October 2010
City 3 Lech Poznan 1
Europa League
October 21st 2010 33,383
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City moved to the top of their group with this comfortable win over Polish side Lech Poznan. Manu Adebayor showed much better form and scored a hat trick and might have scored a couple more too. Maybe he is a little worried that Balotelli is almost ready for a return and in January we might see the arrival of a certain individual who resides in Prestbury and used to be a team mate of Carlos Tevez. It's all the talk at the moment so when Rooney changed his mind and signed a contract for United after all one wonders what it was all about!!!
Silva is now showing us just how good is signing was. Covering a lot of ground and linking well with team mates he made a couple of the goals and he will get better. With almost a reserve defence I suppose we did well just to concede the one goal. I think errors by several players gave Poznan their chances rather than clever play by the visitors. I still think we should keep one forward up front when defending a corner. We have all eleven back and sometimes they get in each others way. Patrick Viera had one of his best games for us - his passing and probing being a plus point.
There was a huge Polish contingent for this game with over 6000 supporters filling both the East 3rd Tier and part of the South Stand
City made several changes with Tevez, Barry, Milner, the Toure's, Boateng and Kompany being rested.
An early attack and shot by Peszko after just 3 minutes went well wide of the diving Hart
A minute or so later a cross by Adam Johnson went whizzing into the danger zone but nobody got a touch
The visiting supporters were very organized and very loud ! However they were soon to be silenced.
Viera started the move and he put a great pass through to Adebayor .........
...... Adebayor beat a couple of defenders and shot past Buric to give City the lead after 13 minutes
Richards has a close encounter with a foot!
On 25 minutes Silva took a pass from Viera and crossed an excellent ball .....
.....to Adebayor who headed down past the keeper to put City two up.
City were good for their lead and at half time it looked like City were going to have an easy win
Just after half time Poznan had a shout for a penalty when Peszko went down under a tackle by Lescott . The ref said no but City switched off and .....
Tshibamba took advantage and shot past Hart from close range to give the visitors a fighting chance
The visiting supporters made their feelings heard
We had an accidental clash between Richards and Wilk who had to leave the field
Early in the second half the Polish supporters decided to bare their chests a la Newcastle style.
On 73 minutes City made the game safe. Silva was once again the provider crossing for Adebayor to hit the ball first time past the keeper
After 79 minutes Adam Johnson went on a brilliant run and finished with a curling shot that hit the bar.
Zabaleta makes a good late tackle before being subbed
Tshibamba missed a sitter when he has only Hart to beat
Krivets has a late effort saved by Hart
Hart 7: Richards 6.5, Boyata 6.5, Lescott 6, Zabaleta 7 ( Bridge): Viera 8, De Jong 8: Wright Phillips 6 (Jo 6) Silva 8 ( Yaya Toure 6) Johnson 8 , Adebayor 8.5
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