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18:25 22nd August 2009

Wolves Run City Close

Manchester City 1 (Adebayor 17)   Wolves 0   Although Manchester City wasted chances to kill off the game after Emmanuel Adebayor's 17th minute goal, Wolves made the Premier League's big spenders fight all the way and after Andy Keogh had smacked a shot against the bar it was the home fans that were baying for the final whistle at the end.   Wolves were unchanged for the trip to the City of Manchester Stadium and they kicked-off defending the end of the ground that housed a sell out 2,800 travelling support.   Keogh's shove on Gareth Barry presented the former Villa midfielder with the opportunity of planting an early free-kick into the Wolves box. Adebayor headed the ball on but Wayne Hennessey jumped high to collect.   Greg Halford's long throw was helped on by Jody Craddock but the ball went beyond the reach of Keogh who dragged a shot wide moments later.   Stephen Ward had to concede a corner to prevent Micah Richards from getting in a cross and Halford headed clear Barry's flag-kick.   Michael Mancienne cleared a dangerous cross from Carlos Tévez but the Argentinean played a part as City took a 17th minute lead with the first on target shot of the game.   Wayne Bridge's centre from the left dropped to Tévez and he quickly laid the ball in front of Adebayor who turned and beat Hennessey with a low shot inside the near post.   A foul by Dave Edwards on Shaun Wright-Phillips led to another Barry free-kick, this time from 25-yards, but his effort went straight into the arms of Hennessey.   Stephen Ireland laid a Wright-Phillips cross into the path of Adebayor and although he connected well with a first-time shot, Hennessey didn't have to move his feet to claim.   The Welsh keeper was then forced to make three saves in a two minute spell. First he took an angled shot from Robinho and then he made a similar stop from the Brazilian after Adebayor had carved an opening.   City continued to press and after Richard Stearman had been booked for a challenge on Robinho, just outside the area, Tévez hit the free-kick into the wall and latched onto the rebound firing through a crowded area and forcing a diving save from Hennessey.   In the 32nd minute Hennessey tipped over a cross-shot from Robinho before a rare Wolves attack saw Edwards shooting over the bar from 20-yards out.   Then, five minutes before the break, Shay Given made a tremendous save to turn behind Matt Jarvis's long range shot that was destined for the top corner.   Tévez wasted a good chance when he headed wide from Barry's centre and the half ended with a Keogh shot into the side netting although Given looked to have the ball covered.   Half-Time: City 1 Wolves 0   Twice in the opening minutes of the new half, Keogh centres were too high for his team-mates and then interval substitute George Elokobi, on for Halford, took the ball off Wright-Phillips as the winger threatened to burst through. Kevin Doyle also came on at the break in place of Nenad Milijaš.   Ireland flicked the ball wide in a one on one with Hennessey after he had run onto Robinho's through ball, and Adebayor volleyed over after he had been set up once again by Tévez.   Stearman headed a yard wide of the far post after a cross from Jarvis and then, at the other end, Adebayor broke through as he ran onto a pass from Ireland. But his touch let him down as he skipped past the Wolves keeper and, from a tight angle, he could only find the side netting.   Midway through the half the woodwork denied the tireless Keogh the goal his work rate deserved. Kolo Touré and Doyle tussled for possession in the Wolves area and when the ball broke to Keogh he smashed a volley from the edge of the box that hit the underside of the bar and bounced to safety.   Wolves were enjoying a purple patch and Given had to push a driven centre from Elokobi behind at the near post. From another Elokobi centre Stearman's header was taken by Given before Mick McCarthy made his final change with Sam Vokes going on for Ward who had pushed up into midfield after the introduction of Elokobi.   Craig Bellamy, a City replacement for Tévez, just failed to get his outstretched foot to Robinho's low cross but Wolves finished the game strongly piling forward in search of an equaliser.   A driven cross from Jarvis was just too far in front of Doyle and Stearman and the game reached its conclusion as Stearman headed over following an Elokobi centre.   At the end the Molineux supporters, whose backing throughout the game had been tremendous, gave their team a standing ovation.   City: Given, Richards, Bridge, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Robinho (De Jong 83), Barry, Dunne (capt), Adebayor, Touré, Tévez (Bellamy 73).   Unused subs: Taylor, Zabaleta, Onuoha, Petrov, Weiss.   Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Ward, Milijaš (Doyle 45), Craddock (capt), Mancienne, Halford (Elokobi 45), Edwards, Keogh (Vokes 81), Henry, Jarvis.   Unused subs: Surman, Hahnemann, Jones, Berra.   Booking: Stearman (30 - foul).   Referee: L. Mason.   Attendance: 47,287.   PICTURED: Kevin Doyle battles it out with Kolo Touré.  
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