• Date: Sun 31 January 2010
  • Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
  • Ref: Atkinson, M
  • Attendance: 44,015
Manchester City

Manchester City

Adebayor (40)

Kompany (45)

2 - 0

Manchester City vs Portsmouth

Team Lineups

Manchester City

Shay Given
Pablo Zabaleta (Nedum Onuoha, 38)
Javier Garrido
Kolo Toure, K
Stephen Ireland
Martin Petrov (Craig Bellamy, 73)
Gareth Barry
Vincent Kompany (Dedryck Boyata, 59)
Nigel de Jong
Emmanuel Adebayor
Carlos Tevez

Portsmouth

David James
Hermann Hreidarsson (Steve Finnan, 27)
Anthony Vanden Borre
Tal Ben Haim
Jamie O'Hara
Hayden Mullins (Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, 85)
John Utaka
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Angelos Basinas
Marc Wilson
Danny Webber (Frederic Piquionne, 77)

Match Report
Despite a display well below their normal high standards, Manchester City still managed to beat basement side Portsmouth 2-0 at Eastlands. But against a better class of opposition City could well have struggled, as they appeared to be suffering a hangover from their midweek Carling Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester United. Apart from a brief spell before half-time, when City scored their two goals, it was a laboured performance in which Pompey, without a won at City since 1963, were far from second best for lengthy periods. Indeed, it was hard to believe that virtually the whole length of the table separated the two teams such was the nature of the game in which City's victory came at a cost after they lost defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Vincent Kompany through injury. Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor returned from the Africa Cup of Nations while there were also recalls for Martin Petrov and Stephen Ireland, as Roberto Mancini made four changes from the starting line-up for their Carling Cup semi-final as Micah Richards, Craig Bellamy, Dedryck Boyata and Shaun Wright-Phillips lost out. Pompey made the livelier start in which John Utaka and Jamie O'Hara had decent chances, while Danny Webber might have won an early penalty after appearing to be shoved off the ball by Javier Garrido. It was not until midway through the opening half that City began to threaten when Petrov and Kompany both saw efforts fly narrowly wide. There was another let-off for City when Anthony Vanden Borre's shot took a deflection off Kompany and looped over keeper Shay Given before hitting the crossbar. City's nerves were soothed when Adebayor broke the deadlock in the 40th minute running on to an Ireland through ball and shooting high into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. And they doubled their advantage in first-half stoppage time when Kompany headed home Petrov's corner to leave Pompey with a mountain to climb. In fairness to Pompey, they took the game to City and more than matched their more illustrious opponents in a second period of few chances, though Carlos Tevez came close to adding a third goal after his shot struck the upright.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The referee brings an end to the game

90

Piquionne loops a fairly weak effort over the top of the bar

87

The ball falls at the feet of Piquionne about a yard in front of goal but he's unable to react quickly enough and Given grabs the ball

84
Substitution
 

Hayden Mullins comes off for Quincy Owusu-Abeyie

81

Barry glances a header wide from a Bellamy corner

79

Great chance for City to score another goal. Bellamy picks out Tevez this time with an accurate pass. Tevez takes a touch, turns a Portsmouth defender and whacks the ball against the post

78

Bellamy sprints into the box with the ball and tries to pick out Tevez in front of goal. Great run from Bellamy but not a fantastic final ball

76
Substitution
 

Frederic Piquionne comes on for Webber

73
Yellow Card
 

Boateng is booked for a late challenge

72
Substitution
 

Petrov makes way for Craig Bellamy

72

Barry finds Tevez with a beauty of a pass. Petrov makes a good run but for some reason stops moving and the chance slips away

69

Petrov's shot from distance goes wide

68

Boateng picks out Utaka, who nearly finds himself through on goal with the ball but it just isn't quite happening for Pompey at the moment and City clear the danger

66

Kevin-Prince Boateng sends a free kick high and wide

65

Basinas' stinging shot is saved well by Given but the ball comes out to Webber, who trips comically over it and falls over just yards from the goal

63

City have a free kick. Petrov strikes the ball but James has a clear view of the attempt and collects without any trouble

61
Yellow Card
 

Nigel de Jong is deservedly booked for a rash challenge

60

Onuoha is looking a threat for City. He's made a couple of promising forward runs in the last few minutes

