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Tottenham   3 - 0   Man City

Kranjcar slots his second and Tottenham's third goal under City keeper Shay Given
Kranjcar slots his second and Tottenham's third goal under City keeper Shay Given

By Phil Dawkes

Tottenham put their pursuit of the top four back on track with a deserved victory over fellow Champions League hopefuls Manchester City.

Niko Kranjcar put Spurs ahead, tapping in after Stephen Ireland had blocked Peter Crouch's initial header.

Jermain Defoe's 14th goal of the season, a superb first-time finish from eight yards, proved decisive.

Kranjcar drove in from the right and finished with aplomb to add the polish to an accomplished Spurs performance.

The victory is Tottenham's 18th win over City in 25 Premier League meetings, but represents something far greater.

Following lavish summer outlays, strong starts of their own and stuttering early form from the established elite, the top four aspirations of these two have come in for heavy scrutiny.

Redknapp lauds 'superb' Kranjcar

Spurs' win puts their pursuit of Champions League football back on track after the 1-0 home loss to Wolves on Saturday and leaves them two points shy of fourth-placed Aston Villa.

However City's defeat, while only their second of the season, represents further lost points in a campaign that has seen them draw over half their fixtures and win just one of their last 10 league matches.

And on this evidence of this, it is easy to see why City have failed to win more frequently.

They enjoyed concerted spells of possession throughout the match but fashioned precious little to hurt Spurs.

Long-range efforts from Carlos Tevez and Robinho - the first flashed wide, the second tipped over by Heurelho Gomes - were all the visitors had to show for their monopolisation of the football in the first half.

In contrast, home advantage dictated a more direct approach from Spurs who regularly sought to release Aaron Lennon with long passes.

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The winger gave warning of the threat he posed in the eighth minute, running into space down the right before pulling back for Kranjcar in the box only for the Croatian to put his 15-yard shot wide.

It would be half an hour before the pacy England man's second meaningful foray, but it was a telling one.

He collected the ball on the right, skipped past Sylvinho and hung up a cross for Crouch, whose goal-bound header struck Ireland and gave the simplest of tap-ins for Kranjcar to finish a move he had started.

The home side revelled in the breakthrough and a minute later were only denied a second by a combination of City defender Kolo Toure and keeper Shay Given who combined to block Crouch's effort after he had been found by Defoe in the box.

Half time gave City brief respite, but 10 minutes into the second half Spurs delivered the decisive blow to City's hopes of taking something from the game.

Hughes admits City were second best

A deep free-kick from Gomes was met by Crouch, easily out jumping Nedum Onuoha in the area, and his header looped over Toure on the edge of the six-yard box, where Defoe was lurking to clinically dispatch into the top corner of the net.

The finish was every inch that of a player claiming his 14th goal in 17 appearances this season.

If only Emmanuel Adebayor could have shown such predatory instinct the game may not have been lost for the visitors.

Unfortunately his radar deserted him when played in by Ireland in the 67th minute and his shot was both high and wide.

With just three minutes remaining he was guilty of an even worse miss when substitute Martin Petrov's deep ball found him unmarked eight yards out only for his sliding effort to balloon over the bar.

There was still enough time remaining for Spurs to compound the visitors' woe.

Lennon and Crouch took a short corner allowing the former to feed Kranjcar, who nipped the ball past a static Adebayor before slotting under Given for his second of the game.


Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp:

"That was as good as we've played over the 90 minutes. We never let off.

"All the chances were created by us, it was a great performance by us.

"Niko (Kranjcar) was fantastic, Aaron (Lennon) was brilliant. They all worked well, the whole team defended well, every one of them."

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes:

"We didn't hit any kind of level," he said. "For the first 30 minutes we took the game to them but in terms of producing a real threat we were not creating.

"We were disappointed at half-time as we thought we should have done better with the goal. The second killed us.

"There are no excuses, we missed personnel but we had a team good enough to get a positive result."

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Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 3-0 Man City FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Kranjcar 37
  • Defoe 54
  • Kranjcar 90+3

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Ref: WileyAtt: 35,891
    TOTTENHAM
    MAN CITY

    Possession

    • Tottenham 48%
    • Man City 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Tottenham 7
    • Man City 5

