Manchester City 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • December 04, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's five game unbeaten run came to an end as they crashed to a 1-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Carlos Tevez scored the only goal of the game after just four minutes at the City of Manchester Stadium and, if truth be told, it was a surprise to see it remain that way.

Alexandar Kolarov was sent off in the latter stages after receiving two yellow cards and despite some late pressure from Wanderers, Roberto Mancini's side held on to claim a deserved victory.

Both sides fired early efforts on goal in a frantic start at Eastlands. Lee Chung-Yong fired over the City crossbar in the opening minute, before Tevez had a low shot blocked by Jussi Jaaskelainen at the other end.

With both sides signalling their intent from the start, it came as no surprise to see the hosts take an early lead. Running at Zat Knight, Yaya Toure fed the ball through for Tevez to strike past an unrushing Jaaskelainen, breaking the deadlock with just four minutes on the clock.

Mario Balotelli and David Silva both saw shots blocked as City pressed for a second, before Kevin Davies allowed frustration to get the better of him as he was booked for a late challenge on Kolarov.

City saw appeals for a penalty turned away on 14 minutes when Silva's shot appeared to strike Gary Cahill on the arm, but referee Andre Marriner pointed for a corner.

Martin Petrov then came close to levelling against his former club as his free-kick deflected off the wall and narrowly wide of Joe Hart's post, with the City goalkeeper stranded.

Pablo Zabaleta was sent clear at the other end shortly afterwards, but with only Jaaskelainen left to beat, he hit his shot straight at the Bolton goalkeeper, much to the frustration of the home fans.

Then, on the half hour, the hosts thought they had doubled their advantage. After being played in by Silva, Tevez had the ball in the net only for the linesman to have flagged Silva for offside, when he appeared to be level, with Gareth Barry the culprit.

Tevez had two chances to add to his earlier strike as the half wore on as, first, he shot over from a Zabaleta cross, before completely missing the ball infront of goal just moments later.

In a rare venture forward, Mark Davies shot over the City bar with the last attack of the first half as the hosts took their lead into the break.

Bolton started brightly after the restart, with Sam Ricketts crossing for Kevin Davies, but the Wanderers skipper couldn't get his volley on target. Petrov also sent a shot into the stands as Owen Coyle's side tried to keep the pressure on.

Zabaleta found himself clean through once again on 54 minutes but his shot was easily stopped by Jaaskelainen, keeping the visitors in the game.

Balotelli then hit the post, before Jaaskelainen kept the young Italian out just a minute later after he was played in by Tevez. The woodwork denied them again on the hour as Silva brought down a cross from the left before seeing his shot cannon back off the bar.

The ineffective Johan Elmander sent a speculative overhead kick into the arms of Hart at the other end, before Vincent Kompany cleared off the line after Hart failed to claim a free-kick from Ricketts.

Then, with 11 minutes of normal time remaining, City were reduced to ten men. After being booked just moments earlier, Kolarov was shown a second yellow card for a two-footed lunge on Ricketts. The City defender did appear to take the ball, but the lunge was deserving of his dismissal.

Matt Taylor, on as a substitute for Petrov, sent a looping cross into the arms of Hart on 82 minutes, before a last ditch challenge from Kompany denied Kevin Davies a clean run on goal.

Unfortunately for the travelling supporters, Wanderers could not find a way through a stubborn City defence and the hosts held on to claim a deserved victory which sees them hold on to fourth spot in the Premier League.

Bolton remain in sixth, with Blackburn Rovers next up for Coyle's side at the Reebok Stadium next Sunday lunchtime.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, K Toure (Lescott 32), Kompany, Kolarov, Y Toure, de Jong, Barry, Silva (Richards 84), Tevez (Milner 90), Balotelli
Subs Not Used: Given, Johnson, Vieira, Jo
Booked: K Toure, Tevez, Kolarov
Sent Off: Kolarov
Goals: Tevez 4

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong (Rodrigo 82), M Davies, Muamba, Petrov (Taylor 63), Elmander (Klasnic 77), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Steinsson, Blake, Cohen
Booked: K Davies, Knight

Attendance: 46,860
Referee: Andre Marriner

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