Saturday October 29, 2011 Day 10 Finished Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 3 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Dzeko 52’
  • Kolarov 67’
  • Johnson 90’
  • Hunt 75’ (pen.)

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Wolverhampton 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+5 There's the whistle - City close out an easy win in the end and stay five points clear of United.
    • 90+3 O'Hara has a pop from range and spins it well over.
    • 90+2 Johnson is playing as a right-back now and he slides in on Hammill. Corner.
    • 90+1 Five minutes added time.
    • 90' Wolves are keeping the ball but City have eight men across the edge of the box. Now Balotelli breaks from halfway, now Toure on the edge of the box AND JOHNSON WITH A WICKED LOW DRIVE AND IN! Bottom left. "Must to work a harder, no?"
    • 90' Poor control by Ebanks-Blake as he was found by Jarvis in the box but he keeps it alive for Wolves...
    • 89' A bit of the fizz has gone out of Wolves but expect an almighty assault in injury time...
    • 88' Balotelli gets it on the right but hammers an ambitious effort high and wide.
    • 87' Wolves have a free-kick on the left that O'Hara will take but Stearman is offside.
    • 86' Hennessey appears to shove Balotelli as they chased a long ball that Hennessey had covered anyway.
    • 85' WOLVES SUB: Ebanks-Blake and Jarvis on for Hunt and Henry.
    • 84' Mick McCarthy wants to make a substitution but the ball needs to go out of play...His team come forward...
    • 83' Doyle bustles into the box but Savic intercepts and clears. Silva gets forward and it's out for a throw via Henry.
    • 82' Silva to Kolarov, wicked cross but a man down in attack no-one meets it, Balotelli preferring a more withdrawn position.
    • 81' Ironic cheers as Hammill fouls Barry and City are awarded a free-kick.
    • 80' Ward on the left inside to Guedioura, now Stearman wide right but the move loses momentum.
    • 79' Balotelli leaves Roger Johnson in a heap after making a sturdy back for him. "Why always me?"
    • 78' Well over from Hunt from range. Barry now has the City armband. Wolves fans doing a mini-Poznan.
    • 77' CITY SUB: Savic on for Aguero.
    • 76' Game on then! Fair play to Wolves for trying to come back into this. Shocker from Hart though, who has got his team-mate sent off.
    • 75' Hunt to take the penalty... GOAL WOLVES! Low into the bottom right.
    • 74' PENALTY WOLVES! Hart spilled a long-range shot from Guedioura and Kompany hauled down Doyle as he was set to finish! And Kompany is off!
    • 73' Kompany shoves his team-mate to one side and apologises to the referee as he lectures Toure.
    • 72' Toure hits the deck but nothing doing. Then he fouls Hunt and talks himself into trouble.
    • 71' Lovely backheel by Aguero but Baloteli smacks it well over.
    • 70' CITY SUB: The immensely popular Balotelli replaces Nasri.
    • 69' Ward brings it clear for Wolves, who are struggling now.
    • 68' Wolves are flagging now as City pass them into a state of semi-consciousness.
    • 67' WOLVES SUB: Hammill on for Edwards.
    • 66' GOAL CITY! 2-0 and Kolarov with a straightforward finish after Hennessey spills a shot from Silva after Aguero picked up out from the right. Poor from Hennessey again.
    • 65' Would have been a great goal had Aguero connected properly - lovely interplay between Silva and the Argentine on the left side of the box, one-twos and that.
    • 64' Kolarov strides forward, getting past Stearman but unable to find Aguero.
    • 63' CITY SUB: Dzeko off for Johnson.
    • 62' Hunt with a searing run but his low cross is not close to Edwards, who was too far back. And no Doyle - if you have a lone striker he needs to be attacking there!
    • 61' Dzeko is booked for a nothing foul on Johnson, cumulative offences. Looks like he'll come off anyway.
    • 60' Dzeko almost races away down the right but his control lets him down.
