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Man City   4 - 1   Blackburn

Carlos Tevez celebrates scoring City's opener
Tevez scored his 10th Premier League goal in seven games for City

By Pranav Soneji

A Carlos Tevez hat-trick launched Manchester City into fourth place in the Premier League following a commanding victory over Blackburn.

Tevez put City in front from close range in the seventh minute before Micah Richards doubled the lead after a powerful 50-yard surge on 39 minutes.

Tevez extended the lead after the break with a stunning 20-yard finish.

Blackburn pulled a goal back through Morten Gamst Pedersen before Tevez added his third with a superb finish.

The Argentine continued his rich vein of goal-scoring form with his 10th league goal in just seven matches as City leap-frogged fellow top-four contenders Tottenham to move within four points of third-placed Arsenal.

Despite some lackadaisical defending in the final 20 minutes as City conceded their first goal under Roberto Mancini's regime, the Italian will take plenty of satisfaction from yet another impressive performance from Tevez.

And with extra steel to add in midfield with the addition of Patrick Vieira, watching from the stands because of a calf injury, 2010 could provide yet another twist of an already tumultuous league campaign.

Opposite number Sam Allardyce will not share Mancini's optimism, however, after watching his side slip further towards the wrong end of the Premier League with another defeat.

The Rovers boss named a five-man midfield in an attempt to stymie City's pace and invention - but his pre-match plans were left in tatters after just seven minutes.

Paul Robinson's injudicious punch attempting to clear Martin Petrov's corner landed at the feet of Benjani, making his first league appearance of the season, and whose mishit shot found the back of the net via Tevez's thigh.

Petrov carved open Rovers' paper-thin defence minutes later but, with Tevez racing into the box without a marker in sight, the Bulgarian's misjudged right-footed cross was easily cleared.

But despite their dominance in possession and territory, City's superiority could not break down their opponents's stubborn back four.

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That was until a robust 50-yard run from the heart of defence by Richards, sauntering past back-pedalling Blackburn defenders before feeding Benjani inside the box.

The Zimbabwean's shot rebounded back off the post but into the path of the on-rushing Richards, who side-footed the ball into the net to finish a move he began deep inside his own half.

Allardyce attempted to inject invention and renewed enthusiasm into his sterile team by introducing strikers David Hoilett and Nikola Kalinic after the interval.

But instead, City extended their lead just four minutes later when Tevez began a move from inside his own half, feeding the ball out for Benjani before sprinting towards the Blackburn box to curl a wonderful 20-yard strike past Robinson.

Tevez should have bagged a hat-trick in the 57th minute, but his eight-yard header from Pablo Zabaleta's cross cleared Robinson's left-hand post.

The almost redundant Shay Given made his first meaningful save of the match on the hour when he easily saved Brett Emerton's 12-yard strike.

But Rovers managed to pull a goal back in the 71st minute when Pedersen capitalised on Kompany's poor first touch following a back pass to Given to curl a fine left-footed shot past Given from 16 yards.

But despite a few nervy moments in defence, City continued to push forward in search for a fourth goal.

Substitute Robinho, introduced for Craig Bellamy, had a 79th-minute goal ruled out for offside but Tevez sealed a deserved hat-trick with an inch-perfect finish from the edge of the box in injury time.


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini:
"Carlos Tevez played very, very well. All the team concentrated for 90 minutes but I'm angry because we conceded a goal. Our gift. I think it's most important we stay concentrated for all the time.

"For me we were playing very, very well. We must continue to play well and not concede one goal.

"We don't watch the table. We watch the table (in) two months. Now it is not important. There are 17 games to the end. Now it's important that we continue this way, we continue to play well and we continue to improve."

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce:
"I have no complaints that Manchester City have beaten us, but we could have defended properly to stop some of those goals.

"Instead of keeping the game tight in the second half, within four minutes they scored the third and it was game over.

"These players have to consistently have to play better. They are good enough but they have to keep believing and get that confidence back and produce more consistent performances away from home."


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Monday, 11 January 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 4-1 Blackburn FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Tevez 7
  • Richards 39
  • Tevez 49
  • Tevez 90+1
  • Pedersen 71

