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  1. City hang on against Bolton

    City hang on against Bolton

    Manchester City held on with 10 men to grab a 1-0 victory over Bolton and end a poor run of scoring form at home in the Premier League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' The final whistle brings proceedings to an end - and relieves the tension in the stands. City hold on for a 1-0 win, while Bolton are unlucky to lose.
    • 90+3' Bolton drive into the home box, but once more a low cross is just hacked away. Time running out.
    • 90+2' Tevez scored three goals in their two league matches against Bolton last season. And now one against them this season. Shocking strike from distance by Balotelli, a free-kick blazed well over.
    • 90+1' The first of four minutes of injury time passes.
    • 90' City change: James Milner on for Tevez. Johnson's chances of coming on have been hurt by the sending off.
    • 89' Balotelli fouled on the touchline; Knight is booked.
    • 88' Muamba feeds Taylor on the left and his low cross is a dangerous one... Lescott throws himself at it and the loose ball is mopped up behind him.
    • 87' Bolton on the ball and looking for their target men... no luck as yet, but City are falling back.
    • 86' Tevez acknowledges the fans singing his name in the stands.
    • 85' Time to panic, City fans: four of the 12 goals you have conceded this season have come in the last five minutes of matches.
    • 84' City change: Micah Richards, goalscorer last week, will be asked to defend a lead today as he replaces Silva.
    • 84' Balotelli holds off Mark Davies and wins a free-kick. He is annoyed that the midfielder had hold of him as he looked to turn.
    • 83' Taylor picks up the ball on the left and sends in a deflected cross that Hart does well to claim above the leap of Kevin Davies.
    • 82' Bolton reverting to long balls now they have a man advantage - and they're not working.
    • 81' Bolton change: Rodrigo Moreno on for Lee.
    • 80' City respond by keeping the ball - but will Bolton have renewed confidence and grab a leveller now?
    • 79' He doesn't argue the point much, but looks nonplussed in the tunnel.
    • 78' KOLAROV SENT OFF! He went in on Ricketts and, despite taking the ball, had his studs up. He pulled out a little though and it looks a harsh second yellow card.
    • 77' Bolton are unbeaten in their last five league matches. If they equalise and avoid defeat today it will be their longest unbeaten run in over two years.
    • 76' Kompany coolly lifts the ball over a Bolton striker and plays a one-two with Tevez... Kolarov is in on the left but his shot is into the side-netting!
    • 75' Kolarov deliberately fouls a streaking Lee near halfway and is booked for his trouble.
    • 74' Very tense inside this ground. The fans are impatient.
    • 73' The home side are unbeaten in their last five PL matches. If they avoid defeat today it will be their longest unbeaten run since a six-match streak from February to March.
    • 72' More chaos in the home box ends when Knight's driven cross-cum-shot through a crowd of bodies somehow hits no one.
    • 71' Hart comes to meet a falling cross and collides with Lescott - dropping the ball towards goal! It is cleared off the line almost by a City defender.
    • 70' Yaya Toure drives to the edge of the box and sees a shot come off the backside of Cahill. Corner.
    • 69' Kolarov picks up the ball deep then Yaya Toure again dinks across an easy ball for the Bolton defence to deal with.
    • 68' Former Inter striker Balotelli wins a corner.
    • 67' Balotelli takes his time crossing for Tevez and Silva, but it is not hard enough and Bolton clear their lines.
    • 66' The resultant kick is bent towards the near post by Kolarov and pushed behind by Jaaskelainen. That had some whip on it.
    • 65' Balotelli hits the deck despite there being little contact from Muamba, while Yaya Toure has more of a case for a free-kick when Knight pulls him back.
    • 64' Bedlam in the City box as Knight heads across goal - two home defenders flail with acrobatic clearances before Hart plucks the ball out of the air.
    • 63' Bolton change: Matty Taylor on for Petrov. A surprise, unless the Bulgarian has a knock.
    • 62' Cross from the right for Bolton almost finds Kevin Davies at the far post! The away team still in this match.
    • 61' Three of the home team's last four league matches have been drawn. They have won only two of the last seven.
    • 60' Excellent turn and shot from Silva - the ball comes off the crossbar and flies to safety for Bolton! Where has this spell of City pressure come from?
    • 59' Silva the latest City player to have a pop, his effort from 18 yards skewed off target.
    • 58' Balotelli with space down the left side of the penalty area, jinking and blazing over the bar.
