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Bolton   3 - 3   Man City

By Harry Reekie

Carlos Tevez
Tevez was once again on target in an impressive individual performance

Carlos Tevez scored twice to salvage another draw for Manchester City in a thrilling game against Bolton.

Ivan Klasnic opened the scoring despite appearing to be offside before Tevez levelled with a deflected strike.

Gary Cahill's curler put Bolton ahead before Micah Richards equalised - but Klasnic's swivelling shot made it 3-2.

Craig Bellamy was controversially sent off after being booked for diving, but Tevez's long-range effort claimed a late draw in a memorable game.

The result means City have now drawn their last five away matches and ensures questions remain as to whether Mark Hughes' side can produce the consistent form necessary to challenge for a top-four finish.

Bolton, meanwhile, will feel frustrated that they failed to take all three points after an often-dominant display in which they took the lead on three occasions.

Bellamy red card 'laughable' - Hughes

The hosts were much-improved from their loss at Wolves last week but that will come as little comfort to manager Gary Megson who is increasingly facing a relegation battle.

It will also come as scant consolation that Bolton started the match in such positive fashion, taking a deserved lead early on.

A cross from the left made it all the way to Lee Chung-Yong on the right-hand side of the area. The South Korean's driven shot deflected off the foot of Sylvinho and into the path of Klasnic who could not miss in front of goal - although the Croatian was clearly offside.

City's players were left fuming by the decision and still had their minds elsewhere when Tamir Cohen was left unmarked moments later to send an overhead kick just wide, while claims for a penalty were waved away by referee Mark Clattenburg after Richards appeared to handle.

606: DEBATE
Nigel De Jong created giraffes

But City forced their way back into the match through Tevez's deflected equaliser.

Bellamy fired in a cross from the left which was only half cleared by Zat Knight, allowing Tevez to take a touch and let fly.

The ball took a small but crucial touch off Cohen and looped over the stranded Jaaskelainen.

City began to assert themselves but just when it seemed Hughes' side were destined to take the lead, Cahill grabbed a goal to remember.

The central defender received a throw-in on the edge of the area, turned and curled an exquisite left-footed strike into the top corner.

The home fans went wild yet they had barely retaken their seats before City were back on terms.

Bolton masters of own downfall - Megson

A brilliant team move inspired by the impressive Bellamy set Richards racing into the area and the powerful right-back slotted past Jaaskelainen.

Megson urged his side not to let their heads drop and they came out fighting to retake the lead for the third time early in the second half.

A cross from Paul Robinson was flicked back by Cahill and Klasnic managed to swivel and fire past Shay Given in one clever movement.

Muamba then failed to make amends for his earlier defensive mistake; firstly slicing well wide when clean through then over-hitting a pass to Davies when the striker was in an ideal position to score.

But it was the sending off of Bellamy that will surely be one of the game's main talking points.

The Welshman was sent free down the left and went down easily under a challenge by Robinson, with Clattenburg opting to book the player for diving instead of awarding a free-kick.

Craig Bellamy is sent off
Bellamy's sending off caused much confusion at the Reebok Stadium

But much to Bellamy's amazement - and the majority of the crowd - the official produced a red card.

It was later revealed that Bellamy had been booked previously for dissent but the player appeared not to be aware that he had already been cautioned.

To their credit, City continued to push for an equaliser despite going down to 10 men and once again drew level through the inspirational Tevez.

The ball broke to the Argentine 25 yards out and his left-footed drive flew past Jaaskelainen - ultimately ensuring one of the most exciting games of the season so far ended all square.

Bolton may feel they should have held on, but their upcoming fixtures against fellow strugglers West Ham, Wigan, Burnley and Hull will now take on an added importance.


Bolton manager Gary Megson:
"We're delighted given how both football clubs are run. It's a decent result because of that but on the other side of the coin we took the lead three times.

"But in terms of what's been going on for us it's a great point. They've got quality all over the pitch and on the bench. Our lads played well and gave it everything.

"Kevin Davies was right back to his best and I don't think we would have got that result without him. Zat Knight was excellent and so was Paul Robinson."

