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Macron Stadium (ATT 26,285) 22nd May 2011 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: C Foy

Bolton Bolton Wanderers vs Manchester City Man City

Bolton 0

D Sturridge (S/O 86)

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Man City 2

J Lescott (43)
E Dzeko (62)

City slickers clinch third place

Lescott and Dzeko net vital victory for Mancini's men

Last Updated: 22/05/11 7:19pm

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Lescott: Mobbed by team-mates after heading opening City goal

Lescott: Mobbed by team-mates after heading opening City goal

Manchester City clinched automatic qualification to the Champions League group stages by finishing third in the Premier League after a 2-0 win at Bolton.

Roberto Mancini's men, needing to match Arsenal's result at Fulham to secure a podium finish, went ahead through Joleon Lescott's fortunate header on the stroke of half-time.

And substitute Edin Dzeko completed City's win by firing home from close range just seconds after entering the action midway through the second period.

Bolton matched their visitors for much of the final day encounter as they looked to end Owen Coyle's first full season in charge by finishing in the top half.

But the home side, who ended with 10 men after Daniel Sturridge's late dismissal, failed to take the opportunities they managed to create.

Man of the match: David Silva. The Spanish World Cup winner with the magical left foot was always at the heart of City's best attacking play. Goal of the match: Edin Dzeko's clinical finish would be expected from a £27million striker - but it was the build up play from Silva, who threaded through a brilliant ball to Pablo Zabaleta to send in a low cross for Dzeko to convert. Save of the match: Jussi Jaaskalainen stood tall to stop Yaya Toure's first half shot before quickly bouncing to his feet and blocking Tevez's rebound.. Talking point: Will City be able to make a big impression in next season's Champions League?

Skipper Kevin Davies missed two gilt-edged first-half headers before City took control to seal their first top-three finish in the top flight since 1977.

It was just the result City were looking for and capped a superb season with the FA Cup now installed in their trophy cabinet.

Breakthrough

City were forced to make a late change with Pablo Zabaleta replacing Micah Richards who was apparently injured in the warm-up.

They almost made the breakthrough in the fourth minute when David Silva cut the ball back into the path of Carlos Tevez. The Argentina striker rattled in a shot from close range but it was blocked by Zat Knight.

Bolton responded five minutes later with Vincent Kompany being pulled back for a challenge on Sturridge. Chung-Yong Lee picked out Gary Cahill only for the defender to send the header wide.

The home side kept up the pressure when Kevin Davies saw his effort shave the post after a corner from Lee.

City were again forced on the back foot in the 19th minute when Sturridge released Galatasaray-bound Johan Elmander and he thumped in a shot that was superbly turned over the bar by goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Hart then reacted quickly to turn away a header from Kevin Davies in a good spell of pressure by the home side.

However, City should have taken the lead in the 33rd minute when Dedryck Boyata delivered a superb ball to the back post.

Momentum

Gareth Barry found himself unmarked but only succeeded in sending his header against the bar.

City suddenly had the momentum and Tevez saw his shot blocked after a galloping run by Yaya Toure in the 38th minute.

The ball broke to Silva only six yards out but he sent his shot high into the crowd.

The visitors eventually made the breakthrough in the 43rd minute from a set piece. Adam Johnson swung in a corner and Lescott delivered a looping header over goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the net.

Sturridge saw his effort go the wrong side of the post in the 51st minute but back came City.

Toure and Silva linked up only for the Spanish forward to find Jaaskelainen's body with his shot.

Mancini made his first change in the 61st minute with Dzeko replacing Johnson. The Bosnian made an instant impact putting City 2-0 ahead a minute later after Barry played the ball into the area.

Muddle

Gary Cahill got in a terrible muddle and failed to make a routine clearance, leaving Dzeko to smash the ball home for only his second league goal since arriving from Wolfsburg in January.

City maintained the momentum and Tevez wriggled his way into the area but his shot was blocked.

Elmander was given a round of applause by the home fans when he came off in the 71st minute with Tamir Cohen given a run-out.

Bolton were struggling to get any kind of a foothold in the game and found themselves reduced to 10 men four minutes from time.

Former City striker Sturridge, on loan from Chelsea, was given a straight red card for a challenge on Dzeko.

It completed a miserable day for the home side who slumped to a fifth successive defeat after a bright start to the campaign.

Bolton WanderersTeam StatisticsManchester City
0Goals2
01st Half Goals1
2Shots on Target7
7Shots off Target8
6Blocked Shots2
6Corners5
13Fouls11
0Offsides1
1Yellow Cards1
1Red Cards0
71.7Passing Success84.8
23Tackles23
82.6Tackles Success82.6
41.1Possession58.9
58Territorial Advantage42

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