By William Wood | In Match Reports - Home Games
A wondergoal from Micah helped Manchester City to cruise to a 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at the City of Manchester, maintaining a 100% start to Roberto Mancini’s reign at the club.
Argentina international Carlos Tevez will enjoy his own share of the headlines after grabbing a hattrick himself, and Blackburn are left languishing in the lower reaches of the league once again.
A frantic start to the game saw City hit their stride, Tevez chomping at the bit to continue his fine run of recent goals, and he had his first with just seven minutes on the clock.
Martin Petrov swung in a corner which Paul Robinson flapped at, and Benjani managed to navigate the ball back towards Tevez, who in turn fired home.
Blackburn struggled to get a grip of a fired up City, though Gael Givet went close with a half-volley which flew just off target.
Vincent Kompany and Micah were looking imperious at the heart of City’s defence, whilst Tevez’s snap-shot following fine work by Craig Bellamy midway through the first-half was dealt with competently by the visitor’s own backline.
With the hosts looking comfortable the tempo began to lag, but the fans were brought back to life with a superb effort from Micah six minutes before the break.
The young defender intercepted the ball close to his own penalty area before using his pace to burst beyond five Blackburn players before laying the ball off to Benjani.
The Zimbabwe striker mishit his shot and though it rebounded off the post, Micah had continued his run and was first to react to direct the ball home and make it 2-0.
Some more sterling defending shut out the half and City’s lead was extended minutes after the break as Tevez’s run was picked out by Benjani, again turning provider, and the diminutive forward curled home to make it three.
He could have had his hattrick earlier had he not misplaced his header following Pablo Zabaleta’s cross, and City were made to pay soon after as Sam Allardyce’s side pulled a goal back.
An error from Kompany allowed Morten Gamst Pedersen to collect the ball and beat Shay Given, commencing a nervous spell for the home side as the Norwegian went close again with a header which flew just wide.
Substitute Robinho restored the order with a low drive which Robinson did well to parry, though he was to be defeated for a fourth time as Tevez completed his hattrick in equally impressive fashion.
Robinho it was who set up the goal, picking his teammate out who finished superbly, and Chris Foy brought processions to a close not long after as Mancini was left to reflect on another fine performance by his men and a fine effort by Micah.
Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Kompany, Garrido, Petrov, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez, Mwaruwari. Subs: Taylor, Wright-Phillips, Robinho, Santa Cruz, Sylvinho, Boyata, Ibrahim.
Blackburn: Robinson, Jacobsen, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Emerton, Andrews, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Dunn, Di Santo. Subs: Brown, McCarthy, Olsson, Kalinic, Hoilett, Salgado, Chimbonda.
Man City: Richards (39’), Tevez (7’, 49’, 90’)
Blackburn: Pedersen (71’)