    • 59' Aimles shot from Guedioura goes well over the bar. Adam Johnson warming up.
    • 58' Kolarov shoots from range but Stearman blocks it with what appears to be his manhood.
    • 57' Aguero leads the counter, he somehow wins a wrestling bout with Stearman but annoyingly he overruns it - he's able to knock it back to Silva though as City keep possession.
    • 56' Corner to Wolves as they respond well to conceding. Hunt crosses in, Richards heads away.
    • 55' Henry with a 'sturdy' challenge which launches a counter but it breaks down as Kompany gets back.
    • 54' O'Hara picks the ball up on the edge of the box but he drags the shot well wide.
    • 53' Aguero's chest blocked Hennessey's clearance, by the way, not his arm. The City fans are doing the Poznan.
    • 52' GOAL CITY! Dzeko with an easy chance after Hennessey - who was brilliant up until now - takes an age to clear a back-pass and is closed down by Aguero. Side-foots it into an empy net.
    • 51' Richards is felled by Ward, who slid in: the ref inexplicably gives a goal kick. It was a corner or a free-kick (free-kick in my opinion as I didn't see a touch on the ball).
    • 50' Doyle is booked for grabbing Lescott by the shorts.
    • 49' Kolarov gives the ball away but Barry snuffs out the threat from O'Hara and city clear.
    • 48' Dzeko wide to Kolarov who crosses low but Silva pokes it wide! Tough chance as he was flying in and tried to use his left - should have opened up on to his right foot.
    • 47' Balotelli, warming up now, has cut his hair into a more closely-cropped BA Baracus mohawk. He's so cool.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45+2 Half time and goalless in Manchester!
    • 45+1 Two minutes added on.
    • 45' The ref has a word with Dzeko who reacted to being penalised for a foul on Guedioura.
    • 45' City have had 52% possession. Seems like more than that.
    • 44' Silva has recovered from that broken ankle. Incredible, he must be a mutant.
    • 43' Silva is faking it - there was minimal contact if any. He'll be fine.
    • 42' City swarm forward again and there's a 50-50 between Silva and Stearman... Silva is rolling about in agony but Stearman thinks he's faking it.
    • 41' Nasri on the right now as City gain confidence from the chance, but Aguero fails to turn in the box.
    • 40' GREAT SAVE AGAIN BY HENNESSEY! Dzeko was through after great counter-attacking and a wonderful pass by Silva. It was a superb finish too but the keeper somehow tipped it around the post.
    • 39' A scrappy opening so far - Wolves working hard to frustrate City, who themselves are toiling to break them down.
    • 37' Silva almost threads Dzeko in but Stearman intercepts.
    • 36' Guedioura gives it away to Nasri, he gets forward and crosses, off the head of Johnson AND SILVA WITH THE VOLLEY but Stearman with a superb diving block!
    • 35' Henry is caught in possession but Dzeko shoves him and Wolves get away with it.
    • 34' Silva gets it inside Hunt and Richards is in but he shoves over Hunt to get there and is penalised.
    • 33' Hennessey takes his time with the goal kick and is abused by the home fans.
    • 32' Great play from Richards on the right but his cross is cleared. Now Toure has a pop but high, wide and handsome and met with jeers from Wolves fans.
    • 31' O'Hara has hurt himself... or just lost his boot landing after he spanked one well wide.
    • 30' Nasri tries one from some way out but well over.
    • 28' Kompany takes Doyle down and this time the ref waits to see if an advantage is played. He lectures the Belgian.
    • 27' Seems that the Bosnian jarred his knee. He limps off for more treatment.
    • 26' Dzeko is down hurt after colliding with Berra. Didn't seem too bad. But he may have landed awkwardly...
    • 26' Dzeko gets around Johnson to find space on the left and he drills in a low cross that Hennessey tips away! City come again as Richards flies into the box but his cut-back is smacked wide by Aguero! Not a good miss!
