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Etihad Stadium (ATT 46,801) 27th October 2012 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: M Atkinson

Man City Manchester City vs Swansea City Swansea

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C Tevez (61)

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Carlos Tevez goal gives lacklustre Manchester City narrow victory over Swansea

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Carlos Tevez: Dipping shot settled game

Carlos Tevez: Dipping shot settled game

Manchester City emerged from a European hangover to maintain their unbeaten league record with a 1-0 defeat of Swansea at the Etihad.

Second-best for 45 minutes as a subdued home support took stock of their side's Champions League troubles, City improved after half-time and took the points thanks to a Carlos Tevez goal (61).

The Argentine's first in nine games delivered just a second win in five home games, and the impression remains that Roberto Mancini's champions are some way from hitting last season's stride despite sitting just a point off top spot.

And there was further discomfort for the manager when Micah Richards followed Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm in departing on a stretcher with what appeared a serious injury.

Best of the Game

  • Man of the Match: Carlos Tevez scored the only goal of the game and was the most dangerous of Manchester City's forwards
  • Chance for the Match: Michu's break behind the Manchester City defence was a glorious opportunity but his first-touch let him down before his shot was blocked by Joe Hart
  • Injuries of the Match: There was a record-breaking more than 12 minutes added time in the Premier League after three lengthy stoppages for injuries to Michu, Michel Vorm and Micah Richards
  • Talking Point: Manchester City are clearly a team who are short on confidence and are missing players through injury. But they are still picking up vital points which could prove important in the long run

Mancini went with four at the back after his brief flirtation with three centre-backs at Ajax brought a baffled response, but City's defenders looked ill-at-ease even in their favoured 4-4-2 formation.

The visitors made the better chances, and only some uncharacteristically hesitant finishing from Michu prevented the home side paying for the kind of careless defending which characterised the midweek defeat in Holland.

Twice before the break Richards got round from right-back in the nick of time to cover his wayward colleagues, and twice more Michu found it all too easy to latch on to through balls from midfield.

Sadly for the Spaniard his emphatic finish past Joe Hart was ruled out for offside, and when Ki Sung-Yueng sent him away again a heavy touch allowed Hart to intervene.

Swansea had not kept a clean sheet since the season's second weekend, but it took City 38 minutes to muster anything like a shot on target and even then Tevez's low effort was easy for Vorm.

Michu again picked out Hart with a headed chance after the break, but Mancini's half-time rocket had an effect and Tevez's next attempt was altogether more successful as his dipping 20-yarder defeated Vorm's dive.

The keeper's awkward landing ended his involvement, and Richards then went down clutching his knee - worryingly, with no opponent in the vicinity.

Lengthy treatment for both left Swansea 12 minutes to find an equaliser at the end of the Premier League's longest game, but it was Mario Balotelli who came closest to a second goal with the last kick.

Manchester CityTeam StatisticsSwansea City
1Goals0
01st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target2
6Shots off Target3
1Blocked Shots4
3Corners0
8Fouls10
2Offsides5
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
85.3Passing Success84.3
21Tackles17
76.2Tackles Success76.5
53.7Possession46.3
59.2Territorial Advantage40.8
599Total Passes503
12Total Crosses17
145Lost Balls151
62Recoveries61
57.61st Half Poss.42.4
50.42nd Half Poss.49.6

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 1 3
2 Manchester City 1 3
3 Arsenal 1 3
4 Liverpool 1 3
5 Swansea City 1 3
6 Aston Villa 1 3
7 Hull City 1 3
8 Tottenham Hotspur 1 3
9 Everton 1 1
10 Leicester City 1 1
11 Sunderland 1 1
12 West Bromwich Albion 1 1
13 Crystal Palace 1 0
14 Manchester United 1 0
15 Southampton 1 0
16 Queens Park Rangers 1 0
17 Stoke City 1 0
18 West Ham United 1 0
19 Burnley 1 0
20 Newcastle United 1 0

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