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Man City   5 - 0   Sunderland

Adam Johnson
Johnson opened the scoring for City on only his ninth league start this season

By Alistair Magowan

Manchester City moved above Chelsea into third spot in the Premier League after an impressive attacking display against Sunderland.

Throwing away the conservatism that has blanketed recent displays, City opened the scoring when Adam Johnson exchanged passes with Yaya Toure to fire in.

Carlos Tevez then doubled the lead from the penalty spot on 15 minutes.

David Silva made it three before substitute Patrick Vieira slid in and Toure added a fifth on 73 minutes.

City could have easily made it more convincing but in contrast to recent performances, it was a showing full of purpose and promise marked by a change in the line-up and formation.

Mancini celebrates 'very important' win

Johnson, Tevez, Silva and Toure all showed what they can do when they have more licence to burst forward but they were given lots of room to create openings thanks to a poor defensive offering from Sunderland.

Even though they are a point above Chelsea, having played one game more, the manner of the victory will also give City boss Roberto Mancini food for thought ahead of crucial games against Liverpool in the league a week on Monday and against Manchester United in the FA Cup final on 16 April.

Perhaps the Italian manager was influenced by the defeat by Chelsea a fortnight ago, where they struggled to create any meaningful chances.

He opted for a more adventurous formation with Mario Balotelli and Tevez up front, while midfielder Gareth Barry was dropped to the bench, just five days after captaining England against Ghana.

More importantly, Johnson received only his ninth start of the season to give City added thrust on the right and it was not long before the winger was involved, setting up Balotelli for one of many shots that were blocked.

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As early as the ninth minute, Sunderland were wary of the English 23-year-old and it was this space that helped create the well-taken opener.

The Black Cats stood off Johnson as he received a pass from Toure on the right and as the Ivorian took the return pass and set off down the wing, Johnson was on hand to receive his cutback, burying his shot into the net for his seventh goal of the season.

That fine goal seemed to knock the visitors sideways and just as they were trying to recover, Silva found Tevez with a diagonal ball to create a second.

Following the lofted pass, the Argentine tried to lift the ball over Sunderland defender Michael Turner, but he was caught in the box leaving referee Howard Webb no option but to point to the spot.

Making his first start since November, Turner had no complaints about the penalty and Tevez duly tucked the ball into the corner for his 22nd goal of the season, although keeper Simon Mignolet got a hand to it.

City had chances to put the game out of sight before half-time with Tevez and Balotelli having further shots closed down, and at that stage the City fans watching must have wondered why Mancini had not opted for a similar line-up when the Premier League title was still within their grasp.

Sensing their standing in their game, City eased down a gear, allowing Sunderland to grasp more of the ball in midfield before half time.

In fact, the visitors finished the period the stronger team with Stephane Sessegnon setting up Danny Welbeck, who missed his kick, while Asamoah Gyan had Joe Hart scrabbling with a looping effort.

Bruce urges Sunderland to bounce back

But the pressure was short-lived as Johnson impressed early in the second half to combine with Silva.

His energy was in contrast to the frustrating Balotelli, who had another shot blocked soon after, but the Italian did have a hand in the goal which ended the game as a contest just after the hour.

Tevez made a superb run across the back of the Sunderland defence and was found expertly by Nigel de Jong. And although his cross led to a Balotelli shot which was charged down, Silva was on hand to pick up the rebound to make the game safe.

City were out of sight soon after when Vieira came onto replace Johnson on 65 minutes and scored with his first touch.

Aleksandar Kolarov fired across goal following a cleared corner and Vieira slid in at the back post to steer the ball across the line.

A bad day got even worse for Sunderland when captain Lee Cattermole tried to square the ball to his defence from the left flank but his lobbed pass was a disaster waiting to happen and Toure nipped in to slot in City's fifth.

It finished off a miserable day for Sunderland boss Steve Bruce, whose side have not won a game for seven games now.

Where they once had European aspirations, they will now be looking down towards the bottom of the table, just six points above the relegation zone.

