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Burnley   1 - 6   Man City

Emmanuel Adebayor and team-mates
Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates with his team-mates after scoring City's fifth

By Les Roopanarine

Manchester City seized the initiative in the race for fourth place with a spectacular six-goal rout of Burnley.

In an extraordinary start to the game, Emmanuel Adebayor rifled in an Adam Johnson corner before Carlos Tevez fed Craig Bellamy for a slotted second.

A Tevez tap-in put City three ahead after just seven minutes, and Patrick Vieira then headed home a fourth.

Adebayor and Vincent Kompany stretched City's lead further, but a goal from Steven Fletcher avoided the whitewash.

As a statement of intent in the four-way joust with Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa for the final Champions League spot, City's free-spirited exhibition of attacking football could not have been more emphatic.

Indeed the only threat posed to City came from the skies, with a torrential half-time downpour raising the very real possibility of the match being abandoned.

First six minutes were unacceptable - Laws

However the pitch remained just about playable for a City team clearly determined to reap maximum advantage from Tottenham's earlier defeat at Sunderland.

Roberto Mancini's men tore into Burnley from the outset with a ferocity bordering on the barbaric and by the time Adebayor's third-minute opener went in, Johnson had already shuddered the post with a low drive that took a deflection off Leon Cort.

Tevez hit the woodwork again later in the half, by which time City had scored four as well as squandered countless further chances.

But while the damage could undoubtedly have been even greater for Burnley - as if matching Oldham's 17-year-old record for racking up the fastest three-goal deficit in Premier League history was not bad enough - some perspective is necessary. Brian Laws' side were pitiful.

606: DEBATE

True, no one was expecting a defensive master-class from a team that went into the match having conceded more league goals than any other.

Yet the ease with which Burnley's back four was breached, time and again, bordered on the embarrassing.

The marking, or rather absence of it, for Adebayor's opener was a case in point, as was the freedom afforded Vieira when he got goal-side of Danny Fox to head home City's fourth from another Johnson corner.

Burnley keeper Brian Jensen was betrayed by poor handling for City's third, palming a low Adebayor effort into the path of Tevez, who was not about to decline a tap-in after his hat-trick against Wigan on Monday night.

On an afternoon when the incessant rain seemed to capture the sombre mood enveloping Turf Moor it was not the only occasion on which Jensen was caught out in such a manner.

But the increasingly slippery conditions had nothing to do with City's second goal, which came about when Kevin McDonald - nominally a holding midfielder - conceded possession cheaply in midfield.

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Tevez slipped the ball through to Bellamy, and the livewire forward eluded the attentions of Cort and Michael Duff to slide a low shot across Jensen and into the far corner.

Arguably the pick of City's goals was the fifth, which came on the stroke of half-time when Tevez sent Adebayor racing through the middle with a through-ball of wonderful vision, though it was a goal that went unseen by many home fans who had long since left the ground.

The half-time introduction of Jack Cork, together with Wade Elliott, briefly seemed to galvanise Burnley, although it might just as easily have been an interval dressing-down from Laws, who cut a dismayed figure on the touchline.

David Nugent, who had earlier forced a fine one-handed save from Given with a close-range header, twice went close, but it was Fletcher who finally saved some face for Burnley.

Cutting in from the left, Fletcher lashed in from a tight angle in front of the watching Scotland manager Craig Levein.

By then, however, City had added to Burnley's ignominy with a sixth, Kompany getting in on the act with a thumping header from another Johnson corner.

Three points adrift of safety with five games left, Laws' side have it all to do if they are to recover from this mauling ahead of next Saturday's six-pointer against Hull.

As for City, their run-in includes testing home games against Manchester United, Aston Villa and Tottenham, as well as a trip to Arsenal. Tougher afternoons than this lie ahead.


Burnley manager Brian Laws:

"The first six minutes was extraordinary and embarrassing.

"It's not acceptable. If you give them time and space like that, Manchester City are going to hurt you - and they took maximum advantage.