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes:
"The first goal was clearly offside and how the hell the official couldn't see that was beyond me.

"I thought the officials were in general very poor. The decision to send Craig Bellamy off was quite honestly laughable.

"My assistant has been in to ask and he thought Craig had tried to deceive him. I've known Craig for 15 years and I've never seen him dive.

"If Mr Clattenburg feels he knows my players better than me then I would disagree."

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Saturday, 12 December 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 3-3 Man City FT
(HT 2-2)
  • Klasnic 11
  • Cahill 43
  • Klasnic 53
  • Tevez 28
  • Richards 45+2
  • Tevez 77

Bolton

Substitutes

Man City

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 22,735
BOLTON
MAN CITY

Possession

  • Bolton 46%
  • Man City 54%

Attempts on target

  • Bolton 8
  • Man City 6

Attempts off target

  • Bolton 4
  • Man City 8

Corners

  • Bolton 5
  • Man City 9

Fouls

  • Bolton 11
  • Man City 9
  • 90:00+3:54 Micah Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Taylor. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 90:00+3:09 Silvio Sylvinho produces a cross, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:27 De Souza Robinho has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 87:55 The referee blows for offside against Johan Elmander. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
  • 86:38 The referee blows for offside. Shay Given takes the free kick.
  • 85:55 De Souza Robinho takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 82:06 Substitution Emmanuel Adebayor leaves the field to be replaced by Roque Santa Cruz.
  • 79:54 Substitution Mark Davies comes on in place of Fabrice Muamba.
  • 76:38 Assist on the goal came from Stephen Ireland.
  • 76:38 GOAL - Carlos TevezBolton 3 - 3 Man City Carlos Tevez fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 3-3 Man City.
  • 75:28 Corner from right by-line taken by Gareth Barry.
  • 74:47 Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
  • 74:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Micah Richards. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:43 Gary Cahill challenges De Souza Robinho unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
  • 71:31 Substitution De Souza Robinho on for Vincent Kompany.
  • 71:31 Substitution Johan Elmander on for Ivan Klasnic.
  • 70:11 Carlos Tevez takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
  • 68:18 Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Comfortable save by Shay Given.
  • 66:26 Joleon Lescott has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
  • 66:05 Carlos Tevez takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Matthew Taylor.
  • 64:31 Sent off Craig Bellamy receives a red card.
  • 64:05 Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:47 Booking Craig Bellamy is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 62:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland by Tamir Cohen. Kolo Toure takes the direct free kick.
  • 60:32 Booking Booking for Silvio Sylvinho for unsporting behaviour.
  • 59:53 Fabrice Muamba has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 59:22 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Craig Bellamy.
  • 58:51 Gareth Barry crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Zat Knight.
  • 58:51 Booking Tamir Cohen receives a caution.
  • 58:41 Tamir Cohen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez.
  • 57:53 Foul by Micah Richards on Kevin Davies, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Taylor.
  • 56:22 Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry.
  • 56:12 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Taylor.
  • 53:48 Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
  • 53:48 Booking Kevin Davies is booked.
  • 53:38 Foul by Kevin Davies on Joleon Lescott, free kick awarded.
  • 52:13 Assist by Matthew Taylor.
  • 52:13 GOAL - Ivan KlasnicBolton 3 - 2 Man City Ivan Klasnic gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 3-2 Man City.
  • 51:28 Zat Knight takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott.
  • 51:03 Foul by Carlos Tevez on Tamir Cohen, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
  • 49:58 The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:31 Tamir Cohen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany. Joleon Lescott takes the direct free kick.
  • 48:51 Silvio Sylvinho takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 47:45 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Ivan Klasnic gets a block in.
  • 47:03 Stephen Ireland has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 46:29 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy played to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Davies.
  • 45:26 Tamir Cohen challenges Micah Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:45 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+1:17 Assist on the goal came from Craig Bellamy.
