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Etihad Stadium (ATT 47,142) 29th October 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Attwell

Man City Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

Man City 3

E Dzeko (52)
A Kolarov (67)
V Kompany (S/O 74)
A Johnson (90+1)


Wolves 1

S Hunt (pen 75)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 4:54 pm, October 29th 2011

  1. Stay with us for post-match reaction from both camps. Thank you.

  2. City were made to fight hard for the win with goals from Dzeko and Kolarov giving the home side a two-goal lead. Stephen Hunt reduced the arrears from the penalty spot, but the home side had the final say with Adam Johnson scoring in injury time.

  3. That's it! The full time whistle goes and the Premier League leaders have won again courtesy of a 3-1 success over Wolves at the Etihad.

  4. 90+4

    Just counting down the seconds now. It's going to be another win for City.

  5. 90+3

    Wolves play it short. O'Hara tries his luck from distance, but it fails to test Hart.

  6. 90+2

    Johnson is forced to put the ball behind for a corner.

  7. 90+1

    Balotelli broke clear after disposessing Johnson. He picked out Toure, who in turn found Johnson and his left-footed curler bounced inside Hennessey's far post. Super finish.

  8. 90

    It's all over as Johnson scores a third for City.

  9. 90

    Five minutes of injury time will be played.

  10. 87

    Shocking attempt from Balotelli from out wide.

  11. 87

    Stearman seemed to have a free header at the back post, but the offside flag was up anyway.

  12. 87

    Nerves are jangling as Johnson hauls down Ebanks-Blake. Chance for Wolves to deliver a set-piece into Hart's penalty area.

  13. 85

    Double change for Wolves with Ebanks-Blake and Jarvis replacing Guedioura and goal-scorer Hunt.

  14. 83

    Ebanks-Blake and Jarvis are set to come on.

  15. 82

    Lovely cross from Kolarov from Silva's ball, but it wasn't close enough to Balotelli.

  16. 81

    It's Hart now who is taking as much time as possible with free-kicks.

  17. 78

    Wasteful attempt from Hunt as he tries a long-range effort. He had numbers in support.

  18. 77

    15 minutes to go and Wolves have a great chance now to salvage something from the game

  19. 75

    City are making their third change with defender Savic coming on for Aguero.

  20. 75

    Stephen Hunt has scored and pulled a goal back for the visitors after sending Hart the wrong way. How will the ten men cope now?

  21. 74

    It was Guedioura's shot that caused problems and now Wolves have a lifeline to get back into the game.

  22. 74

    Penalty for Wolves as Doyle goes down under a challenge from Kompany after Hart saved a shot. The defender has been sent off as he was the last man.

  23. 72

    Dreadful finish from Balotelli. Aguero did so well to work the space, but the Italian was a bit complacent and side-footed his effort over.

  24. 70

    As if it wasn't bad enough for Wolves, Balotelli is now coming on. The Italian comes on for Nasri.

  25. 69

    It's all City. Wolves are struggling to get out of their own half.

  26. 67

    Change for Wolves with Hammill coming on for Edwards.

  27. 67

    Silva's curling left-footed shot is only blocked by Hennessey and Kolarov has continued his run to finish off a simple tap in.

  28. 67

    It's all over now as City double their lead through Kolarov.

  29. 65

    Lovely one-two between Aguero and Silva, but the striker's shot is poor and actually goes out for a throw-in. Neat build-up play however.

  30. 64

    With Johnson coming on it looks like City have switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation with Aguero leading the line.

  31. 62

    First change of the match and it's Mancini making the change with Dzeko being replaced by Johnson.

  32. 62

    Hunt gets the better of Richards, but no one is on the end of his teasing cross.

  33. 62

    Free-kick to Wolves for Dzeko's push on Johnson. The striker goes into the referee's notebook for persistent infringement.

  34. 59

    Adam Johnson looks like he's going to be coming on for City.

  35. 59

    A bit wasteful there as Guedioura blazes a shot well over.

  36. 58

    Toure's cross is too near Hennessey, who gathers the ball at his near post.

  37. 57

    It's turned into a thriller now with City ahead. The ball is going from end to end. Wolves are not going down without a fight.

  38. 56

    Hunt's shot is deflected wide for a corner. Wolves have responded well to going behind.

  39. 53

    O'Hara's low drive rolls harmlessly wide.

  40. 52

    Hennessey makes a mistake and pays a heavy price. He dwells on the ball and is caught out by Aguero. The ball falls kindly for Dzeko and he scores into the unguarded net. City lead.

