Sunday November 7, 2010 Day 11 Finished The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion 0 - 2 Manchester City

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  1. Balotelli brace and red in City win

    Balotelli brace and red in City win

    Mario Balotelli scored twice before being sent off as Manchester City ended their three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win at West Brom. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • West Bromwich Albion
    • Manchester City
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! All over and that is a comfortable 2-0 win for the visitors.
    • 90+3' Pablo has been booked for a late chop on Yaya Toure.
    • 89' Going to be four minutes added to this one. Probably for the amount of time it took for Balotelli then Mulumbu to leave the park.
    • 88' Tevez tries to play in Barry, but the offside flag has gone up.
    • 87' The home fans heading for the exit doors. Those two goals in the first half really knocked the stuffing out of them.
    • 86' Zabaleta sees his number and Kolarov takes over for the final few moments of the match.
    • 85' Yaya Toure is brought down by Brunt, who is going to be the latest man into the book.
    • 84' Miller then tries a shot at the other end, but Kompany stands tall to make the block.
    • 83' Tamas delivers the ball into the box, but easy enough save for Hart in the City goal.
    • 82' City going to be well in the hunt for the title after this. They will join Arsenal on 20 points and share third place.
    • 81' City just keeping the ball at the back. To be fair, they've done that well all day today and that is why they lead by two goals.
    • 80' Di Matteo looking none too impressed on the home touchline. Surely all over for his side now.
    • 79' Mulumbu has gone for a wretched late foul on Tevez. Had to go for that one! A second yellow and both sides are down to 10 men. Can have few complaints.
    • 78' Well more controversy out there...another red card for the home side......
    • 77' Scharner departs to be replaced by Miller. Last throw of the dice perhaps for West Brom.
    • 76' Brunt fires in a shot from outside the area, but over the bar. Going to be another sub here for the home side.
    • 75' Harts rises to collect Odemwingie's cross. Looking more and more likely that City are going to see it through with the ten men.
    • 74' Barry was going to have a shot there, but took his time before trying to play in Tevez. Nothing doing and the ball is back with Carson.
    • 73' West Brom have managed only one shot on goal if the stats are to be believed. Mancini out trying to tell his side to calm it down.
    • 72' Zabaleta smashes the ball into the deck. He wins the free-kick after being hauled back by Barnes.
    • 71' Barry almost scooped the ball into the net as City continue to hit on the break, but some frantic defending gets the ball out. Carson did well to toe the ball out of his area with Tevez lurking. Powerful play Yaya Toure.
    • 70' Yaya Toure needs attention after taking a ball in the face, but he is on his feet seconds later to bring down Thomas.
    • 69' City trying to hit on the break as Tevez uncorks a shot from inside the box. Blocked by the home defence.
    • 68' Adam Johnson has replaced Silva, who gets a standing ovation from the visiting fans.
    • 67' Barnes throws over a cross, but Scharner nods wide of goal. That should ease the strain on 10-man City.
    • 66' Superb stop by Hart to tip a Shorey free-kick over the bar. So close to a goal for West Brom there.
    • 65' Mulumbu was booked for unsporting behaviour in the aftermath of the red card.
    • 64' Zabaleta has been booked for a late chop on Mulumbu. Retribution for Balotelli perhaps?
    • 63' Almost an immediate response as Silva claws a header off his own line. Boateng almost nodded into his own net there before City scramble the ball clrea.
    • 62' He has a reputation for being a hothead, but that is really silly conduct. Balotelli disappears up the tunnel and Mancini looks none too pleased.
    • 61' RED CARD FOR BALOTELLI! Would you believe it. He is red card for aiming a kick at the grounded Mulumbu. Crazy stuff from the forward.
    • 60' Couple of changes for West Brom. Peter Odemwingie replaces Marc-Antoine Fortuné and Giles Barnes is on for Marek Cech.
    • 59' Barry brings down Scharner with a push on the touchline.