    • 25' Kolarov with a poor ball from the free-kick - Toure was unmarked far post but he didn't see him.
    • 24' Edwards with what looks like a deliberate handball when Richards flicks it around him but only a free-kick.
    • 23' Corner City then... headed away by big Roger Johnson.
    • 23' Good keeping from Hennessey as his defenders let Dzeko in. And again they lose concentration, allowing Aguero to shoot low but a super low save by Hennessey! Wake up Wolves!
    • 22' By the way, the graphic below shows Aguero playing in midfield; he is not, he is playing behind Dzeko alongside Silva. The gremlin has been alerted.
    • 21' Hunt clobbers Silva but play on says the ref; "boo, hiss!" yelp the fans.
    • 20' Hart pushes over his own team-mates to claim the ball. City counter and Aguero almost gets in but Ward flicks Silva's ball just beyond him.
    • 19' Decent spell this for Wolves as Guedioura pulls the strings in midfield, Hunt winning a corner off Richards.
    • 18' Guedioura has a crack from range but about five yards wide.
    • 16' DZEKO MISSES FROM CLOSE RANGE! A tough one as it came to him quickly via a deflection off Roger Johnson. Richards did well to bustle in on the right and drill in an inviting low cross, but Dzeko was only able to prod it over.
    • 15' All a bit congested the moment City look for a killer ball. You assume that they'll eventually find a gap.
    • 14' Nasri crosses for Dzeko but headed clear. Kolarov aims a cross in but Wolves have men back, and for the subsequent attack too.
    • 13' Silva coasts forward, now Aguero on the ball and City opt for a short-passing approach.
    • 12' Hunt nudges Richards over, with the City defender bouncing straight up and Stuart Atwell perhaps to quick to blow with the advantage there.
    • 11' Doyle thinks he has won a corner off Kolarov but the officials signal a goal kick. Bit of a damp start to this match.
    • 10' Silva almost releases Dzeko but out for a goal kick.
    • 9' Hennessey puts the goal kick long. Flicked on but back with Hart.
    • 8' Kolarov tries to pick Silva out but too far ahead of him.
    • 6' Mistake from Richards gives the ball to Hunt and Doyle could be in here but Richards recovers well to challenge the Irishman, who drags it across goal and wide!
    • 5' Kolarov wins a corner after some slack defending by Wolves. The visitors manage to clear though.
    • 4' Nasri finds Aguero outside right but his ow ball is blocked.
    • 3' Lescott heads to touch as his former side try to get the ball forward.
    • 2' GREAT SAVE HENNESSEY! Nasri with a rising drive from the edge of the box, on the volley, after the corner was half cleared.
    • 1' Early corner for the hosts as Johnson slides in on Aguero.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 14:55 Manchester City have won three of their last four PL matches against Wolves, but lost 2-1 against them at Molineux last season having taken the lead.
    • 14:50 Today's referee is Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
    • 14:45 Mick McCarthy has made three changes from the team that drew 2-2 with Swansea last week. In come Adlene Guedioura, Dave Edwards and Stephen Hunt in place of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Adam Hammill and Matt Jarvis.
    • 14:40 Roberto Mancini has warned his team against complacency against Wolves despite having beaten them in midweek. VIDEO: Mancini not taking Wolves lightly
    • 14:35 City make three changes from the side that beat Manchester United 6-1. In come Kolarov, Dzeko and Nasri and out go Milner, Balotelli and Clichy.
    • 14:30 Teams - Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Silva, Toure Yaya, Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko; Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Milner, Johnson, Savic, De Jong, Balotelli /// Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Hunt, O'Hara, Guedioura, Henry, Edwards, Doyle; Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, Jarvis, Vokes, Hammill
    • 14:25 Wolves have to quickly learn the lessons of their Carling Cup mauling by Manchester City if they want to avoid a repeat in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium, according to midfielder Jamie O'Hara. O'Hara urges Wolves to learn from midweek mistakes
    • 14:20 City will be of course confident of picking up the three points today after having stuffed Wolves 5-2 only this week in the Carling Cup. Rampant Man City score five
    • 14:15 Welcome to our LIVE coverage as league leaders Manchester City take on a slumping Wolves team.