    Attempts off target

    • Tottenham 12
    • Man City 4

    Corners

    • Tottenham 5
    • Man City 6

    Fouls

    • Tottenham 10
    • Man City 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:45 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+5:33 Carlos Tevez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
    • 90:00+3:55 Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+3:55 Substitution Gareth Bale on for Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
    • 90:00+3:55 Booking The referee cautions Carlos Tevez for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+3:42 Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Carlos Tevez, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 90:00+2:11 Assist by Aaron Lennon.
    • 90:00+2:11 GOAL - Niko KranjcarTottenham 3 - 0 Man City Niko Kranjcar grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 3-0 Man City.
    • 90:00+1:32 Corner taken short by Niko Kranjcar.
    • 90:00+1:32 Substitution Jermaine Jenas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermain Defoe.
    • 88:34 Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 87:47 Peter Crouch has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the right of the target.
    • 87:15 The official flags Emmanuel Adebayor offside. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 86:17 Martin Petrov takes a shot. Niko Kranjcar gets a block in.
    • 85:12 Sebastien Bassong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez. Strike comes in from Martin Petrov from the free kick, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 83:48 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Nedum Onuoha gets a block in.
    • 81:35 Emmanuel Adebayor crosses the ball, Tom Huddlestone makes a clearance.
    • 81:18 Gareth Barry takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Peter Crouch.
    • 80:29 Corner taken by Gareth Barry from the right by-line, Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Wilson Palacios gets a block in.
    • 78:15 Unfair challenge on Micah Richards by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
    • 75:35 Gareth Barry is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 75:07 Corner from the right by-line taken by Gareth Barry, Vedran Corluka makes a clearance.
    • 73:05 Wilson Palacios has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 72:06 Carlos Tevez is caught offside. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
    • 71:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Micah Richards. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:28 Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
    • 70:28 Substitution Martin Petrov comes on in place of Nigel De Jong.
    • 70:28 Booking The referee shows Niko Kranjcar a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 70:23 Foul by Niko Kranjcar on Stephen Ireland, free kick awarded.
    • 68:33 Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
    • 68:33 Booking Nigel De Jong is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 68:26 Peter Crouch fouled by Nigel De Jong, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 67:24 Effort on goal by Emmanuel Adebayor from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 66:57 Niko Kranjcar produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 65:58 Gareth Barry crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.
    • 65:58 Booking Wilson Palacios is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 65:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Kolo Toure.
    • 64:21 The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Crouch. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.
    • 60:55 Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 60:55 Booking Silvio Sylvinho booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 60:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Silvio Sylvinho on Aaron Lennon.
    • 60:31 Gareth Barry takes the inswinging corner, Vedran Corluka makes a clearance.
    • 60:21 Roque Santa Cruz delivers the ball, clearance made by Vedran Corluka.
    • 58:22 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Roque Santa Cruz coming on for De Souza Robinho.
    • 55:01 Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
    • 53:25 Assist on the goal came from Peter Crouch.
    • 53:25 GOAL - Jermain DefoeTottenham 2 - 0 Man City A goal is scored by Jermain Defoe from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Man City.
    • 52:55 Emmanuel Adebayor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Bassong. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 52:12 The offside flag is raised against Jermain Defoe. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
    • 51:04 Jermain Defoe has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 49:26 Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Wilson Palacios. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
    • 48:48 Aaron Lennon produces a cross, clearance by Kolo Toure.
    • 47:41 Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 47:11 Gareth Barry crosses the ball, clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 46:21 Wilson Palacios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
    • 45:24 Niko Kranjcar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:26 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+0:07 Tom Huddlestone produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 42:49 Corner taken short by Niko Kranjcar.
    • 42:44 The ball is crossed by Niko Kranjcar, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:12 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Emmanuel Adebayor.
    • 40:06 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line, Header by Sebastien Bassong from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 39:42 Aaron Lennon produces a cross, clearance by Gareth Barry.
    • 38:47 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
    • 36:54 GOAL - Niko KranjcarTottenham 1 - 0 Man City Niko Kranjcar gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Man City.
    • Correction - 36:53 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Ireland.
    • 36:53 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Nedum Onuoha gets a block in.
    • 36:27 De Souza Robinho is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wilson Palacios.
    • 34:39 Unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Tom Huddlestone results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Shay Given.
    • 32:57 Jermain Defoe has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 30:35 Tom Huddlestone has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
    • 27:54 Silvio Sylvinho is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 27:23 The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Crouch. Nedum Onuoha takes the free kick.
    • 26:42 The referee blows for offside. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
    • 26:09 Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Silvio Sylvinho results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
    • 23:36 Shot on goal by Tom Huddlestone from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 22:29 Corner from the left by-line taken by De Souza Robinho, clearance made by Peter Crouch.
    • 22:13 De Souza Robinho takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 20:41 Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 20:20 Shot from just outside the box by Niko Kranjcar misses to the right of the target.
    • 17:37 Centre by Aaron Lennon, clearance by Kolo Toure.
    • 16:02 Jermain Defoe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
    • 15:49 The ball is swung over by Jermain Defoe, clearance by Kolo Toure.
    • 13:21 Corner taken right-footed by Carlos Tevez to the near post.
    • 13:04 Handball by Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
    • 12:01 Effort on goal by Nigel De Jong from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 11:18 Tom Huddlestone challenges De Souza Robinho unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Tevez restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:30 Niko Kranjcar has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 7:10 The offside flag is raised against Jermain Defoe. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:32 The official flags Peter Crouch offside. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:56 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar from the left by-line, Foul by Peter Crouch on Micah Richards, free kick awarded. Shay Given takes the free kick.
    • 3:46 Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Ireland.
    • 2:40 Nigel De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermain Defoe. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Niko Kranjcar, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
    • 2:12 Carlos Tevez produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
    • 1:24 The offside flag is raised against Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
    • 0:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Niko Kranjcar on Micah Richards. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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