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Man City   2 - 0   Bolton

Carlos Tevez scores from the penalty spot
Tevez was fortunate his first-half penalty finished up in the net

By Paul Fletcher

Manchester City moved up to fifth place in the Premier League with an uninspired victory over Bolton.

Carlos Tevez struck with a fierce penalty that went in after hitting goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

It was awarded after Paul Robinson brought down Adam Johnson, while Bolton should have had a spot-kick after Kolo Toure tangled with Johan Elmander.

Tevez hit the crossbar with a free-kick before Emmanuel Adebayor struck a ferocious volley to secure the points.

The match was a pale imitation of the thrilling 3-3 draw the two teams contested at The Reebok in December, with the tempo often disappointing and clear openings at a premium.

But after losing two of their last three Premier League matches, it was a welcome result for Roberto Mancini's team as they continue their quest for fourth place.

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City have not lost at home since April 2009 and Bolton have not won on the road since September so the result is hardly a surprise.

But it nonetheless adds to the precariousness of Bolton's position. Owen Coyle's side were hardly outplayed during what was for the most part an even contest but the result means they remain one place above the relegation zone. Bolton have now lost four out of six since Coyle took charge.

City, who lost at Hull on Saturday, set about the match with vigour and enjoyed plenty of early success down the left-hand side, with Wayne Bridge delivering several crosses.

Patrick Vieira, making his home debut along with Johnson, almost got on the end of a teasing ball from the marauding City full-back after just three minutes.

Mancini sent his side out with Vieira, Nigel de Jong and Gareth Barry in midfield behind a three-pronged attack of Tevez, Adebayor and Johnson.

Mancini eyes Man City improvement

Adebayor tried his luck with an overhead kick while Barry struck the side netting, but after their bright start the home team started to look short of ideas and Bolton gradually prised their way into the contest.

Apart from a Johan Elmander shot that flew wide, Coyle's side created few openings, but Bolton at least looked comfortable until Robinson stuck his leg out and felled Johnson on the half-hour mark.

The City forward was close to the byeline and going nowhere before Robinson's misjudged tackle gifted the penalty, which Tevez struck straight at Jaaskelainen and was fortunate to see deflect into the goal.

Bolton should have been awarded a spot-kick of their own after Toure brought down Elmander with a crude lunge, but it was the Swede who was penalised by referee Michael Jones.

City came close to doubling their lead when Jaaskelainen inexplicably opted to leave a curling free-kick from Tevez that crashed against his crossbar.

Coyle delighted with Bolton despite loss

Johnson, only 20-years-old but perhaps the most impressive player on the pitch, then delivered a teasing cross towards Tevez that the Bolton keeper put behind for a corner.

Former Boro winger Johnson was a menace throughout, not just with his crossing ability but also his willingness to cut inside and run at the opposition, and he left to a standing ovation when he was withdrawn late on.

Adebayor struck his spectacular goal with 20 minutes remaining, controlling Vieira's raking pass with his chest before volleying the ball beyond Jaaskelainen with a force that left the Bolton keeper powerless.

Former Arsenal midfielder Vieira was in direct opposition to Jack Wilshere, who made his full Bolton debut after his loan move from the Gunners.

And the Trotters loanee showed enough glimpses of his ability to pass and dribble to suggest he can make a significant impact on the remainder of the season.

Chung-Yong Lee should have pulled a goal back for Bolton in the latter stages but his low strike was saved by Shay Given.


Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini:
"He (Adam Johnson) is a young player who wants to do well.

"He can play on both the left and the right and he can also play behind the main striker. He can continue to grow and I think he can be a very important player."

"I feel good after a victory but if we want to arrive at our targets we must improve. We must win at home, we must win away and we must play better.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle:
"City have a squad that cost over £200m and we made them look ordinary. If they are honest they will admit they were fortunate.

"We played with lots of spirit and quality but we must be more clinical when chances present themselves.

"The first five minutes belonged to Man City but I thought that we really took the game to them after that."

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Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 2-0 Bolton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Tevez (pen) 31
  • Adebayor 73

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Ref: JonesAtt: 42,016
    MAN CITY
    BOLTON