    • 57' Balotelli hits the post! Silva feeds a ball through for the diagonal run of Tevez and, when the ball drops to the Italian, he beats Jaaskelainen - but the ball strikes the outside and base of the post.
    • 56' Bolton manager Owen Coyle has never won in two previous top-flight matches against Manchester City. His Burnley side drew 3-3 at the City of Manchester Stadium (November 2009) and Bolton lost 2-0 there last season (February 9).
    • 55' As several readers have pointed out, it is something of a surprise that Adam Johnson is on the bench. He will be on sometime soon, you'd have thought.
    • 54' On the counter Silva finds the feet of Balotelli. His low pass breaks the away backline and sees Zabaleta arrive... his shot from an angle is saved low by Jaaskelainen and kicked behind by Cahill.
    • 53' Petrov caught offside to give the Citizens some relief at the back. Bolton still press but will have to watch the counter-attacks.
    • 52' This match is only the second time Manchester City have led at half-time at home this season. The only other time they eventually won 3-0 against Liverpool.
    • 51' City panicking at the back as Bolton look to play then bulldoze their way through. Elmander and Kevin Davies are looking dangerous, while Petrov is a threat.
    • 50' Lescott and Barry uncomfortable in possession compared with Bolton; as if to prove the point, Knight skips away from a City attacker on halfway.
    • 49' Silva does very well to bring the ball down and get a shot away from just inside the box, but it is not a hard one and the away keeper saves comfortably.
    • 48' Scrappy and hectic in the early stages of the second half.
    • 47' Kevin Davies with a volley near the corner of the box that is just over! Excellent effort from the Bolton man.
    • 46' Jaaskelainen loses the ball after claiming a cross and is fortunate that City do not grab a second! Petrov boots clear after the ball comes off Zat Knight near the goal-line.
    • 46' The second half begins, City now kicking from right to left as we look at it.
    • 45+2' That is half-time. 1-0 to City in a hard game.
    • 45+2' Kompany correctly penalised for a foul on Lee, despite the City fans' reaction.
    • 45+1' There will be two minutes of added-on time.
    • 45' Another late challenge, standing this time and on Silva by Mark Davies. The City fans vent their spleen at the midfielder and ref for not booking him.
    • 44' Lee with a hard challenge on Tevez, late - but no foul is given, only a throw-in. He has a knock, but will live.
    • 43' Bolton striker Elmander carrying the ball through the middle and looks to break through the defence too... he goes to ground under a double challenge but the ref waves away appeals for a foul on the edge of the box.
    • 42' The ball is cut back to Tevez by Kolarov... the striker fluffs it completely. It was a funny angle. Tevez profile
    • 41' Nice feint by Balotelli but the cross does not beat the first man. On the counter Muamba trips over his own feet at the crucial moment.
    • 40' Tevez bundled over by Petrov in the final third near the touchline. Kolarov's kick is headed away.
    • 39' Tevez again creates space for himself, shooting a yard over the crossbar. All of a sudden it's all City.
    • 38' Tevez bangs a shot just wide of the far post that had the Bolton keeper worried.
    • 37' Pablo Zabaleta played in behind! He has Balotelli on the far side, but it is not an easy pass... he hesitates when he should shoot and makes a hash of it!
    • 36' Silva twisting and turning about, looking for an angle for a shot - he opts for Tevez, whose shot is headed for the far corner but lacks power. Jaaskelainen holds it.
    • 35' Concerted spell of pressure from Bolton, peppering the City box with crosses. Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies are formidable strikers in this situation.
    • 34' Hart flapping there and Bolton have a corner kick. Kevin Davies rises to head for goal, but it is cleared.
    • 33' Tevez booked for dissent following a foul on Ricketts. All Bolton again as City are pegged back: sterling work by the Totters, despite being a goal down.
    • 32' Tevez fights to win the ball near the by-line but as he brings it towards goal, the whistle goes for a foul on Sam Ricketts. He is not happy with that.
    • 31' City change: Kolo Toure cannot continue and on comes Joleon Lescott. Lescott considers City exit
    • 30' Silva furious as he is flagged offside following an intricate move with Tevez which the Argentine finished off. He was just off.
    • 29' Have a look at our Premier League team pages. Team pages
    • 28' Kolo Toure is hurt. Desperate defending as the ball is whipped in by Bolton. City emerge unscathed, but Hart was in uncomfortable territory off his line there.
    • 27' Mark Davies with a positive run through the home midfield, earning a free-kick as Yaya Toure brings him down cynically. The Ivorian is furious with Marriner as the ref books him for the challenge.
