Capital One Cup

October 26, 2011



2 - 5

Man City

Capital One Cup

18:45 +00:00, October 26, 2011

Molineux Stadium, England

Referee: N Swarbrick


    That was jolly good entertainment. City were 1-0 down at one point. Then it was 3-1. Goal continued to rain down in the second period. It finished 5-2 and City are into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup. Thanks for keeping me company. Stay with ESPNsoccernet for post-match reaction or even pop here for updates on the other night's matches.


    Full-time: Wolves 2-5 Manchester City

  • 90'

    It's cleared.

  • 90'

    One last corner for City, in the dying seconds.

  • 90'

    Side-netting! Kolarov arrives at the back stick and slaps the ball at the netting. He probably should have crossed, the greedy sod.

  • 90'

    Commentator on television currently reading out players who have not featured for City tonight. Scary list that. And it's Halloween.

  • 90'

    Wolves pushing for a consolation, but Toure hangs out a big leg to dispossess Hunt.

  • 89'

    It's been well contested too, both sets of players up for it. Meanwhile, there will be four minutes of added time.

  • 88'

    It's been a fun game this one, unless you are a Wolves fan, I guess. But then, even if you are a Wolves fan, at least there's been goals. Seven of them. Count them. Sevent.

  • 87'

    Johnson just went down in the box. He seemed a little too keen to go down, flopping over like an electrocuted fish. Seen 'em given though.

  • 86'

    City still pinging it about sweetly. The boy Denis Suarez looks sharp.

  • 85'

    Milner is on for Razak, who has impressed me.

  • 84'

    O'Hara executes a silky little turn then his a pop from range with his right foot. The keeper springs to his right and parries away. Wolves have matched City for shots on goal. That is no surprise.

  • 83'

    De Vries has had an appalling match, in truth. He just then fumbled the ball despite having it in his hands, then gave it to a defender who had a striker breathing down his neck.

  • 82'

    Hammill joins the list of players to shoot from a crazy distance. The fans voice their displeasure.

  • 81'

    O'Hara just had a vicious shot at goal which stung the palms over the keeper. Wolves have put a shift in, just been undone by City's quality. Their strength in depth is absurd.

  • 80'

    It's too deep. The ball harmlessly floats over everyone and out for a goal kick. Meanwhile, the television commentary team praise the fans for not leaving yet. Yer, that merits praise. Well done chaps.

  • 79'

    Corner to Wolves...

  • 79'

    It is worth noting that City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is 6ft 8in. That's frickin' massive.

  • 78'

    Razak limping off. That might be his night over.

  • 77'

    Razak down with cramp. The boy looks in agony.

  • 76'

    Now it's City's turn to cheer each pass. In other news, Savic has settled down after a David Luiz-esque start to this game.

  • 75'

    Ward smashes in a cross from the right but the ball is cleared at the near post. Dangerous delivery, that one.

  • 74'

    Scapuzzi off for Rekik.

  • 73'

    Wolves fans now cheering each pass. At least they are having fun.

  • 72'

    Really smart turn from Suarez just then. He was brought down, such was the quality of the turn.

  • 71'

    And they win a free-kick. Chance to launch it into the box. Oh, they have taken it quickly, and City battle it clear, only for O'Hara to hit a dipping volley that dropped just past the top corner. It was an 'ooo' moment.

  • 70'

    Wolves have it. Anything could happen.

  • 69'

    Craziness in the City box as the visitors throw bodies in the way with Wolves keen to pull the trigger. The move eventually fizzles out.

  • 68'

    Nasri is replaced by Suarez.

  • 67'

    Final Wolves change: Henry on for Edwards.

  • 66'

    O'Hara had been on just a few seconds before planting the ball in the net. It was again a well-worked goal, rounded off after a low ball in from the left was crashed in by O'Hara. "We're gonna win 6-5" shout the Wolves fans.

  • 65'

    GOAL!!! O'Hara pulls one back for Wolves!

