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Bolton 0 Manchester City 2     The Real Deal at Last
Sunday 22nd May 2011 : Barry Howes at the Reebok  silhouette 

Manchester City qualified for the Champions League group stage with a comfortable win at Bolton, just about the only disappointing aspect of a wonderful finish to the season being Carlos Tevez's failure to score and thus take the Golden Boot outright.

The Argentinian striker had chances but was not in the imperious form he showed in midweek against Stoke City, although City did not need him to be against a Bolton side who looked badly in need of a break after spoiling an impressive season with a closing run of five defeats. Roberto Mancini repeated his belief that Tevez would be with the club next season, though admitted he did not know whether he would be around to take part in today's FA Cup parade through the city centre.

"We deserved third place, it has been a fantastic season," the City manager said. "Finishing in this position means we can stay at home for the holidays and have a proper pre-season. We can stay calm and just think of the Charity Shield."

That should probably read "relatively calm". In addition to keeping their leading scorer sweet, City will be attempting to bring in new players as early in the summer as they can. "We need some players with Champions League experience, and maybe three or four younger players as well," Mancini said. "You have to be able to cope with the Champions League and the domestic league. We do not want to do what Tottenham have just done and put all our strength into Europe."

The first half-hour was evenly contested, with Johan Elmander bringing a great save from Joe Hart and Kevin Davies putting a header just wide, before City created three excellent chances and managed to miss the lot. Gareth Barry headed against the bar from two yards out following Dedryck Boyata's cross and the first decent move of the afternoon, then Adam Johnson shot wildly over the bar after David Silva had gone close. Silva should have scored when Jussi Jaaskelainen blocked a shot from Tevez from Yaya Touré's breakaway in the 39th minute – when the visitors finally managed to get their noses in front two minutes before the break it was with a laughably soft goal from an unwitting Joleon Lescott.

The defender was certainly laughing when the ball ended up in the back of the net from Adam Johnson's corner. Shielded from the flight of the ball by Vincent Kompany, who ducked out of the way at the last moment, Lescott failed to leap or even attack the ball but still saw it bounce off his head and beyond a stranded Jaaskelainen.

Jeered throughout by the City fans on account of his financial motivation for joining Chelsea, Daniel Sturridge opened the second half by rolling a shot wide. The visitors sent on Edin Dzeko after an hour, for the £27m January signing to make the game safe with virtually his first touch. Strictly speaking Dzeko needed two touches to beat Jaaskelainen. His first effort from Barry's left‑wing cross was blocked, but the ball bounced kindly and with the goalkeeper down it was a simple matter for Dzeko to turn and put the ball into an empty net for his second league goal of the season.

That was the goalscoring over, though there was time for Sturridge to complete a miserable afternoon, and presumably his time at Bolton, with a studs‑up lunge at Dzeko's shins that deservedly earned a straight red.

"I thought it was a bit harsh, with so little of the game and the season left, but wherever Daniel plays his football next season I'm sure he'll go on to have a glittering career," Owen Coyle said. "We haven't really done ourselves justice in terms of results in the last few games, but we have the whole engine room missing as well as a few guys running on empty. There's still a lot to be pleased about and I'm sure we can improve next season."

Bolton Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson,Lee (Moreno 76), Elmander (Cohen 71), Gardner,Taylor (Klasnic 76), Kevin Davies, Sturridge.

Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Petrov, Wheater, Vela.

Sent Off: Sturridge (86).

Booked: Kevin Davies.

Man City Hart, Zabaleta (Wabara 87), Kompany, Lescott, Boyata,De Jong, Barry, Adam Johnson (Dzeko 61), Toure Yaya,Silva (Milner 78), Tevez.

Subs Not Used: Given, Vieira, Balotelli, Wright-Phillips.

Booked: Tevez.

Goals: Lescott 43, Dzeko 62.

Att: 26,285

Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

Manchester City 3 Stoke City 0   City March On
Tuesday 17th May 2011 : GYKO at the COMSTAD

Carlos Tevez drew level with Dimitar Berbatov in the battle for the Golden Boot as his magnificent brace left Manchester City on the brink of direct qualification for the Champions League. The Blues captain lashed his side in front after beating two men inside the Stoke box, then curled home a superb free-kick to take his tally to 20, exactly the same as Berbatov, with one game of the season remaining. More importantly for manager Roberto Mancini, it leaves his team knowing a victory at Bolton on Sunday will secure a straight passage through to the group stages of Europe's elite club competition, avoiding a hazardous qualification round in August when Bayern Munich and Villarreal had already been lined up as potential opponents.

