Premier League

August 21, 2011



2 - 3

Man City

Premier League

15:00 +00:00, August 21, 2011

Reebok Stadium, England

Referee: Michael Jones

  • 94'

    FULL TIME City hold on and go top of the table with their second successive win. It was well deserved, though Bolton's spirit came through to make a game of it.

  • 93'

    Johnson, again, is a yard offside when he really shouldn't be. Kolarov's cross was overhit anyway.

  • 92'

    Tevez charges forward and forces Jaaskelainen into a low save and here come Bolton again.

  • 91'

    Klasnic tries to nick the ball from Hart's hand as he only had one palm on it. Foul given.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added....

  • 89'

    One minute plus time added on for Bolton...

  • 88'

    Silva, who has been excellent, trots off and Zabaleta comes on.

  • 87'

    Tevez wins a corner off Pratley as City make another change.

  • 86'

    Pratley lunges in from the side on Milner and is penalised.

  • 85'

    Another brilliant ball into the box from Silva, Tevez had made space but shanks his left-footed effort over the bar.

  • 84'

    Panic in City's box as Lescott fires a clearance at Barry but Davies can't convert before Kolarov hacks clear.

  • 83'

    Adam Johnson has nearly settled it. Tevez finds him, the winger beats Zat Knight but rolls his right foot shot past the far post with only the keeper to beat.

  • 82'

    Silva turns Steinsson and wins a corner from Cahill.

  • 81'

    City are taking their time about things now, with Tevez up front on his own.

  • 80'

    A City change now as the excellent Dzeko is replaced by Adam Johnson.

  • 79'

    Robinson's studs catch Silva's family jewels as they go for a high ball. Robinson then has a pop at the winger.

  • 78'

    Another Bolton change: Darren Pratley for Chris Eagles.

  • 76'

    A slightly nervous last 15 minutes for City to negotiate, having been so comfortable for most of the match.

  • 75'

    Kolarov winds his way to the edge of the penalty area before toe-poking one wide.

  • 73'

    Decent strike on goal from Cahill from Davies' knock back but the striker was offside.

  • 72'

    Despite the crowd imploring Kevin Davies to shoot from outside the box, he tries to thread an impossible pass through a crowded penalty area.

  • 71'

    Some momentum for Bolton now as Petrov wins a corner off Richards.

  • 70'

    A critical block from Knight as Silva smashes an effort in on goal from a left-wing cross.

  • 69'

    A huge ovation from the away end for Tevez as he comes on. Even after all those nasty things he said about Manchester.

  • 68'

    Aguero comes off and Tevez comes on in his place.

  • 67'

    Toure fires over the bar and here comes Tevez.

  • 66'

    A tidy one-two between the Davies - Kevin and Mark - but Lescott clears.

  • 65'

    A very poor ball from Reo-Coker - living up to his Mediocre billing in some quarters.

  • 64'

    Bolton have a new lease of life now and Petrov miscontrols in acres of space on the edge of the box. City have been cruising and all of a sudden they are only one in front.

  • 63'

    So easy. A free kick is nodded into the corner by Davies and it is a different game now.

  • 63'

    GOAL Kevin Davies!

  • 62'

    City are taking the mick here with some excellent football. They very nearly score an exhibition style goal with tricks anf flicks in the area falling down at Richards' feet.

  • 61'

    Excellent break again from City as Aguero releases Milner, he slides it to Kolarov and only a touch from Cahill prevents Aguero from a tap in.

  • 60'

    Mark Davies is on for Muamba. Attacking substitution.

  • 59'

    The short corner is dinked to the back post by Milner where Dzeko flicks it wide without much power.

  • 58'

    Silva tries to get a bit too delicate after being released by Milner. Aguero was screaming for it int the middle. Corner.

  • 57'

    Will we see Tevez before the end I wonder?

  • 56'

    Nigel Reo-Coker thumps into Dzeko. Lucky not to get a card.

  • 54'

    Kolarov's cross is poor after Silva played him in down the left.

  • 53'

    A lovely flick from Dzeko sends Milner racing towards the penalty area but he fires his shot wide of the post.

  • 51'

    "Boring, boring City," scream the away fans.

  • 50'

    A half chance fopr Eagles as he gets into the area after a one-two with Klasnic but the finish is weak.

  • 49'

    Another City break and another save for Jaaskelainen to have to make - this time from Milner after Aguero's mazy dribble.

  • 48'

    Back to sqaure one for Bolton, who had given themselves a lifeline and now sink back to two goals down.

  • 47'

    Milner hooks a ball over the top, Dzeko battles Knight off it and finishes very well with a flying volley, low past Jaaskelainen.

  • 47'

    GOAL Dzeko. Lovely goal.

  • 46'

    We begin again...


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    David Silva celebrates his opener

  • 45'

    HALF TIME A good 45 minutes of football, dominated by City, for whom Aguero should have scored twice. Silva and Barry did score, but so did KLasnic. Should be a good second half.

  • 45'

    Another melee in the box as Cahill and Yaya Toure collide going for a free kick. Toure got up to remonstrate, then went to the floor holding his arm. He's limping as well. All very odd.

  • 44'

    And now Davies is booked for a tackle from behind on Aguero.

  • 43'

    Muamba is booked for dissent for throwing the ball to the ground in disgust as a refereeing decision.

