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23:23 28th December 2009

Wolves Undone By City Slickers

Wolves 0

Manchester City 3 (Tevez 33, 86, Garrido 69)

Wolves were left unrewarded after a good display against Manchester City, going down to a 3-0 scoreline that totally flattered the big spenders of the Premier League.

A deflected opener and then a controversial second put the game out of Wanderers reach before Carlos Tevez added a third just before the end.

Mick McCarthy made five changes to the side that went down at Liverpool. Matt Jarvis, Nenad Milijaš, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Richard Stearman were all named as substitutes whilst the unfortunate Stephen Ward was suspended.

Into the starting line-up came Andrew Surman, Ronald Zubar, Michael Mancienne, George Elokobi and Chris Iwelumo.

Wolves kicked-off attacking the South Bank end on a bitterly cold evening and they enjoyed the best of the opening exchanges with Kevin Doyle dragging a 20-yard shot wide with the first attempt of the game.

Vincent Kompany had to boot the ball behind as Doyle tried to reach Iwelumo's flick but Surman's low corner was cleared.

In the 11th minute Iwelumo headed Mancienne's cross back into the path of Surman who volleyed over from the edge of the City area.

A deep free-kick from Tevez bounced off the head of Zubar towards the Wolves goal and Marcus Hahnemann, who was off his line, had to sprint back to claim.

Christophe Berra was penalised for a shove on Craig Bellamy to the left of the home box. Bellamy took the free-kick but Jody Craddock was there to head clear.

Karl Henry tested Shay Given with a 25-yard drive that skidded across the surface forcing a diving save from the Irish keeper.

Tevez fired wide of the near post and then the Argentinean supplied the cross from which Bellamy missed a sitter. The ball bounced to Bellamy off Berra but from six-yards out he blasted the ball over the bar.

But the visitors moved ahead in the 33rd minute with luck once again against Wanderers. Bellamy crossed from the left and Tevez ran in to hit a shot that Hahnemann looked to have covered until it hit Berra and bounced the other way.

Pablo Zabaleta was shown the yellow card after clattering into Zubar. The defender was soon back on his feet and a run down the right flank saw him cutting into the box and hitting a low cross that bounced off a defender to Kevin Foley whose hooked shot was deflected behind.

From Foley's corner, Elokobi powered a header that was going just wide but Zabaleta made sure by helping it on its way for a second corner. This time Surman took the kick and again it was Elokobi that made a connection with Given claiming his bouncing header.

In stoppage time Berra fell badly as he attempted to clear from Bellamy. The defender lay still before, after treatment, he was helped to his feet. He looked dazed as he was led to the tunnel.

Half-Time: Wolves 0 City 1

It didn't come as a surprise when Berra failed to appear at the start of the second-half with Stearman taking his place.

Henry won a midfield tussle with Nigel De Jong before sprinting towards the City goal and unleashing a shot that was both high and wide.

Bellamy looked to run from an offside position as he broke clear onto a long through ball but, with only Hahnemann to beat, he shot inches wide of the far post.

After a well constructed build up Surman slipped a short pass to Iwelumo whose shot from just inside the area appeared to take a deflection as it went over the bar. But the referee awarded a goalkick.

After City had introduced Javier Garrido for Stephen Ireland, Tevez fired into the arms of Hahnemann after both Elokobi and Mancienne had looked to be fouled in the build-up.

In the 62nd minute the tenacity of Doyle almost brought a reward. He dispossessed Micah Richards and then outpaced Kolo Toure before hitting an angled shot that went behind off the legs of Given.

Foley was booked after an innocuous challenge on Barry and he was followed into the book by Mancienne who fouled Gareth Barry on the edge of the Wolves box.

Garrido curled the free-kick home to double City's lead but the crowd and management team were angered by the fact that Bellamy and run from an offside position and then became involved in play in the build up. An enraged Hahnemann was booked for dissent.

Ebanks-Blake replaced Doyle and, after Tevez had been booked for not retreating at a free-kick, Jarvis went on in place of Foley.

Tevez had the chance of making it three after a City break but he chipped the ball over the unprotected Hahnemann and wide.

With 86 minutes on the clock, Tevez did put the final nail in the coffin after controlling a pass from Robinho and stroking an 18-yard shot into the inside of the side netting.

Wolves: Hahnemann, Foley (Jarvis 79), Elokobi, Mancienne, Craddock, Berra (Stearman 45), Surman, Henry (capt), Doyle (Ebanks-Blake 73), Iwelumo, Zubar.

Unused subs: Hennessey, Milijaš, Maierhofer, Castillo.

Bookings: Foley (63 - foul), Mancienne (68 - foul), Hahnemann (70 - dissent).

City: Given, Zabaleta, Toure (capt), Kompany, Richards, Bellamy, Petrov (Robinho 85), Tevez (Sylvinho 90), De Jong, Barry, Ireland (Garrido 55).

Unused subs: Taylor, Vidal, Boyata, Weiss.

Bookings: Zabaleta (35 - foul), Tevez (74 - not retreating at free-kick).

Referee: M. Jones.

Attendance: 28,957.

    Data provided by Press Association


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