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Crystal Palace   0 - 2   Man City

By Sam Sheringham

Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez received a standing ovation when he was taken off

Carlos Tevez scored his first goal for Manchester City in a comfortable Carling Cup victory at Crystal Palace.

Tevez headed in a corner at the near post after Shaun Wright-Phillips had opened the scoring with a crisp shot from a Stephen Ireland through-ball.

Palace more than matched City in the first half, with 19-year-old striker Freddie Sears going close three times.

But City were totally dominant in the second period, as Joleon Lescott marked his debut with a clean sheet.

City boss Mark Hughes sprung a surprise before kick-off by naming his strongest possible line-up, perhaps a signal of his intent to end the club's 33-year trophy drought.

He was rewarded with a fluent display with several signs that City's expensively assembled forward line may be starting to gel.

Tevez missed a great chance in the third minute, firing wide after smart work from Robinho and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Brazil's Robinho had a goal disallowed for offside after 15 minutes, although replays showed he was in his own half when the ball was played.

Adebayor nearly scored his third goal in as many games, but he was denied by a one-handed save from Julian Speroni. The Argentine stopper was on hand again two minutes later, sprinting off his line to deny countryman Tevez from point-blank range.

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Palace strung together some impressive moves of their own with Sears, on loan from West Ham, a constant threat. Three times the youngster found himself one-on-one with Shay Given and three times the Irish keeper came out on top.

City's class finally told with a fine goal early in the second half. After a flowing cross-field move, Ireland fed Wright-Phillips, who rifled the ball past Speroni at his near post.

Adebayor nearly made it two three minutes later, only to be foiled by an excellent save from Speroni. And moments later, a Wright-Phillips chip cannoned back off the cross-bar.

Victor Moses wasted a good chance to get Palace back in the game, firing high and wide when presented with a clear shot on goal.

City's place in the third round was secured with 20 minutes remaining when a Wright-Phillips corner flicked off a Palace player to the unmarked Tevez, who nodded home from three yards.

Craig Bellamy made a late appearance as City closed out the game with ease, but on this evidence the Welshman will struggle to break into Hughes's nicely blossoming forward line.


Manchester City boss Mark Hughes:
"I was hoping that by playing Carlos that it would be an opportunity for him to get off the mark and was delighted that he did so.

"Carlos is a quality player with great intelligence. He makes the right runs time and time again.

"He is working very nicely with Emmanuel Adebayor."

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock:
"I thought we played as well as could be expected and I'm pleased to have given them a game.

"The team Mark put out was a great tribute to us and I'm very proud of the way we played.

"I brought my son tonight because he wanted to see Adebayor - I told him he wouldn't get a kick and I was right!"

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Thursday, 27 August 2009

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Wright-Phillips 50
    • Tevez 71

    Crystal Palace

    • 01 Speroni
    • 02 Clyne
    • 03 Hill
    • 05 McCarthy
    • 06 Fonte
    • 04 Derry
    • 07 Ambrose (Smith 72)
    • 08 Danns
    • 11 Moses (Carle 80)
    • 33 N'Diaye
    • 15 Sears (Scannell 72)

    Substitutes

    • 12 Flahavan,
    • 17 Lawrence,
    • 20 Butterfield,
    • 10 Carle,
    • 29 Smith,
    • 14 Scannell,
    • 19 Lee

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Ref: DeadmanAtt: 14,725
    CRYSTAL PALACE
    MAN CITY

