By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City saw off David Moyes’ Everton 2-0 at the City of Manchester stadium, with goals from substitutes Mario Balotelli and James Milner securing the three points.
Having been rested for the midweek Carling Cup clash, Micah was restored at right back, and the 23-year old and fellow defenders found themselves under some early pressure as the Toffees looked to assert their dominance.
For City, Samir Nasri was looking particularly lively and he got the side’s first real effort of the game away as he cut inside and released a low drive which flew wide of Tim Howard’s goal.
In-form Sergi Aguero also went close as he went past two defenders before firing in left footed, but having been unable to get over the top of the ball the ball flew well over, whilst a subsequent effort found its target only for Howard to parry clear.
With Jack Rodwell doing a solid job of man-marking David Silva, City were enjoying much of the possession but not finding it easy getting behind the Everton defence, and the trend continued in the early stages of the second half.
Increasingly, Micah was finding space down the right and one particular charge saw him burst beyond several Toffees defenders and cut the ball back, but Sylvain Distin was on hand to clear.
However, the home side finally found a way through. Aguero picked the ball up on the edge of the box and managed to hold off the challenge of several opponents before back-heeling the ball into the path of Balotelli, and the young Italian placed a shot beyond Howard with the help of a slight deflection.
It was no more than City deserved and the lead was almost doubled straight away as Silva flicked the ball beyond Everton’s advancing keeper, only for the effort to rebound off the crossbar.
Yaya Toure also went close with a curling 25-yard effort which Howard did well to force behind, but he was helpless minutes later as City sealed the win with a second goal.
A poor pass by Royston Drenthe found Silva instead of his own teammate, and the Spain international deceived three Everton players before playing a perfectly weighted ball to Milner, with the midfielder slotting the ball under Howard to make it 2-0.
Having been pegged back in their last league encounter, Mancini will be delighted with his side for returning to winning ways against difficult opposition at Eastlands, a result that temporarily lifted them into top spot in the Premier League.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Y Toure, Barry, Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Savic, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Milner, Balotelli, Tevez
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville, Fellaini, Rodwell, Osman, Coleman, Cahill. /Subs:/ Mucha, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Saha, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Vellios.