Joleon Lescott also found the net with a simple header to complete a perfect week for City but rub salt into the Stoke wounds still gaping after that devastating FA Cup final defeat at Wembley on Saturday, which ended the Blues' 35-year wait for a trophy.

Stoke's capacity to raise their spirits for this game, just three days after suffering the crushing weekend disappointment had to be called into question. Yet City too struggled to find any fluency, as if all their energy had been left in London despite the enormity of the prize on offer.

James Milner did race onto an excellent pass from Tevez, which the South American flicked over his shoulder, but his volley was woefully wide, the quizzical looks at the referee which followed done more to save his own embarrassment. Tevez decided it was time to get involved himself. Given the uncertainty over his future, this could yet turn out to be the 26-year-old's final game at Eastlands. If so, he marked the occasion in style. Collecting Milner's return pass just inside the Stoke box, he nimbly stepped past Ryan Shawcross and Andy Wilkinson, two of the six men who retained their places from the weekend for the visitors, before cutting a superb shot into the far corner.

It was further proof that if Tevez does decide to move elsewhere, he will leave a king-size hole in Mancini's City squad that money alone will not necessarily be able to fill, no matter what status the world's richest club enjoy.

City toyed with their visitors after that. Milner and Toure both launched speculative efforts towards the visitors' goal without looking like adding to City's lead and Stoke's only response was an equally unlikely strike by Glenn Whelan that Joe Hart dealt with easily.

Tony Pulis at least galvanised his team into action at the start of the second period. But all hope was lost once City had gained a rather fortunate free-kick for a Danny Collins foul on Micah Richards. Lescott evaded all attention, got in front of Sorensen as he jumped for Adam Johnson's free-kick and had the easiest of tasks to nod home his second goal of the season.

Watching from the stands, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez could only hope Stoke will be in similarly lethargic mood at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday when they face that heart-stopping five-team battle for survival.

Substitute Edin Dzeko should have doubled his tally of Premier League goals instead of drilling a shot straight at Sorensen after muscling his way into the penalty area. The difference between Dzeko and Tevez is clearly not just limited to size alone.When Whelan brought down Nigel de Jong, the City skipper let fly with a quite magnificent curling free-kick that gave Sorensen no chance as it flew right into the top corner. Dzeko struck the outside of a post from an acute angle, which again just highlighted how much City rely on Tevez.

A mad dash out of his goal to clear, and an equally frantic scramble back again ensured Hart's goal remained in tact, which confirmed another clean sheet and the Golden Glove prize. But the highest goalscorer is the award that carries greater prestige, and Tevez would have gone in front had he not clipped yet another free-kick narrowly over in the latter stages.
 

Manchester City 1 Stoke City 0   FA CUP COMES HOME
Saturday 14th May 2011 : GYKO at Wembley

This was a dress rehearsal on the Wembley stage. The FA Cup will be particularly cherished by a club without a notable prize since that League Cup 35 years ago, but this trophy must also be seen as practice for a club intent on handling greater honours. In this final, the manager, Roberto Mancini, seemed to be initiating the next phase of a project that has already swallowed up immense sums. He distanced himself to a degree from the austere policies that have often characterised his conception of the game.

The treatment of James Milner epitomised that. He could be viewed as the embodiment of the diligence hitherto associated with Mancini's faintly dull teams at City, but the winger bought from Aston Villa for £25m remained on the bench. As recently as last Tuesday he held a notable role in the club's affairs. The winner against Tottenham Hotspur that ensured a spot in at least the qualifying round of the Champions League came when his driven cross bounced off Peter Crouch for an own goal.

The exclusion of Milner from the action on Saturday was a side effect of Mancini's determination to implant more expressiveness. That policy worked to the advantage of the 20-year-old Mario Balotelli, a sometimes turbulent figure. The Italian applied his skill well in the final. There was a randomness to the goal, but the insistence of the attack also damaged Stoke. David Silva twice linked with Balotelli in the 74th minute and when the latter's shot ricocheted into the path of Yaya Touré the Ivorian crashed home the winner.

