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  • 22 September 2010
  • • 20:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
  • • Attendance: 10418
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League Cup: West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Manchester City - Mancini's men crash out after two strikes in two minutes seal Baggies victory

League Cup: West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Manchester City - Mancini's men crash out after two strikes in two minutes seal Baggies victory

The Citizens lose out to defiant home side...

Manchester City were knocked out of the League Cup third round to a determined West Brom side after losing a one goal lead courtesy of strikes from Gianna Zuiverloon and Simon Cox.

In a thrilling tie between the Premier League competitors, West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo watched his side romp to victory while Manchester City’s hopes of ending 34 years without silverware dampened.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini announced previous to the match he would rotate his side to face the Baggies, as summer signings Jeremy Boateng, Aleksander Kolarov and striker Mario Balotelli continue to be plagued with injuries.

The Citizens headed to the Hawthorns with a relatively weakened team, most likely with one eye on the Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday, however rare starts were given to youngsters Javan Vidal, Dedryck Boyata, Greg Cunningham and 21-year-old Ben Mee.

Goalkeeper Shay Given, who has been fighting to get into the team since Joe Hart stole his no. 1 spot  was also handed a place on the starting team sheet.

West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo had a wider team to select from since only three of his players including Marek Cech, Ishmael Miller and Joe Matlock were out of contention to play with injuries.

However, the Baggies boss made ten changes to the team that beat Birmingham 3-1 in the Premier League at the weekend, giving Boaz Myhill, Pablo Ibanez and Somen Tchoyi places in the starting line up.

The game started briskly for West Brom as Steven Reid drilled a shot from the left side with his right foot only to hit wide over the bar in the third minute.

The first 15 minutes provided a rather open game for both Premier League teams with West Brom’s best efforts coming from shot by Somen Tchovi from 12 yards out which whipped past the goal post for a goal kick.

The Citizens also came close to breaking through when Roque Santa Cruz found Brazilian Jo with a pull-back which John Guidetti failed to get on the end of in front of goal.

Given was forced to make a save from a West Brom corner after Giles Barnes inswinging cross came close to the far post, however moments after denying the Baggies, Mancini’s men set off on the attack only for Jo to take the lead with a low shot skidding past Boaz Myhill on the edge of the area to put City 1-0 up, just before the 20 minute mark.

Despite Jo’s goal, the away side were forced to endure some pressure from the Midlands side after Tchoyvi and Simon Cox tried their luck to bring the score line level with shots from over 20 yards out that came to nothing.

And a right-footed shot 12 yards out from Roman Bednar compelled Given to make a save to prevent Di Matteo’s men from equalising. 

West Brom continued to search for a goal and pile on the pressure as half-time reached its midway point, while the first yellow card of the game was shown to 21-year-old Vidal for a challenge on Baggies midfielder Tchoyi.

Mancini’s men remained on the back burner and were close to conceding until Given showed his quality after a terrific double stop, which denied Tchoyvi and Bednar’s snap-shot seconds later.

However, the Baggies should have levelled the game before the stroke of half-time after Bednar failed to score an open header after Dorran floated a ball into the box for the Czech stiker.

Ten minutes after emerging for the second-half West Brom find the equaliser through Gianni Zuiverloon after he drilled a fierce right-footed strike blasting past Given and into the net.

Protests from Manchester City players claiming the Baggies goal scorer pushed a defender in the final third were ignored by referee Neil Swarbrick who allowed the goal to stand.

Still reeling from conceding the equaliser, Manchester City were dealt a second blow two minutes later courtesy of Simon Cox, who managed to cut inside and sneak away a precise shot to the back of the net, sending Baggies fans wild.

Since the second goal, neither team caused much trouble for opposing goalkeepers and despite Manchester City’s tactical substitution of bringing James Milner on for Abdisalam Ibrahim, Mancini’s team failed to take the match into extra time and were forced to end their quest for League Cup glory.

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