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Man City   1 - 0   Bolton

Carlos Tevez celebrates with Yaya Toure after putting City ahead
City's top scorer Tevez celebrates with Toure after putting his side ahead

By Chris Bevan

An early strike by Carlos Tevez ended Manchester City's two-month wait for a home Premier League goal and proved enough to see off a dogged Bolton side.

Tevez ran on to Yaya Toure's pass to fire home after four minutes.

City went on to dominate, going closest to a second when Mario Balotelli and then David Silva hit the woodwork.

But Bolton were given late hope when Aleksandar Kolarov was sent off for a second booking, and the home side had to survive a late spell of pressure.

For City to be hanging on at the end of a game they had controlled was a strange sight but as Roberto Mancini approaches the end of his first year as their manager he will know that nothing is straightforward at Eastlands.

A lack of cutting edge has undermined his side's challenge at the top of the table in recent weeks, so it must have been a huge relief for him when Tevez opened the scoring.

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The Argentine striker ran on to Toure's slipped pass and notched his 10th league goal of the season with a low shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen into the bottom corner of the net.

At that stage City were rampant and looked capable of ripping through the Bolton defence at will, but some familiar frustration in front of goal was to follow for their fans.

City felt they should have had a penalty when Silva slammed a shot against Gary Cahill which replays showed had hit the defender's chest, then arm, but referee Andre Marriner waved their claims away.

Another decision went against City soon after when Silva was wrongly flagged offside before setting up Tevez to slot home.

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Tevez showed his unhappiness with the officials soon afterwards when he slammed the ball against the advertising hoarding after being penalised. He was shown a yellow card which rules City's top scorer out of their trip to West Ham United next week.

Up until then, Bolton's best effort had been a deflected Martin Petrov free-kick which flew narrowly wide but the visitors responded with their best spell of the game, and some testing balls into the box.

It was City, though, who ended the half on the offensive, mainly thanks to Tevez - who tested Jaaskelainen again, set up Pablo Zabaleta with some sublime skill, and then fired narrowly wide.

Jaaskelainen produced a superb save to deny Zabaleta after the break and, when he was beaten, the post and then bar came to Bolton's rescue to deny first Balotelli and then the impressive Silva, who was dictating play.

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The question was always going to be whether City would pay for failing to wrap up the points and a hint of their jittery finish came when Joe Hart made a hash of Sam Ricketts's hoisted free-kick and Vincent Kompany had to hack the ball off the line.

Then came Kolarov's dismissal following a rash challenge on Ricketts, and with 10 minutes left Bolton smelt blood.

City conceded an equaliser in injury time against Stoke City in their previous league game and Bolton poured forward hoping for a similar reward.

This time, despite heavy pressure from the visitors, Mancini's men held out - but they had to work far harder to secure the three points than they should have done.

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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 1-0 Bolton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Tevez 4

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 46,860
    MAN CITY
    BOLTON

    Possession

    • Man City 57%
    • Bolton 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Man City 10
    • Bolton 2

