Bolton Wanderers 2-3 Manchester City

  • August 21, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton failed to make it back-to-back wins at the start of the season as they were beaten 3-2 by Manchester City at the Reebok Stadium.

David Silva gave City the lead on 26 minutes, before Gareth Barry doubled their advantage on 37 with a superb long-range strike.

Ivan Klasnic reduced the deficit two minutes later, before a Zat Knight mistake allowed Edin Dzeko to restore the visitor's two-goal advantage moments after the break.

Kevin Davies headed Wanderers back into the game just after the hour, but Owen Coyle's side couldn't break down their opponents in the final 25 minutes as Roberto Mancini's men claimed the three points.

Wanderers started brightly and Chris Eagles forced Joe Hart into an early save with a free-kick from just outside the area, before Zat Knight shot just wide of the post as the ball fell to his feet from a corner.

After being pegged back inside their own half for the majority of the opening 15 minutes, City broke out in style and could have taken the lead with their first meaningful attack of the game.

Good play from Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov resulted in a chance for James Milner, who saw his close range flick well saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Moments later, Dzeko ran clear of the Bolton defence before squaring the ball to record signing Sergio Aguero, who only succeeded in firing the ball well over the crossbar from 10-yards out.

The visitors maintained their pressure and took a well deserved lead on 26 minutes, with Jaaskelainen feeling he should have done better.

Silva cut inside from the right flank and his shot from the edge of the area somehow slipped through the grasp of Jaaskelainen's hands, putting City ahead.

The ball was in the back of the Wanderers net again just five minutes later, but referee Mike Jones had penalised Micah Richards for a push on Martin Petrov prior to Aguero putting the ball over the line.

Aguero somehow managed to head the ball wide on 36 minutes, sending the ball the wrong side of the post from a Dzeko cross, but it wasn't to matter as Mancini's side doubled their advantage just 60 seconds later.

Bolton were caught napping at a corner as the ball was played to Barry 30-yards from goal. He took one touch before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner of Jaaskelainen's goal.

By this stage, many of the Wanderers supporters had left their seats in search of the bar, but those who remained were given hope just a minute later as Klasnic reacted smartly to fire a Martin Petrov cross through the legs of Hart and bring the hosts back into the game.

City took their 2-1 advantage into the break and restored their two-goal cushion moments after the break as Dzeko capitalised on a mistake from Knight, before advancing into the box and firing low past Jaaskelainen.

The visitors were enjoying the lion's share of possession but Wanderers refused to give up without a fight and were back in the game again on 63 minutes as Kevin Davies rose highest to flick a Petrov free-kick beyond Hart and in off the post.

Knowing that their lead was under threat, City began to take control of the ball and passed it around with ease as their hosts began to run out of steam.

As the game entered it's final 10 minutes, substitute Adam Johnson weaved his way into the Bolton box, only to send his low shot narrowly wide of the far post.

Carlos Tevez shot straight at Jaaskelainen in stoppage time in what was to be the last action of the match, with City holding on to claim the three points which puts them on top of the Premier League table.

Bolton slip down to seventh after the defeat ahead of next weekend's clash with Liverpool at Anfield. They are in action before then, though, with Macclesfield Town the visitors to the Reebok on Wednesday night in the Carling Cup.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Eagles (Pratley 78), Muamba (M Davies 59), Reo-Coker, Petrov, K Davies, Klasnic
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Alonso, Blake, Wheater, Blakeman
Booked: Muamba, K Davies
Goals: Klasnic 39, K Davies 63

Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Barry, Y Toure, Silva (Zabaleta 88), Dzeko (Johnson 80), Aguero (Tevez 68)
Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Clichy, Savic, Balotelli
Goals: Silva 26, Barry 37, Dzeko 47

Referee: Mike Jones
Attendance: 24,273

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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