    • 26' The floated kick finds intended target Kevin Davies, but his header across goal is too close to Hart.
    • 25' De Jong concedes a free-kick as Fabrice Muamba turns away from the City goal in possession of the football. The Dutchman shouldn't have gone to ground.
    • 24' Nothing comes of the throw-in but Wanderers are well in their stride now. The home fans have quietened.
    • 23' Petrov forces a tackle from a backtracking Balotelli near the corner as Bolton continue to press.
    • 22' City have won their last 17 league matches when Tevez has scored, since a 3-3 draw against today’s opponents Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on December 12, 2009.
    • 21' Tevez's goal has put him level-top with Dimitar Berbatov in the Premier League scoring charts. His goals have been more spread out though... Top scorers
    • 20' The game now being played largely in the City half, with Hart getting plenty of goal-kicks. Nothing clear-cut as yet for Bolton, other than the free-kick from Petrov.
    • 19' City had had a total of 32 goals scored in their league matches this season prior to today – joint-fewest in the division with Sunderland and Birmingham.
    • 18' And on come Bolton again. They've got the bit between their collective teeth. Joe Hart seeks to calm his team down.
    • 17' Petrov bends it just wide of the post via a deflection off the wall! Corner kick.
    • 16' Bolton have a free-kick in a dangerous area after Kolarov fouled Lee.
    • 15' Manchester United's game at Blackpool has been called off, of course. How are the other sides getting on? Latest scores
    • 14' City turning the screw on their North-West rivals who seem full of attacking intent despite again fielding Nigel De Jong, Gareth Barry, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure in the same side.
    • 13' Penalty shout for Man City turned down! Silva's first-time effort from 12 yards out is expertly blocked by Gary Cahill with his chest. Good decision.
    • 12' Mancini wrapped up with his customary scarf and coat, but no evidence of a hat today. He didn't need one in freezing conditions in midweek either: Mancini in snow
    • 11' Toure rampages down the right flank and delivers a stonking hard cross at head height, but just behind Balotelli.
    • 10' Bolton winger Martin Petrov crosses against his old side, but the Sky Blues hold firm.
    • 9' Bolton and England striker Kevin Davies in on Aleksandar Kolarov late and is booked by Andre Marriner. Deserved.
    • 8' Former Barcelona man Yaya Toure in control of the game in midfield.
    • 7' Balotelli on the right side of the penalty area this time, looking to get a shot away but just muscled out again.
    • 6' Bolton under the cosh and not looking like a sixth-placed side at present. But they are a good team and can build if they weather the rest of this storm.
    • 5' So City went 289 minutes without scoring in the league at home before the strike. Will they get a bagful now?
    • 4' TEVEZ OPENS THE SCORING FOR MAN CITY!! Yaya Toure leads the counter-attack and plays the diminutive Argentine through, who finds the far bottom corner as Jaaskelainen advances quickly to narrow the angle. 1-0.
    • 3' Balotelli breaking into the box and looking to square... he is tackled by an away defender.
    • 2' City take control. David Silva lays the ball off to Carlos Tevez, who has a mazy dribble and fires a low shot on target - well held by Jussi Jaaskelainen in the Bolton goal.
    • 1' Chung-Yong Lee has the ball in midfield and looks for a goal inside the opening 10 seconds or so... it is high and wide. Might as well have had a pop.
    • 1' Bolton to kick off in their all blue away kit, attacking the goal to our left.
    • 14:59 The teams are lining up as the captains meet for the toss.
    • 14:55 Bolton may be going great guns, but this could by City's chance to break that poor scoring run at Eastlands as the away side have conceded in each of their last 14 league matches. They have kept only one clean sheet in their last 23 top-division matches – the 0-0 home draw against Fulham on the opening day of the season, August 14.
    • 14:50 That means they have failed to win or score in their last three league home matches. If they fail to score today they will be the first top-flight club this season to go four matches at home without a goal. Papers: City target Barca ace
    • 14:45 City have been criticised for their lack of ambition at times: it is 285 minutes of football since they last scored at home in the league - Adam Johnson netting in their 2-1 victory against Newcastle on October 3. Johnson praise for mentor Mancini
    • 14:40 The Trotters have lost only two of their 15 league matches – only Manchester United (none) have lost fewer in the division. This is also the club’s equal-fewest ever defeats at this stage of a top-flight season, and fewest in 104 years since losing two of their opening 15 matches in 1896-97. Premier League table
