By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City saw off Lech Poznan comfortably enough in the Europa League, with an Emmanuel Adebayor hat-trick putting the Polish outfit to the sword at Eastlands.
Micah lined up on the right from the start in his first full 90 minute outing following injury, and he looked solid throughout as he got to grips with first-team football once again.
City were almost caught out early on when Nigel De Jong was dispossessed on the edge of his box only for Slawomir Peszko to flash his shot wide.
Adam Johnson replied quickly following a nice ball from Patrick Vieira but the winger’s own effort went wayward in a lively start, and the home faithful didn’t have long to wait for the opening goal.
Vieira’s ball in to Adebayor was collected exquisitely by the Togo international who rolled the back and away from the defender before slotting the ball home to hand City the lead.
The goal was more than deserved for the hosts who had dominated possession, and their early efforts were to be rewarded moments later as Adebayor grabbed his second.
The striker lost his man in the box and Silva’s inch-perfect cross picked out its man, with Adebayor angling his header into the corner to make it 2-0.
Between Johnson, Adebayor, Wright-Phillips and Silva, the visitors had little time to recuperate, and from the latter’s dangerous cross in after 40 minutes, the giant City striker could have sealed a first-half hat-trick only for Marcin Kikut to get back to clear.
By half-time the game looked all but wrapped up but there was a surprise for the Premier League side as their opponents pulled a goal back within minutes of the restart.
A mix up at the box saw the City defence anticipate a penalty given away by Joleon Lescott only for the referee to wave play on, and in the following mayhem the ball fell to Joel Tshibamba who tapped home to make it 2-1.
Silva continued his impressive display with a mazy run through several defenders only for his shot to be tipped round the post, whilst at the other end Tshibamba could have grabbed a second only to blaze over.
Just as City looked vulnerable, however, a delightful ball by Silva allowed Adebayor to sweep home and seal his hat-trick, as well as City’s third to make it 3-1.
There was still time for Johnson to jink his way passed two visiting defenders but his curled shot flicked off the crossbar, and City had to make do with the win as it was, well on their way to sealing qualification from the group and with Micah making a solid return to action.
Man City: Hart, Lescott, Richards, Boyata, Zabaleta, De Jong, Vieira, Wright-Phillips, Silva, Adam Johnson, Adebayor. Subs: Given, Bridge, Kompany, Milner, Jo, Tevez, Toure Yaya.
Lech Poznan: Buric, Kikut, Bosacki, Arboleda, Henriquez, Peszko, Injac, Drygas, Wilk, Krivets, Tshibamba. Subs: Kotorowski, Gancarczyk, Djurdjevic, Zapotoka, Stilic, Rudnevs, Wichniarek.