Wednesday December 21, 2011 Day 17 Finished Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 3 - 0 Stoke City

  • Agüero 29’, 54’
  • Johnson 36’

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    City stay top with win over Stoke

    Manchester City maintained their grip at the top of the Premier League table with a 3-0 win at home to Stoke City. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Stoke City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Thursday morning (UK only).
    • - But City will sit atop the Premier League on Christmas Day. Table
    • - A rampant Manchester United thrashed Fulham 5-0, with wonderful goals from Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov highlights of the night at Craven Cottage. United thrash Fulham at Cottage
    • 90+4' The full-time whistle sounds. City win 3-0 and stay top of the Premier League table.
    • 90+3' Aguero opens up Stoke and Johnson can make it four inside the box... great save by Sorensen with his legs.
    • 90+2' Weak from Pennant as Milner steals the ball off him and strikes with purpose to the corner of the box; his shot towards the far post is well saved and held by Sorensen.
    • 90+1' The first of three minutes of injury time passes with the ball in the company of City.
    • 90' Aguero is awarded the man of the match, announced over the Tannoy.
    • 89' Johnson booked for pulling back Pennant as he sprinted away after winning the ball from him.
    • 87' Pulis asking his men to keep running to the end as the match winds down.
    • 86' Check the scores from around the country. Premier League latest
    • 85' Lescott coolly intercepts and plays out of defence. But Stoke are seeing something of the ball now.
    • 84' Not a Man Utd fan, I'm afraid. Life would be merrier if I were. My team aren't in this division, unfortunately...
    • 83' City change: James Milner on for Barry.
    • 82' Pennant's kick, bending into the six-yard box, is missed by Hart but Wilson is turning as he meets it and the ball comes off his back and runs out for a goal-kick.
    • 81' A cross from the right looks long from Stoke, but they end up with a corner.
    • 80' Stoke change: Salif Diao on for Woodgate.
    • 79' Away captain Huth penalised for a foul on Aguero - the Argentine was holding the area around the ball but it looked six of one and half a dozen of the other. Nevertheless he helps him up and they shake hands.
    • 78' Balotelli with a 'Ronaldinho against Chelsea' standing shot which is stopped by Huth's hand - it was by his side but you would be claiming a penalty if it went against your side. Nothing given.
    • 77' Fuller with a turn of speed to bear down on the City box, but with two men behind him and two in front he is always going to miss out. He wants a free-kick but doesn't get one.
    • 76' Balotelli goes down in a heap after Wilson seemed to catch him with the ball already gone. Ref Dean plays on and Balotelli eventually climbs to his feet.
    • 74' Stoke change: Jermaine Pennant on for Jones. Something different, a bit of pace from deeper.
    • 73' Aguero penalised for a foul. Stoke to make a change.
    • 72' Charlie Adam misses a penalty as Liverpool remain goalless... Wigan Athletic v Liverpool: LIVE
    • 71' Fuller booked for a late challenge as Lescott played back to Hart - and rightly so.
    • 70' Balotelli's first touch. The ball is lost! They still love him.
    • 69' Aguero receives from Barry and seeks to return the favour, but the through-ball is just too strong for him to catch it.
    • 68' Stoke change: Ricardo Fuller on for fellow striker Jerome.
    • 68' City change: Mario Balotelli on for Silva.
    • 68' Kompany with a strike from more than 30 yards, wide of the target.
    • 67' Lovely step in by Huth to rob the ball on halfway, but Jones cannot hold it up when he looks for the one-two. One of the most frustrating things for a defender.
    • 66' Aguero fighting for the ball near the box then into the corner flag, very impressive given that the game is over as a contest.
    • 65' Walters seeks to instigate a counter-attack, again in vain. Here's a pic of Aguero celebrating: Kun gives thumbs-up
    • 64' Shotton again the danger for Stoke on the right, but his cross comes to naught.
    • 63' Ref Dean talking to Yaya Toure and Walters after a spat. Replays show that it was just a tussle until Toure had a wild kick out at his opponent. He should have been booked at least...
    • 62' Corner to Stoke: Wilson rises to head down from 18 yards and after it bounces Jones almost nods it on towards goal, but is just beaten to it.
    • 61' City have had 61 per cent possession. Par for the course at Eastlands.
    • 60' Man City change: Richards limping and will be replaced. Stefan Savic is on.
    • 59' Aguero played in behind and tips the ball past Sorensen but wide. Almost a fourth.
