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Man City   3 - 1   Aston Villa

Carlos Tevez (left) equalises for Manchester City from the penalty spot
Tevez equalised with a low penalty that just eluded Friedel

By Paul Fletcher

Manchester City scored twice in as many minutes to defeat Aston Villa and keep alive their hopes of claiming fourth spot in the Premier League.

Villa, whose defeat ended their attempt to finish fourth, took the lead through John Carew's low strike.

Carlos Tevez equalised from the penalty spot after Stephen Warnock brought down Adam Johnson before Emmanuel Adebayor struck a second from close range.

Craig Bellamy sealed City's points with a curling strike late in the match.

Villa went into the contest on the back of four wins and a draw since their hammering at Chelsea.

But their failure to pick up at least a point at Eastlands ended their hopes of playing Champions League football next season.

Tottenham defeated Bolton at White Hart Lane to maintain their grip in the sought-after fourth place with a one-point advantage over City and two games left to play.

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But Harry Redknapp's team face City at Eastlands on Wednesday in a game that could go a long way to deciding who will claim the much-coveted spot.

It was far from vintage City against a stubborn Villa but their abundance of attacking quality ensured that they created enough chances to win the game.

City manager Roberto Mancini will be hoping for a more convincing performance from goalkeeper Marton Fulop, who made his debut after joining this week as an emergency loan signing, when his team face Spurs.

The 26-year-old conceded seven in his last Premier League appearance as Sunderland were thrashed at Chelsea in January.

And his afternoon got off to a shaky start when Carew drilled his strike through his legs after only 16 minutes with a first-time shot after Stewart Downing's pass exposed a gaping hole in the City defence.

O'Neill content with Villa season

It was a disappointing effort from Fulop, while skipper Kolo Toure had been guilty of failing to track Carew's run.

Fulop saved a low strike from Milner but he also spilled a cross from Ashley Young that he should have held on to and was fortunate to see the loose ball cleared by a team-mate.

Villa's goal came against the run of play as City had made all the early running, winning a succession of corners and drawing an excellent save from Brad Friedel, who was at full stretch as he palmed clear a deflected Bellamy shot that looped ominously towards goal.

And City enjoyed the bulk of possession after conceding, although they struggled at times to break down Villa's well-drilled defence.

Friedel cleared a cross with Adebayor lurking, while City were frustrated in penalty appeals after Stiliyan Petrov tangled with Pablo Zabaleta and Stephen Warnock appeared to handle a shot from Tevez.

But the match turned on its head late in the opening half as City scored twice in two minutes.

Warnock needlessly brought down the industrious Johnson at the edge of the penalty area and Tevez drilled his low spot kick under the body of Friedel.

Villa almost immediately restored their advantage but Carew's thunderous strike on the turn rebounded to safety off the crossbar.

Seconds later City struck again as Johnson took his time before picking out an unmarked Adebayor, who slotted home from close range.

Mancini ready for Tottenham showdown

Bellamy, who cut a frustrated figure at times, almost extended City's lead after the restart but his curling effort from outside the box was well saved by the excellent Friedel.

Young ghosted into a good position in the City box but his effort was poor, while Fulop comfortably saved a Richard Dunne header as Villa went in search of a badly-needed goal.

Boss Martin O'Neill brought on Emile Heskey and Nathan Delfounesco but it was Bellamy who struck the game's decisive fourth goal.

City substitute Shaun Wright-Phillips picked out the Welsh striker, who curled his precise shot into the top corner from the edge of the box.


Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini:
"I thought that he was nervous but that is normal. I hope the next game will be quiet for him.

"When Aston Villa scored we did not deserve it, but we continued to play well and scored two first-half goals.

"I want to say thank you to all the players. They continue to play football and that is important."

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill:
"I thought we played very well in the game, got in front and nearly went 2-0 ahead.

"In the second half we applied a lot of pressure as Manchester City started to look a little nervous.

"We played exceptionally well and it has been a fantastic effort by the players all season."

