• Date: Sun 11 April 2010
  • Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
  • Ref: Dowd, P
  • Attendance: 45,209
Manchester City

Manchester City

Tevez (38) P

Tevez (40)

Adebayor (43)

Onuoha (74)

Adebayor (88)

5 - 1

Manchester City vs Birmingham City

Team Lineups

Manchester City

Shay Given
Nedum Onuoha
Javier Garrido
Kolo Toure, K
Adam Johnson, A (Greg Cunningham, 90)
Gareth Barry
Vincent Kompany
Nigel de Jong
Emmanuel Adebayor
Carlos Tevez (Roque Santa Cruz, 87)
Craig Bellamy (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 81)

Birmingham City

Maik Taylor
Stephen Carr (Sebastian Larsson, 58)
Liam Ridgewell
Roger Johnson
Scott Dann
Craig Gardner
Lee Bowyer
Barry Ferguson
Keith Fahey (Kevin Phillips, 66)
Cameron Jerome (Christian Benitez, 72)
James McFadden

Match Report
Manchester City reinforced their hold on fourth place in the Premier League following an emphatic 5-1 victory over Birmingham City at Eastlands. It brought the tantalising prospect of Champions League football at the City of Manchester for the first time a sizeable step closer after their latest success. A rather nondescript opening half exploded to life with four goals in a dramatic five-minute spell shortly before the break as City took control. There was an element of good fortune about the penalty which resulted in Carlos Tevez opening the scoring with his 27th goal of the season. There appeared to be minimal contact when Emmanuel Adebayor went down in the box following a challenge by Scott Dann. There was no disputing the second goal two minutes later when Nedum Onuoha found the net for the first time this season with a far-post diving header from Adam Johnson's corner, although the ball appeared to take a slight deflection off Tevez's foot. Birmingham almost immediately halved the deficit when Cameron Jerome, who looked suspiciously offside, was left unmarked at the far post to head home a James McFadden cross. City quickly restored their two-goal advantage when Craig Bellamy opened the Birmingham defence on the left and his low cross was slotted home by Adebayor from inside the six-yard box. The two-goal cushion looked anything but secure as Birmingham made a spirited start to the second half as Jerome beat keeper Shay Given to a cross but headed narrowly wide, while the City keeper also made a super save with his legs to deny McFadden. City needed a fourth goal and that so nearly came midway through the second period when Birmingham keeper Maik Taylor pulled off a fantastic fingertip stop to keep out a free-kick from Tevez which was destined for the top corner. The goal which finally killed off Birmingham came in the 74th minute when right-back Onuoha played a one-two with Tevez and burst through the visiting defence to score with a well-placed shot. After failing to find the net all season, suddenly Onouha had two goals in little over half an hour. City even added a fifth in the 88th minute when Adebayor latched onto a clearance from Given and raced clear to slot home a low shot for his 13th goal of the campaign.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

FULL TIME MANCHESTER CITY 5-1 BIRMINGHAM: Nedum Onuoha and Carlos Tevez got one apiece and will fight it out for the other while Emmanuel Adebayor's brace handed five-star City an impressive win to move them four points clear in fourth place.

90

Sebastian Larsson hammers a great strike with his left-foot which is inches past the diving Shay Given's far corner.

90

Birmingham win a corner in the first minute of stoppage time but Vincent Kompany gets up to head it away.

90
Substitution
 

Adam Johnson is going off in the final minute as youngster Greg Cunningham gets his chance for City.

88
Goal
 

MAN CITY 5-1 BIRMINGHAM: It is a rout now as EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR turns Scott Dann inside the Blues half before running clear at goal and slotting his shot past Maik Taylor.

87
Substitution
 

Carlos Tevez will get the chance to put his feet up now as Roberto Mancini brings on Roque Santa Cruz.

85

A lovely ball is floated into the City area which is just inches too high for Kevin Phillips to connect with and Shay Given makes the catch.

83

City are knocking the ball around nicely between themselves as they now look like running down the clock, while they would also look to take a chance if another arises.

81
Substitution
 

Craig Bellamy is given a rapturous applause as he leaves the field of play with Shaun Wright-Phillips getting the last 10 minutes.

80

Birmingham have another chance here but Kevin Phillips's shot from a really tight angle is straight at Shay Given.

79

Birmingham have a corner down the right which is played in by Sebastian Larsson but cleared. A ball back in is then cleared by Gareth Barry's head.

78

City are buzzing now and will no doubt look to get a few more goals before the full time whistle.

