By William Wood | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City moved up to fifth in the Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, though Micah was still absent with a calf injury.
Roberto Mancini handed starts to Patrick Vieira and Adam Johnson in an attempt to eradicate his side’s previous defeat at the hands of Hull City, while Owen Coyle named on-loan starlet Jack Wilshere in his starting-eleven.
City are undefeated at the City of Manchester Stadium this campaign and it was evident why early on, with Wayne Bridge storming down the left and sending Jussi Jaaskelainen into a flap with a well angled cross.
A well-executed move minutes later saw Bridge pick out Johnson with a long-ball, which in turn was controlled and released by Emmanuel Adebayor, but Carlos Tevez’s tame strike was insufficient to find the back of the net.
Adebayor also went close with an overhead kick as City pressured their opponents, while Jaaskelainen had to be at his best to deny Gareth Barry after another flowing attack.
The first attack at the other end saw club record signing Jonah Elmander drag an effort wide from 25-yards, and the forward wasted a fine opportunity to play the ball in to one of several team-mates in the danger zone, with Shay Given instead collecting it.
City’s opening goal did, therefore, come against the run of play. Johnson skipped past Paul Robinson only for the veteran to foul the youngster, and Tevez blasted the subsequent spot-kick down the middle to make it 1-0.
Fabrice Muamba drew a fine stop from Given from a deflected shot, whilst Adebayor should have capitalised on a defensive mistake which set him clean through, but instead he pulled his effort wide of the post.
City came closest to doubling their advantage moments after the re-start as Bolton’s stopper allowed a free-kick to strike the crossbar having believed it was going over.
Johnson was already looking well worth the outlay before he skipped into the box and drew another save from Jaaskelainen, while Bolton’s own ventures forward were becoming increasingly toothless.
As such, it was City who grabbed the second goal of the game, Adebayor controlling Vieira’s ball over the top and volleying powerfully beyond Jaaskelainen to hand the hosts a 2-0 lead.
Chung Yong Lee was then granted an opportunity to haul his side back into the game when one-on-one with Given but he toe-poked his effort straight at the Irishman, and when Elmander missed the chance to convert Kevin Davies’ flick on with just injury time remaining Coyle it really was a case of game over.
The fact was confirmed when Zat Knight missed a great opportunity to head home from yards out, and Mancini will be relieved to end a run of defeats and put his side among those chasing the Champions League spots.
Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Bridge, De Jong, Vieira, Barry, Adam Johnson, Tevez, Adebayor. Subs: Taylor, Onuoha, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Sylvinho, Petrov, Lescott.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Ricketts, Robinson, Kevin Davies, Cohen, Muamba, Wilshere, Lee, Elmander. Subs: Al Habsi, Samuel, Taylor, Gardner, Mark Davies, Basham, Andrew O’Brien.
Man City: Tevez (31’ – Pen), Adebayor (73’)