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Saturday, 1 May 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 3-1 Aston Villa FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Tevez (pen) 41
  • Adebayor 43
  • Bellamy 89
  • Carew 16

Man City

Substitutes

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 47,102
MAN CITY
ASTON VILLA

Possession

  • Man City 51%
  • Aston Villa 49%

Attempts on target

  • Man City 13
  • Aston Villa 6

Attempts off target

  • Man City 4
  • Aston Villa 4

Corners

  • Man City 13
  • Aston Villa 5

Fouls

  • Man City 6
  • Aston Villa 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:01 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+2:21 Shot from a long way out by Stewart Downing goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 90:00+1:30 Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.
  • 90:00+1:08 Indirect free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
  • 90:00+1:08 Booking James Collins is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+1:00 James Collins challenges Pablo Zabaleta unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 88:56 Shaun Wright-Phillips provided the assist for the goal.
  • 88:56 GOAL - Craig BellamyMan City 3 - 1 Aston Villa A goal is scored by Craig Bellamy from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 3-1 Aston Villa.
  • 87:10 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Micah Richards coming on for Carlos Tevez.
  • 85:20 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner, save by Marton Fulop.
  • 84:14 Stewart Downing delivers the ball, Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 83:39 Corner from left by-line taken by Ashley Young.
  • 83:39 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line.
  • 83:17 Ashley Young produces a cross, Nathan Delfouneso takes a shot. Blocked by Pablo Zabaleta.
  • 82:34 Ashley Young produces a cross.
  • 80:57 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 80:19 Ashley Young delivers the ball, clearance by Pablo Zabaleta.
  • 79:59 A cross is delivered by Nathan Delfouneso, save made by Marton Fulop.
  • 78:22 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the right by-line to the near post, Vincent Kompany produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 76:32 Substitution Adam Johnson goes off and Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on.
  • 76:32 Emmanuel Adebayor challenges Carlos Cuellar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by James Milner.
  • 75:19 Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Adam Johnson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, comfortable save by Brad Friedel.
  • 74:51 James Milner takes a shot. Marton Fulop makes a comfortable save.
  • 74:37 The ball is crossed by Ashley Young, Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance.
  • 73:02 Substitution John Carew goes off and Nathan Delfouneso comes on.
  • 73:02 Substitution Emile Heskey replaces Stephen Warnock.
  • 73:02 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Johnson.
  • 72:56 Craig Bellamy crosses the ball, blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 71:56 James Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Adebayor. Patrick Vieira takes the indirect free kick.
  • 68:10 John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel De Jong. Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
  • 67:15 Craig Bellamy takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
  • 66:28 Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
  • 65:15 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
  • 65:00 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • Correction - 62:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Vieira on Ashley Young. Free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 62:56 Patrick Vieira challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stiliyan Petrov restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:54 Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Stiliyan Petrov gets a block in.
  • 61:29 Outswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the right by-line, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 61:03 Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 61:03 Effort from outside the area by Carlos Tevez goes wide right of the goal.
  • 56:59 Patrick Vieira gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 54:53 The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing.
  • 53:52 Craig Bellamy takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, John Carew manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 52:59 Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 52:59 Shot by Pablo Zabaleta from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 50:59 Ashley Young takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Marton Fulop. Marton Fulop takes the free kick.
  • 50:49 Ashley Young sends in a cross, save by Marton Fulop.
  • 48:49 Ashley Young takes the outswinging corner, Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
  • 48:37 Ashley Young delivers the ball, blocked by Wayne Bridge.
  • 46:56 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 46:19 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson played to the near post, John Carew makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:11 The referee blows for half time.
  • Correction - 45:00+1:18 Ashley Young crosses the ball, Marton Fulop makes a save.