76

Birmingham have been guilty of not capitalising on their good spell of pressure and City have punished them as they look certain to clinch another vital win.

74
Goal
 

MAN CITY 4-1 BIRMINGHAM: It looks like it is game over now as NEDUM ONUOHA is given the time and space to run into a gap and fire past Maik Taylor inside the area. This one is definitely his now.

73

Birmingham win a free kick on the left side of the field which is played in by James McFadden but it goes over the head of Lee Bowyer and is saved by Shay Given.

72
Substitution
 

Cameron Jerome is going off here with fellow striker Christian Benitez coming on for the visitors.

72

City break again with Carlos Tevez cutting inside and seeing his shot parried by Maik Taylor before Craig Bellamy horribly sliced the rebound high and wide.

71

James McFadden tries to work his way into the City area but Nedum Onuoha manages to clear the danger.

69

City have managed to alleviate the pressure that Birmingham had them under for a good spell of this second half.

67

A close one for City as Roger Johnson allows the ball to run back towards Maik Taylor who has to rush out and kick it off the shins of Emmanuel Adebayor who had closed him down at speed.

67
Substitution
 

Alex McLeish makes another switch with veteran super-sub striker Kevin Phillips on for Keith Fahey.

66

Adam Johnson gets a chance for City but, with a clear sight on goal he hits his right-foot effort over the top from inside the area.

65

Adam Johnson has two quick corners and from the second he beats two defenders but his dink to the back post is just too high for Gareth Barry.

64

Carlos Tevez takes the free kick but Maik Taylor gets across to claw it away from his goal.

63

Lee Bowyer catches Nigel de Jong in a central position around 25-30 yards out in a good spot for a City free kick.

61

Birmingham now break up field and Keith Fahey's shot from a tight angle is well saved by the feet of Shay Given.

61

Carlos Tevez gets a clear run at goal after a deflection off a defender but instead of playing in Emmanuel Adebayor he goes himself but over runs the ball allowing Maik Taylor to gather.

59

Birmingham are enjoying a good spell of pressure here but Craig Gardner's attempted ball forward is poor and goes out of play.

58
Substitution
 

Stephen Carr is going off with the more attack-minded Sebastian Larsson replacing him for Birmingham.

57

Craig Gardner puts in a lovely cross from the right, Shay Given gets nowhere near it but Keith Fahey can't direct his header on target.

55

Emmanuel Adebayor wins a corner off Liam Ridgewell down the right. Craig Bellamy whips it in but Gareth Barry heads it out for a goal kick.

53

Javier Garrido diverts Stephen Carr's cross out for a corner to Birmingham. It is played in but Nedum Onuoha heads it away. City break at speed but Adam Johnson over hits his ball forward and Birmingham get back to clear.

52
Yellow Card
 

Keith Fahey is the third Birmingham man booked for a foul on Adam Johnson.

50

Craig Bellamy whips in the free kick and Nedum Onuoha heads over from close range, although it looked like he was being pulled back by Lee Bowyer.

49

Craig Gardner brings down Adam Johnson down near the left corner flag and City win a free kick.

47

Emmanuel Adebayor almost scores a spectacular first time volley but his effort in the area is just wide of the Birmingham goal.

46

Incidentally the word is at half time that Carlos Tevez is claiming that second goal after getting the slightest touch to the Nedum Onuoha header before it went into the net.

46

A quick run down the left sees Craig Bellamy's attempted cross hit off a defender and loop into the hands of Maik Taylor.

Second half
 

We are up and running for the second half and hopefully some more goals after that branstorming finish to the first half proceedings.

Half time
 

HALF TIME MANCHESTER CITY 3-1 BIRMINGHAM: Goals galore in the final seven minutes of the half hand City a two-goal cushion thanks to goals from Carlos Tevez, Nedum Onuoha and Emmanuel Adebayor with Cameron Jerome replying for the Blues.

45

Craig Bellamy gets a chance with a close range header after a free kick but it is straight at Maik Taylor.

45
Yellow Card
 

Cameron Jerome goes into the book for a foul on Craig Bellamy in stoppage time.

43
Goal
 

MAN CITY 3-1 BIRMINGHAM: Unbelievable this match as yet another goal goes in. Craig Bellamy does well down the left and pulls the ball back to EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR for a simple tap in from close range.

42
Goal
 

MAN CITY 2-1 BIRMINGHAM: The visitors are right back in this match now as James McFadden digs out a cross from the left and CAMERON JEROME heads in at the back post.

40
Goal
 

MAN CITY 2-0 BIRMINGHAM: It's two now inside two minutes as City win a corner down the left which is played in by Adam Johnson and NEDUM ONUOHA shrugs off Lee Bowyer to head in.

