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Manchester City 0
Sat 12th August - Malc at the
COMSTAD for Get Your Kits Out
A goal from Adriano two minutes before
half-time gave Porto victory at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Midfielder Raul Meireles' corner was headed home by the Brazilian
striker - not to be confused with his namesake at Inter Milan - just
before the break.
Adriano had a good chance early on but he rolled his shot from the
edge of the penalty area just wide of Nicky Weaver's right-hand
City forward Georgios Samaras went close in the 10th minute when
Paulo Assuncao slipped inside his own area but the Greek fired into
Corradi then forced goalkeeper Helton to save his low shot in the
Stuart Pearce's side were unlucky not to equalise three minutes into
the second half when Samaras' shot went across Helton and hit the
post and Corradi was just inches away from touching in the rebound.
Get Your Kits Out Verdict :
A pretty poor game as we have come to expect in City's pre-season
friendlies. City's ability to pass and find space is again sadly
lacking this season and much improvement is required if we are going
to compete at the level required in the Premier League. No Dunne,
Hamann. Sinclair, Jordan, Cole, Sun or the transferred James but
enough out there on the Park to mount a serious challenge. Samaras
and Barton were perhaps the best two players on view but too many of
City's were either unable or unwilling to add the necessary input to
match the neat but unspectacular Portuguese.
Let's hope that the team were
saving themselves from further injury problems before the trip to
Stamford bridge next weekend...... watch this
pictures courtesy of my Grandson Dan Hart
City: Weaver (Hart 62), Richards,
Thatcher, Dabo, Onuoha (D.Mills 61), Distin, Reyna (Dickov 70) (c),
Barton, Vassell (Miller 72), Corradi, Samaras
subs: Jordan, Sinclair
FC Porto: Helton, Pepe, Cech, Ibson
(Ricardo Costa, 80), Quaresma (Vieirinha 70), Anderson (Jorginho
74), Tarik (Alan 61), Bosingwa, Raul Meireles, Paulo Assuncao,
Adriano (Lisandro 55)
subs: Paulo Ribeiro (GK), Bruno Alves, Ezequias, Diogo Valente
Goals: 0-1 (Adriano 43)
Referee: Andre Marriner
Manchester City 3
Kashima Antlers 4
Michael Church, PA Sport, Shanghai
Injury-hit Manchester City struggled against a lively Kashima
Antlers in Shanghai today, losing 4-3 to the
former Japanese champions in their second and final game of the
Shanghai International tournament.
City scored through Antoine Sibierski, Georgios Samaras and Joey
Barton but never led as Antlers capitalised on the Premier League
side's defensive frailties.
Manager Stuart Pearce had been concerned with a number of injuries
within his squad before the game but Sylvain Distin and Micah
Richards were both deemed fit enough to start.
New signing Dietmar Hamann, however, failed to shake off a foot
injury picked up in Friday's 1-0 win over Shanghai Shenhua while
neither Richard Dunne nor Sun Jihai were available due to minor
injuries. Ben Thatcher was suspended after being sent off in the
previous game and, as a result, Pearce named himself on the bench.
The Eastlands side could have done with a dash of Pearce's trademark
tenacity in the opening quarter of the game with the Premier League
side often second-best as Kashima's pace and movement caused
It took just 11 minutes for Antlers to take the lead when the City
defence failed to clear Takuya Nozawa's corner before Daisuke
Iwamasa struck from a tight angle after Danny Mills failed to clear.
Mills was again caught out five minutes later when Masaki Fukai
stepped inside from the left wing before firing off a shot that Joe
City finally woke up in the 24th minute when Claudio Reyna caught
the Kashima defence cold with a quickly-taken free-kick that
released Paul Dickov, but the Scot failed to capitalise as
goalkeeper Hitoshi Sogahata blocked the shot with his feet.
Six minutes later, however, City were level when Sibierski powered
his header beyond the right hand of Sogahata after Trevor Sinclair's
inch-perfect cross from the left.
Sinclair almost put City in front less than 60 seconds later when he
slid in to meet Samaras' cross only for the ball to fly wide of the
But with six minutes left in the half Antlers took the lead again as
City once again failed to clear their lines. A curling shot from
Yuzo Tashiro from the edge of the area was parried by Hart and
Motoyama was first to react, side-footing the ball home from close
Ten minutes after the restart City's struggles continued when
Antlers hit on the break after Reyna gave the ball away cheaply and
Nozawa fed Masaki Chugo, who set up substitute Marinaldo to score
There was more bad news for City just a minute later when Reyna was
felled by a strong challenge from Kashima's Brazilian midfielder
Fernando and the American midfielder, who picked up an injury to his
right ankle, was eventually replaced by Barton.