    • 58' Balotelli is still causing major headaches for West Brom. He gets a cross in before fouling Cech.
    • 57' West Brom look like they are turning to the subs. Apart from that Cox shot, City still well on top.
    • 56' Tevez complaining after he is sent spinning to the deck by Pablo.
    • 55' Barry sends Tevez scampering clear, but good defending by Tamas muscles him off the ball. West Brom survive that hairy moment.
    • 54' So unlucky for West Brom as the ball smacks off a post from distance. Superb hit by Cox. That would have changed the mood of the match.
    • 53' Almost a third. Lovely ball by Silva again finds Boateng on the run, but his control let him down and the ball trundled through to Carson. A better first touch would have brought the goal.
    • 52' The West Brom subs are getting warmed up. Think there will be have to be a change or two the way this one is working out.
    • 51' De Jong tries a little ball down a flank, but Shorey is alert to head out of the park.
    • 50' Cox receives a telling off from the referee. City with 69% of possession. Little wonder they are two goals to the good.
    • 49' We revert back to type with City going backwards to keep the ball. All the onus is on West Brom. Cox fouls Balotelli and he tumbles to the deck.
    • 48' Boateng late on Thomas from behind. Fortunate to avoid a yellow card.
    • 47' Yaya Touré tries to play in Tevez, but the striker spun in the other direction and the ball is back with Carson.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second half. Big ask for West Brom to claw something out of the fire.
    • 45+2' Balotelli complaining to the referee about something, but there goes the half-time whistle. A quality first period by City, who are fully in charge and deserve their half-time lead.
    • 44' Going to be two minutes added to the half.
    • 43' Roberto Di Matteo chewing his gum frantically at the side of the pitch. Work to be done in the second half for his West Brom side.
    • 42' Game bounding from end to end, but most of the play continues to erupt in the West Brom half.
    • 41' Barry is penalised for a late challenge on Scharner and then booked. West Brom have a free-kick.
    • 40' Going to be a booking here one suspects.....
    • 39' Balotelli shows his class, but he can't supply Silva. Another goal now for City would kill this match stone dead.
    • 38' Thomas is fouled by Boateng, but Balotelli heads out Cech's free-kick.
    • 37' Cox fouls Tevez for a free-kick. Game being disrupted by a series of silly free-kicks.
    • 36' 23% of City’s goals have come from outside the box this season, a higher proportion than any Premier League side. Their two today have come inside the area.
    • 35' Couple of fouls on either side before the match restarts with City back in possession.
    • 34' Cox fouls Barry and City have a free-kick. They go backwards with it, preferring to retain possession. All looking a bit hopeless for West Brom at the moment.
    • 33' Another West Brom free-kick comes to nothing after Balotelli fouled Shorey. City seem to be ready for these high balls.
    • 32' Fortune caught Yaya Toure with a late one while Shorey is needing a bit of treatment.
    • 31' The home forwards can't get close enough to force errors out of the City players, who are enjoying vast amounts of space to build their attacks.
    • 30' First half-hour is up and not much to write home about if you are a West Brom fan. City playing like football's version of the Harlem Globetrotters.
    • 29' Tevez takes aim, but just over the bar from 25 yards. Great attempt from the man in the scarf. Carson had to watch that like a hawk.
    • 28' Might be a touch on the cold side, but City fans really warming to this. They have another free-kick. This time Mulumbu brings down Tevez. Chance from this free-kick.
    • 27' Brunt whips over the corner, but nothing doing at the back post as City clear the ball before Balotelli wins a free-kick going down under pressure from Mulumbu.
    • 26' Kompany forced to concede a corner under pressure from Fortune and West Brom have a chance.
    • 25' That was a shocking piece of defending. Can't really grudge City the goal, but West Brom were all over the show. Long way back from this predicament.
