Wednesday October 26, 2011 4th Round Finished Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 5 Manchester City

  • Milijaš 18’
  • O'Hara 65’
  • Johnson 37’
  • Nasri 39’
  • Dzeko 40’, 64’
  • de Vries 50’ (o.g.)

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  1. Rampant Man City score five

    Rampant Man City score five

    Edin Dzeko bagged a brace as Manchester City thumped Wolves 5-2 in an entertaining Carling Cup fourth-round clash at Molineux. More

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    Time:90'
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • Manchester City
    • 90+4' The full-time whistle goes at Molineux, and it's just the five for City this evening as Roberto Mancini's side beat Wolves 5-2 to progress through to the Carling Cup quarter-finals! Edin Dzeko has bagged a brace, and it's another convincing win from the visitors. Thanks for joining me! Let me know what you made of that result...
    • 90+3' The visitors stroke the ball around as "we want six!" is chanted relentlessly by the travelling supporters!
    • 90+2' Henry brings the ball forward for Wolves, but City defend stoutly and ensure that the hosts are not gifted a third.
    • 90+1' There will be four added minutes as City keep possession through Kolarov down the left, and the visitors are very comfortable.
    • 89' De Vries shows how comfortable he is on the ball as he skips past the onrushing Johnson.
    • 88' Pantilimon makes a commanding catch inside his box amid a cluster of bodies, and he's been assured this evening.
    • 87' Henry battles with De Jong once more, but City are able to build as Zabaleta makes a steely challenge.
    • 86' Razak looks very tired indeed as he is replaced by Milner for the final four minutes.
    • 85' The home fans are really getting into these final stages, enjoying the occasion despite the scoreline.
    • 84' Henry skips past Razak superbly, before O'Hara shoots on target with Pantilimon making a fine save.
    • 83' O'Hara continues to look very sharp after having come on and scored within seconds of his introduction.
    • 82' Wolves press forward through Vokes and Hammill, and City are forced back into their half.
    • 81' Toure brings the ball forward for City, and Dzeko is denied a potential hat-trick as Craddock blocks his shot from inside the Wolves box!
    • 79' Suarez looks a very fine player as he exchanges passes with Johnson, and the young Spaniard is (as you would expect) incredibly comfortable on the ball.
    • 78' City keep the ball in their half as chants of "boring, boring City ring out around Molineux".
    • 77' Eventually, the extremely chilled out City physio saunters onto the field and treats Razak, who will continue...
    • 76' Razak goes down on halfway as Wolves play on, and he looks in trouble - is it just cramp or more?
    • 75' Zabaleta is given a stern ticking off by the referee as he clatters into Hammill.
    • 74' Wolves keep the ball inside their own half, and there are cheers to meet each and every pass!
    • 73' City make another change as Scapuzzi departs with Karim Rekik coming on in his place.
    • 72' Dzeko holds the ball up in the corner as he lacks support, and three Wolves defenders attempt to muscle him off the ball to no avail.
    • 71' Suarez is challenged by Craddock, and there is quite an age difference between the pair!
    • 69' Rather ridiculously, there were boos as City scored that excellent fifth goal, but O'Hara's strike appears to have placated the home fans for now.
    • 68' O'Hara looks very bright, and he fires a rasping strike narrowly wide of the far post with Pantilimon very concerned!
    • 66' Karl Henry comes on to replace Edwards, while Nasri departs with Denis Suarez coming on - he's just 17.
    • 65' GOAL!!!!! O'HARA MAKES AN INSTANT IMPACT! The midfielder comes on with Hammill and within seconds gets on the scoresheet with a neat finish from Ward's pass!
    • 64' GOAL!!!!! DZEKO BAGS HIS SECOND! It's another glorious sweeping move as Dzeko plays a one-two with Nasri before Scapuzzi squares the ball perfectly for the Bosnian, who scores from close range!
    • 63' Toure shepherds the ball out of play superbly, and City are defending very solidly.
    • 62' Razak unleashes a fierce shot from 25 yards which De Vries is forced to gather awkwardly, and that's a good effort.
    • 61' City keep the ball very patiently in their own half, before Johnson drags a tame shot wide. Lib_100 says the Premier League would be boring without City and backs Mancini's side.
    • 60' Johnson gives the ball away to Doyle, but Hunt has his cross from the left flank blocked away to safety by Razak.
    • 59' Kolarov concedes a corner with some solid defending to deny Edwards, and Wolves are coming back into it gradually.
    • 57' Hunt is penalised for two petty and cynical fouls within the space of a minute, and the referee shows him the yellow card.
    • 56' City stroke the ball around in the Wolves half, and the visitors look incredibly composed now.
    • 55' Razak and Nasri dictate the play in the midfield, before Hunt fouls De Jong on halfway.
    • 54' Dzeko picks up the ball very deep for City, but Elokobi is on hand to make a robust challenge.
    • 53' Doyle wins a free kick at the expense of Zabaleta with a neat turn, and Wolves can build now.
    • 52' Johnson defends for his side with a very fine chase to deny Guedioura, and that's good commitment.
    • 51' City are so dangerous on the counter attack, and Doherty is being exposed frequently by Kolarov now.
