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Citizens go top with nervy win at Reebok

Mancini's men overcome tricky Trotters

By | 21st August 2011

Goals from David Silva, Gareth Barry, and Edin Dzeko ensured that Manchester City defeat a resilient Bolton side 3-2 to head to the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Entering Sunday’s much-awaited clash, both teams were thriving on dream starts to their season as the Trotters battered Queens Park Rangers 4-0 and Roberto Mancini’s men won by the same exact score against Swansea in the opening round of fixtures.

However, in the opening half hour at Reebok Stadium, the visitors took firm control of the match as Spaniard Silva opened the scoring and a sensational long-range strike from Barry doubled their advantage.

Bolton rebounded quickly, though, as Ivan Klasnic’s clinical one-touch finish from a difficult angle cut the Trotters’ deficit into a half heading into the interval.

As soon as the second half began, City quickly restored a two-goal cushion through former Wolfsburg striker Dzeko, who out-muscled Zat Knight on his way past Jussi Jaskelaainen.

Although it seemed that a defensive nightmare had effectively made it impossible for the hosts to stay in the game, skipper Kevin Davies immediately defied that notion with a brilliant set-piece header almost a half hour from the full-time whistle.

Ultimately, City were able to hold on to their slender advantage as defense became the priority to finish the match strongly.

Interestingly, though, the Citizens are not alone with a perfect record at the top of the table as the Wolverhampton Wanderers also maintained their winning ways with a 2-0 win at home to Fulham thanks to goals from Kevin Doyle and Matt Jarvis.

In the day’s only other fixture, a late Kenwyne Jones strike salvaged a 1-1 draw for Sunderland away to Norwich City.

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  1. Neil Crosby says:

    Whoever wrote this could not have been at the match. City should have won by a much bigger margin and there was certainly no nerves at the end.

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