Manchester City 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • May 24, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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An early strike from Felipe Caicedo gave Manchester City a 1-0 victory over Bolton in the final game of the season.

Both sides had chances to win the game, with Robinho hitting a post for City and Gary Cahill seeing a shot cleared off the line both before the break, but the hosts held on to claim a deserved victory.

Caicedo had headed straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen early on, but he made no mistake with his second opportunity of the afternoon.

A free-kick between Robinho and Stephen Ireland appeared to have gone wrong, but after Ireland picked out Micah Richards, the England full-back crossed low for Caicedo to tap in from close range.

Soon after that goal, City pushed on for a second, with Shaun Wright-Phillips forcing Jaaskelainen into a fine save with a shot from distance.

Wanderers were in the game though and Johan Elmander was inches away from making contact with Gretar Steinsson's low cross, which would have brought an equaliser.

With 26 minutes on the clock, Caicedo laid the ball off for Robinho, but his shot hit the outside of the post before going behind.

Jaaskelainen went on to make further stops from Richards and Robinho, before Bolton came close at the other end.

Moments before the break, Shay Given's weak punch fell straight to Cahill who's shot was goalbound, but Richards was in the right place to block the ball on the line, allowing Given to clutch onto the loose ball.

After the break, Fabrice Muamba saw a goalbound header cleared and Matt Taylor volleyed high into the crowd, before the game seemed to fade away under the increasing heat at Eastlands.

Gavin McCann had to be alert to prevent Richards from shooting home on 70 minutes, before Wright-Phillips shot wide of goal.

McCann was also involved at the other end and it took a last-ditch challenge from Richards to prevent the Wanderers midfielder from earning the visitors a point.

Robinho forced Jaaskelainen into another stop late on, while Kevin Davies and substitute Mustapha Riga also saw chances come and go, but City held on to claim the points.

Wanderers finish the season in 13th, with the new season set to start on Saturday 15th August.

Manchester City: Given, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge (Berti 84), De Jong, Ireland (Weiss 71), Kompany (Zabaleta 82), Wright-Phillips, Caicedo, Robinho
Subs Not Used: Hart, Bojinov, Petrov, Benjani
Goals: Caicedo 8

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Shittu (A O'Brien 83), Samuel, M Davies, Muamba, McCann, Taylor (Basham 59), Elmander (Riga 83), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Puygrenier, Cohen

Attendance: 47,202
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

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