• Date: Tue 09 February 2010
  • Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
  • Ref: Jones, M
  • Attendance: 42,016
Manchester City

Manchester City

Tevez (31) P

Adebayor (73)

2 - 0

Manchester City vs Bolton Wanderers

Team Lineups

Manchester City

Shay Given
Wayne Bridge (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 68)
Pablo Zabaleta
Kolo Toure, K (Joleon Lescott, 55)
Adam Johnson, A (Silvio Sylvinho, 85)
Gareth Barry
Patrick Vieira
Vincent Kompany
Nigel de Jong
Emmanuel Adebayor
Carlos Tevez

Bolton Wanderers

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Paul Robinson
Zat Knight
Gretar Steinsson
Sam Ricketts
Fabrice Muamba
Tamir Cohen (Mark Davies, M, 74)
Chung-Yong Lee
Jack Wilshere (Matt Taylor, 78)
Johan Elmander
Kevin Davies, K

Match Report
Goals from Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor sealed a workmanlike victory for Manchester City, who put defeat at Hull behind them with a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers. City handed home debuts to Adam Johnson and Patrick Vieira and faced a Bolton side crucially without defender Gary Cahill, who was missing with a blood clot in his left arm. Both City players were to become crucial in a game of vital importance to both sides. Mindful of their leaky defence in recent games, City used the height and experience of the solid defensive midfield trio of Nigel de Jong, flanked by Vieira and Gareth Barry to counter the expected physical Bolton approach. The first half plaudits, however, went to home debutant Johnson whose enthusiasm and pace proved hard to counter down City's right flank. It was Johnson whose attacking ethic prised open the Bolton defence on several occasions in the first half, eventually earning a penalty for City after 31 minutes. Tevez gave City the lead from the spot when livewire winger left Arsenal prodigy Jack Wilshire trailing in his wake and was tripped by Paul Robinson as he tried to go round him at the byline and into the box. The Argentine striker powered his penalty at Jussi Jaaskelainen, whose outstretched left hand took the sting out of the strike but the Finn could only watch in despair as the ball spun off his hand and rolled into the back of the net. The second half saw Tevez rattle the Bolton bar after 52 minutes and Johnson's far post cross-shot had home fans out of their seats, but it took until the 73rd minute for City to make the game safe with the move of the match. Adebayor was relishing linking up with his old Arsenal team-mate and there was a genuine flash of brilliance when Vieira turned creator from deep in midfield. Vieira launched a 35-yard direct pass onto the chest of the Togolese striker, who turned and volleyed past a helpless Jaaskelainen. City's two-goal cushion forced Bolton into a more aggressive stance in a bid to get themselves back into the game but Roberto Mancini's side were capable of holding onto the lead comfortably.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The referee blows the whistle for full time


Knight's header clears the bar after nice play from Bolton


Johnson has been named man of the match and he thoroughly deserves that for his performance tonight


Elmander tries to turn the ball into the net from a free kick but the angle is too tight in the end


There'll be 5 minutes of added time at the end of this second half


It looks like City are content to see these last minutes out without pressing forward too much


Johnson comes off to a standing ovation and is replaced by Silvio Sylvinho


Tevez takes another free kick for City. His effort is headed away by Bolton, who try to break through Taylor but to no avail


Taylor's free kick towards the back post is cleared by Vieira with Kevin Davies lurking dangerously


Lee is through on goal but Given comes out and makes himself a big obstacle to get past. Lee's weak prod is straight at Given


Matt Taylor comes on for Wilshere


Johnson picks out Adebayor on the edge of the box. The striker claims that the ball was handled by a Bolton player but the referee isn't convinced

Yellow Card

Robinson is booked for a crunching challenge on Wright-Phillips. That could have been a red card


Mark Davies comes on for Cohen


Adebayor smashes the ball into the back of the net after being picked out brilliantly by Vieira


Pablo Zabaleta picks out Wright-Phillips, who plays the ball back to him. Nice build-up play from City and Cohen is forced to track back to prevent Barry from pulling the trigger in the box


Wright-Phillips tries to attack the ball on the right but Wilshere does well to cover for Bolton


Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on for Bridge


Cohen's neat backheel from inside the box goes wide of the target


Lee beats Bridge to the ball in the box but fails to get his shot away. Bolton are playing very well at the moment and City need to pick the pace up a little