For City, an almost perfect day was denied towards the end when Balotelli's free-kick was well saved by Mignolet, but this win will give them a momentum that might be hard to break as the season comes to a conclusion.

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Sunday, 3 April 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 5-0 Sunderland FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Johnson 9
  • Tevez (pen) 15
  • Silva 63
  • Vieira 67
  • Y Toure 73

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Sunderland

    Substitutes

    Ref: H WebbAtt: 44,197
    MAN CITY
    SUNDERLAND

    Possession

    • Man City 52%
    • Sunderland 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Man City 12
    • Sunderland 4

    Attempts off target

    • Man City 2
    • Sunderland 4

    Corners

    • Man City 6
    • Sunderland 5

    Fouls

    • Man City 9
    • Sunderland 20
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:34 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+2:02 Foul by Michael Turner on Mario Balotelli, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Mario Balotelli from the free kick, save made by Simon Mignolet.
    • 90:00+2:02 Booking Michael Turner receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+1:36 Boudewijn Zenden takes a shot. Patrick Vieira gets a block in.
    • 90:00+1:00 Boudewijn Zenden takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 89:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Stephane Sessegnon. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
    • 89:01 John Mensah gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli. Patrick Vieira takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:04 Foul by Danny Welbeck on Shaun Wright-Phillips, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
    • 85:22 Boudewijn Zenden sends in a cross.
    • 84:21 Patrick Vieira challenges Boudewijn Zenden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Boudewijn Zenden takes the direct free kick.
    • 84:21 Booking Patrick Vieira is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 83:35 Headed effort from inside the area by Ahmed Elmohamady misses to the left of the target.
    • 83:05 Foul by Ryan McGivern on Danny Welbeck, free kick awarded. Boudewijn Zenden restarts play with the free kick.
    • 82:26 The ball is crossed by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 81:32 Foul by Carlos Tevez on Michael Turner, free kick awarded. Michael Turner takes the direct free kick.
    • 80:47 Asamoah Gyan concedes a free kick for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
    • 79:31 Shot from 18 yards by Asamoah Gyan. Comfortable save by Joe Hart.
    • 78:59 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden from the right by-line, clearance made by Patrick Vieira.
    • 78:25 Asamoah Gyan fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden, clearance by Ryan McGivern.
    • 77:37 Substitution Shaun Wright-Phillips replaces David Silva.
    • 76:11 Ryan McGivern takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Welbeck.
    • 74:40 Jack Colback has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
    • 73:41 Foul by Asamoah Gyan on Nigel De Jong, free kick awarded. Patrick Vieira restarts play with the free kick.
    • 72:30 GOAL - Gnegneri Toure YayaMan City 5 - 0 Sunderland Gnegneri Toure Yaya grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 5-0 Sunderland.
    • 72:09 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Boudewijn Zenden from the right by-line.
    • 71:54 Substitution Jack Colback comes on in place of Sulley Muntari.
    • 69:41 Substitution Ryan McGivern replaces Dedryk Boyata.
    • 69:18 Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
    • 68:17 Stephane Sessegnon produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 66:20 Assist on the goal came from Joleon Lescott.
    • 66:20 GOAL - Patrick VieiraMan City 4 - 0 Sunderland Patrick Vieira finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 4-0 Sunderland.
    • 66:11 Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
    • 65:44 Substitution Patrick Vieira replaces Adam Johnson.
    • 62:17 Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner. Mario Balotelli provided the assist for the goal.
    • 62:17 GOAL - David SilvaMan City 3 - 0 Sunderland David Silva scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 3-0 Sunderland.
    • 61:27 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov, John Mensah makes a clearance.
    • 61:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Lee Cattermole. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.
    • 60:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Welbeck on Adam Johnson. Free kick taken by David Silva.
    • 58:49 Substitution Boudewijn Zenden comes on in place of Jordan Henderson.
    • 58:02 The assistant referee flags for offside against Carlos Tevez. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 54:14 Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