    Possession

    • Man City 53%
    • Bolton 47%

    Attempts on target

    • Man City 4
    • Bolton 5

    Attempts off target

    • Man City 4
    • Bolton 6

    Corners

    • Man City 6
    • Bolton 3

    Fouls

    • Man City 9
    • Bolton 18
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:07 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+4:22 Header from deep inside the area by Zat Knight goes over the bar.
    • 90:00+3:41 Foul by Nigel De Jong on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 90:00+1:10 Gretar Rafn Steinsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.
    • 89:36 Johan Elmander takes a shot.
    • 89:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight by Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 87:48 Emmanuel Adebayor is ruled offside. Samuel Ricketts takes the indirect free kick.
    • 84:58 Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Johan Elmander results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
    • 83:43 Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:43 Substitution Silvio Sylvinho joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Johnson.
    • 83:43 The assistant referee flags for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor.
    • 82:47 Mark Davies challenges Pablo Zabaleta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Tevez takes the free kick.
    • 81:40 Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line, Headed effort on goal by Kevin Davies from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 80:36 Shaun Wright-Phillips gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Taylor from right wing, clearance by Patrick Vieira.
    • 79:37 Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
    • 77:50 Shaun Wright-Phillips fouled by Matthew Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Johnson.
    • 77:01 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Matthew Taylor coming on for Jack Wilshere.
    • 75:09 Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
    • 75:09 Booking Paul Robinson is shown a yellow card.
    • 74:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Robinson on Shaun Wright-Phillips.
    • 73:59 Substitution Tamir Cohen leaves the field to be replaced by Mark Davies.
    • 72:43 Assist on the goal came from Patrick Vieira.
    • 72:43 GOAL - Emmanuel AdebayorMan City 2 - 0 Bolton Emmanuel Adebayor finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 Bolton.
    • 71:46 Adam Johnson takes a outswinging corner.
    • 70:50 The offside flag is raised against Adam Johnson. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
    • 67:38 Substitution Shaun Wright-Phillips replaces Wayne Bridge.
    • 66:55 Inswinging corner taken by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line played to the near post.
    • 62:18 Header from deep inside the penalty area by Gareth Barry goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 61:39 Free kick taken by Adam Johnson.
    • 61:39 Booking The referee shows Fabrice Muamba a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 61:36 Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson.
    • 59:20 Shot from just outside the area by Johan Elmander misses to the right of the target.
    • 58:35 Nigel De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Samuel Ricketts restarts play with the free kick.
    • 57:39 Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the left by-line, Adam Johnson takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 56:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by Kevin Davies. Patrick Vieira takes the direct free kick.
    • 55:31 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick. Nigel De Jong fouled by Tamir Cohen, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Vieira restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:02 Shay Given takes the free kick.
    • 54:02 Substitution Joleon Lescott joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kolo Toure.
    • 54:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Jack Wilshere.
    • 51:38 Tamir Cohen is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Carlos Tevez has an effort direct from the free kick,
    • 50:37 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Kolo Toure. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
    • 47:08 Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Zat Knight. Direct free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:20 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 44:54 Handball decision goes against Gareth Barry. Shot comes in from Tamir Cohen from the free kick.
    • 43:10 Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line.
    • 42:27 Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.
    • 40:56 Fabrice Muamba challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
    • 39:58 Jack Wilshere gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
    • 37:55 Emmanuel Adebayor produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 37:28 Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee, Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Fabrice Muamba goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 37:07 Fabrice Muamba takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
    • 36:25 Patrick Vieira gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tamir Cohen. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • 34:33 Johan Elmander gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kolo Toure. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
    • Correction - 34:30 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Blocked by Kolo Toure.
    • 34:30 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
    • 32:44 Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Carlos Tevez takes the direct free kick.
    • 30:26 The assist for the goal came from Adam Johnson.
    • 30:26 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 1 - 0 Bolton Carlos Tevez scores a placed penalty. Man City 1-0 Bolton.
    • Correction - 29:15 Paul Robinson gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson.
    • 29:15 Penalty awarded for a foul by Paul Robinson on Adam Johnson.
    • 27:00 The referee blows for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
    • 22:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Vincent Kompany on Chung-Yong Lee. Direct free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
    • 19:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Patrick Vieira. Chung-Yong Lee delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 19:22 The offside flag is raised against Emmanuel Adebayor. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 16:48 Kevin Davies challenges Kolo Toure unfairly and gives away a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
    • 16:02 Effort from outside the penalty box by Johan Elmander goes wide right of the target.
    • 14:23 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson, Patrick Vieira challenges Zat Knight unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 13:51 Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:31 Outswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson from the left by-line, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
    • 11:40 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Davies. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
    • 8:20 Emmanuel Adebayor is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 6:37 Emmanuel Adebayor produces a overhead kick right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 5:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Jack Wilshere. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
    • 5:09 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 3:10 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Tamir Cohen.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 9 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 25 40 58
    2 Man Utd 25 41 56
    3 Arsenal 25 30 49
    4 Liverpool 25 17 44
    5 Man City 24 15 44
    6 Tottenham 25 20 43
    7 Aston Villa 24 13 41
    8 Birmingham 24 0 37
    9 Fulham 26 2 34
    10 Everton 24 -2 32
    11 Stoke 24 -4 30
    12 Blackburn 25 -18 28
    13 Sunderland 25 -10 26
    14 Wigan 24 -23 24
    15 Hull 25 -25 24
    16 Burnley 25 -25 23
    17 Bolton 24 -17 22
    18 West Ham 24 -10 21
    19 Wolves 24 -22 21
    20 Portsmouth 25 -22 16

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