By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games
Micah and Manchester City suffered defeat at the hands of Sunderland as the team’s poor away form continued, a lone goal from former Manchester United man Phil Bardsley sealing the three points for Gus Poyet’s rejuvenated side.
Micah started at right-back as City looked to keep pace with their rivals in the Premier League, but it was the home side who seized the initiative early on. Steven Fletcher went close with a header, before Sunderland grabbed the lead. Wes Brown, impressive on his return after almost two years out, picked out Bardsley who shrugged off James Milner before curling home to make it 1-0.
City were struggling to get hold of the ball but when they did, they created a few half-chances, Sergio Aguero’s the closest to threatening the scoreline as he headed just wide, whilst Alvaro Negredo controlled superbly only to shoot a yard left of the Sunderland goal.
Just after the break, substitute Jesus Navas saw an effort blocked just inches from the Black Cats’ goalline, whilst Micah himself worked a yard of space only for his shot to fly down the throat of Vito Mannone.
Pellegrini introduced Edin Dzeko as City continued their hunt for a goal, and the striker made an immediate impact as he drove a fierce shot on goal that Mannone could only parry.
The visitors continued to push without finding a clear-cut way through Sunderland’s defence, and the final whistle blew to hand Sunderland their fourth successive 1-0 win over City and hand Poyet a massive boost as he tries to turn the hosts’ fortunes around.
The loss leaves City in eighth place in the Premier League, six points off leaders Arsenal.
Sunderland: Mannone; Celustka, Bardsley, Brown, O’Shea; Ki, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, Giaccherini; Fletcher
Manchester City: Pantilimon; Richards, Demichelis, Lescott, Kolarov; Milner, Toure, Garcia, Nasri; Aguero, Negredo