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Aston Villa 0 - Manchester City 1

FA Barclays Premier League

Villa Park

4/3/13

Attendance: 33,217

Referee: Mike Dean of The Wirral

Aston Villa
0 - 1
Manchester City
 
Tevez 45+1'
 
Venue: Villa Park
 
Attendance: 33,217
The Teams
22 Guzan
 
 
 
01 Hart
 
 
06 Clark
 
 
 
05 Zabaleta
 
 
27 Bennett
 
 
 
22 Clichy
 
 
32 Baker
 
 
 
28 K Toure
 
 
34 Lowton
 
 
 
33 Nastasic
 
 
10 N'Zogbia
 
 
65'
 
07 Milner
 
 
15 Westwood
 
 
84'
 
14 Garcia
 
 
16 Delph
 
 
 
17 Rodwell
 
 
25'
11 Agbonlahor
 
 
 
21 Silva
 
 
89'
20 Benteke
 
 
 
42 Y Toure
 
 
26 Weimann
 
 
83'
 
32 Tevez
 
 
75'
Substitutes
01 Given
 
 
 
30 Pantilimon
 
 
30 Lichaj
 
 
 
06 Lescott
 
 
08 El Ahmadi
 
 
84'
 
13 Kolarov
 
 
18 Sylla
 
 
 
08 Nasri
 
 
75'
24 Dawkins
 
 
83'
 
11 Sinclair
 
 
14 Holman
 
 
65'
 
18 Barry
 
 
89'
21 Bowery
 
 
 
10 Dzeko
 
 
25'
Game Statistics
6
Goal Attempts
15
1
On Target
8
6
Corners
5
3
Offside
1
12
Fouls
14
2
Yellow Cards
0
46.8
%
53.2
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: And so the Home Counties street parties are put on hold for another fortnight as City record a third straight win since Southamptongate bolstered by a fourteenth league clean sheet of this title hangover season...It was a hard fought one too. Perhaps unneccessarily so, as a game young Villa side, now deep in relegation trouble zipped the ball about with endeavour but in truth could have lost more heavily had City's hard working forwards had their sights more focused. Our season's achilles heel alongside a relentless injury list...Noticeably, Villa appeared to tire heavily towards the end of each half yet maybe that was down to their high tempo efforts. Factually, not many sides come close to outpassing Man City and Villa put together 412 to The Champions 478 in this encounter...Ultimately Roberto Mancini's 106th win as City boss was sealed by resurgent Carlos Tevez's 3rd goal in 3 games and was as coolly taken as any of the 69 El Apache has scored for The Blues...The win didn't come without a price though. Young Jack Rodwell has been playing superbly but his season is back on the rocks after what Mancio confirmed is yet another hamstring injury. Such rank bad luck had been a major source of frustration to David Moyes in recent seasons and it's Everton next up for City. The side who had such a big say in the destination of last season's title will be chomping at the bit to have their say again in two weeks time. That game should be a cracker with City gathering momentum. Stats Courtesy Sky Sports




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Date:Monday March 4 2013

Time: 9:58PM

Your Comments

We need to finish teams off when we're in the ascendancy, the defence dealt very well with what Villa could muster late on.
Bluedub
Ugly, ugly 3 points.
Spooks
On a different night the score could have been 1-4 or 5. We looked lethargic for the first 20 minutes and Villa threw everything they had at us for the last 10. Otherwise, we should have been home and hosed by the 4th save Guzan had to make or the 2nd time the ball came back off the inside of the post. Give them their due, Villa certainly took heart from only being 1 goal down and made a game of it, but it would have been a travesty for City to have dropped any points. Good luck to the Villa for the rest of the season.
fifthcolumnblue
"On a different night the score could have been 1-4 or 5." Worryingly though fifth, those nights rarely seem to come along, we have grinded our way through games like this so much this season, often resulting in draws that has us far behind United. Must improve a lot next season but happy for the 3 points tonight.
StuMCFC
 

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