    • 50' GOAL!!!!! SCAPUZZI MAKES IT FOUR! It's all down to Kolarov, who produces another lung-busting run down the left and cuts the ball back for Nasri, and Scapuzzi taps the ball home as the Frenchman's initial effort is saved!
    • 49' Kolarov skips down the left at pace and whips over a delightful delivery, but the sliding Dzeko cannot quite convert it!
    • 48' What a chance for Wolves! Hunt should score as he ghosts into the box to meet Elokobi's delivery, and he was put off by the presence of Hunt nearby!
    • 46' The second half is underway at Molineux, and Jojo has Tweeted to question who is capable of stopping City on this current run of theirs? The visitors start quickly through Johnson...
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle goes at Molineux, and it has been a quite stunning resurgence from Manchester City with three goals in three minutes after Milijas gave Wolves an early lead! What a first half, with four goals in all... What is your assessment of that first half? Get in touch with me on Twitter!
    • 45+1' Two minutes will be added at the end of this first half, and Wolves spend the first inside the City half with Hunt looking very sharp.
    • 45' Guedioura has a rocket of a shot, and he blasts the free kick over the crossbar from Hunt's backheel!
    • 44' Cracking skill from Vokes as he skips inside Zabaleta and wins a free kick, and this could be dangerous...
    • 43' McCarthy is desperately waving his players up the field, but this is a City masterclass.
    • 42' It's very nearly four! Nasri gets down the left this time as he rips the Wolves back four open yet again, but Dzeko slides agonisingly shy of converting the loose ball.
    • 41' Nasri turns the ball inside to De Jong, but this time the move breaks down as City are thwarted.
    • 40' GOAL!!!!! DZEKO MAKES IT THREE! What a surge of quality from City, as Johnson whips over a perfect delivery from the right and Dzeko turns the ball home from close range as Scapuzzi's initial effort is parried away by De Vries!
    • 39' GOAL!!!! NASRI PUTS CITY IN FRONT! It's a glorious pass from Johnson, who turns provider with a quite stunning pinpoint delivery to scythe the Wolves back four open, and Nasri finishes clinically!
    • 39' Scapuzzi loses the ball on the edge of the Wolves box as he dallies too long on the ball and Edwards intervenes.
    • 38' Mancini is happy with that, and who can blame him? It was a cracking strike from Johnson and City are really growing into this match.
    • 37' GOAL!!!!! IT'S A CRACKER FROM JOHNSON! De Jong gets down the right, and his cross is met by Dzeko, who lays the ball off for Johnson, and the England winger slams the ball into the far corner of the net with relish!
    • 36' STAT: Manchester City have enjoyed 61 per cent of the possession so far in this match.
    • 35' De Jong finds Toure out on the right, and City build patiently from their own half with Wolves sitting back.
    • 34' The referee rather harshly prevents City from taking a free kick very quickly on the counter attack from halfway, and the visitors are not happy.
    • 33' Kolarov picks out Dzeko with a pinpoint pass, but the Bosnian is swamped by Wolves defenders and he loses out.
    • 32' Razak loses the ball inside his own half, and Guedioura lashes a ferocious shot wide of the far post!
    • 31' Wolves win a free kick out on the right as Guedioura is hauled down by Razak, and the hosts can build.
    • 30' Nasri is full of energy as he makes room down the right, before the move culminates in Scapuzzi swivelling inside the Wolves box and shooting just wide!
    • 29' Nasri gets to the right byline, but his cross is too deep for Dzeko and the ball runs tamely out of play.
    • 28' Johnson runs at Ward with menace, but Hunt scampers back to clear the danger and help out his team-mate.
    • 27' Toure is caught out again as Vokes gets in behind him, only for Ward to hammer a wild attempted cross out of play.
    • 26' McCarthy watches on very anxiously, but Elokobi jogs back onto the pitch after a brief treatment.
    • 25' Oh dear, Elokobi stays down and eventually gets to his feet very gingerly and hobbles away to the touchline.
    • 24' Elokobi makes an impeccable challenge, and it needed to be as he slides in to deny Razak with a last-ditch tackle - brilliant defending!
    • 23' Pantilimon lumps a long ball upfield to Dzeko, and City really need to get the ball down after a sloppy start.
    • 22' Kolarov tries his luck with a 30-yard free kick, but he blazes his shot well wide.
    • 21' Johnson cuts inside from the right, and a huge roar goes up from the travelling supporters as Mario Balotelli warms up!
    • 20' McCarthy is out on the touchline barking orders at his side, and he will be very anxious to defend sensibly to defend this lead.
    • 19' Dzeko is crudely fouled by Craddock with a poor challenge from behind, and Mancini is furious about that as the defender is finally booked!
    • 18' GOAL!!!!! WOLVES ARE IN FRONT! Vokes skips past Toure out on the right, and his cut back is blasted into the roof of the net in emphatic fashion by Milijas - what a goal!
    • 17' Penalty? No! Kolarov handles as the ball drifts out for a corner kick, but neither the referee nor his assistant see the incident!
    • 16' Savic is extremely lucky not to be sent off as he flies in with a high boot on Edwards, and the referee is very lenient there with the defender already on a booking.
    • 15' The set piece is rather wasted by Nasri, and Wolves can break upfield through Guedioura now.