    • 58' Easy football for the home side. Biding their time. It's good to watch, but it's a shame good sides like Stoke are denied the chance to compete with cash-rich clubs and their assembled talent.
    • 57' Villa level with Arsenal. /// OptaJoe: 20,000 – Marc Albrighton has scored the 20,000th goal in Premier League history. Landmark.
    • 56' Silva to the feet of Aguero, and the Argentina star fires a curling effort into the waiting arms of Sorensen.
    • 55' No doubt about the outcome of this game now. /// d.lloyd.66 (better late than never, sorry): "Come on the potters, lets get over the off side, and the­ fab strike by Johnson and stop giving the ball away­ Wilson. Wakey wakey Wilson!!!!"
    • 54' GOAL FOR CITY! Aguero with his second! Barry plays out to Nasri on the right and his low cross is perfect for 'El Kun', all alone, to knock into the bottom corner from eight yards out. Man City 3-0 Stoke City.
    • 53' United scored a third before half-time. Fulham v Manchester United: LIVE
    • 52' The whipped ball in is headed away by the hosts. At the other end Aguero outfoxes Huth in the corner and cuts into the box before shooting low, held by Sorensen at the far post.
    • 51' Clichy lifts the ball over Walters in the left-back position and plays back to Hart. Better from Stoke in this half though. Shotton is then caught by Clichy to give Stoke a free-kick near the corner flag.
    • 50' Aguero pulls out of the final third and tries his luck from distance, with Sorensen doing well to hold the fast, bouncing ball.
    • 49' The full-back takes it short though and Stoke lose the ball. Given that Stoke have scored the highest percentage of goals from set pieces in the Premier League (61%), you'd think he would have tried their usual tactic. I believe he has still got that towel under his shirt...
    • 48' Cool defending by Clichy when the long ball is pumped forward by the Stoke defence. And moments later again as Shotton's cross is blocked. Long throw to come though.
    • 47' Stoke pressing higher up the field and win the ball back. Reversal of roles.
    • 46' The second half underway with Stoke now attacking the goal to our right.
    • - A largely flat half punctuated with odd moments of excitement. Drop me a line on Twitter @jonathansymcox with your thoughts on the match and both sides. Premier League latest
    • 45+2' And after Johnson is tackled bringing down a crossfield ball, referee Mike Dean blows up. 2-0 at the break.
    • 45+1' No chance of Stoke getting the ball off City in the final moments of the opening 45 minutes.
    • 45' Two minutes to be added on. United are two goals up. Fulham v Manchester United: LIVE
    • 44' City win a corner and Stoke head away. Half-time approaching - they will just want to get there at only two goals down.
    • 43' Johnson gives the ball away but Shotton cannot turn the counter into a Stoke chance after losing his balance.
    • 42' He curls it low around the wall and Sorensen helps it around the post. Tricky for him to keep hold of it as it was bouncing. He signed a new deal today along with Asmir Begovic. Goalkeepers pen new Potters deals
    • 41' Free-kick to City in a dangerous position on the right as Nasri is fouled by Wilson. Johnson over it.
    • 39' Stoke keep the ball briefly but are pressed well and Wilson smashes it long from left-back - over Jones and Lescott and through to Hart.
    • 38' Aguero at the by-line checks back and clips a cross to no one. But his quick feet had the Stoke defence worried there.
    • 37' There are many games this evening featuring many of the country's top sides. Premier League latest
    • 36' WHAT A GOAL FROM JOHNSON! He takes the ball on, shifts it out of his feet and smashes inside the post from 30 yards. Sorensen didn't stand a chance. Man City 2-0 Stoke City.
    • 35' City building something again now. You can sense it coming.
    • 33' Great defending by skipper Kompany, to applause from the stands. The fans are used to skills these days, but still appreciate a good tackle.
    • 32' Nasri looking to rev things up again for the star-studded hosts. Thwarted on this occasion.
    • 31' Pulis still not happy. The City fans chanting Mancini's name. "He came from Italy..."
    • 30' Stoke wanted an offside decision and it did look it initially, but he was just about level. Maybe. Silva danced outside the box, fed a pass through for Yaya Toure and his cross was met by captain Vincent Kompany; Thomas Sorensen made a brilliant point-blank save but Aguero was there to finish.
    • 29' GOAL FOR CITY! Aguero with the easiest goal of his life! Man City 1-0 Stoke City.
    • 28' Played into the box by Gareth Barry, but Stoke clear. Back to the chess game in midfield. Corner to City as Robert Huth heads a cross behind.
