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Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium

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Etihad Stadium Referee : Craig Pawson
14th January 2019 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘10' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘39' Gabriel Jesus (Pen)
    • ‘78' Conor Coady (OG)
  • 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

#mancity

Commentary By Caroline Oatway

23:25

Happy Monday!

That's all from me, Blues.

Stay tuned to mancity.com for more post-match reaction, including the thoughts of Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker.

The highlights of tonight's game will also be live from midnight.

See you again on Sunday afternoon for our trip to Huddersfield.

Until then, goodnight and have a great week!

22:31

More from Guardiola:

(On KDB and Aguero starting on the bench): "It was not for injuries - I have an incredible squad and other players, who deserved to play.

"We spoke about that. One of my favourite players Phil Foden wasn't there (in the squad).

"To play, the players know they have to be good. They know that.

"Today, I decided to go with players like Bernardo, Aymeric, John...

"I will try to be involved with everyone. Everybody plays and has been a part. I don't like to play just 11 players in four games.

"Everybody has to be ready. Some play more than others but we are still in four competitions and everyone is going to play."

22:29

Guardiola:

"We cannot play Liverpool so we can't do anything about them - all we can do is win our games.

"We can control what we do and that's being there (challenging for the title) but if we won't win, then they will be champions.

"That's why we have to win. We have incredible numbers after what we did last season.

"They are one team and have done better so far but we have to be there until the end."

22:27

Pep Guardiola:

"The game 11 v 11 was quite similar to 11 v 10.

"We made a fantastic first goal with the action - the movement and the pass. After that, we forgot to move the ball more into the box.

"We arrived in the final third quite easily but we didn't make movements to attack the ball.

"In that last few minutes, with Kevin De Bruyne and his special quality, we played the way we have to play. We have to keep doing it over and over, winning the second balls.

"We didn't concede many counter attacks and Wolves put in incredible fast players for the last 20 minutes. They can punish you - we've seen it against Tottenham and Chelsea.

"I'm very pleased and I'm pretty aware how tough it is."

22:19

Gabriel Jesus:

"I know Sergio Aguero is an amazing player and helps me a lot. When Sergio plays, he helps the team and when I play I want to help as well.

"I play better now and to score goals is important to me because I am a striker."

(On his head injury): "I am good. A little pain here on the side - it can be dangerous on the head but I am good."

22:11

Paul Lake:

"Three goals at home and a clean sheet is a real positive.

"There were no injuries and Kevin de Bruyne looks like he is getting back to his old self. It was a professional performance and Pep Guardiola has to be happy."

21:53

Big three points

Another dominant display and another important win for the boys in Blue, as we close the gap atop the Premier League table once again to four points.

A thoroughly deserved victory, which could have been secured by an even bigger margin.

The most important thing though is the points.

86'

What is he like?!

Ederson is mad, isn't he?! Just sprinted to the half-way line to make a clearance, tried to nick the ball past Gibbs-White and almost fluffed it but somehow got away with it and played the ball to safety.

Fans loved it, of course!

Open
67'

OOOOH!

What a strike by KDB! Would have been a wondergoal...

The Belgian races onto a clearance and unleashes an unstoppable effort just wide of the top corner.

52'

A little too much

Sterling showing his pace there with a driving run at the Wolves defence. Just took one touch too many when caught in two minds whether to shoot or play Gabriel Jesus through.

City growing into this second half. Been a fairly slow start, as the first half was.

HT

Analysis

A much more comfortable half than we'd anticipated, aided of course by the red card.

Wolves have threatened on one or two occasions but have lacked end product, but City have dominated.

There haven't been too many chances but the Blues have definitely created more, having controlled the lions' share of possession.

The stuffing seems to have been knocked out of Wolves since their sending off but we mustn't think this game is won just yet.

Open
37'

Phew!

Almost a case of 'curse of the commentator' as Wolves waste a glorious chance to level!

Otto is played through by Jiminez but for some reason, opts to slide Jota in rather than shoot - and the ball rolls out of play!

35'

Lightning Leroy

Sane with a jinking run into the box. He tries a sot and it's deflected wide for a corner, which comes to nothing.

City well on top.

25'

OUCH!

Stoppage in play here, as Gabriel Jesus is down, having smashed his head onto the post when attempting to reach Walker's cross.

Referee stopped play immediately and the Brazilian is receiving treatment.

Open
19'

RED CARD!

Wolves are down to ten. Boly, who was the centre of controversy in the away game, is red carded for a dangerous challenge on Bernardo Silva.

He won the ball but you can't slide in like that, with studs showing.

Open
14'

First booking

Ferna is the first to receive a caution, having slid in on Jota.

