Gallas
 
 
13 Kolarov
 
 
 
28 Walker
 
 
78'
22 Clichy
 
 
 
33 Caulker
 
 
33 Nastasic
 
 
56'
 
02 Dempsey
 
 
18 Barry
 
 
 
06 Huddlestone
 
 
21 Silva
 
 
 
07 Lennon
 
 
87'
42 Y Toure
 
 
 
11 Bale
 
 
16 Aguero
 
 
90'
 
30 Sandro
 
 
32 Tevez
 
 
73'
 
10 Adebayor
 
 
80'
Substitutes
30 Pantilimon
 
 
 
25 Lloris
 
 
03 Maicon
 
 
56'
 
16 Naughton
 
 
87'
28 K Toure
 
 
 
20 Dawson
 
 
78'
11 Sinclair
 
 
 
22 Sigurdsson
 
 
14 Garcia
 
 
90'
 
29 Livermore
 
 
62 Razak
 
 
 
46 Carroll
 
 
10 Dzeko
 
 
73'
 
18 Defoe
 
 
80'
Game Statistics
16
Goal Attempts
6
8
On Target
2
8
Corners
2
8
Offside
0
16
Fouls
6
1
Yellow Cards
2
61.9
%
38.1
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: Manchester City aren't the Champions of England for nothing. Despite shipping a tsunami of adverse publicity and "learned" comment again this past week, The Blues once again rose to the challenge and Roberto Mancini shrewdly exercised his options to overcome Andre Villas-Boas' Plan A...Mancio ran with his Argentine ground attack as expected whereas AVB set Spurs up to not concede and play on the counter. Disappointing as they were, they certainly have the tools to be much more fluid but riskily invited City on to themselves time and again. I don't think I've seen Gareth Bale kept so quiet. The hefty possession stats are further backed up by the fact that City made 482 passes to Spurs' 277...Regardless of these facts, AVB had done his homework and his side's goal against the run of play was a carbon copy of City's poor defending in the Champions League. But defending that lead for 70 minutes at Fortress Etihad was always going to be a tall order in spite of City's early profligacy. And so it came to pass. The Citizens went through the gears in the second half, further fuelled by Mancio's bold substitutions and decision to change to three at the back. Subsequently, Yaya Touré moved on up and the steamrollering forward charges that Planet Blue hasn't seen enough of this season became common place again...There were some outstanding City performances today in what constitutes a timely, hugely important win which clearly meant a lot to the players and management team. Pablo Zabaleta was a titan and Sergio Aguero a constant menace. Above all else, David Silva is back in the hole and picking locks again. Next weekend's visit of Aston Villa can't come around quick enough as City continue to counter the rags every move. Stats Courtesy Sky/Sporting Life




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Date:Sunday November 11 2012

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Your Comments

Great performance, 3 points well deserved. Disappointed conceding from another set piece but our shower of egotistical mercenaries showed great spirit yet again, especially for a so called team of individuals. Spurs players were very fond of the turf, if they want some I'm sure it can be arranged if/when the pitch is relayed to send pieces of turf to them. Kudos to Mancini for the changes made, he played a blinder today. CTID
Bluedub
Always going to be tough when you're playing against 12 men but alas, the cream always rises to the top. Top notch performance from the team in the 2nd half and particularly from Mancini who knew exactly how to expose Spurs bafflingly high line and made two crucial dubstitutions in Dzeko and the impressive Maicon. Fullbacks had Lennon and Bale in their back pocket.
rojo2010
More than 60% possession but more than twice the number of fouls? Wow! What a dirty team we must be! And Ade didn't dive, nor did he deliberately try to injure Zaba, nor should we have had any penalties. Oh, and the linesman got every offside decision correct. I wonder if any hacks will eat humble pie now regarding Mancini's tactical 'tinkering'.
Hominid
Shocking performance by the referee and his assistants today! Bad decisions all round, especially for the hand-ball that should have been a penalty, but I don't think I've seen a worse linesman since, well the Ajax game! Ferguson will be fuming tonight, as the officials clearly failed to prevent us getting the win we so rightfully deserved. To any Spurs fans on twitter that used the #taxiformaicon today, well, hope you enjoy eating your words. To quote the East Stand today "That's why we're champions".
fifthcolumnblue
Defensive Stat: Last 6 League Games Goals Conceded: Stretford 10, Chelsea 9 and crumbling, crisis ravaged City 3.
Johnny Baguette
It's all over JB, we might as well all just go home now and give the title to Stretford. LMAO!
fifthcolumnblue
Today's result has knocked some gloss off their comeback at Villa, fifth. City are now the only unbeaten side in all four divisions of the English pyramid. This is a terrible first third of the season.
Johnny Baguette
Two points behind the scum and one in front of Chelsea..... can't wait to get out of second gear :-)
RobsonGreensleeves
PS, the poll is evil!! Can't bring myself to vote!
RobsonGreensleeves
from a Rag mate of mine,yesterday said that they are good over Dec/jan, and catch us if you can.... well it looks like they can be caught, and i had to remind him that he can be good over Dec/Jan, as we come GREATER, over Easter....and not heard anything today,,,,, strange that.great result today Clichy, Zaba, AND Maicon when he came on had a great game, Spurs were disappointing i thought today.
cityman51
The rags have certainly been stoking up their gloat factor a lot of late. I'd suggest that stems from relief at not having fallen away from the season's start. Without RVP they'd be mid table.
Johnny Baguette
 

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