  41. 52

    GOAL! Out of nothing City have forged ahead.

  42. 50

    Lescott does well to win the ball from Doyle. The striker then hauls back the defender and subsequently booked by Attwell.

  43. 49

    It's Wolves' fans that are in full voice right now.

  44. 48

    Silva touches Nasri's left-wing cross wide of Hennessey's near post.

  45. 46

    Wolves get the second half underway!

  46. Doesn't look like either manager has made a change.

  47. The teams are back out for the second half.

  48. Mick McCarthy will be delighted by his side's first-half display. The visitors are unlikely to make any changes during the break. City have plenty of options on the bench. I wonder how long Mancini will leave it before introducing red-hot Balotelli into the fray.

  49. The good news for City fans is that 76% of their goals in the Premier League this season have come in the second half, the highest % in the competition.

  50. The half-time whistle goes and it's scoreless at the interval. City 0 Wolves 0. The home side have created the better chances, but Hennessey in Wolves' goal has been superb. Attwell is getting booed as he leaves the field.

  51. 45

    Two minutes of injury time are due to be played.

  52. 45

    Attwell is giving a final warning to Dzeko after hauls down Henry.

  53. 44

    Minutes from half time here and Wolves looking like holding the home side at the interval.

  54. 42

    Silva stays down following a challenge by Stearman.The home fans are far from happy.

  55. 41

    Another sublime save from Hennessey. Aguero picks out Silva and he feeds Dzeko, whose shot is somehow pushed wide by the ex-City youngster. Half the ground thought it was in.

  56. 40

    Wolves are now on the front foot and have the chance to swing in a ball after Nasri concedes a free-kick.

  57. 38

    Good-looking ball in from Richards, but no one from City gambles on attacking the fizzed cross.

  58. 37

    Can't see this game going on much longer before Hennessey gets booked for time-wasting.

  59. 36

    City want a penalty for Stearman's challenge on Dzeko from Nasri's cross, but nothing is given.

  60. 35

    Richards tries to latch onto Silva's through-ball, but only succeeds in bringing down Hunt.

  61. 34

    The visitors take it quickly and it comes to nothing.

  62. 34

    Doyle does well there to win a corner for Wolves off Lescott.

  63. 33

    Awful as Toure skies it over after Richards' initial cross was blocked. Good work in the build up from Aguero and Silva.

  64. 31

    Nasri's long-range effort is well off target. I'm sensing a bit of frustration from the home side and fans.

  65. 30

    Yet another free-kick as Kolarov catches Guedioura.

  66. 28

    Another needless foul by Kompany on the back of Doyle gives the visitors another free-kick.

  67. 27

    Dzeko is back on the pitch after receiving a bit of treatment on the sidelines.

  68. 26

    Dzeko is now down after being caught by Berra. He's holding his right knee.

  69. 25

    That should have been the opening goal as Aguero makes a complete hash of Richards' cross in the middle.

  70. 25

    Lovely turn of pace from Dzeko, but no one is in the middle turn it home.

  71. 24

    Edwards is perhaps a touch lucky not to be booked for a handball there.

  72. 23

    Superb save from Hennessey denies Aguero! The striker controlled Silva's pass and angled a shot that the Welsh keeper managed to tip wide. Tip notch keeping.

  73. 21

    City's fans want a booking now as Hunt brings down Silva.

  74. 20

    Silly foul from Barry on O'Hara brings about the first booking of the game. He was never going to win the ball, but tried anyway.

  75. 20

    It comes to nothing as Hart gathers.

  76. 19

    Corner for Wolves.

  77. 18

    Guedioura tries his luck from distance, but it's poor and rolls harmlessly wide of Hart's right hand upright.

  78. 18

    Hennessey is coping all sorts of flack at the moment for his slow goal-kicks.

  79. 17

    Prior to that chance I was going to describe City's style of play as a light blue-looking Barcelona due to their heavy possession.

  80. 16

    Decent chance. Richards crosses, but Dzeko is unable to get his shot on target following Johnson's interception.

  81. 14

    City are pressing, but a number of players fail to pull the trigger when presented with a chance to test Hennessey.

  82. 13

    City are certainly demonstrating a patient approach to their play today.

  83. 10

    Aguero plays a neat one-two with Silva, but his effort is surprisingly poor and well off target.

  84. 10

    City are just focusing on retaining possession right now.

  85. 9

    O'Hara's ambitious volley from a long way out is easily collected by Hart.