  • 45:00+1:17 GOAL - Micah RichardsBolton 2 - 2 Man City Micah Richards finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 2-2 Man City.
  • 45:00+0:43 Direct free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
  • 45:00+0:43 Booking Ivan Klasnic booked.
  • 45:00+0:40 Ivan Klasnic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany.
  • 44:18 Foul by Gareth Barry on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
  • 42:41 Gretar Rafn Steinsson provided the assist for the goal.
  • 42:41 GOAL - Gary CahillBolton 2 - 1 Man City Goal scored by Gary Cahill from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Bolton 2-1 Man City.
  • 41:18 Shot from just outside the box by Silvio Sylvinho misses to the right of the target.
  • 40:15 The ball is sent over by Silvio Sylvinho.
  • 39:15 Gareth Barry fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
  • 34:59 Effort from close range by Gareth Barry goes wide left of the target.
  • 34:28 Craig Bellamy takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Zat Knight.
  • 33:09 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line to the near post, Matthew Taylor manages to make a clearance.
  • 32:09 The ball is sent over by Emmanuel Adebayor, Tamir Cohen gets a block in.
  • 30:44 Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 27:21 Assist on the goal came from Vincent Kompany.
  • 27:21 GOAL - Carlos TevezBolton 1 - 1 Man City Goal scored by Carlos Tevez from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Bolton 1-1 Man City.
  • 25:45 Gretar Rafn Steinsson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 23:44 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save. The referee blows for offside against Craig Bellamy. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 23:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Ireland on Paul Robinson. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 21:41 Craig Bellamy delivers the ball, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
  • 21:16 Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Tamir Cohen results in a free kick. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:19 Centre by Matthew Taylor.
  • 19:19 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Stephen Ireland coming on for Shaun Wright-Phillips.
  • 19:19 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Joleon Lescott results in a free kick.
  • 18:56 Chung-Yong Lee crosses the ball.
  • 17:31 Foul by Zat Knight on Emmanuel Adebayor, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Carlos Tevez.
  • 16:31 Corner taken right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 16:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Tamir Cohen. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
  • 15:23 Vincent Kompany challenges Zat Knight unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 14:31 Gretar Rafn Steinsson crosses the ball, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
  • 13:27 Tamir Cohen takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.
  • Correction - 11:00 Booking Booking for Craig Bellamy.
  • 11:00 Booking Craig Bellamy shown a yellow card.
  • 10:20 Assist on the goal came from Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 10:20 GOAL - Ivan KlasnicBolton 1 - 0 Man City Ivan Klasnic scores a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Bolton 1-0 Man City.
  • 10:18 Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Blocked by Silvio Sylvinho.
  • 8:04 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot.
  • 6:09 Short corner worked by Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 5:39 Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee played to the near post, clearance made by Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 5:06 Chung-Yong Lee delivers a inswinging corner to near post, blocked by Silvio Sylvinho.
  • 4:19 Unfair challenge on Tamir Cohen by Vincent Kompany results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Matthew Taylor from the free kick, blocked by Silvio Sylvinho.
  • 2:41 Carlos Tevez takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
  • 1:27 A cross is delivered by Kevin Davies, Header from deep inside the area by Chung-Yong Lee goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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Premier League table

Saturday, 12 December 2009 19:30 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Premier League table
1 Chelsea 16 27 37
2 Man Utd 16 20 34
3 Aston Villa 16 12 29
4 Arsenal 14 20 28
5 Tottenham 16 13 27
6 Man City 15 8 26
7 Liverpool 15 11 24
8 Birmingham 16 0 24
9 Fulham 16 3 23
10 Sunderland 16 0 21
11 Stoke 16 -4 21
12 Blackburn 16 -12 19
13 Burnley 16 -14 18
14 Wigan 16 -17 18
15 Everton 16 -8 17
16 Hull 17 -17 17
17 Wolves 16 -13 16
18 West Ham 16 -7 14
19 Bolton 15 -12 13
20 Portsmouth 16 -10 11

see also
Saturday football as it happened
12 Dec 09 |  Football
Premier League photos
12 Dec 09 |  Football
Refereeing decisions anger Hughes
12 Dec 09 |  Man City



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