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Man City   1 - 0   Wolverhampton

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Eastlands

Emmanuel Adebayor
Adebayor made it two goals in his first two games for City

Emmanuel Adebayor was on the mark again as Manchester City continued their winning start to the new season against Wolves at Eastlands.

Adebayor may have been the match-winner with a crisp 17th-minute strike to follow on from his opening day goal at Blackburn Rovers, but there is no disputing Carlos Tevez is the new darling of City's fans after switching allegiance from Manchester United.

Tevez created Adebayor's goal and was the focal point as City created enough chances to have wrapped up the victory by half-time, when only careless finishing and the defiance of Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey kept them at bay.

Hughes salutes 'fantastic week'

And City - who are poised to successfully conclude the pursuit of Everton defender Joleon Lescott in the next 48 hours in a deal worth around £22m - almost paid the price for the wastefulness as Wolves came close to snatching an unlikely point.

City keeper Shay Given saved brilliantly from Matt Jarvis just before the interval and Andy Keogh hit the woodwork after the break, but it would have been a share of the points they barely merited.

Stephen Ireland and Adebayor wasted further opportunities to ram home City's superiority, but with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak watching from the directors' box, boss Mark Hughes will be satisfied with the eventual outcome.

Greater tests will lie ahead however, and there were clear signs in the second half of exactly why Hughes has been so dogged in the acrimonious chase for England defender Lescott as City looked vulnerable to moments of Wolves pressure.

A perfect start matches the high expectations of City's Abu Dhabi rulers - but this is clearly a work in progress and Hughes will undoubtedly have to dip further into their vast fortune if a place in the Champions League is to become a reality.

McCarthy 'proud' of Wolves in defeat

City gave a first start to Tevez - and the Argentine cemented his status as the new cult hero of Eastland with a first-half display bristling with his trademark energy and enthusiasm.

Tevez had already forced Hennessey into two hasty clearances before creating the opener for Adebayor.

He showed great vision to release the Togo striker with a short pass inside the area, and the striker's low drive proved too much for Hennessey at his near post.

The summer signing from Arsenal should have doubled City's lead shortly afterwards following good work by Shaun Wright-Phillips, but shot straight at Hennessey from an opportunity that was arguably easier than the one he accepted.

City's early supremacy set the tone for the opening exchanges, with Wolves forced to mount a rearguard action and the visitors were barely evident as an attacking force. Robinho twice tested Hennessey, who also saved from Tevez, as City pressed for the second.

606: DEBATE

Wolves almost emerged from a spell of ceaseless City pressure to snatch an equaliser six minutes before the interval, when keeper Given was forced to retreat and make a stunning stop from Jarvis's long-range effort.

City ended the half in the ascendancy, with Tevez heading inches wide from Gareth Barry's cross as the helpless Hennessey stood rooted to the spot.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy made a double change at the break, sending on George Elokobi and Kevin Doyle for Nenad Milijas and Greg Halford.

It sparked a brief revival, but it was still City creating the better chances and they should have added to their lead, with Ireland steering wide with only Hennessey to beat and Adebayor sending a shot into the side-netting from an acute angle after rounding the keeper.

But City were also showing a streak of carelessness in possession that was threatening to be punished - and forced Hughes out into his technical area to rally his team.

And Keogh almost ensured Hughes's concerns were fully justified when he crashed a shot against the bar from 12 yards after City had failed to deal with Hennessey's long clearance.

This was the signal for Hughes to attempt to inject fresh impetus into his side, replacing the tiring Tevez with Craig Bellamy.

Wolves continued to press in the closing stages, but City survived to give boss Hughes exactly the start to the season he required after his huge summer outlay in the transfer market.


Manchester City boss Mark Hughes:
"We created some really great chances and we didn't take as many as we should have.

"There was always the danger that Wolves would come back at us and they had a good second half and hit the bar.

"But the important thing is we are creating chances. all in all it has been a fantastic week."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy:
He said: "We gave them too much respect at first and they had lots of chances. But in the second half we played well and could have got something out of it.

"I don't know if we would have deserved it, as they missed a lot of chances.

"But we had a go after the break at least, played really well and really put a shift in."

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Saturday, 22 August 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 1-0 Wolves FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Adebayor 17

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Ref: Lee MasonAtt: 47,287
    MAN CITY
    WOLVES

