Sunday August 21, 2011 Day 2 Finished Reebok Stadium

Bolton Wanderers 2 - 3 Manchester City

  • Klasnic 39’
  • Davies 63’
  • Silva 26’
  • Barry 37’
  • Dzeko 47’

  1. Stylish City take top spot with win

    Stylish City take top spot with win

    Manchester City secured top spot in the Premier League as they turned on the style to defeat Bolton Wanderers 3-2 at the Reebok Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • Manchester City
    • -- Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' FULL TIME. A fine performance from City, who top the table after two games. Silva was the star for Mancini's men.
    • 90+3' Johnson is offside and is unable to put the finishing touch to another fine move from City. They have played some lovely stuff today.
    • 90+2' Klasnic is booked for heading the ball out of the hands of Hart.
    • 90' We will have four added minutes.
    • 89' David Silva comes off to a fantastic reception and is replaced by Pablo Zabaleta.
    • 87' Pratley with a nasty challenge on Milner. It's a foul and a free-kick to City.
    • 86' Tevez gets his finish wrong after a clever run into the box. That was encouraging though.
    • 84' Panic in the City defence as Lescott makes a mess of an attempted clearance but Kompany cleans up for his team-mate.
    • 83' Johnson jinks away from Knight superbly and fires a cross-cum-shot just wide of the far post. Excellent play from the winger.
    • 81' Courtesy of Infostrada: the last time Bolton came back from two goals down to snatch a point was in November 2010 against Blackpool.
    • 80' Dzeko is replaced after a superb performance as Adam Johnson enters the fray for City.
    • 79' Nasty from Robinson as he goes in high on Silva and catches the Spaniard on the thigh with his raised boot.
    • 78' Eagles is replaceed by Darren Pratley for Bolton.
    • 76' Kolarov toe-pokes a shot wide of the far post from the edge of the box. An interesting effort from a player who just doesn't have a right foot.
    • 74' Milner produces a dangerous cross from the left and Dzeko is poised to convert, but Jaaskelainen comes off his line to cut it out.
    • 72' Kevin Davies unusually passes up the chance to shoot when offered the chance and instead produces a weak pass that City collect and clear.
    • 71' Tevez was given a warm reception by City fans by the way, despite him saying he never wanted to return to Manchester earlier this summer.
    • 69' Silva denied by a superb block from Knight as he pulls the trigger in the box. What a good piece of defending.
    • 68' Aguero comes off to applause, and Tevez is on. Few expected to see him in a City shirt once more but a transfer to Corinthians collapsed and he remains a City player for now.
    • 65' Well, credit to Bolton they have responded superbly once again. They looked as though they were sinking without trace in this match.
    • 63' GOAL!! Bolton 2-3 Manchester City!! Martin Petrov curls in a free-kick from the right and Kevin Davies rises to meet the ball with a tremendous header that eludes Joe Hart and sneaks inside the post.
    • 62' Now Kolarov sees an effort deflected wide of the post and City have another corner. Another slick move ends with Richards failing to convert, but City are playing some lovely stuff.
    • 61' Gary Cahill intervenes to prevent a cross from reaching Aguero. The striker was ready to tap in in the centre of the box.
    • 60' Mark Davies on for Muamba as Coyle looks to add some creativity to his midfield.
    • 59' Milner stands in a cross and Dzeko heads down and wide. He is a constant threat.
    • 57' Reo-Coker catches Dzeko with a late challenge and is lucky to avoid a booking. Free-kick to City.
    • 56' Klasnic is penalised for obstructing Hart as the ball is launched into the City box. That was the correct decision.
    • 55' Dzeko really has been hugely impressive today. He has outshone Aguero and even Silva. His touch has been spot on and he is a constant danger.
    • 54' Eagles forces Hart into taking evasive action at his near post. City are firmly in control though.
    • 53' Another nice move from City. Dzeko with a glorious touch to flick the ball round the corner for Milner, who fires his shot just off target.
    • 52' Bolton string together a wonderful passing move but when Eagles gets into the box he drags a poor shot wide. That will be encouraging for the home side though.
    • 50' Brilliant persistence from Aguero as he rides a succession of challenges before squaring for Silva. He then plays in Milner who sees a curling effort saved by Jaaskelainen.
    • 48' City fans do the Poznan as they take a two-goal lead. What form Dzeko is in at the start of the season. He really looks a player now after taking time to find his feet last season.
    • 47' GOAL!! 3-2 Manchester City!! Dzeko exploits a terrible piece of defending. Knight was unable to deal with a lofted pass over the top and Dzeko outmuscled him to finish past Jaaskelainen with a low shot.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45+2' HALF-TIME. A frantic first half comes to a close with City in the lead thanks to a stunning strike from Gareth Barry.
    • 45+2' A flashpoint erupts. Hart collides with a Bolton man when coming to clear and then Toure goes to ground in some pain. Both sets of players argue but we continue.
    • 45+1' We will have two minutes of added time at the Reebok Stadium.
    • 45' Milner and Silva get a free-kick horribly wrong as they attempt to spring a surprise down the left.