  • 65'

    O'Hara an Hammill are on.

  • 64'

    It's a great goal. There was much passing and movement prior to this hitting the back of the net. City worked it really well, eventually the ball coming in from the left and Dzeko tapping in. Boos followed. Horrible behaviour.

  • 64'

    GOAL!!! Dzeko scores! What a goal.

  • 62'

    Razak just put some meat behind a strike. De Vries caught this one, though. He didn't spill it.

  • 61'

    Adam Johnson shuffled in from the left and tries his luck from 25 yards out. He doesn't catch it right and the ball is shanked wide.

  • 60'

    I'll be frank, I don't know why Hunt was booked. It occurred during the Scapuzzi confusion.

  • 59'

    An update. Scapuzzi has not been awarded that goal. It has now gone down as a De Vries own goal. After a few replays it becomes clear the ball bounce off a defender then hit the back of De Vries before plopping home. Poor Scapuzzi.

  • 58'

    Hunt is in the book.

  • 57'

    City are having a fun time, looking assured on the ball. Razak has grown into the game. He's quite the unit and swift on the ball.

  • 55'

    There's been plenty of shooting from distance from Wolves, perhaps too much. Meanwhile, it is worth noting these sides face one another at the weekend in the league. City will have their even bigger boys playing. Sorry, Mick.

  • 54'

    Adlene Guedioura hits a swinging shot that moves all over the gaffe before Costel Pantilimon palms away. The keeper looked worried there.

  • 53'

    And again Dzeko has a chance, this time De Vries does well, blocking bravely at the feet for the Bosnian.

  • 52'

    City have been devastatingly efficient in front of goal, just like at the weekend.

  • 51'

    Scapuzzi is the man of the moment as Wolves again defend unconvincingly. De Vries fails to deal with a stinging shot and Scapuzzi pounces, tapping in past the exposed keeper.

  • 50'

    GOAL!!! Luca Scapuzzi scores for City!

  • 50'

    City then attack. Kolarov again the man with energy. He whips in a fine cross and Dzeko looks to stab in, but he cannot quite stretch enough and finish.

  • 49'

    That was a sitter. An absolute sitter. A cross from the left finds Hunt completely unmarked in the middle. He has time, but the ball just hits his boots and bounces away from goal. Rotten, and Mick is furious, strangling Hunt in his mind, allegedly.


    Edin Dzeko hammers home from close range

  • 48'

    Here's a photo, for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy...

  • 47'

    Kolarov has a right engine, doesn't he. The left back loves to bomb on, time and time again. Always impresses me.

  • 46'

    Second half: We are back under way, City with the kick-off.


    Well, we'll be getting back under way soon, and I for one want more goals. I'd like them a bit more spread out this time, not in one mad burst leaving my fingers bleeding and much work for the office cleaners.


    Adam Johnson levelled for City in some style


    Here comes a photo of the game. Hold onto your hats...


    No boos at half-time, thank goodness. What a very entertaining half it was, as City came from a goal down, scoring three times in four minutes. A terrific turnaround. Right, bathroom break for me. Be right back, as they say.

  • 45'

    Half-time: Wolves 1-3 Manchester City.

  • 45'

    City are bossing this now. They are in the mood.

  • 45'

    Two minutes of added time will be played.

  • 45'

    Adlene Guedioura spanks it, hard. It flies over the bar. Decent effort, to be fair. Almost half-time. Been quite the half.

  • 44'

    Free-kick right on the edge of the box for Wolves. Really nice area this. Here we go...

  • 43'

    Bring on the boos? I hope not. But it could happen. It really could.

  • 42'

    So that was three goals in four minutes. Just what a minute-by-minute commentator wants.

  • 41'

    A cross is slung to the back post and Scapuzzi diverts it goalwards. De Vries saves, but it is not the best save, the ball blocked to only the feet of Dzeko, who lashes in from a couple of yards out. 3-1. Bliemy.