  86. 7

    Half a chance for Wolves. Hunt has time and space on the edge of City's penalty area and picks out Doyle's run. The striker gets his shot away across Hart's goal but it was never troubling the keeper.

  87. 6

    However, City's set-piece is easily cleared by the visitors.

  88. 5

    A poor piece of defending from Stearman gives City a needless corner.

  89. 5

    Wolves have been playing it around nicely so far.

  90. 3

    Free-kick deep in Wolves' half as Dzeko catches Berra with a late challenge.

  91. 3

    It's been a lively start. Wolves will be hoping to weather the early storm.

  92. 2

    Wolves only half clear the corner and Hennessey is forced to tip over Nasri's volley.

  93. 1

    Early corner for the home side after a good run by Kolarov.

  94. 1

    Man City get the contest underway!

  95. On a side note Micah Richards makes his 200th #MCFC appearance today as well as his 150th Premier League appearance.

  96. The teams have emerged from the tunnel and are now on the pitch. Great reception from both sets of fans.

  97. The big kick off here is just nine minutes away! Highlights of City's 6-1 win over United have just been played in the ground.

  98. Having bagged eleven goals in the last two matches the league leaders are just 4/1 hit five against Wolves at the Etihad this afternoon. Edin Dzeko gets a start a with Aguero and is 7/2 to score a brace, it's 21/10 for the pair to both score. The unlikely event of Wolves leaving with some points is available at 6/1 for the draw and 16/1 for the win.

  99. Do we have anymore predictions? Keep your suggestions coming in!

  100. Earlier in the day Manchester United edged out Everton at Goodison Park while Robin van Persie hit a stunning hat-trick as Arsenal claimed a 5-3 success over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

  101. I'm apparently dressed for the winter Olympics apparently, but it's not too cold to be fair. There looks a decent following of Wolves support while the home stands are filling nicely.

  102. It's just about the perfect day for football here in Manchester. It was raining earlier on, but that has all cleared now and it's blue skies above.

  103. Team News

  104. Wolves manager Mick McCarthy made six alterations from the cup tie, striker Kevin Doyle one of those keeping his place and midfielder Jamie O'Hara among the men coming back in.

  105. Man City boss Mancini made eight changes from the 5-2 Carling Cup win over Wanderers in midweek, with Aleksandar Kolarov, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko the survivors from that game and the likes of Joe Hart, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero returning to the team.

  106. Email me your pre-match thoughts to You can also follow me on Twitter @skysportsjamesp

  107. The teams are in!

  108. Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Nasri, Toure, Barry, Aguero, Dzeko, Silva. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Savic, De Jong, Milner, Johnson, Balotelli.

  109. Wolves: Hennessey, Edwards, Stearman, Henry, Ward, Hunt, Johnson, Berra, O'Hara, Doyle, Guedioura. Subs: Elokobi, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, Jarvis, Vokes, Hammill, De Vries

  110. Referee: Stuart Attwell

  111. I'm James Pearson and I'll be talking you through this Premier League game between Manchester City and Wolves from the Etihad Stadium. Email me your pre-match thoughts to You can also follow me on Twitter @skysportsjamesp

  112. City come into the game on the back of a 5-2 Carling Cup win over Wolves in midweek, although both managers fielded much-changed line-ups. The teams are expected to be back at full-strength here in Manchester, although it is City will begin the game as firm favourites.

  113. Wolves hit back from 2-0 down last on to secure a point against Swansea City last weekend. However, Mick McCarthy's side have only won two of their opening nine Premier League matches. Wolves sit two points above the drop zone. Their only win away from home came on the opening day of the season following a 2-1 success at Blackburn.

  114. Roberto Mancini's Man City opened up a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League table after thrashing Man Utd last Sunday. City have won four successive league games, scoring a whopping 16 goals in the process. They also boast a 100 per cent home record in the Premier League. Apart from Newcastle they are the only side yet to be beaten in league action.



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1 Chelsea 38 87
2 Manchester City 38 79
3 Arsenal 38 75
4 Manchester United 38 70
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 64
6 Liverpool 38 62
7 Southampton 38 60
8 Swansea City 38 56
9 Stoke City 38 54
10 Crystal Palace 38 48
11 Everton 38 47
12 West Ham United 38 47
13 West Bromwich Albion 38 44
14 Leicester City 38 41
15 Newcastle United 38 39
16 Sunderland 38 38
17 Aston Villa 38 38
18 Hull City 38 35
19 Burnley 38 33
20 Queens Park Rangers 38 30