Man City

Substitutes

Blackburn

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 40,292
MAN CITY
BLACKBURN

Possession

  • Man City 58%
  • Blackburn 42%

Attempts on target

  • Man City 6
  • Blackburn 3

Attempts off target

  • Man City 6
  • Blackburn 6

Corners

  • Man City 4
  • Blackburn 3

Fouls

  • Man City 6
  • Blackburn 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:20 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+0:18 The assist for the goal came from De Souza Robinho.
  • 90:00+0:18 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 4 - 1 Blackburn Carlos Tevez fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 4-1 Blackburn.
  • 89:06 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 88:44 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
  • 85:37 Free kick taken by Shay Given.
  • 85:37 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Dedryk Boyata coming on for Martin Petrov.
  • 85:37 Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Brett Emerton results in a free kick.
  • 85:00 Roque Santa Cruz has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
  • 84:21 The assistant referee signals for offside against De Souza Robinho. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 83:48 David Hoilett has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
  • 81:42 De Souza Robinho takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 80:48 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Roque Santa Cruz coming on for Benjani Mwaruwari.
  • 80:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Javier Garrido. Shay Given takes the free kick.
  • 79:29 De Souza Robinho is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 77:44 Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:44 Booking Morten Gamst Pedersen receives a caution.
  • 77:34 Unfair challenge on De Souza Robinho by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick.
  • 77:02 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Gareth Barry.
  • 74:46 The offside flag is raised against Morten Gamst Pedersen. Shay Given takes the free kick.
  • 71:48 Pablo Zabaleta fouled by David Hoilett, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
  • 70:44 GOAL - Morten Gamst PedersenMan City 3 - 1 Blackburn Morten Gamst Pedersen finds the net with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 3-1 Blackburn.
  • 69:23 Brett Emerton takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
  • 68:16 Substitution De Souza Robinho joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Bellamy.
  • 68:01 Martin Petrov has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 67:06 Brett Emerton takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.
  • 64:52 Direct free kick taken by Shay Given.
  • 64:52 Substitution Martin Olsson comes on in place of David Dunn.
  • 64:52 David Dunn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez.
  • 62:29 Nigel De Jong challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 60:46 The ball is sent over by David Dunn, Steven Nzonzi has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 60:46 Booking The referee cautions Pablo Zabaleta for unsporting behaviour.
  • 60:30 Unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Pablo Zabaleta results in a free kick.
  • 58:23 Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Carlos Tevez misses to the right of the target.
  • 55:45 Lars Jacobsen fouled by Craig Bellamy, the ref awards a free kick. Lars Jacobsen takes the free kick.
  • 48:17 Assist on the goal came from Benjani Mwaruwari.
  • 48:17 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 3 - 0 Blackburn A goal is scored by Carlos Tevez from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 3-0 Blackburn.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • 45:01 Substitution Nikola Kalinic on for Franco Di Santo.
  • 45:01 Substitution Keith Andrews goes off and David Hoilett comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:12 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 40:32 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy to the near post, clearance by Keith Andrews.
  • 38:51 Assist on the goal came from Benjani Mwaruwari.
  • 38:51 GOAL - Micah RichardsMan City 2 - 0 Blackburn Micah Richards grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Man City 2-0 Blackburn.
  • 38:48 Benjani Mwaruwari produces a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty area and hits the post.
  • 38:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Steven Nzonzi. Javier Garrido takes the free kick.
  • 35:56 The assistant referee signals for offside against Benjani Mwaruwari. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 30:51 The referee blows for offside. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.
  • 27:08 Keith Andrews gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez. Martin Petrov has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 26:01 Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 25:16 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Lars Jacobsen.
  • 22:23 Effort on goal by Steven Nzonzi from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 18:29 Gael Givet has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • Correction - 15:21 Christopher Samba concedes a free kick for a foul on Benjani Mwaruwari. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.
  • 15:21 Christopher Samba challenges Benjani Mwaruwari unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
  • 15:03 David Dunn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
  • 11:33 Nigel De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick taken by Gael Givet.
  • 10:55 Keith Andrews challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
  • 8:34 Short corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line.
  • 6:17 The assist for the goal came from Benjani Mwaruwari.
  • 6:17 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 1 - 0 Blackburn Carlos Tevez fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Man City 1-0 Blackburn.
  • 6:15 Benjani Mwaruwari takes a shot.
  • 5:46 Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the right by-line, save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 4:36 The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Bellamy. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 3:42 Keith Andrews fouled by Carlos Tevez, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Keith Andrews.
  • 3:00 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
  • 1:02 Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Franco Di Santo, free kick awarded. David Dunn takes the free kick.
  • 0:25 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the right by-line, save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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11 Jan 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 11 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 20 29 45
2 Man Utd 21 27 44
3 Arsenal 20 30 42
4 Man City 20 14 38
5 Tottenham 20 20 37
6 Aston Villa 20 11 35
7 Liverpool 20 12 33
8 Birmingham 21 2 33
9 Fulham 20 4 27
10 Stoke 20 -7 24
11 Sunderland 20 -3 23
12 Everton 20 -6 23
13 Blackburn 21 -18 21
14 Burnley 20 -18 20
15 Wolves 20 -19 19
16 Wigan 19 -23 19
17 West Ham 20 -9 18
18 Bolton 18 -10 18
19 Hull 20 -22 18
20 Portsmouth 20 -14 14

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