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  • October 29, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: S. Attwell
  • • Attendance: 47142
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  • 90' + 5'
    Manchester City 3-1 Wolves! Another assured victory from Roberto Mancini's men, who sit five points clear at the top of the table on 28 points. A mistake from Wolves keeper Hennessey gifted Dzeko the first goal of the game, after which Kolarov added to the tally with 23 minutes remaining. Kompany was sent off for dragging Kevin Doyle down in the penalty area, which gave the away side a lifeline when Hunt converted. But substitute Adam Johnson put the result beyond any doubt as the game entered stoppage time with a sweetly struck finish to end the match 3-1 to the Blues.
  • 90' + 4'
    The game is dying off now. That third City goal has deflated their spirit and they look weary as the full time whistle approaches.
  • 90'
    Assist Yaya Touré
  • 90'
    Goal Adam Johnson
    3-1! Man City score again! Well, Wolves seemed to be pressing well in the City half but when the Blues clear, Balotelli drives all the way from the halfway line to the City box before selflessly passing inside to Yaya Toure. The Ivorian controls the pass well before setting up Adam Johnson to stroke a 25-yard strike past the Wolves keeper.
  • 88'
    Balotelli blazes a shot high and wide after chesting Joe Hart's clearance down and shooting at the first attempt.
  • 86'
    A late double substitution from McCarthy: Matt Jarvis on for Wolves' goalscorer Stephen Hunt, and Sylvain Ebanks-Blake on for Adlene Guedioura. Can they make an impact on the fixture?
  • 85'
    Substitution Adlène Guedioura Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
  • 85'
    Substitution Stephen Hunt Matthew Jarvis
  • 84'
    The tempo has slowed here in Manchester - City are trying to kill off the game, whereas Wolves are having no luck in putting together a goalscoring opportunity.
  • 81'
    Nine minutes to go. If City can hold on to the lead they will remain five points clear at the top of the Premier League table this weekend.
  • 78'
    Mancini immediately reacts by bringing off Ageuro and sending on Stefan Savic to tighten up the City defence with 13 or so minutes remaining.
  • 76'
    Substitution Sergio Agüero Stefan Savic
  • 75'
    Assist Kevin Doyle
  • 75'
    Penalty Goal Stephen Hunt
  • 75'
    Hunt scores! 2-1 to Man City now. The former Hull City midfielder sends Hart the wrong way and buries his shot in the bottom-right corner of the net. Well, I said it was a mountain, but with a man-down, can City hold off Wolves. Mick McCarthy's side are certainly no pushovers and you get the sense it could be a tight finish at the Etihad Stadium.
  • 74'
    Red Card Vincent Kompany
  • 73'
    Penalty to Wolves! City captain Vincent Kompany sent off! The Begian defender was deemed to have pushed Kevin Doyle and was swiftly sent off the field of play. Here comes Stephen Hunt with the penalty...
  • 70'
    Substitution Samir Nasri Mario Balotelli
  • 70'
    The Manchester derby hero (or villain, depending on which side you prefer) has enetered the fray in place of former Gunner Samir Nasri.
  • 69'
    Wolves certainly are not dead and buried just yet, but the home side's attacks are just so incisive that they will need a mountain of luck to come away with a point now.
  • 68'
    Substitution David Edwards Adam Hammill
  • 67'
    Assist David Silva
  • 67'
    Goal Aleksandar Kolarov
    2-0 Man City! And it is Aleksandar Kolarov with the second! Aguero and Silva really have formed a formidable partnership in the Blues attack. This time they combine on the right-hand side, Aguero laying off Silva on the edge of the box; his left-footed low strike is saved well by Hennessey but the ball falls neatly for Kolarov who puts the ball into the back of the net for Mancini's side.
  • 65'
    Ageuro is let loose down the left by David Silva, and the Spaniard chases the ball with him, the pair sharing passes with one another before the Argentinian striker spoons his effort wide from 15 yards or so with his right foot.
  • 63'
    Substitution Edin Dzeko Adam Johnson
  • 62'
    Yellow Card Edin Dzeko
  • 61'
    Goalscorer Edin Dzeko collects a yellow card for an aerial challenge on Roger Johnson. He's brought off moments after for winger Adam Johnson. In between, Stephen Hunt has a run down the left wing for Wolves but his cross into the City box evades everyone and goes out for a goalkick.
  • 58'
    So City finally take the lead they have been threatening to hold all game. Can Wolves get a goal back and salage a point? Or will the Blues demolish their opposition late on like they did at Old Trafford against Manchester United last weekend?
  • 55'
    Lovely passage of play from City again, Ageuro barrages down the left flank and when he approaches the box dummies with his right foot before driving for the line. The end product is not forthcoming though, and despite David Silva's best efforts Wolves regain possession.
  • 52'
    Assist Sergio Agüero
  • 52'
    Goal Edin Dzeko
    Breakthrough to Man City! Wayne Hennessey dithers too long on a pass back and Sergio Aguero swoops in the block his clearance, which Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko casually strikes into an open goal from 20 yards out. 1-0 City!
  • 50'
    Yellow Card Kevin Doyle
  • Boos ring out at the half time whistle. 0-0 here
  • 41'
    This keeper is having a stormer. Superb break from City, sublime pass from Silva to Dzeco and the big man is thwarted again. Top save
  • 36'
    Great block from Stearman on Silva. Certain goal there
  • 33'
    City press through Richards again. Real danger the full back but Wolves still coping. Yaya Toure shoots from an acute position and it ends up in row z
  • 31'
    Nasri shot from distance is wayward
  • 29'
    Some heavy Man City challenges breaking this game up. Frustration starting to come from the stands
  • 25'
    Great play Dzeco coasting past Wolves defenders. His cross is eventually scrambled clear before City mount another attack. Richards squaring for Aguero who sky’s his effort
  • 23'
    Great save from the Wolves keeper. Aguero lets fly on the edge of the box. Fantastic stop to keep this level
  • 23'
    Great save from the Wolves keeper. Aguero lets fly on the edge of the box. Fantastic stop to keep this level
  • 21'
    Hunt very late on Silva. The ref lets play go on but I’m sure he’ll have a word. Crowd not happy with that
  • 20'
    Yellow Card Gareth Barry
  • 20'
    Rare Wolves corner cleared and City break. Aguero almost getting on the end of a searching cross from the left
  • 19'
    Subdued atmosphere in Manchester today. This game just hasn’t got going yet
  • 16'
    Great ball Dzeco to Richards and he almost get’s rewarded when the full back puts a ball into the 6 yard box toward the striker. Wolves deal with the danger well though
  • 14'
    Wolves defending well on their 18 yard box. City’s men queuing up for an effort
  • 10'
    Good move City. Silva and Aguero link up really well with Aguero constantly on the move around the Wolves box. He lets fly but its well over
  • 9'
    Man City not in their stride yet. First sight of Silva and it’s a heavy pass toward Aguero. Collectors item them
  • 7'
    Doyle gets a sight of goal. Inside the box to the left of the sticks but he drags it across goal and well wide under pressure from Richards
  • 6'
    Hammered clear by Wolves, no nonsense there
  • 6'
    Stearman panics and concedes a cheap corner
  • 5'
    Slow start here. Wolves trying to play football from the back. Brave
  • 2'
    Second corner cleared, the bar already set it seems
  • 2'
    Nasri drills a great shot from the edge of the box and its well turned over
  • 1'
    Early corner for the hosts
  • 1'
    Here we go, City get us underway
  • Tough ask for Wolves today, coming off the back of that 5-2 beating in the Carling Cup midweek against the league leaders
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