Manchester City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 09, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were left to curse their luck once again as they went down 2-0 to Manchester City at Eastlands.

Goals in each half from Carlos Tevez(pen) and Emmanuel Adebayor gave the hosts a flattering but deserved victory over Owen Coyle's side as they continue in their pursuit of Champions League football.

Both Tevez and Adebayor had early chances to break the deadlock for City but on both occasions, the cross was just behind the respective striker and Wanderers managed to clear the danger.

At the other end, a smart move from Johan Elmander almost resulted in him picking out Lee Chung-Yong, only for the ball to just evade the run of the South Korean and going out of play.

Elmander then had an opportunity of his own, shooting just wide from 25-yards after latching onto a Kevin Davies flick.

City then took the lead in fortuitous circumstances. Adam Johnson skipped down the right flank and after cutting inside went down under a silly challenge from Paul Robinson.

Tevez took the resulting penalty and despite shooting straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen, the ball squirmed over the line and into the corner of the net.

Bolton responded brightly and almost equalised through an unlikely source when Fabrice Muamba's deflected shot brought Shay Given into a fine save.

From the resulting corner, the ball found its way to Muamba once more but he shot high and wide into the stands behind the goal.

Elmander then appeared to have a strong case for a penalty. The Sweden international capitalised on a communication breakdown between Given and Kolo Toure, first bringing a save out of the goalkeeper before going down under a challenge from Toure. Much to the disbelief of many inside the stadium, referee Mike Jones awarded a free-kick to the hosts and the chance was gone.

After the break, Tamir Cohen was adjudged to have handled outside the area and Tevez's free-kick came back off the crossbar with Jaaskelainen appearing to have been comfortable with its destination.

The fingertips of Jaaskelainen then kept out Johnson's curling effort, before Elmander charged down a Given clearance at the other end only to see the ball land behind the goal.

Cohen was next to try his luck, flicking a loose ball inside the area goalwards but also behind for a goal kick.

But then the game was over as a contest as City doubled their lead. Patrick Vieira's long ball evaded the Bolton defence and Adebayor controlled on his chest before volleying superbly past Jaaskelainen.

Zat Knight, who had a good game at the heart of the Wanderers defence, headed wide late on and Elmander also flicked an effort against the outside of the post in stoppage time but City ran out comfortable winners on the night.

The result means Bolton remain just one point and one place above the bottom three. Next up for Coyle's side are Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester City: Given, Zabaleta, Toure (Lescott 55), Kompany, Bridge (Wright-Phillips 68), de Jong, Vieira, Barry, A Johnson (Sylvinho 84), Tevez, Adebayor
Subs Not Used: Taylor, Onuoha, Ireland, Petrov
Goals: Tevez 31(pen), Adebayor 73

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Ricketts, Robinson, K Davies, Cohen (M Davies 74), Muamba, Wilshere (Taylor 78), Chung-Yong, Elmander
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, Gardner, Basham, A O'Brien
Booked: Muamba, Robinson

Attendance: 42,016
Referee: Mike Jones

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
6 Cambridge United 3 6
7 Derby County 3 6
8 Bolton Wanderers 3 5
9 Portsmouth 3 5
10 Accrington Stanley 3 5
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