"I gave them a right roasting at half-time, and laid down an objective to the players not to lose the second half.

"At least they did that. But the first six minutes killed it all, and all we can do is apologise and respond before we play Hull."

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini:

"I am very happy because we played a good game.

"The weather was not good, and in the second half it was difficult to play football.

"If Emanuel Adebayor performs well then, with Carlos Tevez, we have good chances [to finish fourth].

"But we have six difficult games, and we must continue to improve in every game."

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Saturday, 3 April 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Burnley 1-6 Man City FT
(HT 0-5)
  • Fletcher 71
  • Adebayor 4
  • Bellamy 5
  • Tevez 7
  • Vieira 20
  • Adebayor 45
  • Kompany 58

Burnley

Substitutes

Man City

Substitutes

Ref: WileyAtt: 21,330
BURNLEY
MAN CITY

Possession

  • Burnley 36%
  • Man City 64%

Attempts on target

  • Burnley 7
  • Man City 14

Attempts off target

  • Burnley 7
  • Man City 6

Corners

  • Burnley 6
  • Man City 7

Fouls

  • Burnley 5
  • Man City 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:55 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+2:51 Craig Bellamy produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Leon Cort.
  • 90:00+2:25 Patrick Vieira concedes a free kick for a foul on Wade Elliott. Graham Alexander takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:37 Martin Paterson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 89:38 Shot on goal by Martin Paterson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 85:25 Outswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Alex Nimely goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 85:12 Shot by Craig Bellamy. Blocked by Leon Cort.
  • 82:41 Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
  • 82:41 Substitution Alex Nimely on for Carlos Tevez.
  • 82:41 Patrick Vieira concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Eagles.
  • 81:31 Foul by Wade Elliott on Nigel De Jong, free kick awarded. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:54 Substitution Martin Paterson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Fletcher.
  • 78:15 Free kick taken by Nedum Onuoha.
  • 78:15 Substitution Roque Santa Cruz replaces Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 78:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nedum Onuoha by Jack Cork.
  • 77:19 The referee penalises Graham Alexander for handball. Adam Johnson takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 73:50 Effort on goal by Chris Eagles from 25 yards. Save made by Shay Given.
  • 73:50 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Shay Given makes a comfortable save.
  • 72:36 The official flags Emmanuel Adebayor offside. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 70:57 The assist for the goal came from Jack Cork.
  • 70:56 GOAL - Steven FletcherBurnley 1 - 6 Man City Steven Fletcher grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Burnley 1-6 Man City.
  • 68:27 Unfair challenge on Craig Bellamy by Michael Duff results in a free kick. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:15 Substitution Nigel De Jong joins the action as a substitute, replacing Silvio Sylvinho.
  • Correction - 64:20 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox from the left by-line, Patrick Vieira makes a clearance.
  • 64:20 Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox from the left by-line.
  • 59:48 Chris Eagles takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
  • 57:05 Adam Johnson takes the outswinging corner,
  • 57:02 Assist by Adam Johnson.
  • 57:02 GOAL - Vincent KompanyBurnley 0 - 6 Man City Vincent Kompany grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Burnley 0-6 Man City.
  • 56:25 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Johnson, Leon Cort makes a clearance.
  • 56:11 Short corner worked by Adam Johnson.
  • 55:49 Shot by Craig Bellamy. Blocked by Leon Cort.
  • 53:40 Patrick Vieira concedes a free kick for a foul on David Nugent. Graham Alexander restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:56 Close range shot by David Nugent goes over the bar.
  • 51:09 Effort from deep inside the area by David Nugent misses to the left of the goal.
  • 49:06 Short corner worked by Chris Eagles.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • 45:01 Substitution Kevin McDonald leaves the field to be replaced by Jack Cork.
  • 45:01 Substitution Robbie Blake goes off and Wade Elliott comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:34 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+2:38 Chris Eagles fouled by Craig Bellamy, the ref awards a free kick. Robbie Blake delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
