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Ibanez Pablo receives a yellow card. Ibanez Pablo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Carlos Tevez fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Centre by Gabriel Tamas, save made by Joe Hart.
Carlos Tevez is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
Centre by Jerome Thomas, save by Joe Hart.
Chris Brunt takes a shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
Jerome Thomas produces a cross, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Giles Barnes.
The referee cautions Chris Brunt for unsporting behaviour. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Pablo Zabaleta. Gnegneri Toure Yaya fouled by Chris Brunt, the ref awards a free kick. Carlos Tevez takes the free kick.
Ishmael Miller takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
The ball is sent over by Gabriel Tamas, save by Joe Hart.
Red card for Youssouf Mulumbu. Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
Ishmael Miller joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Scharner.
Shot from just outside the area by Chris Brunt goes over the bar.
Centre by Chris Brunt.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Pablo Zabaleta. Chris Brunt takes the free kick.
Giles Barnes concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Giles Barnes sends in a cross, Pablo Zabaleta gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Jerome Thomas, Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance.
Gareth Barry takes a shot. Giles Barnes gets a block in.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya sends in a cross, clearance by Scott Carson.
The ball is sent over by Peter Odemwingie, save by Joe Hart.
Shot by Youssouf Mulumbu from outside the box goes over the target.
Giles Barnes produces a cross, clearance made by Jerome Boateng.
The ball is sent over by Giles Barnes, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Shot by Jerome Thomas. Blocked by Adam Johnson.
Vincent Kompany concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie. Peter Odemwingie takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Simon Cox by Gnegneri Toure Yaya results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gabriel Tamas.
Centre by Giles Barnes, Paul Scharner has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
The official flags Carlos Tevez offside. Gabriel Tamas restarts play with the free kick.
The referee shows Pablo Zabaleta a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Adam Johnson replaces David Silva. Pablo Zabaleta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Nicky Shorey shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Joe Hart. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Paul Scharner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Pablo Zabaleta goes into the referee's book. Adam Johnson replaces David Silva. Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on Youssouf Mulumbu. Shot on goal comes in from Nicky Shorey from the free kick, save made by Joe Hart. Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Paul Scharner challenges Gnegneri Toure Yaya unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Peter Odemwingie, Kolo Toure makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Barry. Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
Mario Balotelli sent off. Youssouf Mulumbu goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Mario Balotelli results in a free kick. Gabriel Tamas restarts play with the free kick.
Booking for Mario Balotelli. (West Brom) makes a substitution, with Giles Barnes coming on for Marek Cech. Peter Odemwingie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marc-Antoine Fortune. Free kick awarded for a foul by Mario Balotelli on Marek Cech. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Mario Balotelli crosses the ball, clearance by Ibanez Pablo.
The ball is sent over by Simon Cox.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Mario Balotelli. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Carson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Ibanez Pablo. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Chris Brunt, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Paul Scharner takes a shot.
Simon Cox has an effort at goal from outside the box hitting the post.
Gabriel Tamas takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Jerome Thomas. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Cox on Mario Balotelli. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Mario Balotelli, clearance by Ibanez Pablo.
Jerome Thomas fouled by Jerome Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Gabriel Tamas takes the direct free kick.
Jerome Thomas delivers the ball, Nigel De Jong manages to make a clearance.
Chris Brunt challenges Nigel De Jong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Kolo Toure takes the free kick.
Foul by David Silva on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Ibanez Pablo restarts play with the free kick.
Booking for Gareth Barry. Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner. Direct free kick taken by Youssouf Mulumbu.
The ball is delivered by Marek Cech, Mario Balotelli gets a block in.
Jerome Boateng challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jerome Thomas restarts play with the free kick.
Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Youssouf Mulumbu. Youssouf Mulumbu takes the free kick.
Simon Cox challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
Unfair challenge on Nicky Shorey by Mario Balotelli results in a free kick. A cross is delivered by Chris Brunt, Ibanez Pablo takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
Centre by Jerome Thomas, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Youssouf Mulumbu. Strike on goal comes in from Carlos Tevez from the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Jerome Thomas.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Youssouf Mulumbu. Mario Balotelli takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line played to the near post, Shot from 18 yards by Paul Scharner. Blocked by Pablo Zabaleta.