City reduced the gap in the 59th minute when Samaras' shot from the
edge of the area was miss-read by Sogahata on the bumpy Hongkou
Stadium pitch and the Japanese goalkeeper allowed the ball to roll
past him in embarrassing fashion.
However, at the other end Hart was to fall victim to the conditions
five minutes later as Kashima restored their two-goal cushion when
the City keeper flapped at Nozawa's low shot along the ground.
The second-half scoring continued in the 68th minute when Barton
struck with a fine effort from the edge of the area to reduce the
deficit to a solitary goal but, try as they might, City were unable
to pull level.
City: Hart, Richards, Jordan, Distin, D.Mills, Sinclair (Miller 85),
Sibierski, Reyna (Barton 61), Dabo (Corradi 82), Dickov (Vassell
Unused subs: Weaver, Pearce.
Goals: 0-1 Iwamasa 10, 1-1 Sibierski 30, 1-2 Masashi 39, 1-3
Marinaldo 61, 2-3 Samaras 64, 2-4 Pashiro 68, 3-4 Barton 72
Shanghai Shenhua 0
Manchester City 1
04/08/2006 By Michael Church, PA
A well-taken goal by Georgios Samaras in the 35th minute gave
Manchester City a 1-0 win over Chinese Super League side Shanghai
Shenhua, but the victory was marred by Ben Thatcher's sending-off 13
minutes from the end of a lacklustre second-half performance.
Samaras capitalised on approach play of the highest quality from new
Italian signing Bernardo Corradi, whose strength and vision set up
the Greece international to open the scoring.
But a poor display in the second half, which saw Shanghai dominate
and Thatcher sent off, will have done little to please manager
Stuart Pearce with the clock ticking down to the start of the new
Barclays Premiership season.
One highlight for the Eastlands club was the first-half performance
of Corradi, who led the line for a City side lacking the defensive
strength Pearce had hoped would be available in the build-up to the
David James - a reported transfer target for Portsmouth - was left
out in favour of Nicky Weaver while defensive duo Sylvain Distin and
Micah Richards were both ruled out with minor injuries.
As a result, City started with a central defensive pairing of
Richard Dunne and Steve Jordan while Thatcher slotted in at
Pearce had more joy in midfield as Joey Barton and Dietmar Hamann
linked up and Corradi was joined up front by Darius Vassell.
But on a bumpy pitch that had more in common with a potato patch
than a playing surface, City started the game in disjointed fashion
and the first opportunity of the game fell to Shenhua.
With barely four minutes on the clock, Shanghai's Honduran
international striker Luis Ramirez was upended by Jordan 20 yards
from goal but captain Xiao Zhanbo put his free-kick into City's
Four minutes later Corradi almost claimed his first goal for his new
club when Trevor Sinclair sent in an inviting cross from the right
only for the Italian to glance his effort wide of Zhao Yajun's goal.
Corradi had more success in the 21st minute when once again Sinclair
found space down the right channel to send in his cross. The ball
was met by the former Valencia striker, but this time his header was
clawed away for a corner by Zhao.
Despite looking the most likely City player to score, it was Corradi
who provided the spark through which the Premier League side took
the lead 10 minutes from half-time.
After holding the ball up on the corner of the penalty area, Corradi
turned before playing an exquisite ball across the face of goal,
where Samaras emerged to score from the tightest of angles.
Having struggled for large portions of the first half, Shanghai
looked the more composed of the two teams in the second period, with
former German international Carsten Jancker causing problems to the
City defence with his physical approach.
The replacement, too, of Samaras with Ishmael Miller on the left
side appeared to upset City's rhythm and, as a result, left-back
Thatcher looked increasingly exposed.
It was from the Shanghai right that the danger came through winger
Sun Ji and, 16 minutes after the restart, Dunne was called upon to
deny Ramirez after Sun's cross had found the Honduran in a promising
Three minutes later it was Jordan who was called on to take evasive
action as Sun again caused problems with his crossing.
