By William Wood | In Match Reports - Home Games
Micah returned to action following injury, lining up in the centre of Manchester City’s defence as the side eased to a 3-0 win over Sunderland in the Premier League.
Having suffered an ankle injury while on Team GB service in the Olympics, the game marked Micah’s first appearance for City since their title-winning exploits at the end of last season, and he was in rampaging form as Roberto Mancini’s men kept their first clean sheet of the campaign.
The City fans had barely taken their seats when their side were in front, Aleksander Kolarov guiding his latest exquisite free-kick home to make it 1-0 after just 5 minutes.
A lively opening 20 minutes saw much endeavour from both sides, if few clear-cut chances, before Pablo Zabaleta down the right saw his effort saved by Simon Mignolet.
Craig Gardner’s sloppy clearance almost enabled Carlos Tevez to double City’s advantage, only for John O’Shea to make the block, with the hosts keeping a tight enough grip on preceedings to never look in danger.
In the second-half, though, they had to be alert from the off, with Micah blocking Steven Fletcher’s volley off-the-line, and Joleon Lescott called into action early doors to deny former teammate Adam Johnson.
At the other end, Micah demonstrated his attacking prowess as he connected with a corner only for Garnder to make the block, before his follow up effort was cleared off-the-line by Danny Rose.
Kolarov isn’t just talented from set pieces and he demonstrated exactly how as he raced back to slide in on Johnson and deny the winger a one-on-one with Joe Hart in City’s goal.
You could feel a growing sense of unease among the City fans, conscious that there side were still only a goal to the good, but they were put at ease as substitute Sergio Aguero made his presence felt immediately. Kolarov’s perfectly weighted cross was met by the Argentina internationl who placed his shot beyond Sunderland’s stopper to make it 2-0.
Micah wasn’t going to give up his hunt for a goal, and he once again rose highest to meet a corner only for his superb header to be cleared from the goal-line, whilst his latest audacious over-head kick flew over with Mignolet scrambling.
With minutes remaining, James Milner found a third, curling a free-kick goalwards which was deflected on by Gardner to make it 3-0, and there was still time for Aguero to go close to a fourth, with only Mignolet’s fine save denying him.
Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Richards, Lescott, Kolarov; Milner, Barry, Y.Toure, Silva; Balotelli, Tevez.
Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, Rose, Cuellar, O’Shea; Johnson, Colback, Larsson, McClean; Sessegnon, Fletcher.