The score does not convey the lopsidedness of the final. Stoke arrived in poor shape, with Matthew Etherington fielded despite his hamstring injury, because of the dearth of alternatives. He could not make an impact on the left flank in his 63 minutes on the field and while Jermaine Pennant, the right-winger, did make an impression, Wembley was denied the much-anticipated sight of City being terrorised by a storm of high crosses. As it was, there was even a dearth of long throw-ins to cause mayhem.

City commanded the field. While the relative budgets point to an absurd mismatch, the Premier League table does not put quite such a distance between them, with Stoke eighth and their opponents fourth. There were understandable reasons for the victors' air of authority, but the loss will be particularly bitter for Tony Pulis since his side dropped below their usual level when the club had come to Wembley with the hope that they could surpass themselves.

The final might have been worse still for them. Before the interval, Robert Huth stuck an elbow in Balotelli's face and would surely have been sent off if the referee, Howard Webb, had seen the incident clearly. Even so, Stoke ought to have taken the lead. With 62 minutes gone, Etherington's pass left Joleon Lescott stranded and Kenwyne Jones ran free, only for the goalkeeper Joe Hart to block his attempt.

That incident typified the contemporary City. United fans, already jubilant over a 19th League title, might have been hoping to have their weekend topped off by a nonsensical and ruinous lapse for local rivals. Mancini, however, has gone far in purging any erratic traits from his squad. They all knew what they were meant to be doing and could well have achieved their ambition with further goals. Thomas Sorensen gave a remarkable display to check City for so long.

There were marvellous saves from the Dane, particularly when tipped a curling effort from Balotelli round the post. City also denied themselves on occasion. When Sorensen palmed the ball into the path of Silva after 35 minutes, the Spaniard, instead of scoring, hit his shot so firmly and at so acute an angle that the ball reared up and went over the crossbar. These galling things happen, but in City's case the fans would have had a foreboding that one further calamity of an afternoon lay before them.

In fact, the club are no longer wayward. If Mancini had looked much too puritanical for an institution prone to aberration, each party now seems to be adjusting to the other. There are several teams who score more heavily than City, but silverware suggests that he has hit upon the correct blend in the line-up of caution and daring. That, all the same, does not mean that Mancini has all the right players to install the club among the elite shortly.

Aleksandar Kolarov, for instance, had a horrible time at Wembley, where the left‑back's efforts to burst free drew attention to some clumsy work. The City structure depended on the full-backs for attacking width, but the vigorous Micah Richards could not ensure finesse on the right. If Mancini was especially happy on Saturday it will have been because his side left with the trophy but took no complacency away with them.

Teams

Man City Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong,Barry (Adam Johnson 73), Silva (Vieira 90), Toure Yaya,Tevez (Zabaleta 87), Balotelli.

Subs Not Used: Given, Milner, Dzeko, Boyata.

Goals: Toure Yaya 74.

Stoke Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant,Whelan (Pugh 84), Delap (Carew 80), Etherington (Whitehead 62),Walters, Jones.

Subs Not Used: Nash, Collins, Diao, Faye.

Booked: Huth, Wilkinson.

Att: 88,643

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).
 

Manchester City 1 Tottenham 0   Crouch's Champions League Ticket
Tuesday 10th April 2011 : GYKO at the COMSTAD

After an overall investment in excess of £1billion and over £350million spent on players, the team that Sheikh Mansour built qualified for the Champions League. And just to make the night even more sweet for the City owner and manager Roberto Mancini, the goal that sent them there was scored by the same man who denied them last year, Peter Crouch. The Tottenham forward's own goal after half an hour was enough to take City nine points clear of the Londoners, and out of Liverpool's reach as well with two games to spare. And, though City fans were watching through splayed fingers at times as their team sat back on their lead and allowed their visitors to attack, they can now look forward to Saturday's FA Cup final with Stoke knowing an end to their 35-year wait for a trophy will complete a perfect season.