    Possession

    • Man City 65%
    • Wolves 35%

    Attempts on target

    • Man City 11
    • Wolves 2

    Attempts off target

    • Man City 5
    • Wolves 8

    Corners

    • Man City 5
    • Wolves 6

    Fouls

    • Man City 7
    • Wolves 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:11 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+2:48 Richard Stearman produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 90:00+0:25 The offside flag is raised against Craig Bellamy. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
    • 88:54 Effort from the edge of the area by Matthew Jarvis goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 88:07 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, Wayne Bridge makes a clearance.
    • 87:47 Emmanuel Adebayor concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Stearman. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 83:42 Wayne Bridge challenges Richard Stearman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Jarvis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 82:25 Substitution Nigel De Jong on for De Souza Robinho.
    • 82:00 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.
    • 81:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Doyle. Kolo Toure takes the free kick.
    • 79:40 The ball is delivered by De Souza Robinho.
    • 75:47 Jody Craddock challenges Emmanuel Adebayor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.
    • 74:32 The referee blows for offside against Craig Bellamy. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards by Richard Stearman. Direct free kick taken by Shay Given.
    • 73:36 Substitution Sam Vokes on for Stephen Ward.
    • 71:42 The ball is delivered by George Elokobi, Richard Stearman takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
    • 71:42 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Craig Bellamy coming on for Carlos Tevez.
    • 71:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on George Elokobi by Carlos Tevez.
    • 71:14 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, clearance by Richard Dunne.
    • 69:57 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the right by-line to the near post, Emmanuel Adebayor manages to make a clearance.
    • 68:22 Shot from 20 yards from Andrew Keogh. Effort from outside the penalty box by George Elokobi goes wide right of the target.
    • 68:02 Drilled left-footed shot by Carlos Tevez. Richard Stearman gets a block in.
    • 67:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against De Souza Robinho. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 66:05 Foul by Wayne Bridge on Matthew Jarvis, free kick awarded. Richard Stearman restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:15 Emmanuel Adebayor has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
    • 62:55 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, Header from close range by Richard Stearman misses to the right of the goal.
    • 59:51 Unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by David Edwards results in a free kick. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.
    • 58:50 De Souza Robinho fouled by David Edwards, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.
    • 58:00 Emmanuel Adebayor produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
    • 57:22 Close range shot by Stephen Ireland goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 54:06 Gareth Barry takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Andrew Keogh manages to make a clearance.
    • 53:37 Unfair challenge on De Souza Robinho by Karl Henry results in a free kick. Kolo Toure takes the direct free kick.
    • 51:40 The referee blows for offside. Wayne Bridge restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:29 The ball is delivered by Andrew Keogh.
    • 46:46 The assistant referee signals for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Michael Mancienne takes the indirect free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Nenad Milijas leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin Doyle.
    • 45:01 Substitution George Elokobi replaces Greg Halford.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:04 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+0:04 Andrew Keogh has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
    • 44:16 The ball is crossed by Gareth Barry, Close range header by Carlos Tevez goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 40:59 Nenad Milijas takes a outswinging corner.
    • Correction - 39:43 Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Nenad Milijas.
    • 39:43 Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Save by Shay Given. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Jarvis.
    • 38:47 Shaun Wright-Phillips has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 37:41 Centre by Gareth Barry.
    • 36:52 The official flags Andrew Keogh offside. Kolo Toure takes the indirect free kick.
    • 36:22 Effort from just outside the box by David Edwards goes over the bar.
    • 35:21 Unfair challenge on Michael Mancienne by Carlos Tevez results in a free kick. Stephen Ward restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:23 Micah Richards takes a shot. Blocked by Jody Craddock. Gareth Barry takes a corner.
    • 31:20 De Souza Robinho takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey. Corner taken by Shaun Wright-Phillips from the left by-line played to the near post, Andrew Keogh manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Shaun Wright-Phillips from the left by-line to the near post, Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.
    • 29:28 Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Carlos Tevez. Carlos Tevez produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 29:28 Booking Booking for Richard Stearman.
    • 29:15 Richard Stearman challenges De Souza Robinho unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 28:51 De Souza Robinho takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 28:01 De Souza Robinho takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 25:55 Jody Craddock challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Ireland.
    • 24:25 Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 20:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Edwards on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Gareth Barry, save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 16:50 The assist for the goal came from Carlos Tevez.
    • 16:50 GOAL - Emmanuel AdebayorMan City 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Emmanuel Adebayor gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Wolverhampton.
    • 14:36 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Barry played to the near post, Greg Halford makes a clearance.
    • 13:43 Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 12:22 Andrew Keogh has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 11:45 Stephen Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez. Direct free kick taken by Micah Richards.
    • 10:08 The offside flag is raised against Emmanuel Adebayor. Michael Mancienne takes the direct free kick.
    • 7:26 Unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Stephen Ireland results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 6:48 De Souza Robinho fouled by Richard Stearman, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
    • 3:34 Foul by Andrew Keogh on Gareth Barry, free kick awarded. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
    • 1:01 Andrew Keogh is caught offside. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:26 Foul by Carlos Tevez on Stephen Ward, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    Premier League results

    22 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Arsenal 4-1 Portsmouth R
    Birmingham 0-0 Stoke R
    Hull 1-0 Bolton R
    Man City 1-0 Wolverhampton R
    Sunderland 2-1 Blackburn R
    Wigan 0-5 Man Utd R

    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 22 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Arsenal 2 8 6
    2 Tottenham 2 5 6
    3 Man Utd 3 5 6
    4 Chelsea 2 3 6
    5 Man City 2 3 6
    6 Sunderland 3 0 6
    7 Birmingham 3 0 4
    8 Stoke 3 -2 4
    9 Liverpool 2 3 3
    10 West Ham 1 2 3
    11 Fulham 1 1 3
    12 Burnley 2 -1 3
    13 Wolverhampton 3 -2 3
    14 Hull 3 -4 3
    15 Wigan 3 -4 3
    16 Aston Villa 1 -2 0
    17 Bolton 2 -2 0
    18 Blackburn 2 -3 0
    19 Everton 1 -5 0
    20 Portsmouth 3 -5 0

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