    • 44' And is quickly joined by Davies for a horrible challenge on Aguero. He flew into the striker from behind. That was unpleasant.
    • 44' Fabrice Muamba goes into the book for Bolton.
    • 43' Dzeko races onto a ball over the top from Milner but Jaaskelainen races off his line and gets his fists to the ball. He fails to clasp the ball but Bolton tidy up.
    • 41' What a frantic couple of minutes. Just as City looked to be taking firm control of the game, Bolton are back in this contest thanks to a superbly worked goal.
    • 39' GOAL!! Bolton 2-1 Manchester City!! Reo-Coker spreads the ball wide to Petrov, who produces a volleyed cross that is met first time by Klasnic with a fine finish to beat Hart.
    • 37' GOAL!! 2-0 Manchester City!! What a strike! A corner is worked to Barry 20 yards from goal and he unleashes a tremendous effort that flies into the top corner. Brilliant.
    • 36' What a chance! Dzeko dinks in a superb cross from the left of the box to pick out Aguero. The striker rises between his two markers and plants a header just wide of the post. He should have scored.
    • 34' Eagles attempts to find Klasnic with a return pass on the edge of the box but Joleon Lescott cuts it out well. That was good defending.
    • 33' More nice build-up play from City. They have controlled the game well. It's early stages in the season but they have looked pretty good in their one-and-a-half matches so far.
    • 31' Courtesy of Infostrada: a clean sheet for City would be their fifth in a row in the top flight, equalling a club record that has stood for nearly 100 years.
    • 30' Aguero has the ball in the back of the net but the whistle had blown after Richards elbowed Petrov aside to get the cross in.
    • 29' The City fans are chanting the name of their manager with gusto. He is a popular fellow after that FA Cup win last season.
    • 28' That was truly horrible from a goalkeeper who has been an excellent servant for Bolton over a long, long period of time. City deserve the lead though.
    • 26' GOAL!! 1-0 Manchester City!! Oh dear. That is shocking. Silva receives a pass from Micah Richards and takes aim from 20 yards. His low effort has some pace on it but Jaaskelainen appears completely deceived by the flight of the ball and makes a horrible miess of things as the ball bobbles over his arm and in.
    • 25' Good work from Dzeko as he spins and plays in Aguero. The little Argentinian attempts to work space but finds his shot blocked by the attentive Gary Cahill.
    • 24' Nigel Reo-Coker brings down Silva to concede a free-kick. He looks as though he may struggle to get to grips with the brilliant Spaniard today.
    • 23' Brilliant. Kompany and Ivan Klasnic tussle for the ball and then get involved in a shoving match. As soon as they realise they are risking a booking, they quickly shake hands in front of the ref.
    • 22' Jaaskelainen pumps a long pass forward and Davies heads back to Eagles, who sees his first-time effort deflected wide for a corner.
    • 20' Milner looks to release Aguero with a quick free-kick but Paul Robinson is alert and comes across to deal with it. Excellent defending.
    • 18' What a chance for Aguero! Dzeko pulls a cross along the face of goal and Aguero side-foots over from ten yards with Jaaskelainen in trouble. He really should have scored that.
    • 17' Silva drills a low shot at goal from just outside the box. That was never troubling the Bolton keeper.
    • 17' Knight and Gary Cahill combine to half a determined run for Dzeko, who tries to bulldoze his way through the Bolton backline.
    • 16' City do look a very accomplished team on the ball, with Aguero certainly adding to their quality in that regard. They were known for being a bit cautious last season under Mancini but certainly have the ability to be more positive.
    • 15' Silva plays in Aleksandar Kolarov with a neat pass and his cross is directed towards Milner, who almost converts from the centre of the box but is denied by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 13' A neat move breaks down when Gareth Barry puts too much on a through-ball for Dzeko. The pass runs out of play.
    • 12' The pressure increases as Martin Petrov, formerly of Manchester City, flings in a cross that Davies gets on the end of to win a corner. Kompany clears behind for another corner.
    • 11' The corner is inadvertently headed towards Knight by Kompany but the Bolton defender does not have enough time to react and skews his shot wide.
    • 10' Gretar Steinsson whips a cross in but City clear behind for a corner.
    • 8' City work possession around the edge of the box but James Milner loses possession when attempting to switch the ball quickly to Yaya Toure.
    • 7' Aguero gets the cut back in but he can't find Dzeko as Zat Knight clears for Bolton.
    • 6' Courtesy of Infostrada, Bolton are looking to win their opening two games for the first time in ten years. In 2001-02 they won their first three matches.
    • 5' Aguero produces a neat flick but Bolton intercept the ball. It has been a frantic start to this tie.
    • 4' Vincent Kompany fouls Kevin Davies and from the free-kick, Chris Eagles sees his effort parried by Joe Hart. That was a bit nervy from the City keeper.
    • 3' It appears as though Edin Dzeko is the man asked to play out wide on the left, with Aguero through the centre. That's a bit of a surprise as Dzeko isn't a natural wide man.