    • 54:14 Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
    • 53:18 The official flags Adam Johnson offside. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.
    • 52:16 The assistant referee signals for offside against Carlos Tevez. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:11 The ball is swung over by Jordan Henderson.
    • 49:46 Short corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line.
    • 48:20 Corner taken left-footed by Sulley Muntari from the right by-line, save made by Joe Hart.
    • 47:11 Inswinging corner taken by Sulley Muntari from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Mario Balotelli.
    • 46:52 Foul by Nigel De Jong on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Cattermole.
    • 46:43 Lee Cattermole fouled by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, the ref awards a free kick. Sulley Muntari takes the free kick.
    • 45:56 Asamoah Gyan challenges Gnegneri Toure Yaya unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Ahmed Elmohamady on for Phillip Bardsley.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:06 The referee blows for half time.
    • 44:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dedryk Boyata on Danny Welbeck. Direct free kick taken by Sulley Muntari.
    • 43:34 Lee Cattermole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 40:35 David Silva produces a cross, Jordan Henderson makes a clearance.
    • 39:57 Gnegneri Toure Yaya fouled by Lee Cattermole, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
    • Correction - 37:04 Asamoah Gyan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
    • 37:04 Stephane Sessegnon has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 35:21 Aleksandar Kolarov concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Sulley Muntari delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Nigel De Jong makes a clearance.
    • 35:21 Booking Booking for Aleksandar Kolarov for unsporting behaviour.
    • 33:49 Adam Johnson produces a cross.
    • 33:18 Adam Johnson takes a short corner.
    • 32:27 Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
    • 30:38 John Mensah challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Johnson.
    • 30:38 Booking Booking for John Mensah for unsporting behaviour.
    • 29:51 Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
    • 28:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Phillip Bardsley. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • 25:12 Handball decision goes against Michael Turner. Strike on goal comes in from Aleksandar Kolarov from the free kick.
    • 24:18 John Mensah concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the free kick.
    • 23:08 Phillip Bardsley fouled by Mario Balotelli, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
    • 18:56 The referee gives a free kick against Sulley Muntari for handball. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
    • 18:18 Adam Johnson takes a short corner.
    • 17:59 Adam Johnson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 17:41 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Phillip Bardsley.
    • 14:37 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan City 2 - 0 Sunderland Penalty taken right-footed by Carlos Tevez and scored. Man City 2-0 Sunderland.
    • 14:20 Booking Phillip Bardsley is booked.
    • 14:13 Foul by Phillip Bardsley on Carlos Tevez, Penalty awarded.
    • 13:33 Foul by Michael Turner on David Silva, free kick awarded. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
    • 11:59 Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
    • 9:58 The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Welbeck. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:44 Assist by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
    • 8:44 GOAL - Adam JohnsonMan City 1 - 0 Sunderland Adam Johnson fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Sunderland.
    • 8:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Danny Welbeck. Direct free kick taken by Dedryk Boyata.
    • 7:01 Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.
    • 5:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Sulley Muntari. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:15 Jordan Henderson takes a short corner.
    • 0:34 Mario Balotelli fouled by Michael Turner, the ref awards a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    3 Apr 2011 23:59 UK


    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 3 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 31 36 66
    2 Arsenal 30 30 59
    3 Man City 31 23 56
    4 Chelsea 30 29 55
    5 Tottenham 30 7 50
    6 Liverpool 31 4 45
    7 Everton 31 1 41
    8 Bolton 31 0 40
    9 Newcastle 31 2 39
    10 Fulham 31 3 38
    11 Stoke 31 -2 38
    12 Sunderland 31 -9 38
    13 West Brom 31 -14 36
    14 Blackburn 31 -12 34
    15 Birmingham 30 -12 34
    16 Aston Villa 31 -14 34
    17 Blackpool 31 -18 33
    18 West Ham 31 -15 32
    19 Wolves 31 -17 32
    20 Wigan 31 -22 31

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