Barry's header flies over the bar from Johnson's free kick

Yellow Card

Muamba is booked for a heavy challenge


The City fans are sounding nervous right now because Bolton do look threatening when they break forward


Barry needs to act quickly to clear a headed effort across goal from Knight. Seconds later, Elmander's shot is skewed wide


Johnson poses problems once again. He runs into the box on the right and tries to curl in a great effort to the far post but his attempt goes wide with Tevez lurking


Toure makes way for Joleon Lescott after failing to recover from that leg injury


Lee and Wilshere link up nicely outside the box but City clear the ball, more through luck than judgement


Cohen gives away a free kick after handling the ball. Tevez steps up to take the free kick and the ball smacks the top of the bar


Toure is moving a little uncomfortably at the moment and City might need to make a change


Knight is back on his feet and looks OK to continue


Knight is down injured after chaos from a Bolton free kick in the box. He seems to have landed awkwardly after trying to win the ball


Elmander crosses from the right after poor defensive work from Bridge but the cross is poor in the end

Second half

The second half is underway

Half time

The referee blows the whistle for half time


Bolton have a free kick right on the edge of the box. Tamir Cohen slams the ball straight at the wall


Wilshere's weak shot from inside the box is gathered comfortably by Given but that was poor defending from City to let him have that attempt


Wilshere gives away a free kick after what looks like a nasty grab on Tevez. Slightly rash there from the youngster


Adebayor has a decent chance to score after a mistake from Ricketts but he shoots wide of the far post


Muamba has another attempt from outside the box but he skews this effort wide and high


Bolton have responded well since going behind, as Wilshere gets a good cross in from the left and Given has to pull off a smart save from a deflected Fabrice Muamba shot


Elmander and Kolo Toure come together in the box. There are calls for a Bolton penalty but the referee blows the whistle in favour of the home team


A mix-up between Johnson and Vieira in the box nearly lets Lee in but he can't quite get the ball under control


That goal is harsh on Bolton but you feel City needed that piece of good fortune. Great work from Johnson to win the penalty


Tevez smashes the ball into the back of the net. Jaaskelainen got a hand to it but couldn't keep it out


Penalty to Man City after Johnson draws Paul Robinson into a foul just inside the box


Wilshere is playing really well right now; City are struggling to cope with his movement and ability to create space in midfield


Wilshere does well for Bolton, bombing up the pitch and then spreading play across to the right. Gretar Steinsson crosses from the right into the area but City clear the ball


Bolton are seeing more of the ball at the moment and City no longer look as much of a threat in attack


Zat Knight gets across well to prevent Tevez winning the ball on the left for City


Bolton have a free kick in a dangerous position. The ball is fizzed into the box but Given punches it clear when he maybe should have caught it


Adebayor tries to sprint past Sam Ricketts but the Bolton man does well to hold him off and Bolton can break forward through Wilshere and Elmander. A nice piece of play ends with Barry clearing the ball for City


Elmander is picked out by Kevin Davies, who wins a header. Elmander shoots from outside the box and it isn't a bad attempt in the end but Shay Given watches the ball go past the post without too much concern


Johnson finds Adebayor, who passes to Tevez. Tevez slots the ball to Gareth Barry with a neat little reverse pass but the midfielder shoots wide of the near post


Vieira is pinging crosses around from midfield with ease and could be a dominant force tonight for City. He nearly picks out Adebayor with a ball from the halfway line but it doesn't quite come off


Man City have had nearly 70% of the possession so far and are looking dangerous up front


Johan Elmander nearly picks out Chung-Yong Lee in the box after Vincent Kompany played him onside but the ball just runs away from him at the last second


Adebayor tries an ambitious overhead kick from inside the box. His effort goes wide but this has been a great start from City


Johnson tries to pick out Emmanuel Adebayor with a low pass in the box but the ball goes just behind him. Carlos Tevez is able to get his shot away but it's weak


Bridge finds space on the left and gets his cross into the box. Patrick Vieira, just in front of goal, nearly has a good chance to score but Jussi Jaaskelainen gathers the ball


Wayne Bridge has had some decent early touches down the left for City and will be looking to do his talking on the pitch tonight


The game is underway

Awaiting Kickoff

Manchester City start with recent signings Patrick Vieira and Adam Johnson, with Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stephen Ireland missing out. Bolton, who could really do with the three points here, start with Jack Wilshere, on loan from Arsenal