Unfair challenge on Ibanez Pablo by Mario Balotelli results in a free kick. Ibanez Pablo takes the free kick.
Mario Balotelli scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 0-2 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Chris Brunt results in a free kick. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt.
David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
Pablo Zabaleta challenges Chris Brunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Brunt delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
Mario Balotelli grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 0-1 Man City.Carlos Tevez provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is delivered by Jerome Boateng, clearance by Gabriel Tamas.
A cross is delivered by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, Gabriel Tamas makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Pablo Zabaleta, Ibanez Pablo makes a clearance.
Centre by Jerome Boateng, clearance made by Ibanez Pablo.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Ibanez Pablo. Corner taken by Mario Balotelli from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Nicky Shorey.
Shot from outside the area by Pablo Zabaleta misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Vincent Kompany. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jerome Boateng on Jerome Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Marek Cech.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Mario Balotelli. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Marek Cech, Joe Hart makes a save.
Nigel De Jong shown a yellow card. The referee gives a free kick against Nigel De Jong for handball. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line. Shot from 20 yards by Chris Brunt. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt played to the near post, Mario Balotelli makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The second half kicks off.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Odemwingie set for Baggies return
West Brom's top scorer Peter Odemwingie could return to the side for the match against Manchester City on Sunday.
The Nigerian striker, who suffered a knee injury in the Baggies' draw against Bolton at the beginning of October, has scored three goals in six Premier League appearance this season.
Midfielder James Morrison is still a doubt due to a knee injury, while Jonas Olsson's Achilles complaint could put him out until Christmas.
Gonzalo Jara will be suspended after being dismissed against Blackpool on Monday, but defender Pablo Ibanez is available after his red card from the same match was rescinded.
The pressure on Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is a symptom of modern football's "short-term" culture, according to West Brom head coach Roberto Di Matteo.
A win for the Baggies would take them above their wealthy visitors, as well as heap more pressure on Mancini.
Di Matteo believes the concept of giving a manager space to settle in has vanished in recent times.
"There doesn't seem to be a lot of patience in the last couple of years," he said.
"It makes it difficult. You lose a couple of games and you're under enormous pressure.
"Once upon a time you got a bit more time to work with players and build a team, so I guess it's just the way things are going at the moment.
"It's about short-term results rather than long-term targets."
Di Matteo admits the pressure on Mancini is not unique, as all bosses are expected to get results.
He said: "I think it's part of our job. If you lose a couple of games you're going to be put under pressure. That happens to everyone.
"It's not something that happens at just one club. It's the nature of our profession.
"Every club has its level of expectation. They are expecting as much from him as any other chairman expects from his manager.
"If I was bottom of the table you can imagine what kind of pressure I would be under. It just comes with the size of the club and the budget they have.
"It's normal that there's pressure on big clubs because they invest and they expect, but my chairman expects results from me."
Carlos Tevez is in contention to make his return to Mancini's side.
The captain's return from Argentina, where he had been battling a thigh problem as well as homesickness is a boost for the under-fire Italian, who has now overseen successive defeats to Arsenal, Wolves and Lech Poznan.
Yaya and Kolo Toure did not travel to Poland as a precaution but should be fit, while Aleksandar Kolarov could be in line for just a second Premier League appearance after recovering from a lengthy lay-off caused by an injured.
Pablo Zabaleta has told his City team-mates they must put any derby talk out of their minds until next week.
Any City clash with Manchester United is sure to receive plenty of hype but this year the stakes are even higher than usual.
City are no longer the poor relations in the clash and with their vastly improved spending power has come equally lofty ambitions, meaning everyone at the club knows they must perform against fellow title hopefuls like United.
But before Mancini's side can focus on their neighbours, who visit Eastlands on Wednesday, they must first deal with West Brom.
"The Manchester derby is coming up but right now the most important match is West Brom," said Zabaleta.
"We must keep our focus on that, because we really need to win it.
"Sometimes you lose games but losing three in a row is not good because you lose confidence. Now we have to be positive. We have to be ready for West Brom and for the derby next week."
