Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Wolves v City - Carling Cup Match Report. 26.10.11

 30 minutes of nothing, then 3 come at once.
Roberto Mancini's men & boys made the short trip down the M6 after a morning training session at Carrington with progression into the Qtr Finals a real prospect given Wolves' poor abject form of late.

City made 11 changes to the team that started at Old Trafford three days before with the giant Costel Pantilimon between the sticks. Abdul Razak (DM) and Luca Scapuzzi (striker) were the other two notable introductions.
Fruit pastille wooah... he eats without a chew....
The Blues started badly, Wolves played with an edge and took the lead after 18 minutes with a goal from Milijas.  Kolo Toure made a mess of things for their goal and the 'nearly brummies' could have easily been 2-0 up as the referee had already ignored a Kolorov handball inside the 18 yrd box.

City's midfiled awoke from their sleeping slumber  after Zabaleta's cross found Edin Dzeko who played a neat pass to the 'first team curious' Adam Johnson. 

Any hope Wolves had of victory ended in the following  2 minutes as City harvested their neat passing with 2 quickfire goals from Nasri and Dzeko. 

Going in 3-1 down at half time must have been a bitter pill for McCarthy and his men. Little point in him doing the teacup routine as they'd done okay but what hope could he build on ?   They'd dominated the best team in the land for 30 minutes and found themselves out of the fixture and competition.

If City can do this  at Molineux in a competition that really doesn't matter that much, what might they do to Wolves for the 'proper one' 3 days later at the Etihad Stadium?

I'm sure that both managers would have agreed to call it off at half time, was there really any point in them coming out for more of the same. Less than 10,000 Wolves fans had bothered to make the trip anyway. 

Come out they did however and within 5 minutes City had increased their lead to 4-1 with a goal for Luca Scapuzzi that has since been awarded to the Wolves GK De Vries as an OG.  

City finished their work on 64 mins with a brilliant second for Dzeko which am pretty sure moves him above Aguero as the clubs top scorer for the season. 

Jamie O'Hara finally finished things up for the night on 65 minutes, but nobody really noticed.

Official attendance 
12,496. City had sold their 2500 allocation.

Match Line Ups.

Wolverhampton Wanderers
De Vries, Doherty, Craddock, Elokobi, Ward, Edwards (Henry 67), Guedioura, Milijas (Hammill 65),Hunt,Vokes, Doyle (O'Hara 65).
Manchester City
Goals: Milijas 18, O'Hara 65

Manchester City 
Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Savic, Toure, Kolarov, De Jong, Razak (Milner 85), Scapuzzi (Rekik 73), Nasri (Suarez 67), Johnson, Dzeko.
Goals: Johnson 37, Nasri 39, Dzeko 40, 64, De Vries (og) 50

FWIW My Prediction was 1-1

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