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Thursday December 17, 2009Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 0 Manchester City

By William Wood | In Match Reports - Away Games

Manchester City were soundly beaten by Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, the 3-0 score-line underlying their top-four credentials as Micah completed the full 90 minutes.

City’s build up had been disrupted by an outbreak of swine flu and injuries, including to Joleon Lescott, whilst Spurs themselves had several absences.

Micah was involved from the off, attacking down the right, before Carlos Tevez got the first shot of the match away from 25-yards only for the attempt to fly high and wide.

The hosts were, however, unwilling to allow their northern rivals to seize command of the encounter, and they almost grabbed an early lead following a glorious run of play.

Vedran Corluka picked out Peter Crouch who in turn found Aaron Lennon, with the diminutive winger finding Niko Kranjcar, but the Croatia international fired wide.

Gareth Barry then went close to handing Spurs an opening as his slack header back to Shay Given fell to Jermaine Defoe, but the England marksman failed to pick out Peter Crouch who had worked an opening at the far post.

Kranjcar had another opportunity to break the deadlock after 20 minutes only for him to slice wide, whilst at the other end Tevez followed suit by firing off target.

Robinho tested Heurelho Gomes soon after with a 25-yard effort that the Brazilian tipped over, and the impetus arising from the attack saw the hosts take the lead.

Lennom, forever tormenting Sylvinho, picked out Crouch with a cross and while the forward’s effort was blocked, Kranjcar was on hand to fire home to make it 1-0.

The lead was almost doubled immediately as Crouch got his shot away only for
Given to make the save, but the home crowd only had a further 17 minutes to wait for their team to extend their advantage.

It came about from fine interchange between Defoe and Crouch, the latter heading on in to the path of the former who added a fine half-volley to make it 2-0 and all but put pay to City’s hopes of a rebound.

Worryingly for the City bench, Micah fell to the floor awkwardly after challenging for a header, while City’s attack continued to break down with Spurs sitting
comfortably.

As time ticked away, City seemed resigned to the loss, but Spurs had hopes of further goals which eventually came in the way of Kranjcar’s third. From a short corner the Croat skipped past several City players before firing home.

And as the final whistle blew, City could have few complaints about the scoreline given Spurs’ superior attacking play and the visitor’s stop-start offensive.

Teams

Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon,
Huddlestone, Palacios, Kranjcar, Defoe, Crouch. Subs: Alnwick, Hutton, Bale,
Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Modric

Man City: Given, Richards, Onuoha, Toure, Sylvinho, Ireland, De Jong, Barry,
Tevez, Adebayor, Robinho. Subs: Taylor, Zabaleta, Santa Cruz, Petrov,
Mwaruwari, Kompany, Weiss

Goals

Tottenham: Kranjcar (37’, 90’), Defoe (54’)

Man City: None