    • 24' SECOND GOAL FOR CITY! Really shoddy defending that time by West Brom. Balotelli turned Tamas before prodding the ball beyond Carson. Low into his right-hand corner.
    • 23' Thomas and Barry collide and City get the decision.
    • 22' West Brom looking a bit desperate. Fortune tries to get on the end of a speculative ball into the area, but ends up sliding out of the park. Just about sums up this opening 23 minutes.
    • 21' More sublime play by City. Really top stuff as Silva bounds into the box from Yaya Toure's pass, but Carson stood up well to make the save. Almost a second for City.
    • 20' Brunt throws a free-kick into the heart of the City box, but that is headed over weakly by Fortune.
    • 19' Have to say that goal was coming! Tevez is such a key figure to City. He really adds a new dimension to their play from some of the stuff they offered up in Poznan the other night. Can West Brom respond?
    • 18' GOAL FOR CITY! Superb move from City. Silva feeds Tevez who turns in the box to slip the ball across to Balotelli and he slides in to convert. Great goal.
    • 17' West Brom struggling to make any impact on City at the moment. A goal looking likely unless West Brom can somehow get out.
    • 16' City living off an enormous 76% of possession. Shorey lucky to avoid a foul there when he was clearly holding Balotelli. The former Inter Milan striker can't believe that decision.
    • 15' No way through that towering City rearguard as Zabaleta rises to head out of the park. Ball back with the visiting keeper Joe Hart.
    • 14' Honours even so far, but City really turning the screw. Already have had four shots on goal. West Brom yet to manage one, but here come the Baggies now.
    • 13' Really poor delivery from Balotelli from the corner. Really should be beating the first man. No danger to the home side. You have to wonder how many times they practice dead balls during the week.
    • 12' Some delighful play by Balotelli and Tevez. Tevez fires in the shot, but it deflects off Ibanez and over for a corner.
    • 11' West Brom have conceded a goal in the first 15 minutes of their last three league games, but they are close to ending that streak here.
    • 10' Fortune is penalised for a late one on Kompany before Zabaletea fires a shot wide of goal from 35 yards. That contained some venom, but not the direction.
    • 9' Balotelli tumbles in the box under pressure from Cech, but no foul. Correct decision by the referee there.
    • 8' City's league of nations looking very comfy in possession. Tevez tries a little dink ball, but they retain the ball. Really pegging West Brom back. Going from side to side.
    • 7' Believe it or not, Tevez is also wearing a scarf. Well wrapped up, but he manages to unwrap a shot from distance that flies wide of the target. Looks in the mood out there.
    • 6' Barry knocked away that early corner from Brunt and the England midfielder is at the heart of the action again as he knocks the ball around between himself and Tevez.
    • 5' Booking for De Jong for handling Fortune's attempted pass. Really stupid stuff. The Dutchman is smiling, but not what he is needing at this early stage of the match.
    • 4' Mancini well wrapped up on the touchline. He needs another defeat today like a hole in the head. The scarf is on and he is out his dugout.
    • 3' Kolo Toure almost knocks the ball into his own net under pressure from Brunt. He knocks the ball past his post for a corner, before City clear. Uncertainty between Brunt and Zabaleta.
    • 2' Early offside decision goes against former Celtic striker Fortune as he tries to gain a few yards on that visiting defence. City with the ball.
    • 1' West Brom will get us off and running in this one. Big day for both these clubs, as it always is in the Premier League.
    • 14.55 Teams coming on to the park. West Brom in black and white and City in their blue. All very traditional out there. Looks like a full house in for this one. Remember West Brown will leapfrog City into fourth place in the table if they win today. Click here for the EPL table. Premier League table
    • 14.50 Carlos Tevez makes his return to the City side after a spell back in native Argentina, where he had been battling a thigh problem as well as homesickness. The home side welcome back their top scorer Peter Odemwingie. The Nigerian striker, who suffered a knee injury in the Baggies' draw against Bolton at the beginning of October, has scored three goals in six Premier League appearance this season.