  • Summary

    • 90' Wolves are keeping the ball but City have eight men across the edge of the box. Now Balotelli breaks from halfway, now Toure on the edge of the box AND JOHNSON WITH A WICKED LOW DRIVE AND IN! Bottom left. "Must to work a harder, no?"
    • 75' Hunt to take the penalty... GOAL WOLVES! Low into the bottom right.
    • 74' PENALTY WOLVES! Hart spilled a long-range shot from Guedioura and Kompany hauled down Doyle as he was set to finish! And Kompany is off!
    • 66' GOAL CITY! 2-0 and Kolarov with a straightforward finish after Hennessey spills a shot from Silva after Aguero picked up out from the right. Poor from Hennessey again.
    • 65' Would have been a great goal had Aguero connected properly - lovely interplay between Silva and the Argentine on the left side of the box, one-twos and that.
    • 52' GOAL CITY! Dzeko with an easy chance after Hennessey - who was brilliant up until now - takes an age to clear a back-pass and is closed down by Aguero. Side-foots it into an empy net.
    • 48' Dzeko wide to Kolarov who crosses low but Silva pokes it wide! Tough chance as he was flying in and tried to use his left - should have opened up on to his right foot.
    • 40' GREAT SAVE AGAIN BY HENNESSEY! Dzeko was through after great counter-attacking and a wonderful pass by Silva. It was a superb finish too but the keeper somehow tipped it around the post.
    • 36' Guedioura gives it away to Nasri, he gets forward and crosses, off the head of Johnson AND SILVA WITH THE VOLLEY but Stearman with a superb diving block!
    • 26' Dzeko gets around Johnson to find space on the left and he drills in a low cross that Hennessey tips away! City come again as Richards flies into the box but his cut-back is smacked wide by Aguero! Not a good miss!
    • 23' Good keeping from Hennessey as his defenders let Dzeko in. And again they lose concentration, allowing Aguero to shoot low but a super low save by Hennessey! Wake up Wolves!
    • 16' DZEKO MISSES FROM CLOSE RANGE! A tough one as it came to him quickly via a deflection off Roger Johnson. Richards did well to bustle in on the right and drill in an inviting low cross, but Dzeko was only able to prod it over.
    • 6' Mistake from Richards gives the ball to Hunt and Doyle could be in here but Richards recovers well to challenge the Irishman, who drags it across goal and wide!
    • 2' GREAT SAVE HENNESSEY! Nasri with a rising drive from the edge of the box, on the volley, after the corner was half cleared.
    • 14:30 Teams - Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Silva, Toure Yaya, Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko; Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Milner, Johnson, Savic, De Jong, Balotelli /// Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Hunt, O'Hara, Guedioura, Henry, Edwards, Doyle; Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, Jarvis, Vokes, Hammill

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      5.6 5
      Defenders
      6.1 7
      Red Card 5.8 6
      5.3 7
      Goal 6.2 7
      Midfielders
      6.3 6
      Yellow Card 5.2 7
      Substitution Out70′ 6.7 7
      Substitution Out76′ 7.9 7
      7.8 7
      Strikers
      Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out63′ 7.1 7
      Subs
      Substitution In63′ Goal 6.4 7
      Substitution In70′ 7.2 7
      Substitution In76′ 4.4 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.5 5
      Defenders
      5.4 7
      5.9 7
      6 7
      Substitution Out68′ 5.8 6
      Midfielders
      6.4 6
      5.9 6
      Goal Substitution Out85′ 6.3 7
      Substitution Out85′ 7.1 7
      6 6
      Strikers
      Yellow Card 6.6 7
      Subs
      Substitution In85′ 4.8 6
      Substitution In68′ 5 6
      Substitution In85′ 4 6

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