By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers fought out a close encounter at the City of Manchester Stadium, with the hosts eventually claiming a 1-0 win.
Micah was named among the substitutes for the clash with Pablo Zabaleta lining up on the right, whilst Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez started up front.
It was Bolton who went closest early on as City’s defence was caught napping and Lee Chung-Yong unleashed a powerful drive that flew just over.
However, having already tested Jussi Jaaskelainen with a low shot, Tevez put the home side in front as a fine ball through from Yaya Toure set him on his way, and the striker slotted beyond the keeper to make it 1-0.
Minutes later City felt they should have had a penalty as the ball seemingly struck Gary Cahill’s arm, whilst at the other end Martin Petrov – against his former club – saw a deflected free-kick swoop just wide.
Kolo Toure was forced off halfway through the first half with a knock so Joleon Lescott came on for him, and a few tasty challenges kept the atmosphere going.
Zabaleta should have made it two when he was set clean through only to miscue his shot, whilst Tevez missed the target again from close range with a left footed effort.
The Argentina international had a chance to make amends within moments of the restart and he certainly did better with his shot, though it was palmed clear by Jaaskelainen.
City were stepping up the pressure as they continued their search for a second, and Balotelli went close as he struck the woodwork though in truth, with the goal at his mercy from eight yards, his shot rebounded from the foot of the post.
It was quickly becoming the Jaaskelainen as the stopper was called into action time and time again, and Balotelli forced him into another save at the near post after 58 minutes.
Silva was the next in line to hit the woodwork as his turn and shot came back off crossbar, whilst Kolarov charged through on goal only to hit the side-netting.
However, events took a turn for the worse for the defender as he collected a second booking after a powerful challenge on Sam Ricketts and was duly handed his marching orders.
Gareth Barry slotted in at left back whilst Micah came on for Silva to shore things up, and at the others end Balotelli continued to probe the Bolton defence as City looked to put daylight between them and their opponents.
The final whistle was blown and the Eastlanders had to settle for a one goal win, though only Jaaskelainen stood between the team and a comfortable victory.
Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov; Toure, Barry, De Jong, Silva, Tevev, Balotelli.
Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen; Ricketts, Knight, Cahill, Robinson; Lee, Muamba, M Davies, Petrov; Elmander, K Davies.