    • 14' Dzeko takes the ball down the left for City, and Johnson sees a fierce shot deflected behind for a corner.
    • 13' Wolves are really up for this match, and there is no doubt that McCarthy is a man they want to play for on the evidence of this start.
    • 12' What a chance! Hunt whips over a devilish delivery from the left, and Edwards rises above Zabaleta to meet the ball, but can only head powerfully over the bar!
    • 11' Craddock makes a very fine challenge to stop Johnson in his tracks, and that is a superb interception.
    • 10' Elokobi shepherds a loose ball back to his keeper superbly, and Dzeko is unable to get on the end of it.
    • 9' City continue to box Wolves into their half as the visitors enjoy a good spell of possesssion. Jaydoob1976 reckons City will win this match 2-0.
    • 8' Nasri counters swiftly for City and finds Johnson outwide, but his cross is blocked away by Craddock.
    • 7' The corner kick is played back to the onrushing Milijas, who blasts a wild shot over the crossbar!
    • 6' Hunt does very well to break into the City half and win a free kick on the edge of the visitors' box, and Savic is booked for a cynical block...
    • 5' Doyle bundles over Kolarov with a late challenge, but that was clumsy more than anything.
    • 4' Sahand79 has Tweeted to predict that Manchester City will win 3-1... what do others think? Edwards makes another strong run for Wolves down the right.
    • 3' Hunt does well to protect Elokobi with Johnson putting him under enormous pressure as Wolves clear.
    • 2' City win a corner as Johnson races down the right, and the play lurches from one end to the other...
    • 1' The first half is underway at Molineux, and Wolves make a fast start as Edwards sprints down the left and gets a cross into the box as Pantilimon gathers.
    • 19:40 "Sunday is in the past..." declares Roberto Mancini. We're all set for kick-off at Molineux...
    • 19:35 So, how many goals will we see this evening? What will the scoreline be? It's time to post your pre-match predictions! Get in touch with me on Twitter...
    • 19:30 THE TEAMS ARE IN... Wolves: De Vries, Doherty, Craddock, Elokobi, Ward, Edwards, Guedioura, Milijas, Hunt, Vokes, Doyle. Subs: Hennessey, Henry, Ebanks-Blake, Berra, Johnson, Hammill, O'Hara. /// Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Savic, Kolarov, De Jong, Razak, Scapuzzi, Nasri, Johnson, Dzeko. Subs: Taylor, Bridge, Onuoha, Rekik, Suarez, Balotelli, Milner.
    • 19:25 And 'news' today, Corinthians have claimed they are on the verge of a cut-price deal for Manchester City's Carlos Tevez. The Brazilian club's president Andres Sanchez has said an agreement for the Argentine "is close" for less than half the amount offered during the summer. Sanchez said: "Tevez is close to joining Corinthians, though many people do not believe it. Before the offer was €40m, now the figure is €18m." What does everyone make of that? The full article
    • 19:20 Moxey said: "We remain well aware of fans' frustrations and disappointment in the wake of recent results. But we all put our trust in Mick and the players and, over the last five years, they have delivered emphatically. The changes Mick made on Saturday, and is often the case with his substitutions, ultimately provided a positive outcome as we hit back to take a point." Read the full story
    • 19:15 Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey has given his backing to under-fire manager Mick McCarthy ahead of this clash. McCarthy branded as "mindless idiots" the supporters who chanted "you don't know what you're doing" and "you're getting sacked in the morning" towards him during the weekend draw with Swansea. I covered that game, and the atmosphere was truly toxic throughout. What will it be like at Molineux this evening?
    • 19:10 Well, how do you come off a high like this?
    • 19:05 Mick McCarthy, speaking prior to this match: “When you’re having a toil and a struggle, everything apparently is wrong – from me to the performance of the players. There were a lot of emotions swimming around (after the weekend's draw with Swansea). They were red-hot – delighted with the result but angry with a lot of other things which I’m not going to talk about.”
    • 19:00 Roberto Mancini: "If we want to talk about Mario (Balotelli) the football player, we can put him in the first five players in the world. I hope for him, for football in general, we arrive at the day when Mario has changed completely his mind because after this he becomes one of the best three players in the world, like Messi, like Cristiano Ronaldo. The problem is because of his age, he can make some mistakes. He's Mario. He's crazy - but I love him because he's a good guy."
    • 18:55 TEAM NEWS: Wolves are likely to be without striker Steven Fletcher who is suffering from a calf problem. Right-back Kevin Foley is sidelined with an ankle complaint while fellow defender Ronald Zubar is short of fitness and may not feature.
    • 18:50 Former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves has been ruled out. Hargreaves, who made a goalscoring debut for City in the last round, would have been in line to play as manager Roberto Mancini considers a number of changes, but has a slight calf niggle. Roberto Mancini otherwise has a fully-fit squad but Carlos Tevez, the subject of disciplinary proceedings, is highly unlikely to be recalled.
    • 18:45 Welcome to LIVE text commentary of Wolverhampton Wanderers' Carling Cup fourth-round clash with Manchester City at Molineux.
  • Summary