City continued to struggle as Jancker caused more and more problems
but the former Bayern Munich and Udinese man was to end the evening
frustrated after seeing Jordan hook his leg around the German's
hulking frame to clear in the 73rd minute.
Sinclair came close to doubling City's lead against the run of play
when he broke through the middle, only for his shot to clip the
outside of Zhao's post with the goalkeeper beaten.
Thatcher then received his marching orders after an altercation with
Sun, referee Wang Xueqing showing the-left back his second yellow
card of the game following the confrontation between the two in
front of the Shenhua dugout.
And Jancker proved it was not to be his night nine minutes from time
when he was unable to steer Sun's pass into the empty goal with
Teams : City: Weaver, D
Mills, Dunne (c), Jordan, Thatcher, Sinclair, Barton, Hamann
(Reyna), Vassell (Dickov), Samaras, Corradi
subs: James, Hart, Sibierski, Miller
Goals: 0-1 (Samaras 35)
Bookings: City: Barton, Thatcher (two yellows, sent off after 78)
Shanghai: Du Wei
Bradford 0 Manchester City 1
29th July 2006
Manchester City midfielder Claudio
Reyna scored the only goal of the game in his first pre-season
friendly to hand Stuart Pearce's side a narrow victory at Valley
Pearce fielded a strong side featuring summer signings Dietmar
Hamann and Bernado Corradi - making his debut - with Paul Dickov
coming from the bench at half-time.
Reyna, who recently announced his retirement from international
football after the USA's disappointment at the World Cup, scored the
only goal after seven minutes.
Winger Trevor Sinclair picked out the former USA captain on the edge
of the six-yard box and the midfielder calmly placed the ball home.
Young City goalkeeper Joe Hart produced some fine saves in the first
half as Bradford pressed forward while at the other end, former
Lazio striker Corradi also impressed.
Dickov came on for the Italian after the break and nearly added to
City's lead, but could not connect enough as he tried to latch onto
a loose ball from close range.
Substitute Stephen Ireland had a chance on the half-volley which
went wide before Joey Barton and Georgios Samaras were introduced,
the Greek striker heading a good chance straight at a defender when
he should have scored.
Bradford: Ricketts, Edghill, Parker, Schumacher, Wetherall,
Bower, Johnson (Colbeck 74), Bridge-Wilkinson, Graham (Symes 81),
Windass (Brown 81), Rogers (Penford 61)
subs: Howarth, Swift, Smith, McGuire, Ainge
City: Hart (Schmeichel h-t), Richards (D.Mills 76), Thatcher
(Jordan 80), Distin, Dunne, Reyna (Ireland h-t), Sinclair (Samaras
72), Hamann (Laird 76), Corradi (Dickov h-t), Dabo (Barton 69),
Sibierski (Miller 66)
subs: all used
Goal: Reyna 7
Referee: A Taylor
Port Vale 0 Manchester City 3
July 26th 2006
Joey Barton netted a first-half
hat-trick to celebrate his new Manchester City contract in the best
Jeered by his own fans only six months ago after slapping in a
deadline-day transfer request, Barton has
now committed his future to the Eastlands outfit for another four
And, if any there are any Blues supporters still sceptical about the
former England Under-21 international's commitment, they would
surely have been won over by his one-man show against Port Vale.
Barton took just eight minutes to get on the scoresheet, tapping
home from close range after Georgios Samaras had provided the
There was more than an element of controversy about City's second as
Paul Dickov took a quick free-kick inside the Vale box after keeper
Mark Goodlad had handled George Abbey's back pass.
With the home defence caught totally unawares, Barton had the
simplest of tasks to stroke home Dickov's square pass.
And, within nine minutes, the Huyton-born midfielder had struck
again, stabbing a shot past Goodlad from 10 yards after Samaras and
Dickov had unsettled the Vale defence.
Barton's goalscoring feats, allied to a generally composed
performance which saw City dominate the midfield exchanges, suggest
the 23-year-old is finally ready to step away from the controversies
which have dogged his career and make a major impact on the Barclays
Premiership this term.
With champions Chelsea lined up as their opening weekend opponents
on August 20, Stuart Pearce's men clearly need to hit the ground
The City boss will have been pleased with the improvement showed by
his side on earlier efforts during their pre-season campaign.
Aside from Barton, Samaras and Trevor Sinclair were also prominent
figures in attack, while Micah Richards, who like Barton signed a
new four-year contract yesterday, also impressed in central defence.