    • 14.45 The Baggies are unbeaten at home in the league this season, but have conceded exactly once in their last four matches. City have not lost three straight league matches since November 2008.
    • 14.40 The referee is Lee Probert of Wiltshire.
    • 14.35 Teams: West Brom: Carson, Shorey, Tamas, Pablo, Cech, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt, Cox, Thomas, Fortune Subs: Myhill, Tchoyi, Barnes, Miller, Reid, Dorrans, Odemwingie Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Boateng, De Jong, Barry, Toure Yaya, Silva, Tevez, Balotelli Subs: Given, Richards, Milner, Adebayor, Adam Johnson, Kolarov, Vieira
    • 14.30 According to the stats, the visitors won't get it easy this afternoon. West Brom have won their last four matches in all competitions at home against Man City. The Baggies have scored six goals in the 15 minutes after half-time this season, more than any other side.
    • 14.25 Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of West Brom's match with Manchester City in the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 79' Mulumbu has gone for a wretched late foul on Tevez. Had to go for that one! A second yellow and both sides are down to 10 men. Can have few complaints.
    • 66' Superb stop by Hart to tip a Shorey free-kick over the bar. So close to a goal for West Brom there.
    • 63' Almost an immediate response as Silva claws a header off his own line. Boateng almost nodded into his own net there before City scramble the ball clrea.
    • 61' RED CARD FOR BALOTELLI! Would you believe it. He is red card for aiming a kick at the grounded Mulumbu. Crazy stuff from the forward.
    • 54' So unlucky for West Brom as the ball smacks off a post from distance. Superb hit by Cox. That would have changed the mood of the match.
    • 53' Almost a third. Lovely ball by Silva again finds Boateng on the run, but his control let him down and the ball trundled through to Carson. A better first touch would have brought the goal.
    • 29' Tevez takes aim, but just over the bar from 25 yards. Great attempt from the man in the scarf. Carson had to watch that like a hawk.
    • 24' SECOND GOAL FOR CITY! Really shoddy defending that time by West Brom. Balotelli turned Tamas before prodding the ball beyond Carson. Low into his right-hand corner.
    • 21' More sublime play by City. Really top stuff as Silva bounds into the box from Yaya Toure's pass, but Carson stood up well to make the save. Almost a second for City.
    • 18' GOAL FOR CITY! Superb move from City. Silva feeds Tevez who turns in the box to slip the ball across to Balotelli and he slides in to convert. Great goal.
    • 3' Kolo Toure almost knocks the ball into his own net under pressure from Brunt. He knocks the ball past his post for a corner, before City clear. Uncertainty between Brunt and Zabaleta.
    • 14.35 Teams: West Brom: Carson, Shorey, Tamas, Pablo, Cech, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt, Cox, Thomas, Fortune Subs: Myhill, Tchoyi, Barnes, Miller, Reid, Dorrans, Odemwingie Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Boateng, De Jong, Barry, Toure Yaya, Silva, Tevez, Balotelli Subs: Given, Richards, Milner, Adebayor, Adam Johnson, Kolarov, Vieira

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • S. Carson
      • M. Cech Substitution Out (60′)
      • Pablo Yellow Card
      • G. Tamas
      • N. Shorey
      • P. Scharner Substitution Out (81′)
      • C. Brunt Yellow Card
      • Y. Mulumbu Red Card
      • J. Thomas
      • S. Cox
      • M. Fortuné Substitution Out (61′)

      Subs

      • S. Reid
      • P. Odemwingie Substitution In61′
      • I. Miller Substitution In81′
      • B. Myhill
      • G. Barnes Substitution In60′
      • S. Tchoyi
      • G. Dorrans
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • P. Zabaleta Yellow Card Substitution Out (88′)
      • K. Touré
      • V. Kompany
      • J. Boateng
      • G. Barry Yellow Card
      • N. de Jong Yellow Card
      • Y. Touré
      • D. Silva Substitution Out (68′)
      • M. Balotelli Goals×2 Red Card
      • C. Tévez

      Subs

      • P. Vieira
      • S. Given
      • E. Adebayor
      • J. Milner
      • A. Johnson Substitution In68′
      • M. Richards
      • A. Kolarov Substitution In88′
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