  • 42'

    Another wobbly moment for Jussi as Milner clips a ball over the top and the keeper beats Dzeko to the ball but spills it, forcing Cahill to clear.

  • 41'

    Davies is penalised for a foul on Kompany this time.

  • 40'

    Well, two in two minutes! Good job Bolton did get one back instantly because they have been second best by a distance in this opening half. Maybe that will spur them into life.

  • 39'

    A lovely goal. Petrov fires in a cross and Klasnic hits it first time with his left to halve the deficit.

  • 39'

    GOAL Klasnic pulls one back!

  • 38'

    He doesn't score many, but that was a belter. Powerful, well placed and though Jaaskelainen got a fingertip too it, he couldn't stop it from rippling the net.

  • 37'

    The corner is pulled back to Barry and he smashes it into the top corner from 25 yards out.

  • 37'

    GOAL A Barry stunner!

  • 36'

    Pressure rising for Bolton as Milner crosses into the box and Robinson deflects it behind.

  • 35'

    Another sitter missed by Aguero! A free header, six yards out, and he nods it wide. Great cross from Dzeko.

  • 34'

    Eagles tries to feed in Klasnic but Lescott cuts it out, then Barry is fouled by Davies.

  • 33'

    Nice work from Milner, getting to the byline and standing up a lovely cross, but Jussi claims in front of Dzeko.

  • 31'

    Cahill barges into Kolarov in the air and the left-back falls horribly. Luckily he is ok and we continue.

  • 30'

    Aguero has the ball in the net but Richards has been flagged for a nudge on Petrov to allow him to cross. The right call.

  • 29'

    Bolton haven't troubled City in the last 15 minutes - they are being penned back further and further.

  • 28'

    He's been a great servant for Bolton but that one is squarely at the feet of Jussi I'm afraid.

  • 27'

    Bolton should have closed Silva down quicker too, especially knowing what a good left peg he's got.

  • 26'

    A bit of a howler from Jaaskelainen, it was right at the keeper, wobbled a little in the air and bounced in front of him, but he should be saving that.

  • 26'

    GOAL Silva scores!

  • 24'

    Good defending from Cahill as City break and Aguero tries a shot after being found by Dzeko.

  • 22'

    A good opening 20 minutes of football with City looking sharp and Bolton firm and feisty.

  • 21'

    Klasnic and Kompany go down in a heap, get up, shove each other, then shake hands within about two seconds of the shove. They get there, eventually.

  • 20'

    Robinson is alert enough to follow Aguero this time as Milner took a free kick quickly.

  • 19'

    Well, well. You'd have backed him to snaffle that chance. He puts his head in his hands as the ball sails over.

  • 18'

    Oh my! A point blank miss from Aguero! Dzeko blasts the ball across the six-yard box and the Argentinean knocks it over with the goal gaping.

  • 17'

    Silva shoots on goal but doesn't catch it cleanly and Jaaskelainen gathers with ease.

  • 16'

    Silva is starting to cause problems. He finds Dzeko and the striker nearly finds a way into the area before Cahill clears.

  • 15'

    A good move from City as Silva feeds Kolarov, his cross is touched on goal by Milner but Jaaskelainen blocks. Milner is hurt too.

  • 14'

    Aguero wins a 50/50 with Steinsson. That bodes well for his Premier League career.

  • 12'

    A poor ball from Barry as Dzeko made a run into the box.

  • 11'

    Excellent cross from the left from Petrov, Davies gets up and Lescott gets in front to nick the striker's effort over the bar for a corner.

  • 10'

    From the corner, Kompany got up to head clear, but he nodded right at Knight whose volley flashes just wide.

  • 9'

    Excellent run down the right from Steinsson, well found by Eagles, and the cross is hacked clear by Kompany.

  • 8'

    The City fans enjoy a lumbering effort from Petrov, who overruns the ball and then fouls Micah Richards.

  • 6'

    A good interception from Robinson but City come again, Silva feeding Aguero but his cross is cleared.

  • 5'

    A bitty game so far, punctuated by niggly fouls. Another one from Kompany on Davies there. A yellow for the next one surely.

  • 4'

    Eagles fires it in low and Hart saves well, Lescott hacking the rebound clear.

  • 3'

    Already a wrestling match has ensued between Kompany and Davies. The striker wins out this time and Bolton have a free kick 25 yards out.

  • 2'

    City win an early corner but Lescott is penalised for a nudge.

  • 1'



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    So, these two battling to maintain a 100% record - something Wolves have done with a 2-0 win over Fulham.


    Both these teams hit four in their opening games and kept a clean sheet. City were expected to batter Swansea, but Bolton weren't expected to give QPR such a going over. Confidence will be flowing in both teams today.


    Aguero starting isn't a surprise but Tevez making the bench is slightly. The striker still wants a move, but while he is still a City player it looks like Mancini intends to use him.


    Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Eagles, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Bogdan, Alonso, Mark Davies, Blake, Pratley, Wheater, Blakeman.


    Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Barry, Toure Yaya, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Clichy, Savic, Johnson, Tevez, Balotelli.


    Early team news: Sergio Aguero starts for Manchester City while Carlos Tevez is on the bench for the away side.


    Join us for live commentary of Manchester City's trip to Bolton - kick-off is at 1600 BST.