    • 68' O'Hara looks very bright, and he fires a rasping strike narrowly wide of the far post with Pantilimon very concerned!
    • 65' GOAL!!!!! O'HARA MAKES AN INSTANT IMPACT! The midfielder comes on with Hammill and within seconds gets on the scoresheet with a neat finish from Ward's pass!
    • 64' GOAL!!!!! DZEKO BAGS HIS SECOND! It's another glorious sweeping move as Dzeko plays a one-two with Nasri before Scapuzzi squares the ball perfectly for the Bosnian, who scores from close range!
    • 50' GOAL!!!!! SCAPUZZI MAKES IT FOUR! It's all down to Kolarov, who produces another lung-busting run down the left and cuts the ball back for Nasri, and Scapuzzi taps the ball home as the Frenchman's initial effort is saved!
    • 48' What a chance for Wolves! Hunt should score as he ghosts into the box to meet Elokobi's delivery, and he was put off by the presence of Hunt nearby!
    • 42' It's very nearly four! Nasri gets down the left this time as he rips the Wolves back four open yet again, but Dzeko slides agonisingly shy of converting the loose ball.
    • 40' GOAL!!!!! DZEKO MAKES IT THREE! What a surge of quality from City, as Johnson whips over a perfect delivery from the right and Dzeko turns the ball home from close range as Scapuzzi's initial effort is parried away by De Vries!
    • 39' GOAL!!!! NASRI PUTS CITY IN FRONT! It's a glorious pass from Johnson, who turns provider with a quite stunning pinpoint delivery to scythe the Wolves back four open, and Nasri finishes clinically!
    • 37' GOAL!!!!! IT'S A CRACKER FROM JOHNSON! De Jong gets down the right, and his cross is met by Dzeko, who lays the ball off for Johnson, and the England winger slams the ball into the far corner of the net with relish!
    • 30' Nasri is full of energy as he makes room down the right, before the move culminates in Scapuzzi swivelling inside the Wolves box and shooting just wide!
    • 24' Elokobi makes an impeccable challenge, and it needed to be as he slides in to deny Razak with a last-ditch tackle - brilliant defending!
    • 18' GOAL!!!!! WOLVES ARE IN FRONT! Vokes skips past Toure out on the right, and his cut back is blasted into the roof of the net in emphatic fashion by Milijas - what a goal!
    • 17' Penalty? No! Kolarov handles as the ball drifts out for a corner kick, but neither the referee nor his assistant see the incident!
    • 12' What a chance! Hunt whips over a devilish delivery from the left, and Edwards rises above Zabaleta to meet the ball, but can only head powerfully over the bar!
    • 19:30 THE TEAMS ARE IN... Wolves: De Vries, Doherty, Craddock, Elokobi, Ward, Edwards, Guedioura, Milijas, Hunt, Vokes, Doyle. Subs: Hennessey, Henry, Ebanks-Blake, Berra, Johnson, Hammill, O'Hara. /// Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Savic, Kolarov, De Jong, Razak, Scapuzzi, Nasri, Johnson, Dzeko. Subs: Taylor, Bridge, Onuoha, Rekik, Suarez, Balotelli, Milner.

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