A lot can change in a year. Both sides retained only four members of their starting line-ups from 12 months previous. In Tottenham's case, that was exclusively down to injury and poor form. City were calling on five men who were not even at the club for that fateful occasion, including goalkeeper Joe Hart, who they had tried to get back from a loan spell at Birmingham.

Given Harry Redknapp had already declared a belief that City have made one or two signings that will "blow your brains out" in the summer, it was clear where the momentum lay. Even without Carlos Tevez, who was back on the bench ahead of Saturday's Wembley showpiece, Roberto Mancini was still able to call upon the dynamic services of David Silva, who threatened danger at every turn.

The irony in Crouch scoring the goal to put City ahead was inescapable. At the very same end last term, the England forward sent Tottenham on a rollercoaster journey that has taken them to Milan twice this season, and Madrid. Meetings with Europe's elite that will live forever. As Mancini has noted though, there has been a physical toll taken and Tottenham are now a shadow of the side that lit up the Champions League stage.

So, once Luka Modric had gone for accuracy instead of power as he connected with Aaron Lennon's square ball, yet still failed to find the net as his shot rolled agonisingly wide, the fear for Tottenham was obvious. Crouch wasn't the only man to blame.

There was no effort to track Milner's run after he had taken a short corner with Adam Johnson, allowing him to stride down the by-line and deliver a powerful, low cross to the near post. Under pressure from Joleon Lescott, Crouch stuck out a boot instinctively. After scoring only four Premier League goals this season, Crouch could only reflect on the fact that this time, the target was found with ease, and in much the same way as his effort last season.

City had only created one other first-half chance of note. It was hardly a surprise Silva was the architect, squaring for Edin Dzeko in much the same manner as Lennon was to do a bit later. The Bosnian's effort was on target but Carlo Cudicini, in for injured first-choice Heurelho Gomes, turned it away.
There have been a number of decent performers for City this season but few have been as consistent as Hart. And, after being relatively unemployed during the opening period, he made a telling contribution right at the start of the second half as Steven Pienaar met Lennon's far-post cross with a firm header. Hart's movement was to his right. He quickly adjusted his feet to make an excellent save to his left, denying Tottenham an equaliser and saving a few fingernails, that ended up getting chewed anyway.

If City and their supporters had taken a backward step and thought about the situation, they would have realised they were actually in a position of complete comfort in terms of their top four aspirations. But a sense of panic swept round the ground, which only grew as Rafael van der Vaart and Lennon threatened from decent positions. Yet it was City who came closest to grabbing a second, only for William Gallas to brilliantly turn away Patrick Vieira's goalbound header.

Tottenham tried to respond but could muster nothing worthwhile and they are now outsiders to even finish fifth, with Stoke guaranteed a place in the Europa League, no matter what happens on Saturday. Carlos Tevez will be fit for that after a late substitute appearance, having done as much as anyone to ensure City are back amongst Europe's elite for the first time in 43 years.

Teams:

Man City Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta (Kolarov 57), Milner, De Jong, Toure Yaya, Adam Johnson (Vieira 66), Silva (Tevez 83), Dzeko.

Subs Not Used: Given, Wright-Phillips, Boyata, Balotelli.

Booked: Milner.

Goals: Crouch 30 og.

Tottenham Cudicini, Corluka, Dawson, Gallas (Kaboul 88), Rose,Lennon, Palacios (Pienaar 32), Sandro, Modric, Van der Vaart,Crouch (Defoe 78).

Subs Not Used: Pletikosa, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Kranjcar.

Booked: Pienaar.

Att: 47,029

Ref: Mike Dean (Wirral).

Everton 2 Manchester City 1  City blow it at Goodison
Saturday 7th May 2011 : Keith Ludbrooke for GYKO at Goodison

In the days when Manchester City won "cups for cock-ups" this result would have surprised nobody. The men from Abu Dhabi may have done much to revolutionise the image of the club but something in its DNA is unalterable. Manchester City will always make it difficult for themselves and, although there is still clear blue water between themselves, Tottenham and Liverpool, it is not wide enough for comfort.

Spurs travel to Eastlands on Tuesday knowing they have won all but one of their last seven games at the City of Manchester Stadium. The first phase of the 'project' is not yet guaranteed.