    Possession

    • Crystal Palace 41%
    • Man City 59%

    Attempts on target

    • Crystal Palace 10
    • Man City 7

    Attempts off target

    • Crystal Palace 5
    • Man City 4

    Corners

    • Crystal Palace 4
    • Man City 10

    Fouls

    • Crystal Palace 9
    • Man City 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:22 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+1:41 Shot by Sean Scannell. Shay Given makes a fantastic save.
    • 88:51 Shaun Derry has an effort at goal. Shay Given makes a comfortable save.
    • 87:47 Alassane N'Diaye takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
    • 86:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joleon Lescott by Patrick McCarthy. Free kick taken by Micah Richards.
    • 85:35 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Barry from the right by-line, clearance made by Patrick McCarthy.
    • 85:35 Substitution Nigel De Jong joins the action as a substitute, replacing Carlos Tevez.
    • 82:55 Foul by Ryan Smith on Micah Richards, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Shay Given.
    • 82:10 Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from 18 yards. Save made by Julian Speroni.
    • 80:06 Emmanuel Adebayor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Fonte. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Shaun Derry, Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
    • 79:24 Substitution Nick Carle joins the action as a substitute, replacing Victor Moses.
    • 76:56 Shaun Derry has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 75:35 Wayne Bridge challenges Victor Moses unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Shaun Derry from right wing.
    • 72:48 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Victor Moses.
    • 71:21 Substitution De Souza Robinho goes off and Craig Bellamy comes on.
    • 71:21 Substitution Darren Ambrose goes off and Ryan Smith comes on.
    • 71:21 Substitution Sean Scannell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Freddie Sears.
    • 70:29 Assist on the goal came from Shaun Wright-Phillips.
    • 70:29 GOAL - Carlos TevezCrystal Palace 0 - 2 Man City Carlos Tevez finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City.
    • 70:06 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post,
    • 69:36 Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry from the right by-line, clearance by Clint Hill.
    • 67:52 Effort on goal by Victor Moses from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 67:00 Shot by Shaun Wright-Phillips from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
    • 64:23 Shaun Derry challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
    • 63:35 Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:26 Alassane N'Diaye has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 60:30 The referee blows for offside. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
    • 59:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Gareth Barry. Jose Fonte takes the direct free kick.
    • Correction - 56:44 Gareth Barry is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:44 The referee gives a free kick against Gareth Barry for handball. Clint Hill restarts play with the free kick.
    • 55:09 Shot by Alassane N'Diaye. Save made by Shay Given.
    • 54:38 De Souza Robinho challenges Nathanial Clyne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Fonte takes the free kick.
    • 53:48 Corner taken by Shaun Wright-Phillips.
    • 53:21 Shot from 18 yards from Shaun Wright-Phillips.
    • 52:16 Shot from 18 yards from Emmanuel Adebayor. Julian Speroni makes a brilliant save.
    • 51:28 Emmanuel Adebayor is ruled offside. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
    • 49:21 The assist for the goal came from Stephen Ireland.
    • 49:21 GOAL - Shaun Wright-PhillipsCrystal Palace 0 - 1 Man City Shaun Wright-Phillips gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 0-1 Man City.
    • 47:53 Victor Moses produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 45:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Jose Fonte. Wayne Bridge restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:20 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+1:03 A cross is delivered by Neil Danns.
    • 44:53 Patrick McCarthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
    • 44:04 Shaun Derry challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
    • 42:31 Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick McCarthy. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 41:28 Freddie Sears takes a shot. Blocked by Shay Given.
    • 40:45 The assistant referee flags for offside against Wayne Bridge. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 39:47 Neil Danns takes a shot. Blocked by Kolo Toure.
    • 37:43 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Barry, Micah Richards produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 37:26 Shot by De Souza Robinho. Patrick McCarthy gets a block in.
    • 35:58 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gareth Barry, Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.
    • 35:46 Shot by Carlos Tevez. Julian Speroni gets a block in.
    • 33:29 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Barry, Shaun Derry manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:09 Curled right-footed shot by Emmanuel Adebayor. Save by Julian Speroni.
    • 32:08 The offside flag is raised against Freddie Sears. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:36 Shaun Wright-Phillips produces a cross.
    • 30:03 Darren Ambrose takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 29:23 Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Barry from the right by-line, save made by Julian Speroni.
    • 28:16 Carlos Tevez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:45 Carlos Tevez is adjudged to have handled the ball. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
    • 26:07 The referee blows for offside. Kolo Toure takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:32 The referee blows for offside against De Souza Robinho. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 23:45 The assistant referee flags for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Clint Hill restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:19 Freddie Sears has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Fantastic save by Shay Given.
    • 20:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Clint Hill. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.
    • 19:23 Gareth Barry takes the inswinging corner, Neil Danns makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 15:20 The assistant referee flags for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
    • 15:20 The assistant referee flags for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
    • 13:32 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose, Patrick McCarthy takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
    • 12:56 Gareth Barry crosses the ball.
    • 12:28 Victor Moses produces a cross, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
    • 11:22 Corner taken short by Shaun Wright-Phillips.
    • 9:54 Shaun Derry challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
    • 9:07 Free kick crossed by Darren Ambrose, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
    • 9:07 Booking Micah Richards is cautioned.
    • 9:01 Micah Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses.
    • 7:00 Darren Ambrose takes a short corner. Darren Ambrose has a drilled shot. Save by Shay Given.
    • 6:40 Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose from the left by-line to the near post, Emmanuel Adebayor makes a clearance.
    • 5:50 Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses. A cross is delivered by Darren Ambrose, Freddie Sears takes a shot. Comfortable save by Shay Given.
    • 4:52 Shaun Derry concedes a free kick for a foul on De Souza Robinho. Free kick taken by Wayne Bridge.
    • 2:19 Effort from deep inside the area by Carlos Tevez clears the bar.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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