City end on high

24 May 2009 06:18
Felipe Caicedo's eighth-minute goal sent Manchester City on their holidays on a high note, with a leisurely victory over Bolton. The Ecuador forward tapped home his eighth of the campaign following more impressive work from Stephen Ireland to end a run of three successive defeats and overcome a poor Wanderers outfit, who never really looked like hitting back. A drab end-of-season encounter might be something City have become used to at this stage of the year. Shaun Wright-Phillips - a shock selection havin been ruled out by manager Mark Hughes on Firday - threatened to unhinge Bolton at regular intervals with some superb mazy running and it was slightly unfortunate his efforts only brought a single first-half goal for the home side. That goal came after just eight minutes after what appeared to be a training ground free-kick routine between Robinho and Ireland went wrong. Fortunately, City`s player of the season Ireland improvised superbly, lifting the ball over Bolton's fractured defence after Danny Shittu had raced out to tackle. There was still plenty of work to do but Micah Richards executed an agile cross, leaving Caicedo with the easiest of tap-ins. The nearest City came to a second was when Ireland chased down a Caicedo cross that had just evaded Wright-Phillips after the Ecuador star had embarked on a 70-yard burst forward. Ireland quickly provided Robinho with the cut-back and, showing impressive composure, the South American delayed his shot before crashing it against the post. Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen denied Wright-Phillips on a couple of occasions, the England man going close immediately after the break too as City continued to dominate.

Source: Eurosport