58
Substitution
 

Kompany has picked up an injury and is replaced by Dedryck Boyata

57

Possession has been split precisely 50/50 so far this half but it is Portsmouth creating more in the final third

55

Basinas shoots but the angle makes it difficult for him and his attempt poses Given no problems

53

O'Hara's strike from outside the box goes just wide, with Given stranded in the middle of the goal

52

Portsmouth have a corner after a spell of good pressure. The ball falls to the feet of Toure, who does well to clear

49

Utaka bombs into the box with great pace but Toure does well to recover and make a good tackle in a dangerous position

48

Portsmouth have started the half brightly, with City still looking lethargic and laboured

46

O'Hara's free kick is safely gathered in by Given

Second half
 

The second half is underway

Half time
 

The referee brings an end to the first half

45
Goal
 

Kompany powers in a header from a corner to send City into the break another goal up

45

There are shouts for a penalty as Vanden Borre seems to foul Garrido. The ball comes out to Tevez, who shoots towards goal but James makes the save

43
Yellow Card
 

Basinas is booked for a late challenge

43

Ireland tries to pick out Garrido on the left wing but the ball goes out for a Portsmouth throw

41

That goal is harsh on Pompey, who have played very well in this first half

39
Goal
 

Adebayor opens the scoring with a clinical, stinging finish. There was a hint of offside about the goal but great play from the striker

37
Substitution
 

Nedum Onuoha comes on for Zabaleta, who has failed to recover from that facial injury

36

Great chance for Pompey to open the scoring, as Vanden Borre's deflected effort strikes the bar

33

The crowd seem to be getting impatient with the way City are playing. There's no attacking urgency at all from the home side

31

Zabaleta is down injured after being caught in the face by a flailing arm

29

Kompany wins a header from a corner but fails to get any direction on his attempt. He complains that his shirt was being pulled but there didn't seem to be too much wrong there

28

Danny Webber is blocked off by Garrido as he tries to advance into the box with the ball. O'Hara takes the free kick, which is collected by Given

26
Substitution
 

Hreidarsson has failed to recover from that early injury and is replaced by Steve Finnan

25

Ireland finds himself in acres of space at the back post. He is picked out by Tevez but Ireland's effort is saved by James

23

Martin Petrov shoots from distance and the ball goes narrowly wide of David James' post

22
Yellow Card
 

Ireland tries to play in Tevez but he's pulled back by Marc Wilson just outside the box. Wilson picks up the first booking of the game

19

Kolo Toure shrugs off O'Hara and crosses the ball towards the near post but Portsmouth manage to clear their lines

17

Pompey are enjoying a good spell of pressure near the City box at the moment, with the home team struggling to break up the play

16

O'Hara crosses from the left but there's nobody in the box for Portsmouth to meet the ball

13

Stephen Ireland shapes to shoot after good work from Gareth Barry but the ball just runs away from him a little and his shot takes a deflection

12

Pablo Zabaleta plays a nice one-two with Tevez in the box but Pompey clear the danger well

11

Hreidarsson looks OK to continue. This has been a promising start from Pompey

9

Anthony Vanden Borre fouls Tevez, who has been quiet so far for City. Seconds later, Hreidarsson stretches to get on the end of a free kick and looks to have picked up a slight injury

7

Pompey win a corner, which is taken by Angelos Basinas short to Jamie O'Hara. O'Hara shoots towards the near post but Given makes a comfortable save

5

It's been a lively start from both sides, as Hermann Hreidarsson crosses the ball into the box from the left. Javier Garrido appears to push a Pompey player over but the referee isn't interested

3

Shay Given makes a rare mistake, weakly tapping the ball from a harmless cross into the path of John Utaka, who fails to take advantage of the opportunity and sends his attempt high and wide

2

Carlos Tevez receives the ball in the box and tries to shift into a shooting position but the ball goes out for a corner

Kickoff
 

Referee Martin Atkinson gets the game underway

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Manchester City have Emmanuel Adebayor back in their starting line-up for a clash against a struggling Pompey side in crisis at the moment

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Man City face Portsmouth at 1:30pm on Sunday, January 31st.