By William Wood | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City ended their season on a high as they secured a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at the City of Manchester stadium, with Micah having a helping hand in the goal, and the 20-year old reflected on a winning finish exclusively with Micahrichards.com.
With Mark Hughes’ side looking to grab a top-ten place in the final game of the campaign, Robinho and Stephen Ireland strove to drive City forward early on.
The lively Shaun Wright-Phillips had the first clear chance of the match, collecting Felipe Caicedo’s pass and blasting just wide, but the home fans only had a few minutes to wait for the opener.
Some fine interchange between Robinho , Ireland and Micah eventually saw the latter acrobatically cross the ball towards Caicedo, and the young striker found the back of the net to send the crowd into raptures.
Wright-Phillips went close once again with just 10 minutes on the clock, firing towards goal only for Jussi Jaaskelainen to tip it over.
With the Eastlanders in front, Gary Megson’s side began to come more into the game and after a sustained spell of pressure, Kevin Davies volleyed wide of the post from ten yards out.
Moments later, Matt Davies looked to be through on goal, but Micah recognised the danger and rushed across to make the tackle, while the England defender was on hand to direct Matt Taylor’s ferocious effort wide.
In response, Robinho collected the loose ball following Ireland’s cross and struck the outside of Jasskelainen’s post, while Micah almost added a second on the turn for City.
The Trotters then saw an effort cleared off the line, Johan Elmander directing the ball goal-wards only for Richard Dunne to knock the ball away from danger.
It was much of the same in the second half, with Bolton probing without any real substance and City continuing to threaten on the break, Caicedo going close once again with a right-footed shot that flew just wide of the goal.
Even the centre-backs were getting in on the act, Nedum Onouha charging from the heart of City’s defence and almost connecting with a one-two with Caicedo before Bolton could clear, an effort that was greeted with mass applause from the stands.
Robinho, Ireland and co. were bringing out all of the tricks, and it was from one delightful flick from the Republic of Ireland international that Micah almost set Caicedo up for his second, though he was unable to get his effort under the bar.
There were several other half-chances before the clock ran down, Micah once again heading just yards wide and Wright-Phillips looking to add his name to the scoresheet, but as it was it remained 1-0 and Hughes can now turn his attentions to a summer rebuild.
“We’re delighted to finish the season with a win, and it was a solid performance,” Micah said.
“We kept the clean-sheet which, on a personal level, is satisfying.”
The youngster once again demonstrated his attacking as well as his defensive prowess, and he remained adamant that his hand in the goal was a conscious one.
“Ha ha – I meant to do it,” he continued. “In my eyes it was a great piece of vision.”
Micah, who donned the If U Care Share wristband in support of the charity throughout the match, and the rest of the City squad will now depart for the summer, though the Birmingham-born full-back already has his eyes on England U21’s campaign as well as next season.
“I can’t wait for next season already, especially as I’ve found real form and fitness over the last few weeks.
“There’s also the England U21 Championship coming up soon which is a great stage to test yourself against the best up-and-coming players, so there’s a lot to look forward to.”