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October 26, 2011
• Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 12436
N. Milijaš 18'
J. O'Hara 65'
A. Johnson 37'
S. Nasri 39'
E. Džeko 40', 64'
D. de Vries 50' (own goal)
Full-time here at Molineux, and it's finished 5-2 to the visitors. Milijas gave Wolves the lead in the first half, but City game storming back with some more clinical finishing. Ruthless stuff again from Mancini's men, who keep their hopes of a famous quadruple alive.
90' + 2'
Stoppage time at Molineux, and Wolves are still pressing to grab another consolation. Hunt turns well on the edge of the box, but Toure stabs the ball away well.
Suarez prods the ball through to Johnson, but Craddock covers and City win a corner. Johnson runs at Guedioura from the short corner, but is blocked by the Wolves man, who is a little lucky to escape a foul.
Terrific skill from O'Hara to work space for a shot on the edge of the area. He lets fly with his weaker right foot, and Pantilimon does well to parry.
Wolves almost gift City a sixth. A mix-up at the back leaves Johnson with time and space in the area. He cuts back to Dzeko, but his shot is blocked and the home side clear.
Ward makes a positive run, and stings the hands of Pantilimon from 20 yards. Wolves win the ball back, Hunt lays off to O'Hara, and he tests the big Romanian at the near post.
Razak goes down in the centre circle with what seems to be cramp. Wolves play on, and O'Hara wins a throw on the left. Brief stoppage as the youngster receives treatment.
The home fans are trying to encourage their side, cheering for every touch from a Wolves player. Hammill wins a free kick, O'Hara plays in Ward who fizzes the ball across goal, but it's out for a goal kick.
O'Hara lets fly after a quick free-kick from the home side, but his effort is deflected out for a corner. Pantilimon claims the resulting set-piece. Wolves are battling hard out there as they go in search of a third.
Assist Stephen Ward
Goal Jamie O'Hara
GOAL!! 5-2!! Substitute Jamie O'Hara makes an instant impace, slotting home from close range after good build-up down the left. A glimmer of hope for the home side.
Assist Luca Scapuzzi
Goal Edin Dzeko
GOAL!! 5-1 CITY!! Nasri and Dzeko combine on the edge of the box. The Frenchman slips the ball in behind for Scapuzzi, who crosses for Dzeko to poke home from two yards. A tremendous team-goal for the visitors.
Good play from Milijas to win a corner, but again the set piece comes to nothing. Johnson attempts an ambitious through-ball for Scapuzzi, but for once tonight, the England man gets his angles wrong.
The visitors are in complete control at Molineux, knocking the ball around midfield with ease. Stephen Hunt enters the referee's book after felling De Jong in frustration.
Yellow Card Stephen Hunt
Wolves are working hard to try to get back in to the match. Milijas puts in another free kick, but the City rearguard clear their lines with ease.
Guedioura tests Pantilimon from distance once more, and City clear the resulting corner. The away fans are in full voice now.
Own Goal Dorus De Vries
Ward's cross is cleared away, but Elokobi puts the ball back in from the left to the un-marked Hunt, who seemed to be put off by Vokes' arrival and could only knock it behind for a goal-kick. Big chance for the home side.
City get the second half underway at Molineux.
45' + 2'
The referee brings the first half to a close. Wolves started the half well and took a deserved lead, but City hit three in quick succession to stun the home crowd. 3-1 to the visitors at the break.
45' + 1'
Guedioura blasts the free-kick just over the bar. Wolves are pressing to regain a foothold before half-time, but City continue to look dangerous whenever they go forward.
Wolves are shell-shocked by events from the last few minutes here, but Sam Vokes wins a free-kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the area.
Assist Luca Scapuzzi
Goal Edin Dzeko
GOAL! 3-1 CITY! Scapuzzi meets a cross at the far post, De Vries blocks his effort, but Dzeko is on-hand to put away the rebound. What a spell for Mancini's men!
Assist Adam Johnson
Goal Samir Nasri
GOAL! 2-1 CITY! Adam Johnson turns provider with a fabulous through-ball to Samir Nasri, who fires a low shot past the despairing De Vries. City take the lead!
Assist Edin Dzeko
Goal Adam Johnson
GOAL CITY!! Wolves fail to deal with a cross from the right and Dzeko feeds Johnson on the edge of the box, who rifles past De Vries. 1-1 at Molineux.
Guedioura fires a shot from 25 yards but it flies wide of Pantilimon's right-hand post.
Chance for Man City: a clearance finds Johnson, who clips over the back four for Nasri, but the Frenchman can only volley the ball across in to empty space. Scapuzzi is then fed by Kolarov and does brilliantly to make room in the box, but his shot fizzes wide.
City are beginning to find some space down the flanks. Zabaleta puts in a cross this time, but the home side clear the danger. Down at the other end, Vokes takes advantage of Zabaleta's absence, but the cross is too long for Doyle to reach.
City work an opening down the left for Scapuzzi, who picks out Dzeko with a low cross only for the Bosnian to slip. City regain possession, and Dzeko finds Razak in the box but Elokobi times his tackle perfectly to clear the danger. The big defender seemed to hurt himself with that challenge.
Kolarov seeks to bring his side level with an ambitious free kick, but he blazes over.
Yellow Card Jody Craddock
Assist Adlène Guedioura
Goal Nenad Milijas
GOAL!! Good early pressure from Wolves with a succession of corners. Vokes then skips down the rght flank and whips a low ball in, the ball dropping at Milijas' feet for the midfielder to hammer home past Pantilimon. Wolves in front!
Kolarov blocks a pacey Edwards cross with his midrift. The resulting long through is eventually cleared by City, although the Wolves faithful made a tentative cry of handball against Toure. Johnson then unleashes a fierce shot from the edge of the box, which is deflected behind. The corner comes to nothing
City regain possession, Nasri looks to slot Dzeko in behind but Elokobi is alert and eases the Bosnian aside. Down the other end, Vokes lays the ball back to Hunt to whip in a cross, but David Edwards can only head over Pantilimon's crossbar.
Milijas takes the free-kick, which hits the wall and drops behind for a corner. From the set piece, the ball drops for Milijas on the edge of the box, but he blazes over.
Yellow Card Stefan Savic
Wolves threaten with Ward down the left, but his teasing cross is dealt with by Kolarov. The ball then changes hands a few times in midfield before Hunt bursts through the middle, only to be blocked by Savic. Yellow card for the young defender.
Wolves have started the game brightly tonight, but City win the first corner.
Wolves get us underway!
Eleven changes to Roberto Mancini's side, inlcuding a full debut for young Scapuzzi in midfield. Mick McCarthy meanwhile has given some of his squad players the chance to impress before their next Premier League encounter
Man City: Pantilimon; Toure, Zabaleta, Savic, Kolarov; De Jong, Razak, Scapuzzi, Johnson, Nasri; Dzeko. SUBS: Taylor, Onuoha, Rekik, Bridge, Suarez, Milner, Balotelli
Wolves line-up: De Vries; Doherty, Craddock, Elokobi, Ward; Edwards, Guedioura, Milijas, Hunt; Vokes, Doyle. SUBS: Hennessey, Henry, Ebanks-Blake, Berra, Johnson, Hammill, O'Hara
Hello and welcome to goal.com's live commentary of tonight's League Cup clash between Wolves and Manchester City at Molineux! City will be looking to push on from their demolition of Manchester United on Sunday and book their place in the latter stages of the tournament, while Wolves will be hoping to put their recent poor league form behind them and produce the goods tonight.
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