38
Goal
 

MAN CITY 1-0 BIRMINGHAM: CARLOS TEVEZ steps up and slams the penalty kick past Maik Taylor to hand City the lead.

37
Yellow Card
 

Roger Johnson is booked by the referee for his complaints to the referee over the penalty.

37
Penalty
 

Emmanuel Adebayor gets free in the area and is sent tumbling by Scott Dann. Looked a bit of a soft one that.

35

City again attack through Emmanuel Adebayor and Gareth Barry but the ball is played out to Adam Johnson while the winger is yards offside.

34

Another corner from Craig Bellamy down the right is cleared away by Keith Fahey as City are enjoying much more possession.

33

Craig Bellamy's corner is blocked and his follow up attempt is also blocked as Birmingham are holding firm.

32

Emmanuel Adebayor is played in by Carlos Tevez and gets past Roger Johnson but Maik Taylor comes out to deny him.

30

Gareth Barry wins a corner for City down the left. Adam Johnson whips it in but Birmingham finally clear as City are dominating.

28

City have been camped on the edge of the Blues area but they are finding it hard to unlock a well organised visiting defence.

26

A decent move forward sees Keith Fahey play in the over-lapping Liam Ridgewell but his attempted cross drops out for a goal kick.

24

Javier Garrido's shot from distance almost falls at the feet of Emmanuel Adebayor in the area but Scott Dann's attempted clearance then hits the striker before Maik Taylor gathers.

22

Birmingham are enjoying a decent spell of the ball but they are struggling to get past a strong City back line.

20

Birmingham win a corner down the right as the visitors play it short with James McFadden over-hitting his cross into the area out of play.

19

Lee Bowyer does very well to stop Craig Bellamy's rampaging run down the left and then goes to ground to cleverly win a free kick much to the City striker's anger.

17

So close to a goal for City as Birmingham struggle to clear the danger and Gareth Barry heads the ball into the path of Emmanuel Adebayor who pokes his shot wide of the far post past the onrushing Maik Taylor.

14

More neat incisive one-touch passing by City sees Emmanuel Adebayor set up Carlos Tevez on the edge of the area but his effort is wide of the mark.

13

Birmingham win a free kick wide out on the left which Keith Fahey plays in but City manage to clear the danger.

12

Cameron Jerome is looking isolated in attack as Alex McLeish looks like he wants his side to keep it tight as the Blues have lost five of their last six away games.

10

Craig Bellamy tries his luck from 25 yards out after cutting inside Craig Gardner but his low strike goes wide of the goal.

8

Carlos Tevez goes running at goal and tries to play in Emmanuel Adebayor down the right side of the area but his effort from an angle goes into the side-netting.

6

Nice build-up play by City as Emmanuel Adebayor tees up Nigel de Jong who blasts his shot high over the bar.

5

Adam Johnson whips a corner in from the left which Gareth Barry heads on but no team-mates are in the centre to get on the end of things. Adam Johnson gets another chance to whip the ball in but Maik Taylor takes the catch.

4

Cameron Jerome beats Kolo Toure for pace and pulls the ball back into the middle for Lee Bowyer who fails to shoot first time and is dispossessed by the City defence.

3

The playing surface is in exemplary condition and City are enjoying spraying the ball about on it as they are doing all the attacking in these early exchanges.

2

Craig Bellamy goes on a run at the Blues goal and tries to bend his shot towards the far corner but it actually hits off his team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor.

Kickoff
 

The action is underway at Eastlands with City aiming to secure three points to cement their place in the fourth Chammpions League spot, while Birmingham are aiming to secure a top-10 finish after an impressive first season back in the top flight.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Birmingham starting XI: Taylor, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Gardner, Bowyer, Ferguson, Fahey, Jerome, McFadden.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is unable to use goalkeeper Joe Hart under the terms of his loan deal from City, so veteran Maik Taylor comes in for his first Premier League game since the 0-0 draw between the two sides in November.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Man City starting XI: Given, Onuoha, Kompany, Toure, Garrido, Adam Johnson, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez, Adebayor.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Javier Garrido replaces Sylvinho - who sustained a calf injury against the Clarets - at left-back, while Patrick Vieira suffered a knee injury in the warm-up so is Nigel De Jong is drafted in at the last minute.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Manchester City make two changes from the side that won 6-1 at Burnley last Saturday for the visit of Birmingham to Eastlands.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Man City face Birmingham at 4pm on Sunday, April 11th.