    • 27' Aguero tries a chipped pass to the 'D' of the Stoke box from out wide, but there is no one there to receive the ball. He's struggling for space.
    • 26' A rare foul throw in the top flight by Wilson as he chucks it back to a defender.
    • 25' Richards with a wayward five-yard pass to Johnson, straight into touch.
    • 24' Roberto Mancini chewing thoughtfully in the style of Alex Ferguson. I suppose. Nothing to panic about yet - City are the better side.
    • 23' Richards is booked for a late challenge on Matthew Upson near the corner flag. A bit harsh - it was more a collision than anything else.
    • 22' Bad news from Craven Cottage for City fans. Fulham v Manchester United: LIVE
    • 21' No way through again for the boys in sky blue, who Stoke are keeping at bay despite that Johnson strike against the woodwork a few minutes ago.
    • 20' Stoke haven’t won three away games in a row in the top flight since November 1975. Their recent two were against Wolves and Everton - they were 16-1 to do it tonight. Good odds for a two-horse race, no? Stoke results and fixtures
    • 19' Samir Nasri plays a one-two with Kun Aguero from the left and slashes a shot just wide of the far post from eighteen yards. He was put off by the close attentions of two defenders.
    • 18' Goal at Villa Park - Arsenal one up. Guess who scored it? Aston Villa v Arsenal: LIVE
    • 17' Tony Pulis unhappy on the touchline - his team gave the ball away too easily prior to the Johnson chance.
    • 16' The strike took a deflection off Whitehead, I think - excellent defending.
    • 15' Johnson with a bending shot from the corner of the box that comes back off the crossbar! It was close to the angle with the post and looked destined for the top corner! City building pressure.
    • 14' All City in terms of possession. Their fans are in good voice.
    • 13' Slight chaos in the Stoke box, if that is possible, as Stoke make a mess of clearing a straightforward ball. They get the job done and almost find a way through on the counter, with Kenwyne Jones springing into life. /// alimroueh97: My predictions: Man C 3-1 Stoke.. Fulham 0-1 Man u ... Aston villa 1-2 arsenal
    • 12' David Silva moving the ball from foot to foot before finding Johnson. He reaches the by-line but the low cross is hacked away.
    • 11' City testing out their opponents at the start of the final third. No way through as yet. But City now have a corner as Jerome gets back to defend.
    • 10' Manchester City have won all eight of their Premier League home games in 2011-12, as well as the last five of last season (13 in total). Only once in top-flight history have City won more consecutive home games (16 in a row in a run that ended in August 1921). City fixtures and results
    • 9' Lescott unhappy after this home attack ends near halfway with a free-kick awarded against him. Sergio Aguero was looking lively around the edges of the Stoke box.
    • 8' Jonathan Walters peels away in the box and the cross from Jerome finds him - the ball drops towards the far post by Hart has no problems with it.
    • 7' A first long throw, hurled in by Ryan Shotton in the absence of Rory Delap, who is on the bench. The whistle goes for a foul to City.
    • 6' Great standing tackle from Joleon Lescott on Marc Wilson to win possession for the home side. In the other half Stoke are compact, as you might expect.
    • 5' Yaya Toure finds space and looks for the feet of a striker, but Dean Whitehead is covering to intercept and clear. Ball back with City on halfway.
    • 4' Cameron Jerome on the left for Stoke whips a low ball in that Joe Hart claims. City counter but Gael Clichy's cross is terrible.
    • 3' Thirteen different players have scored a goal for Manchester City in the Premier League this season; more than any other side.
    • 2' Early ball with Man City. Micah Richards just offside as he runs on to a clever Adam Johnson pass down the channel - he couldn't catch it anyway.
    • 1' The game begins with Man City kicking from left to right.
    • 19:44 A minute's applause ahead of kick-off. /// pk: "I dont have any coaching experience but what i saw­ during the Manc vrs Arsenal match, Zabaleta plays the­ left back position better than Clichy"
    • 19:41 The teams emerge in their traditional colours. A battle between beauty and the beast? Or is that not giving Stoke credit for their astonishing Premier League credentials?
    • 19:35 Crouch is a big miss for the Potters - or is he? In his last two visits to the Etihad Stadium he has scored the only goal of the game, but at either end: in 2009-10 he netted the winner for Spurs and last season he scored an own goal that gave Man City a 1-0 win. Huth not looking for City revenge
    • 19:32 Leave a comment below if you have a prediction or tweet me @jonathansymcox and I'll pop some of your (clean) thoughts into the comments. /// kazhaynes: "c'mon stoke don't let them beat ya again like­ in the fa cup final you can do it stoke c'mon!!!!"