    • 14:35 City are unbeaten in all five league derby matches against fellow North-West clubs this season – Carlos Tevez scoring five goals in these matches. Their last defeat to a local rival was 1-0 at home to Manchester United on April 17. Bolton however have not won in five league derby matches against fellow North-West clubs this season. They have not won in their last seven in total since a 4-0 home win against Wigan on March 13.
    • 14:32 Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden has not made it due to a thigh injury so Mark Davies - who scored a late equaliser against Blackpool a week ago - keeps his place. Bolton team page
    • 14:31 So Mario Balotelli - who grabbed a Europa League brace in midweek - starts for Man City while Jerome Boateng is not even on the bench following their training scrap. Yaya Toure returns to the side following a migraine. Super Mario sends City through
    • 14:30 Manchester City are unbeaten in their last three PL matches against Bolton. Their only defeat in the last seven was 2-0 at the Reebok Stadium in November 2008 – Ricardo Gardner and Richard Dunne (OG) scored the goals. City team page
    • 14:25 Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers have met 108 times in the league. Manchester City have won 42, Bolton 41 and there have been 25 draws.
    • 14:20 Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)
    • 14:20 Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Balotelli; Subs: Given, Richards, Milner, Adam Johnson, Lescott, Vieira, Jo /// Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Mark Davies, Muamba, Petrov, Elmander, Kevin Davies; Subs: Bogdan, Steinsson, Taylor, Klasnic, Moreno, Blake, Cohen
    • 14:15 Welcome to coverage of Manchester City's home match against Bolton in the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 78' KOLAROV SENT OFF! He went in on Ricketts and, despite taking the ball, had his studs up. He pulled out a little though and it looks a harsh second yellow card.
    • 76' Kompany coolly lifts the ball over a Bolton striker and plays a one-two with Tevez... Kolarov is in on the left but his shot is into the side-netting!
    • 71' Hart comes to meet a falling cross and collides with Lescott - dropping the ball towards goal! It is cleared off the line almost by a City defender.
    • 60' Excellent turn and shot from Silva - the ball comes off the crossbar and flies to safety for Bolton! Where has this spell of City pressure come from?
    • 57' Balotelli hits the post! Silva feeds a ball through for the diagonal run of Tevez and, when the ball drops to the Italian, he beats Jaaskelainen - but the ball strikes the outside and base of the post.
    • 54' On the counter Silva finds the feet of Balotelli. His low pass breaks the away backline and sees Zabaleta arrive... his shot from an angle is saved low by Jaaskelainen and kicked behind by Cahill.
    • 46' Jaaskelainen loses the ball after claiming a cross and is fortunate that City do not grab a second! Petrov boots clear after the ball comes off Zat Knight near the goal-line.
    • 17' Petrov bends it just wide of the post via a deflection off the wall! Corner kick.
    • 13' Penalty shout for Man City turned down! Silva's first-time effort from 12 yards out is expertly blocked by Gary Cahill with his chest. Good decision.
    • 4' TEVEZ OPENS THE SCORING FOR MAN CITY!! Yaya Toure leads the counter-attack and plays the diminutive Argentine through, who finds the far bottom corner as Jaaskelainen advances quickly to narrow the angle. 1-0.
    • 14:20 Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Balotelli; Subs: Given, Richards, Milner, Adam Johnson, Lescott, Vieira, Jo /// Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Mark Davies, Muamba, Petrov, Elmander, Kevin Davies; Subs: Bogdan, Steinsson, Taylor, Klasnic, Moreno, Blake, Cohen

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • P. Zabaleta
      • K. Touré Substitution Out (32′)
      • V. Kompany
      • A. Kolarov Red Card
      • N. de Jong
      • Y. Touré Yellow Card
      • G. Barry
      • D. Silva Substitution Out (84′)
      • M. Balotelli
      • C. Tévez Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out (90′)

      Subs

      • P. Vieira
      • S. Given
      • J. Lescott Substitution In32′
      • J. Milner Substitution In90′
      • A. Johnson
      • M. Richards Substitution In84′
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Jääskeläinen
      • S. Ricketts
      • G. Cahill
      • Z. Knight Yellow Card
      • P. Robinson
      • M. Davies
      • F. Muamba
      • C. Lee Substitution Out (82′)
      • M. Petrov Substitution Out (63′)
      • J. Elmander Substitution Out (77′)
      • K. Davies Yellow Card

      Subs

      • I. Klasnic Substitution In77′
      • R. Blake
      • T. Cohen
      • G. Steinsson
      • &. Bogdán
      • M. Taylor Substitution In63′
      • Rodri Substitution In82′
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