Roberto Mancini may have tried to downplay the implications of this defeat for the club's Champions League ambitions but on the final whistle there was frustration spilling everywhere. Mancini's assistant, Brian Kidd, seemed to intervene to separate the Everton captain, Phil Neville, from the Manchester City manager, while City's left-back, Aleksandar Kolarov, vented his anger on the boyish figure of Seamus Coleman and was led away by Tim Cahill.

The Everton manager, David Moyes, said the Manchester City players thought Coleman was guilty of "using his elbow."There has been bad blood between these two clubs since Joleon Lescott's bitter transfer two summers ago but Moyes has taken his revenge with an assassin's coolness. This improbable win was Everton's seventh in eight encounters with Manchester City but during the interval it was hard to see how that sequence could ever be maintained.

At half-time and beyond, Manchester City's control was complete in everything but the scoreline. David Silva was playing beautifully while Everton, lacking centre-forwards worthy of the name, looked toothless and exhausted. When Yaya Touré, wonderfully slipped through by the immaculate Silva, slid the ball past Tim Howard, Manchester City were, temporarily at least, 10 points clear in the final Champions League place.

Just before Sylvain Distin headed home Mikel Arteta's free-kick, Silva sent through Touré once more but what should have been a match-winning move finished with a shot thudding into Howard's body. It was the signal for things to unravel. The easy dominance and the veneer of cool that surrounds Mancini began to evaporate as he visibly lost his temper in the technical area.

"It was incredible how we lost this game," Mancini said afterwards. "We had four or five chances to win the game just in the second half. But this is football; if you lose concentration, that's what happens. At least it's better that we conceded here than against Stoke at Wembley." Tony Pulis was at Goodison and he would have noted how Manchester City wavered once the long-balls and set-pieces began arriving and nobody plays that kind of football better than his Stoke side. "But we should never have lost this game, never," said Mancini, who said Carlos Tevez was now "50-50" to be fit for the FA Cup final. "We played too deep once they started hitting long balls."

Before kick-off, Goodison had risen to greet Duncan Ferguson, the day's guest of honour who pumped his fists to the Gwladys Street End in familiar fashion. But Ferguson was wearing a suit and Everton no longer possess a centre-forward of his calibre. However, under Moyes they are a club that digs deep instinctively and the pattern of the game swung once Cahill was introduced.

Two minutes after he came on, Distin met Arteta's free-kick and, although Joe Hart got both gloves to the header, it trickled over the line. Seven minutes later, Neville swung over a cross that Leon Osman, one of the smallest but most tenacious men on the pitch, sent looping beyond Hart's dive. Moyes sank to his knees in the technical area while in the directors' box Ferguson might have wondered how he could have finished any better.

Teams

Everton Howard, Hibbert (Beckford 46), Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Arteta, Heitinga, Neville, Osman, Rodwell (Cahill 64), Anichebe (Coleman 86).

Subs Not Used: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Gueye, Vellios.

Booked: Neville, Rodwell, Osman, Coleman.

Goals: Distin 65, Osman 72.

Man City Hart, Zabaleta (Balotelli 81), Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong (Jo 89), Vieira (Adam Johnson 78), Milner, Toure Yaya, Silva, Dzeko.

Subs Not Used: Given, Wright-Phillips, Boyata, McGivern.

Booked: Kompany, Kolarov.

Goals: Toure Yaya 28.

Att: 37,351

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

Manchester City 2 West Ham United 1   Hammers Nailed
Sunday 1st May 2011 : GYKO at the COMSTAD

Manchester City supporters celebrated with "the Poznan" and, for very different reasons, West Ham's followers must have been tempted to turn their backs to the pitch, too. This was their fifth successive defeat and, slowly but surely, the chilly fingers of relegation are closing around their neck.

The Premier League's bottom club could never recover after the defensive lapses that allowed Nigel de Jong and Pablo Zabaleta to establish City's two-goal lead inside the opening quarter of an hour.

They did, in fairness, avoid the thrashing that had looked on the cards at that point and, to give them their due, there were some anxious moments for City en route to the victory that leaves them seven points clear of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the contest for the fourth Champions League place.

