Kanoute sinks woeful City
By Andy Clarke. Last Updated: December 11, 2004 4:55pm
Fredi Kanoute lit up an awful game with a wonderful winner as Tottenham beat Manchester City 1-0.
Spurs were full value for their third consecutive Premiership win as all the chances fell to them while lifeless City created nothing.
It could have been a different story had referee Dermot Gallacher awarded the home side a penalty in the second minute, when Jon Macken tangled with Ledley King, but the official was right to give the benefit of the doubt to the defender.
Kevin Keegan opted to leave top scorer Nicolas Anelka on the bench, preferring Macken and Robbie Fowler in attack, and by the time the Frenchman came on Spurs were a goal up and cruising.
Not that Anelka, reportedly a January target for Barcelona, did anything to lift City when he came on along with Bradley Wright-Phillips with 25 minutes remaining.
All the goalscoring opportunities, not that there were many, were created by Tottenham, who changed their system at half time and began to dominate.
Rohan Ricketts' superb run past Danny Mills and Richard Dunne deserved a better finish than the right-foot shot he rolled just wide of the far post.
Robbie Keane then should have done better when Pedro Mendes picked him out with a delightful pass over Dunne's shoulder, but despite a fine first touch he was unable to direct a half volley on target.
Those were clear chances, but when Martin Jol's side finally got their goal it came out of nothing.
Michael Brown helped the ball forward to Kanoute in the City half and he strode to the edge of the penalty area before blasting a stunning left foot shot into the top corner, giving David James no chance.
Keane squandered a glorious chance to make it two when Brown's pinpoint cross found him six yards out, but he shinned the ball well wide.
As the home supporters headed for the exits, James went up for a late corner, but he was unable to improve on the efforts of his team-mates.
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|Manchester City||Team Name||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2||Shots on target ( Inc Goals )||1|
|5||Shots off Target (inc woodwork)||3|
|8||Total Fouls Conceded||11|
Barclays Premier League
|13||West Bromwich Albion||14||15|
|17||West Ham United||14||13|