By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games
Manchester City were defeated 1-0 by Swansea and with it knocked off top spot in the Premier League by arch-rivals Manchester United.
Joe Hart denied Scott Sinclair from the penalty spot early doors, but City weren’t able to find a reply to Luke Moore’s late header.
A lively start saw City on the back foot, and the hosts were awarded a penalty within 5 minutes as Hart was adjudged to have brought down Wayne Routledge. Sinclair stepped up to take it but Hart made amends with a fine save, denying Swansea’s striker and keeping the score at 0-0.
Mario Balotelli flashed an effort wide as City began to get a foot I’m the game, whilst Yaya Toure saw his volley deflected over.
Roberto Mancini could be seen increasingly animated on the touch line, and he was sufficiently concerned to make a change just 36 minutes in, bringing Gareth Barry off and introducing Sergio Aguero.
The visitors were seeing a fair portion of the ball without carving open Swansea’s defence, and even four consecutive corners went by with no more than a wayward David Silva shot to show for them.
It remained deadlocked at the interval, and continued in much the same fashion as the first half with both teams showing willingness without any final product.
Balotelli had a penalty shout turned away when he was seemingly barges over, whilst Micah saw an effort saved by Michael Vorm with 22 minutes remaining.
With City seemingly struggling, Swansea seemed to gain confidence in their own endeavours, and Routledge wasted a good opportunity after fine build up around City’s box.
And it was Swansea that found a way through, Routledge capitalising on a loose ball in midfield and picking out Luke Moore who headed beyond Hart to make it 1-0.
Balotelli went close immediately with a low drive that was saved, whilst Kolo Toure had a fizzing effort tipped over from 25 yards.
Micah thought he had levelled things with a powerful header but the celebrations were caught short as he was flagged offside, whilst Worm was on hand to deny Edin Dzeko from a header.
The final whistle went and with Manchester United beating West Brom at Old Trafford, City were supplanted at the top of the table.
Swansea: Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Caulker, Rangel, Britton, Sinclair, Routledge, Allen, Sigurdsson, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Monk, McEachran, Gower, Lita, Moore
Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Savic, Clichy, K Toure, Barry, Nasri, Silva, De Jong, Y Toure, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Kolarov, Milner, Pizarro, Johnson, Dzeko, Aguero