Premier League: Manchester City end difficult week on a high beating Tottenham
Last Updated: 12/11/12 4:32pm
Edin Dzeko strikes late for City
A difficult week for Roberto Mancini and Manchester City ended on a high with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham, extending their unbeaten home league run to 35 games.
Having stumbled once again in the Champions League in midweek against Ajax, the out-of-sorts reigning champions fell behind to Steven Caulker's first-half header.
Best of the match
- Man of the match: Sandro. Did not deserve to be on the losing side after helping Tottenham to put out fires all over the field.
- Goal of the match: Edin Dzeko's winner was a touch of class, with David Silva picking him out with a brilliant pass and the City substitute crashing a controlled volley into the back of the net.
- Moment of the match: Manchester City's winner saw them provide the perfect response to having seen arch-rivals Manchester United secure a come-from-behind success on Saturday.
- Talking point: How long will Manchester City's unbeaten run last? Does Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas need to alter his tactics on the back of another defeat?
But Sergio Aguero hauled them level before substitute Edin Dzeko hooked in the winner two minutes from time.
There was a fright for City's defence early when Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor threatened and worse was soon to follow.
Caulker (20) was allowed space to stoop and head Tom Huddlestone's free-kick past the scrambling Joe Hart from six yards, with an uncharacteristic fumble from the City keeper seeing Spurs in front.
City appealed in vain for a penalty for a handball by Willam Gallas before Huddlestone's low thump whistled past the post.
Aleksandar Kolarov's dink floated wide of the far post while Huddlestone's unpunished penalty box body check on Pablo Zabaleta further incensed the home support.
Neither Carlos Tevez nor Zabaleta could seriously test Brad Friedel when given clear sights of goal as City struggled for rhythm.
There was further anguish as Aguero fell over his own feet having broken clear but his aim was true (65) as he coolly slotted past Friedel after getting the break of the ball.
Bale then blazed over and the Welshman took advantage of more defence hestitancy to blast one straight at Hart from 16 yards.
But it was the Tottenham goal that came under siege in the final quarter; Dzeko heading past the upright and Silva firing wide after a jinking run.
Aguero was again denied by Friedel as the tension mounted but the Tottenham keeper was helpless as Dzeko latched onto Silva's clever pass to save the day.
|Manchester City||Team Statistics||Tottenham Hotspur|
|0||1st Half Goals||1|
|5||Shots on Target||2|
|8||Shots off Target||4|
|66.7||1st Half Poss.||33.3|
|60.4||2nd Half Poss.||39.6|
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|13||Queens Park Rangers||0||0|
|19||West Bromwich Albion||0||0|
|20||West Ham United||0||0|
Man City v Spurs
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Pablo Zabaleta is aware Manchester City are 'there to be shot at' in the defence of their Premier League title.
David Platt says Edin Dzeko must appreciate that he is part of a squad, with it impossible for everyone to play.