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Manchester City
2 - 1
Tottenham Hotspur

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium


Attendance: 47, 208

Referee: Michael Oliver

Manchester CityTottenham Hotspur
Aguero 65′ Dzeko 88′Caulker 21′
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'
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'
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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

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday November 11 2012
Time: 3:36PM


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
11/11/2012 15:47:00
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.
11/11/2012 15:48:00
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'.
11/11/2012 15:57:00
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".
11/11/2012 17:37:00
Defensive Stat: Last 6 League Games Goals Conceded: Stretford 10, Chelsea 9 and crumbling, crisis ravaged City 3.
Johnny Baguette
11/11/2012 18:01:00
It's all over JB, we might as well all just go home now and give the title to Stretford. LMAO!
11/11/2012 20:05:00
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
11/11/2012 20:18:00
Two points behind the scum and one in front of Chelsea..... can't wait to get out of second gear :-)
11/11/2012 20:24:00
PS, the poll is evil!! Can't bring myself to vote!
11/11/2012 20:27:00
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.
11/11/2012 22:08:00
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