  • 41'

    GOAL!!! Dzeko scores for City!

  • 40'

    Another super goal. Nasri breaks clear of the backline and takes his shot nice and early to surprise the keeper. It's a skimming shot that slotted into the far, bottom corner. It was Johnson's assist, marking an imaginary middle finger to the boss.

  • 39'

    GOAL!!! Nasri scores for City!

  • 39'

    A shot each on target, and a goal each. A fine return. Someone tell Luis Suarez.

  • 38'

    It's a beauty. Dzeko rolls the ball to the edge of the box and Johnson lashes it in wonderfully. It flew off his boot like a bullet, nestling into the top corner. The Poznan in the away end then follows. Game on.

  • 37'

    GOAL!!! Adam Johnson scores for City!

  • 36'

    City have enjoyed 61% of possession. Fact.

  • 35'

    De Jong just took a quick free-kick, but the ref calls it back as he says the ball was moving. Looked harsh, especially as City were on the break.

  • 34'

    Wolves have been pressing high, looking to win the ball in advanced areas. So far it is paying dividends.

  • 33'

    Razak is robbed of the ball in the centre of the field and Adlene Guedioura has a strike from distance. He fires it, but the ball skips off the turf and lands several yards wide.

  • 31'

    Luca Scapuzzi, he's just been involved. Kolarov hit a low cross into the area. Scapuzzi claimed it, swivelled, but then dragged a shot just wide of the post.

  • 30'

    Dorus De Vries has yet to be tested in the Wolves goal.

  • 29'

    Johnson just dinked a fine through ball to Nasri, who was a little out wide. The Frenchman looked to play it first time to the back post but the delivery was too long.

  • 28'

    Wolves' crossing has been superb thus far. Time and time again it has given City's defence problems.

  • 27'

    There are not yet any shouts of "you don't know what you're doing" from the home faithful.

  • 26'

    Toure has looked rusty, which makes it even more confusing that he started at Bayern.

  • 25'

    Elokobi injured himself when making that tackle, but looks set to shake it off. Elokobi is built like a tank, his chest the width of a desk.

  • 24'

    What a tackle, son. Razak goes powering through and George Elokobi makes a cracking last-ditch tackle to deny the midfielder, sliding in expertly.

  • 23'

    City bossing possession now, probing for a leveller. Dzeko should have just done a little bit better with a cross, but appeared to slip at the vital moment.

  • 22'

    Balotelli is warming up. Hooray!

  • 21'

    Kolarov just tried his luck from the free-kick. It was about 35 yards out and flew over by 'literally' miles.

  • 21'

    Meanwhile, poor foul from Craddock on Dzeko. The defender is rightly booked as he went through the Bosnian.

  • 20'

    Really awful defending makes this goal. A cross comes in from the left and City are all over the place, failing to clear the ball. Nenad Milijas pounces, lashing in from about ten yards out.

  • 19'

    GOAL!!! Nenad Milijas has scored for Wolves!

  • 19'

    A free-kick is floated in and Kolarov handled. It was blatant. Hideously blatant. Nothing doing though.

  • 18'

    Can't believe it. It's not.

  • 18'

    Is that a penalty?

  • 17'

    Savic is penalised for going in a little bit too strongly. He's on a booking. Be careful, Richard Ashcroft. Be careful.

  • 16'

    Yuk. The corner is dreadful. Way over hit. Comes to nothing.

  • 15'

    Corner to City after Johnson's long-range shot is deflected over.

  • 14'

    It's been an all right battle thus far. The players are keen, so that helps.

  • 13'

    Kolarov is down after the ball hits him in the kidneys. Went down like he had been hit by a bus. He is okay now, surprisingly.

  • 12'

    Wolves are indeed bang up for this, snapping into challenges.

  • 11'

    Another decent attack from Wolves, and again it is down the left. A cross is whipped in and headed back across goal by Edwards, but no-one is there to meet it. Edwards is involved soon after, once more via a cross, this time his header flashes over.