Understandably, given at one stage they made five substitutions at
the same time during the second period, City were unable to maintain
their momentum for the entire 90 minutes.
However, they still had enough in reserve to keep Vale at bay.
Port Vale: Goodlad, McGregor, Talbot (C.Smith 84), Walker,
Walsh (Abbey 24), Whitaker, Harsley, Birchall (Lowndes 79) , J.Smith
(Hulbert 46), Sodje, Constantine (Husbands 79).
subs: Anyon, Cardle, Briscoe.
City: Weaver (Hart 46), D.Mills, Thatcher (Williamson 70),
Richards (Jordan 46), Dunne (Logan 70), Sinclair (Flood 70), Miller
(Laird 70), Barton (Ireland 46), Dabo (Johnson 70), Dickov (Etuhu
70), Samaras (Sturridge 56).
subs: all used
Goals: 0-1 (Barton 8), 0-2 (Barton 31), 0-3 (Barton 40)
Rochdale 2 Manchester City 3
July 22nd 2006
Dietmar Hamann and Joey Barton were
handed starting roles by Stuart Pearce as Manchester City came from
2-0 down to beat Rochdale at Spotland.
City were 2-0 down within 12 minutes and laboured up front without
success despite pairing Georgios Samaras with Antoine Sibierski.
Rickie Lambert fired Rochdale in front four minutes in and Gary
Brown doubled the advantage after 12 minutes.
City pulled one back two minutes before the break when Samaras added
to his two goals against Wrexham in midweek.
Hamann and Stephen Ireland teamed up to good effect to set up the
Greece international, who curled the ball around the goalkeeper and
low into the corner.
And the Barclays Premiership side stepped it up after the break,
turning the game around with two penalties.
First Barton equalised on the hour mark with a well-taken kick after
Lee Croft had been felled inside the penalty area.
And with his first touch after coming from the bench Ishmael Miller
earned a penalty when he was brought down inside the box four
Paul Dickov, also on as a substitute, converted the spot-kick to
hand the visitors the victory.
Rochdale: Gilks, Ramsden, Jackson (Boardman 6), Cooksey,
Doolan, Stanton (Thompson 29), Christie (Moyo-Modise 76), Rundle
(Coleman 68), Brown, Lambert (Dagnall 57), Goodall (Edje 46)
City: Weaver (Schmeichel 46), Jordan (Logan 77), Richards
(Flood 77), Distin (D'Laryea 69), M.Mills (D.Mills 46), Croft (Sturridge
77), Barton (Williamson 77), Ireland (Johnson 73), Hamann (Laird
65), Sibierski (Dickov 63), Samaras (Miller 63)
Goals: 1-0 Lambert 4, 2-0 Brown 12, 2-1 Samaras 43, 2-2 Barton (pen)
60, 2-3 Dickov (pen) 64 Attendance: 5,963
Wrexham 3 Manchester City 3
July 19th 2006
Dietmar Hamann and Paul Dickov enjoyed 45 minutes' action as
Manchester City were held to a draw at Wrexham.
Ishmael Miller had given City an early lead only for Chris Llewellyn
to equalise with a stylish volley before the break.
Stuart Pearce rang the changes at half-time with only goalkeeper Joe
Hart reappearing for the second half.
Summer recruits Hamann and Dickov were joined by striker Georgios
Samaras who had an immediate impact.
The Greek striker restored the Blues' lead only for Matty Done to
peg them back again.
Samaras scored his second of the night to put the Premiership
visitors ahead for a third time but captain Sylvain Distin's own
goal after 82 minutes ensured the game finished level.
Wrexham: Ingham (Michael Jones h-t), Valentine, Pejic (Evans
h-t), Lawrence, D Williams, Sturrock, Llewellyn (Done h-t), M
Williams, Johnson, Roberts
Subs: Wilson, Crowell, Michael Jones, Spender, Mackin, Williams,
City: Hart, Flood (D Mills), Thatcher (Jordan), Dabo (Hamann),
Dunne (Distin), M Mills (Richards), Sinclair (Croft), Barton
(Laird), Miller (Ireland), Sibierski (Samaras), Vassell (Dickov)
Subs: Schmeichel, Logan
Goals: 0-1 (Miller 6), 1-1 (Llewellyn 35), 1-2 (Samaras 52), 2-2
(Done 59), 2-3 (Samaras 65), 3-3 (Distin o.g. 82)
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