    • 19:30 Stoke have won their last four Premier League games, their best run in the top-flight since September 1981. The Potters last won five in a row in the top-flight in October 1951. Also follow LIVE: Fulham v Manchester United
    • 19:25 Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Toure Yaya, Johnson, Silva, Nasri, Aguero; subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Milner, Savic, Toure, De Jong, Balotelli /// Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Woodgate, Upson, Wilson, Walters, Palacios, Whitehead, Shotton, Jones, Jerome; subs: Begovic, Fuller, Diao, Pennant, Delap, Etherington, Arismendi
    • 19:24 Peter Crouch is missing for Stoke, with Cameron Jerome deputising. Wilson Palacios starts. Stoke are without both Ryan Shawcross (suspended) and Glenn Whelan (calf), with Woodgate back in despite having been hauled off after 19 minutes at the weekend. Full-back Andy Wilkinson is also absent with a back problem.
    • 19:23 Adam Johnson starts for City with Mario Balotelli on the bench. Manchester City left-back Gael Clichy starts after serving a one-game suspension. Striker Edin Dzeko is out after suffering a knock in training, while Aleksandar Kolarov (groin) is also missing. Joleon Lescott is back in the starting XI but Nigel de Jong and James Milner remain on the bench.
    • 19:20 Just awaiting the teams. Tony Pulis said this week: "Jonathan (Woodgate) will probably start at City and I've got no problems with throwing him back in. The Wolves game has gone now and he fully accepted the reasons behind my decision. It will have no bearing on my future selection and he will be involved at City. He is a vastly experienced player but just because he's played for Real Madrid doesn't mean I'm not going to take him off."
    • 19:15 Man City have won all three Premier League home games against Stoke without conceding a goal. Man City team page
    • 19:10 Stoke have won just two of the last 11 matches in all competitions against Manchester City, including losing last season’s FA Cup final (W2 D3 L6). Stoke team page
    • 19:05 Man City are top of the pile, two points clear of neighbours United, who are away at Fulham tonight. Stoke are again impressing, sitting eighth and looking to put pressure on Newcastle, Liverpool and Arsenal. Table
    • 19:00 Welcome to coverage of this evening's Premier League match between Manchester City and Stoke City.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' Aguero opens up Stoke and Johnson can make it four inside the box... great save by Sorensen with his legs.
    • 78' Balotelli with a 'Ronaldinho against Chelsea' standing shot which is stopped by Huth's hand - it was by his side but you would be claiming a penalty if it went against your side. Nothing given.
    • 63' Ref Dean talking to Yaya Toure and Walters after a spat. Replays show that it was just a tussle until Toure had a wild kick out at his opponent. He should have been booked at least...
    • 54' GOAL FOR CITY! Aguero with his second! Barry plays out to Nasri on the right and his low cross is perfect for 'El Kun', all alone, to knock into the bottom corner from eight yards out. Man City 3-0 Stoke City.
    • 52' The whipped ball in is headed away by the hosts. At the other end Aguero outfoxes Huth in the corner and cuts into the box before shooting low, held by Sorensen at the far post.
    • 36' WHAT A GOAL FROM JOHNSON! He takes the ball on, shifts it out of his feet and smashes inside the post from 30 yards. Sorensen didn't stand a chance. Man City 2-0 Stoke City.
    • 30' Stoke wanted an offside decision and it did look it initially, but he was just about level. Maybe. Silva danced outside the box, fed a pass through for Yaya Toure and his cross was met by captain Vincent Kompany; Thomas Sorensen made a brilliant point-blank save but Aguero was there to finish.
    • 29' GOAL FOR CITY! Aguero with the easiest goal of his life! Man City 1-0 Stoke City.
    • 19' Samir Nasri plays a one-two with Kun Aguero from the left and slashes a shot just wide of the far post from eighteen yards. He was put off by the close attentions of two defenders.
    • 15' Johnson with a bending shot from the corner of the box that comes back off the crossbar! It was close to the angle with the post and looked destined for the top corner! City building pressure.
    • 19:25 Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Toure Yaya, Johnson, Silva, Nasri, Aguero; subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Milner, Savic, Toure, De Jong, Balotelli /// Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Woodgate, Upson, Wilson, Walters, Palacios, Whitehead, Shotton, Jones, Jerome; subs: Begovic, Fuller, Diao, Pennant, Delap, Etherington, Arismendi

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