  • 10'

    City are beginning to turn it on now, with Nasri at the heart of matters. He tries to thread in Dzeko but the ball is a little heavy.

  • 9'

    City enjoy some possession and press forward. Nasri picks up the ball in the box and has a pop with his left foot, but the strike hits a Wolves player and the sting is taken out of it.

  • 8'

    Nenad Milijas drives the free-kick goalwards but it clips the wall and curls over. Corner next, but it is dealt with by City before a shot is ballooned over the bar.

  • 7'

    Free-kick to Wolves in a nice area. Savic conceded it and earned a yellow for a ridiculous block off on Hunt.

  • 6'

    A ball is sprayed left and Ward then sends in a lovely cross. Kolarov is forced to head away under pressure. Good from Wolves. Good.

  • 5'

    City take it short and Wolves soon do enough to win the ball back and relieve pressure.

  • 4'

    Awkward defending from Kolo Toure as he swipes at thin air. Wolves then attack down the left but Costel Pantilimon claims. Corner to City now.

  • 3'

    Wolves look up for this, harrying their opponents. Some good singing going on, from both sets of fans.

  • 2'

    Some early pressure from Wolves, mainly near the corner flag. Doyle ultimately gives away a free-kick.

  • 1'

    Kick-off: Wolves get us under way.


    "Loads of City fans are holding up number 6s... wonder why? ;-)" chortles the official Manchester City Twitter account. The use of a winky smiley renders that Tweet a fail.


    It's about to start. Some dramatic music playing at the stadium. Teams in the tunnel. Ref holding the ball, walking with it now. Picture = painted.


    Look, I've just bunged Scapuzzi into wikipedia, and here some things it told me: he's 20, a striker, 5 ft 11in (and a half, apparently), he was contracted with AC Milan.


    Mancini is now on television. "It's in the past", he says of the United scalp. What a player.


    McCarthy, speaking to the television prior to the game, is confident that the fans will get behind the team tonight. This in spite of him calling some fans "mindless idiots" this week.


    Oh, that draw with Swansea. Let's focus on that for a little bit - much and a little bit extra has already been said about the events at Old Trafford. What will the Molineux attendance be? Low, surely. Maybe the haters will stay away. Those fickle, fickle haters.


    Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has made nine changes, with only Kevin Doyle and Stephen Ward remaining of the side which drew 2-2 with Swansea.


    Some spiel on the City team that I did take from the news wire: "Mancini hands a first start to academy product Luca Scapuzzi, who made his debut as a substitute against Birmingham in the previous round."


    Got something to say about the game? The starting line-ups? Life? You can Tweet that opinion via Twitter @JamesDallESPN, if you are that way inclined.


    Will it be six in the Second City for Manchester (the blue one) tonight? I don't know, I'm no soothsayer. Seems unlikely, though. Wolves have the bit between their teeth, booed by their own fans in the last game. City have made 11 changes too, to that side which pulled United's pants down on Sunday and practically wedged a firework up their backside.


    Oh, hello. Tonight there are some football matches, and this is one of them. This is a commentary. The match kicks off in 20 minutes. Them are the facts.


    Wolves subs: Hennessey, Henry, Ebanks-Blake, Berra, Johnson, Hammill, O'Hara.


    Wolves team: De Vries, Doherty, Craddock, Elokobi, Ward, Edwards, Guedioura, Milija?, Hunt, Vokes, Doyle.


    Manchester City subs: Taylor, Bridge, Onuoha, Rekik, Suarez, Balotelli, Milner.


    Manchester City team: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Savic, Kolarov, De Jong, Razak, Scapuzzi, Nasri, Johnson, Dzeko.


    ESPNsoccernet's James Dall will be bringing you live commentary commentary of this Carling Cup fourth round match between Wolves and Manchester City, which kicks off at 1945 BST. Stay tuned for breaking team news.