Yet it would be a deception to present this as a day when West Ham showed the kind of togetherness that will be required to avoid dropping into the Championship. Their run-in is generous – home games against Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland sandwiching a trip to Wigan Athletic – but they can look rudderless without Scott Parker and it reflects badly on the club that their seats in the directors' box at Eastlands went empty.

David Sullivan, the co-owner, had publicly questioned the team's commitment last week – yet here was a game when not one member of the Upton Park hierarchy bothered to turn up.

Avram Grant, their badly beleaguered manager, spoke afterwards of his conviction that "everybody could see we deserved more" but it was a generous appraisal. The truth was they had come across City on an off day for Roberto Mancini's team and a better side would have shown more ambition once Demba Ba had scored in the 33rd minute. Instead City maintained a level of superiority that should have brought more goals despite a strangely disjointed performance.

Perhaps City were guilty of complacency once they had discovered how easily this West Ham side could be prised open. Mancini certainly thought so. "We started well, played some fantastic football and looked [as if] we could score a lot of goals but, after 2-0, maybe we thought it was finished," he said. "I told them that a game of football is never finished until the referee has blown his whistle."

City, nonetheless, can reflect on a satisfying day's work, one that leaves them needing two wins from their remaining four games to confirm a place in the Champions League qualifiers. "We have stayed at the top, from first to fourth position, all season, so I think we deserve it," Mancini said. "Our target at the start of the season was to qualify for the Champions League and we know now we have a big chance."

If everything goes according to plan, they can settle all the arguments when Tottenham visit Eastlands on 10 May. Mancini, however, will be hoping for an improvement in terms of their passing and finishing off chances because this was another demonstration of how the team can miss the injured Carlos Tevez.

Mario Balotelli endured a frustrating time, curling one shot against the crossbar and seeing another cleared off the goal-line before the now familiar scene of him glowering at Mancini as he was withdrawn.

Mancini was visibly frustrated on the touchline and entitled to believe it should have been a far more straightforward victory after De Jong had placed a 20-yard shot past Robert Green for the opening goal, followed two minutes later by David Silva setting up Zabaleta to fire in a low, diagonal shot for the second. It was De Jong's first goal for the club in his 94th appearance since signing from Hamburg in January 2009. Zabaleta is another rare scorer – this being his third goal in 117 appearances – and, when Lars Jacobsen could only divert the Argentinian's shot into the net, it all seemed too easy for the home side.

Instead the FA Cup finalists started to misplace passes, lost their impetus and slowly West Ham came back into the game. Joe Hart denied Robbie Keane after the striker had run clear on goal but, within a minute, Ba had pounced on a loose ball inside the penalty area to beat the England goalkeeper. Thomas Hitzlsperger had crossed from the left, Joleon Lescott appeared to handle the ball but the referee Howard Webb played the advantage as Ba turned in his shot.

City also lost De Jong at half-time, withdrawn as a precaution because of a sore heel, and briefly there was the sense that West Ham might be able to capitalise on their hosts' anxieties, regardless of a long list of absentees including Parker, Mark Noble and Wayne Bridge. West Ham also had to contend with Matthew Upson, deputising for Parker as captain, lasting only 26 minutes before coming off with a dead leg.

Instead Grant's day was summed up by the tragicomedy of the wind catching hold of his notes in the second half and blowing them across the pitch. The game was held up as Webb gathered as many sheets as he could and returned them to the manager. But it was a Laurel and Hardy moment and perhaps symbolic of how the Grant era will be remembered if, as looks likely, West Ham slip through the trapdoor. Mancini, sophisticated and cool, looked on in bemusement.

Teams

Man City Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong (Milner 46), Barry (Dzeko 74), Adam Johnson, Toure Yaya, Silva, Balotelli (Vieira 86).

Subs Not Used: Taylor, Wright-Phillips, Jo, Boyata.

Booked: Zabaleta, Barry, Adam Johnson.

Goals: De Jong 10, Zabaleta 15.

West Ham Green, Jacobsen, Tomkins, Upson (da Costa 26), Gabbidon, Sears, Spector, Hitzlsperger, Boa Morte (Obinna 79), Ba, Keane (Cole 66).

Subs Not Used: Boffin, Reid, Kovac, Piquionne.

Booked: Gabbidon.

Goals: Ba 33.

Att: 44,511

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

 

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