  • 45:00+1:18 The ball is delivered by Ashley Young, Marton Fulop makes a save.
  • 45:00+1:05 Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:30 Patrick Vieira takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:30 Booking Booking for Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 45:00+0:27 Carlos Tevez fouled by Stiliyan Petrov, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 42:25 The assist for the goal came from Adam Johnson.
  • 42:25 GOAL - Emmanuel AdebayorMan City 2 - 1 Aston Villa Emmanuel Adebayor grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 2-1 Aston Villa.
  • 42:01 John Carew takes a shot.
  • 40:57 Assist by Adam Johnson.
  • 40:57 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 1 - 1 Aston Villa Power penalty scored by Carlos Tevez. Man City 1-1 Aston Villa.
  • 40:01 Stephen Warnock concedes a Penalty for a foul on Adam Johnson.
  • 39:11 Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Patrick Vieira.
  • 38:50 James Milner takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
  • 35:11 The ball is swung over by Craig Bellamy.
  • Correction - 33:34 Foul by John Carew on Pablo Zabaleta, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
  • 33:34 John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta. Indirect free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
  • 32:38 Centre by James Milner, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
  • 30:29 Emmanuel Adebayor is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 29:49 Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Bellamy, clearance by James Collins.
  • 29:31 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Stephen Warnock gets a block in.
  • 28:38 Long range effort by Craig Bellamy goes wide right of the target.
  • 27:49 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the right by-line, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
  • 27:38 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by James Milner.
  • 26:26 Effort from the edge of the area by Stewart Downing goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 25:13 Adam Johnson delivers the ball, blocked by Stewart Downing.
  • 24:14 Corner from left by-line taken by Adam Johnson.
  • 23:55 James Milner takes a shot. Save by Marton Fulop.
  • 23:20 Booking Vincent Kompany goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 23:05 Gabriel Agbonlahor fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young takes the free kick.
  • 21:11 Adam Johnson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 19:09 The ball is swung over by Wayne Bridge, Gabriel Agbonlahor gets a block in.
  • 18:43 Outswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the right by-line, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
  • 18:25 Craig Bellamy produces a cross, Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 17:55 Kolo Toure takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
  • 17:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Bellamy by Ashley Young. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Bellamy from left wing, James Collins makes a clearance.
  • 15:46 Stewart Downing crosses the ball,
  • 15:42 Stewart Downing provided the assist for the goal.
  • 15:42 GOAL - John CarewMan City 0 - 1 Aston Villa A goal is scored by John Carew from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Man City 0-1 Aston Villa.
  • 15:25 Unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Kolo Toure results in a free kick. James Milner takes the indirect free kick.
  • 14:34 The ball is sent over by Pablo Zabaleta.
  • 13:26 Ashley Young takes a shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
  • 13:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Patrick Vieira. Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:20 Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson to the near post, clearance by John Carew.
  • 11:27 Wayne Bridge takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
  • Correction - 11:01 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the left by-line to the near post, John Carew makes a clearance.
  • 11:01 Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson from the left by-line played to the near post, John Carew manages to make a clearance.
  • 10:49 Vincent Kompany produces a cross, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.
  • 10:06 Corner taken by Craig Bellamy, clearance made by James Collins.
  • 9:47 Craig Bellamy produces a cross, Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 8:12 A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
  • 7:19 Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Comfortable save by Brad Friedel.
  • 3:53 Stewart Downing sends in a cross, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
  • 0:44 Pablo Zabaleta delivers the ball, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 1 May 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 36 61 80
2 Man Utd 36 53 79
3 Arsenal 36 39 72
4 Tottenham 36 27 67
5 Man City 36 29 66
6 Aston Villa 37 14 64
7 Liverpool 36 28 62
8 Everton 37 10 58
9 Birmingham 37 -8 50
10 Sunderland 36 -6 44
11 Stoke 36 -11 44
12 Blackburn 36 -16 44
13 Fulham 35 -3 43
14 Bolton 37 -26 36
15 Wolves 37 -25 35
16 Wigan 36 -34 35
17 West Ham 36 -18 34
18 Hull 36 -41 28
19 Burnley 37 -42 27
20 Portsmouth 37 -31 19

see also
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