By William Wood | In Match Reports - Away Games
Manchester City’s recent run of draws resumed as they fought back on three occasions to claim a point at Bolton courtesy of a 3-3 score-line, a game that saw Micah net for Mark Hughes’ men.
Impressive wins over Arsenal in the Carling Cup and then Chelsea in the league had made for a real buzz around the club leading up to this fixture, whilst the hosts had lost four of their last five outings.
However, it was the men in white who went closest to breaking the deadlock early on as Lee Chung-yong headed over, whilst Carlos Tevez burst forward at the other end but spooned his shot over.
Shaun Wright-Phillips then followed suit as he blasted high and wide from 25 yards, and Bolton’s endeavour in midfield was soon to pay off as they grabbed the lead.
Matthew Taylor was able to get his cross in from the left which found its way to Lee, and the latter’s drive across goal was guided home by Ivan Klasnic.
Tamir Cohen had an opportunity to make it two as his acrobatic shot went just over, while City’s defence continued to struggle go get a grip on the game as Klasnic went close with a close-range header.
It took City until the middle of the first-half to force Jussi Jaaskelainen into any meaningful, and it was Tevez whose low shot was palmed clear by the giant stopper.
If Bolton were to get complacent about that fact, City quickly demonstrated their credentials with an equaliser. Tevez cut passed his man and his subsequent shot
was deflected beyond Jaaskelainen.
Despite the goal being unjust on Bolton up to that point, City began to come to life, Micah bursting down the right and laying it off to Stephen Ireland but Bolton’s keeper was once again equal to the shot, whilst the Irishman’s half-volley minutes later swerved just wide.
Both Micah and Sylvinho on the other wing were doing all they could to offer options in attach, the Brazilian curling wide with ten minutes left of the first half, but it was to be Bolton who scored next against the run of play.
Gary Cahill was the unlikely scorer, controlling the ball on the edge of the box and curling passed Shay Given with the finesse of a cultured striker.
Mark Hughes’ planned team-talk appeared to go out the window with that thunderbolt, but Micah had different plans as he added his own fine finish.
A fine move from City sent Micah charging into the box and the 21-year old slotted home to make it 2-2 in injury time, the youngster racing away to celebrate a great team goal.
If the visitors harboured hopes of walking away with it in the second half, Bolton soon proved they were not willing to hand over the points to their Eastlander counterparts.
Klasnic was at the heart of it once again, volleying powerfully passed Given to edge his side back in front, but the question was whether Gary Megson’s side could hang on to the lead this time.
The hill that City had to climb appeared to get much steeper as Craig Bellamy was sent off for a second bookable offence, leaving Hughes incensed on the touchline.
Joleon Lescott then headed over having been handed a guilt-edged chance from six-yards, though Tevez was again proven saviour with his second and City’s leveller.
The diminutive Argentine broke into the box and found the back of the net with an unstoppable shot, and City and Lescott could have had another had the defender not struck air when presented with another great opportunity.
Robinho – instrumental in the build up to Micah’s goal – saw his shot drift inches wide of the post with Jaaskelainen rooted to the spot with two minutes left of normal time, and time ran out for both sides as City left the Reebox Stadium the happier of the two having stared defeat in the face for large periods.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Muamba, Cohen, Taylor, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Al Habsi, Samuel, Elmander, Mark Davies, Ricketts, Basham, Andrew O’Brien.
Man City: Given, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Sylvinho, Wright-Phillips, Kompany, Barry, Bellamy, Adebayor, Tevez. Subs: Taylor, Onuoha, Zabaleta, Ireland, Robinho, Santa Cruz, Petrov.
Bolton: Klasnic (11’, 53’), Cahill (43’)
Man City: Tevez (28’, 77’), Richards (45’)