    Attempts off target

    • Man City 9
    • Bolton 5

    Corners

    • Man City 8
    • Bolton 8

    Fouls

    • Man City 12
    • Bolton 18
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:11 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+2:10 Mario Balotelli fouled by Gary Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • 90:00+0:28 Gary Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Mario Balotelli produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 89:21 Substitution James Milner on for Carlos Tevez.
    • 88:22 Unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Zat Knight results in a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta takes the direct free kick.
    • 88:22 Booking Zat Knight is given a yellow card.
    • 85:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Samuel Ricketts. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
    • 83:11 Unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Mark Davies results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
    • 83:11 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Micah Richards coming on for David Silva.
    • 81:06 Substitution Rodrigo Moreno comes on in place of Chung-Yong Lee.
    • 78:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts by Aleksandar Kolarov. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Taylor.
    • 78:19 Sent off Red card for Aleksandar Kolarov.
    • 76:21 Shot by Aleksandar Kolarov from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
    • 76:21 Substitution Ivan Klasnic is brought on as a substitute for Johan Elmander.
    • 74:12 Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Samuel Ricketts takes the free kick.
    • 74:12 Booking Aleksandar Kolarov is shown a yellow card.
    • 72:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Matthew Taylor. Free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
    • Correction - 71:14 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Barry. Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor,
    • 71:14 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Barry. Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Zat Knight takes a shot.
    • Correction - 70:13 Joleon Lescott concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 70:13 Foul by Joleon Lescott on Kevin Davies, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 69:08 Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill. Short corner taken by Mario Balotelli, Shot by Aleksandar Kolarov from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 67:48 Corner taken by Mario Balotelli from the right by-line.
    • 65:21 Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Corner taken short by David Silva.
    • 64:42 Unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Zat Knight results in a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
    • 63:59 Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
    • 63:30 Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, Joe Hart makes a save.
    • 62:39 Substitution Matthew Taylor on for Martin Petrov.
    • 60:50 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 59:53 David Silva produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and hits the post.
    • Correction - 59:07 Effort from the edge of the area by Carlos Tevez goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 59:07 Shot on goal by Carlos Tevez from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 57:53 Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Corner taken by David Silva, clearance by Gary Cahill.
    • 56:25 Mario Balotelli takes a shot from a just insdie the penalty area and hits the post.
    • 55:45 Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel De Jong. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
    • 54:16 Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
    • 53:51 Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 50:52 Corner taken right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee, Martin Petrov has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 50:13 Corner taken by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Mario Balotelli.
    • 48:29 David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 47:40 Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.
    • 46:59 Effort on goal by Kevin Davies from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 46:11 Corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov to the near post.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:09 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+1:16 Vincent Kompany challenges Chung-Yong Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 44:30 The assistant referee flags for offside against Mario Balotelli. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 43:25 Chung-Yong Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
    • 42:21 Mark Davies produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
    • 41:34 Kevin Davies challenges Joleon Lescott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
    • 41:07 Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • Correction - 39:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Petrov on Carlos Tevez. Free kick crossed by Aleksandar Kolarov, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
    • 39:33 Martin Petrov concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
    • 38:27 Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 37:50 Paul Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
    • 36:58 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Carlos Tevez misses to the left of the target.
    • 36:03 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 34:31 Outswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the left by-line.
    • 33:50 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov, clearance by Mario Balotelli.
    • 33:32 Paul Robinson fouled by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:24 Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:24 Booking Carlos Tevez receives a caution.
    • 31:00 Substitution Joleon Lescott replaces Kolo Toure.
    • 29:53 The offside flag is raised against Gareth Barry. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:41 Foul by Vincent Kompany on Johan Elmander, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 26:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Mark Davies. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 26:31 Booking Gnegneri Toure Yaya is booked.
    • 25:42 The offside flag is raised against Mario Balotelli. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
    • 24:13 Fabrice Muamba fouled by Nigel De Jong, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Petrov takes the free kick.
    • 19:30 Carlos Tevez is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 19:04 Foul by Paul Robinson on Mario Balotelli, free kick awarded. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:24 Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee, save by Joe Hart.
    • 15:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aleksandar Kolarov on Chung-Yong Lee. Martin Petrov fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line played to the near post, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
    • 14:04 Unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 13:14 David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill. Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Johan Elmander manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:38 Gareth Barry fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
    • 10:19 The ball is delivered by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • 9:26 Johan Elmander fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Aleksandar Kolarov. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
    • 8:35 Booking Kevin Davies goes into the book.
    • 7:02 Unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Chung-Yong Lee results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from left wing, Martin Petrov manages to make a clearance.
    • 6:16 Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
    • 3:32 Gnegneri Toure Yaya provided the assist for the goal.
    • 3:32 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 1 - 0 Bolton Carlos Tevez finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Bolton.
    • 2:16 Handball decision goes against Fabrice Muamba. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the indirect free kick.
    • 1:46 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 0:11 Effort on goal by Chung-Yong Lee from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    4 Dec 2010 23:59 UK


    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 4 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Arsenal 16 16 32
    2 Man Utd 15 19 31
    3 Chelsea 16 19 30
    4 Man City 16 9 29
    5 Tottenham 16 3 26
    6 Bolton 16 5 23
    7 Stoke 16 0 21
    8 Blackburn 16 -4 21
    9 Sunderland 15 1 20
    10 Newcastle 15 1 19
    11 Liverpool 15 -2 19
    12 Blackpool 15 -6 19
    13 West Brom 15 -6 19
    14 Birmingham 16 -2 18
    15 Everton 16 -2 17
    16 Aston Villa 15 -7 17
    17 Fulham 16 -4 15
    18 Wigan 16 -15 15
    19 West Ham 15 -12 12
    20 Wolves 16 -13 12

    see also
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    04 Dec 10 |  Man City
    Saturday football as it happened
    04 Dec 10 |  Football
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