  • 45:00+1:40 Daniel Fox takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
  • 44:34 Carlos Tevez provided the assist for the goal.
  • 44:34 GOAL - Emmanuel AdebayorBurnley 0 - 5 Man City Emmanuel Adebayor fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Burnley 0-5 Man City.
  • 43:36 Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from deep inside the penalty area that bounces off the post.
  • 41:31 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Craig Bellamy misses to the left of the target.
  • 40:52 Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Michael Duff restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:08 Patrick Vieira takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a brilliant save. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tyrone Mears by Carlos Tevez. Brian Jensen takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:55 Corner taken by Adam Johnson.
  • 38:11 Adam Johnson has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Blocked by Tyrone Mears.
  • 37:30 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Robbie Blake, David Nugent takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
  • 37:10 Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox, Nedum Onuoha makes a clearance.
  • 36:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Nugent by Gareth Barry. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Robbie Blake.
  • 35:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nedum Onuoha by Robbie Blake. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:52 Adam Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Fox. Free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
  • 33:12 Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 32:15 Steven Fletcher has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 32:06 David Nugent is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
  • 31:21 The ball is crossed by Robbie Blake, Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
  • 27:54 Michael Duff has a drilled shot. Comfortable save by Shay Given.
  • 27:19 Corner from the right by-line taken by Graham Alexander, Effort on goal by Robbie Blake from 25 yards. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
  • 27:12 Chris Eagles crosses the ball, blocked by Silvio Sylvinho.
  • 26:13 Shot by Graham Alexander. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
  • 24:27 Centre by Robbie Blake, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
  • 19:55 Assist by Adam Johnson.
  • 19:55 GOAL - Patrick VieiraBurnley 0 - 4 Man City Patrick Vieira grabs a headed goal from close range. Burnley 0-4 Man City.
  • 19:24 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Johnson,
  • 17:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Adebayor by Graham Alexander. Patrick Vieira takes the free kick.
  • 16:07 Adam Johnson has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 13:24 Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 12:02 Effort on goal by Robbie Blake from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 11:12 Adam Johnson sends in a cross, Leon Cort gets a block in.
  • 10:31 Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on David Nugent. Direct free kick taken by Graham Alexander.
  • Correction - 6:20 The assist for the goal came from Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 6:20 Assist on the goal came from Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 6:20 GOAL - Carlos TevezBurnley 0 - 3 Man City Carlos Tevez scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Burnley 0-3 Man City.
  • Correction - 6:18 Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
  • 6:18 Emmanuel Adebayor has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save made by Brian Jensen.
  • 4:44 Assist by Carlos Tevez.
  • 4:44 GOAL - Craig BellamyBurnley 0 - 2 Man City Craig Bellamy finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Burnley 0-2 Man City.
  • 3:04 Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the left by-line,
  • 3:01 Assist by Adam Johnson.
  • 3:01 GOAL - Emmanuel AdebayorBurnley 0 - 1 Man City Emmanuel Adebayor gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Burnley 0-1 Man City.
  • 2:34 Shot by Adam Johnson. Leon Cort gets a block in.
  • 0:45 Shot by Adam Johnson. Save by Brian Jensen.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 33 54 74
2 Man Utd 33 50 72
3 Arsenal 33 41 71
4 Man City 32 24 59
5 Tottenham 32 26 58
6 Liverpool 32 21 54
7 Aston Villa 32 12 54
8 Everton 32 8 49
9 Birmingham 32 -4 45
10 Stoke 32 -3 42
11 Blackburn 33 -15 42
12 Fulham 31 -3 38
13 Sunderland 33 -7 38
14 Wolves 33 -23 32
15 Bolton 33 -25 32
16 Wigan 32 -33 31
17 West Ham 32 -17 27
18 Hull 32 -35 27
19 Burnley 33 -39 24
20 Portsmouth 33 -32 14

see also
Saturday football as it happened
03 Apr 10 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
03 Apr 10 |  Premier League


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