    • 2' Sergio Aguero gets his first touch and is booed by the home fans, who have not forgotten his role in an incident with Bolton's Matt Taylor when representing Atletico Madrid.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 15.57 The players emerge from the tunnel and we are just minutes away from kick-off at the Reebok Stadium.
    • 15.55 Want to discuss today's match? You can use the comments section below, or engage me in some abuse/debate on Twitter if you want. I promise I won't go all Joey Barton on you. Tom Adams on Twitter
    • 15.50 Bolton are set up in a classic 4-4-2 formation, while City go with Edin Dzeko as the lone central striker but with David Silva and Sergio Aguero playing off him. That is a frontline full of menace, particularly in the figure of Aguero, who of course scored twice on his debut on Monday against Swansea.
    • 15.45 City might not be done yet on the transfer front of course. Samir Nasri played for Arsenal in their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday but it is expected he will move to Eastlands for a fee in the region of £22m. I'm assuming he would slot in behind the striker. Nasri latest
    • 15.40 Bolton manager Owen Coyle says Bolton can compete with Manchester City, despite a huge disparity in the relative wealth of the two clubs. "I don't know what they have spent, what is it £300m?" he said. "In my 18 months in charge I've spent £3m in transfers. It might look a bit of a mis-match but come the game I can assure you it won't be."
    • 15:35 Man City have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four Premier League matches - their longest run without conceding a goal in the division under Roberto Mancini. They have never kept five consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League era and not in the top flight in 96 years - since a five-match streak from March to April 1915 in old Division One.
    • 15:30 Bolton are looking to win their opening two Premier League matches of the season for the first time in 10 years and only the second time ever in the Premier League era. In 2001-02 they won their opening three matches in a row.
    • 15:25 Bolton have not won in their last five Premier League matches against Manchester City, losing the last three without scoring. Their last victory was 2-0 at home in November 2008 with goals from Ricardo Gardner and a Richard Dunne own goal.
    • 15:20 BOLTON: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Eagles, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov, K Davies, Klasnic... Subs: Bogdan, Alonso, M Davies, Blake, Pratley, Wheater, Blakeman /// MAN CITY: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Barry, Milner, Y Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero... Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Johnson, Savic, Clichy, Tevez, Balotelli
    • 15:20 The headline news is that Sergio Aguero starts for Manchester City, while Carlos Tevez is on the bench!
    • 15:15 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League game between Bolton and Manchester City from the Reebok Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 83' Johnson jinks away from Knight superbly and fires a cross-cum-shot just wide of the far post. Excellent play from the winger.
    • 69' Silva denied by a superb block from Knight as he pulls the trigger in the box. What a good piece of defending.
    • 63' GOAL!! Bolton 2-3 Manchester City!! Martin Petrov curls in a free-kick from the right and Kevin Davies rises to meet the ball with a tremendous header that eludes Joe Hart and sneaks inside the post.
    • 53' Another nice move from City. Dzeko with a glorious touch to flick the ball round the corner for Milner, who fires his shot just off target.
    • 47' GOAL!! 3-2 Manchester City!! Dzeko exploits a terrible piece of defending. Knight was unable to deal with a lofted pass over the top and Dzeko outmuscled him to finish past Jaaskelainen with a low shot.
    • 39' GOAL!! Bolton 2-1 Manchester City!! Reo-Coker spreads the ball wide to Petrov, who produces a volleyed cross that is met first time by Klasnic with a fine finish to beat Hart.
    • 37' GOAL!! 2-0 Manchester City!! What a strike! A corner is worked to Barry 20 yards from goal and he unleashes a tremendous effort that flies into the top corner. Brilliant.
    • 36' What a chance! Dzeko dinks in a superb cross from the left of the box to pick out Aguero. The striker rises between his two markers and plants a header just wide of the post. He should have scored.
    • 30' Aguero has the ball in the back of the net but the whistle had blown after Richards elbowed Petrov aside to get the cross in.
    • 26' GOAL!! 1-0 Manchester City!! Oh dear. That is shocking. Silva receives a pass from Micah Richards and takes aim from 20 yards. His low effort has some pace on it but Jaaskelainen appears completely deceived by the flight of the ball and makes a horrible miess of things as the ball bobbles over his arm and in.
    • 18' What a chance for Aguero! Dzeko pulls a cross along the face of goal and Aguero side-foots over from ten yards with Jaaskelainen in trouble. He really should have scored that.
    • 15' Silva plays in Aleksandar Kolarov with a neat pass and his cross is directed towards Milner, who almost converts from the centre of the box but is denied by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 4' Vincent Kompany fouls Kevin Davies and from the free-kick, Chris Eagles sees his effort parried by Joe Hart. That was a bit nervy from the City keeper.

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