The Argentinian, who captained a much-changed City side in their 3-1 defeat in Poznan on Thursday, continued: "Now it is about focusing and believing in ourselves because if you see the squad we have, it is full of fantastic players.
"Everyone here - the players and the staff - know that we have to try and change something, and try to win the next game.
"The Poznan game is over and our focus now has to be on West Brom. We need to keep our heads up and focus on that."
Balotelli brace wins it for City
Mario Balotelli netted twice before being sent off as Manchester City secured a 2-0 win at West Brom to ease the pressure on their manager Roberto Mancini.
Balotelli opened the scoring in the first half having combined with City skipper Carlos Tevez, who was back in the team following his two-match injury lay-off.
The Italian striker then converted David Silva's cross soon after to give the visitors - defeated in their last three matches - a two goal advantage.
Balotelli's afternoon took a turn for the worse after the break, though, when he was red-carded following a tangle with Youssouf Mulumbu, who was also sent for an early bath after scything down Tevez late on.
With Arsenal being defeated by Newcastle, the result meant fourth-placed City drew level on points with the Gunners in the Barclays Premier League.
It also meant the Blues overcame their hoodoo at The Hawthorns, where they had been beaten on their last four visits in all competitions - including a Carling Cup tie earlier in the season.
Given that and the recent struggles of Mancini's side, the Baggies had plenty of reasons to feel confident going into the match, and it was evident in the way they got started.
Chris Brunt ran on to a neat through-ball from Marc-Antoine Fortune after only a couple of minutes, with Kolo Toure making an interception which almost resulted in an own goal.
Moments later, Brunt curled in a shot that Vincent Kompany managed to block before Nigel de Jong picked up a yellow card for a blatant handball.
At the other end Balotelli, preferred as partner for Tevez in attack to the benched Emmanuel Adebayor, went down in the box under Marek Cech's challenge, but referee Lee Probert waved play on.
City were starting to impose themselves and Tevez's shot ricocheted off a West Brom shirt to Pablo Zabaleta, who fired over the bar.
Balotelli tried to find Tevez with a back heel just before the quarter hour mark and when he did claim possession, the skipper saw his effort deflect wide.
The link-up play was more effective in the 20th minute, though, as the visitors went ahead through Balotelli, the 20-year-old notching his first Premier League goal by sliding in to meet a cross from Tevez, who had latched on to Silva's incisive pass.
Silva had a chance to double the lead soon after but saw his attempt blocked by Scott Carson.
West Brom looked to respond quickly and Brunt delivered a useful cross which Fortune was just unable to get on the end of.
But having made the breakthrough, Balotelli took only six minutes to strike again and put City 2-0 up.
Silva was involved once more, lofting a pass to the former Inter Milan man who finished firmly despite the attentions of Gabriel Tamas.
The scoreline did not flatter City and they almost increased their advantage when Tevez sent a free-kick on to the roof of Carson's net.
Balotelli then caused uproar by bundling over Nicky Shorey, although Probert did not deem the incident worthy of a yellow card.
The City striker might have been presented with a chance to complete his hat-trick just before the break but Yaya Toure's cross was cleared away.
City continued to press as the second half got under way, with Jerome Boateng finding himself in an unusually advanced position and just beaten to the ball by Carson.
Simon Cox almost pulled one back for Albion in spectacular fashion, though, with a swerving effort that cracked against the post.
Having no doubt impressed watching Italy boss Cesare Prandelli with his finishing prowess, Balotelli then received his marching orders after being shown yellow and then red cards in quick succession.
The man advantage seemed to rouse the Baggies, who panicked City into hitting the ball against their own bar from a corner, before Joe Hart tipped Shorey's free-kick over.
Having been given fresh attacking impetus by the introduction of joint top scorer Peter Odemwingie - fit again after a knee injury - and Giles Barnes and roared on by their fans, the home side kept up the tempo, with Mulumbu and Brunt shooting too high.
But it was only in terms of players that they found themselves level with eight minutes of normal time remaining as Mulumbu was dismissed for a reckless lunge on Tevez - West Brom's third red card of the week after they were reduced to nine men at Blackpool on Monday.
Albion tried to remain on the front foot but could not find a way through as City made off with a morale-boosting three points.
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