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Shaun Wright-Phillips celebrates with his team mates

Shaun Wright-Phillips celebrates his goal with his team mates

Wednesday March 4, 2009Manchester City 2 - 0 Aston Villa

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games

Micah was joined in the City of Manchester stands by the competition winners as Manchester City ended Aston Villa’s run of seven consecutive away victories courtesy of a 2-0 win.

Competition winners, Natalie Burton and Richard West

Competition winners, Natalie Burton and Richard West

Having aggravated a hamstring injury 10 minutes into City’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham last weekend, Micah joined fellow absentees Craig Bellamy and Robinho in missing out on the clash with high-flying Villa.

However, Martin O’Neill’s men are rocking slightly in their efforts to hold on to fourth-place in the Premier League and with it Champions League qualification, with the Midlanders going into the fixture looking for their first win in six games.

City began the brighter of the two teams, Stephen Ireland unlocking his opponent’s defence with a superb ball which should have seen Shaun Wright-Phillips open the scoring, but instead the England midfielder saw his shot cleared.

Nigel de Jong then played a role in setting Wright-Phillips through on goal once again, but as Luke Young attempted to catch up with his opponent, the former Chelsea man fired wide.

However, the latter was fouled in Villa’s penalty area by James Milner soon after, and Elano made the subsequent penalty look easy as he edged Mark Hughes’ men in front.

The hosts continued to press, and but for some find defending by Villa they would have put daylight between themselves and the visitors before half-time.

Minutes before the interval, Ireland was just inches away from adding a second from Wright-Phillips’ cross, but as it was O’Neill’s lacklustre side went into the dressing room still in the match.

Whatever was said during the interval seemed to lift the men from Villa Park, and Ashley Young went close with an effort that was deflected over Shay Given’s bar.

Similarly, Gareth Barry’s curling effort required the full attention of the City stopper as Villa began to impress themselves on the game, though Brad Friedel’s acrobatic stop from Elano’s volley reminded the away side of the Eastlander’s attacking prowess.

City eventually made sure of the three points after yet more fine play between Ireland and Wright-Phillips, the latter eventually beating Friedel from the edge of the box much to the home fans delighted.

And it could have been three had Friedel not scrambled Ireland’s late effort clear, but the City fans and the competition winners who joined Micah and his family for the game all travelled home more than content with the win.