Looked to have won the ball in truth, although he did make contact with the man. Or the Wolf.

(I should get a yellow card for that!)

10'

Oooft!

Almost an immediate response from Wolves, as the visitors break, but the cross is blazed over everyone's head! Wasteful from them. Thankfully!

10'

GET IN THERE!!!

A goal of real quality.

Laporte plays a delicious ball to release Sane down the left and the German drills the perfect delivery into Gabriel Jesus to slide home from close range!

Six goals in three games for the Brazilian but it was all about the build-up!

6'

Easy does it

Bit of a slow start to this one - bit stop-start.

Neither side managing to string passes together; no dangerous ventures into the opposition penalty areas.

1'

Blue Monday

There's a good noise around the ground. Both sets of fans in good voice.

City are kicking towards the away fans first as usual, sporting our traditional blue and white. Wolves in gold and black.

19:54

Pep Guardiola:

"I think all we can do is try to do our job.

"We cannot be involved in Liverpool's games. We have to focus on what we have to do.

"The opponents are good. If we want to have the chance to compete until the end, we have to win games."

19:32

Anyone fancy 42s* after this? 👀

(I jest of course. I'm far too old to be 'cutting shapes' or 'busting moves' - or whatever it is kids do these days - in nightclubs!)

*If you don't know what '42s' is, it's an alternative nightclub in Manchester. Spent many a merry night/morning in there in my youth.

19:26

Out we go

Both teams are now warming-up on the hallowed turf to the tune of The Smiths' 'This Charming Man'.

Manchester la, la, la! Manchester, la, la, la!

19:24

City century?

City’s recent goal-burst has left the Blues just four short of a century in all competitions.

During our Centurions campaign, by this time last season, the Blues had bagged 83 goals so if anything, this team have become even more potent.

Could we see another record broken tonight?

19:16

Academy graduate

Nedum Onuoha says the football City are playing under Pep Guardiola is 'incredible.'

The Catalan manager has transformed the Blues' playing style, introducing a possession-based approach that sees his side dominate the ball and play on the front foot.

And with Premier League and Carabao Cup success offering tangible evidence that his methods bring results, there’s been widespread praise across the board for what he’s implemented since taking charge in 2016.

Onuoha, who played 116 games for City between 2004-2012, is the latest to reveal his admiration, saying it’s the kind of football that should make City fans 'really proud.'

“Everyone is watching City,” he says. “I’m watching every game and hoping that they win whilst other people are watching with their jaws to the floor as if to say how incredible it really is.

“It’s a bit different to how we used to play back in the day, but it is terrific. People are really buying into the way Pep is making the team play now.

“The way that they’re playing is something to be really proud of.”

19:11

More from Gab J:

“Wolves are a very good team they have a lot of good players a good manager so its difficult. We know that.

"But we need to go onto the pitch and work hard, play well and try to win the game."

19:10

Gabriel Jesus:

“I was so happy (after the Burton game). I have never scored four goals in a game. It was my first time and that for me was amazing.

"I scored the goals to help my team mates and we played very well to win the game."

On celebrating his two-year anniversary here: “I really like the City and the Club of course. When I came here, I thought it was going to be more difficult for me because I am young and didn’t speak any English.

“Now I’m learning more and enjoying it even more."

19:08

Club journalist David Clayton:

"City make seven changes from the side that beat Burton Albion 9-0 last week.

"Gabriel Jesus retains his place after his four-goal haul against the Brewers and Danilo gets the nod for the left-back role this evening.

"The Blues’ bench is possibly one of the strongest in the Club’s history featuring Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne."

18:42

Our EDS are also in action tonight...

18:35

Super Sane

Leroy Sane was involved in 24 goals in the Premier League (10 goals, 14 assists) in 2018 - more than any other German player in the top five European leagues

18:30

Magic Man

If David Silva features tonight, he will make his 267th Premier League appearance - the most of any City player in the competition’s history.

Find out if he'll start at 7pm!

18:22

Stat attack

City are unbeaten in our last 34 Premier League home matches against promoted sides, since a defeat to Reading in February 2007 under Stuart Pearce.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have won nine points from their seven matches against last season’s top six clubs (W2 D3 L2), more than any team outside of those six.

Wolves are aiming to improve their record in top-flight matches played on a Monday, having lost seven of their last eight and all three in the Premier League.


18:13

Beware the Wolves

Many predicting a tough one tonight with Wolves proving difficult to break down this year.

We found that ourselves of course in the away fixture, drawing 1-1 back in August.

The Midlands outfit did have a little luck with Willy Boly's handled goal but City struggled to create that day, facing a spirited and well-organised defence.

With Liverpool having claimed another win at the weekend, closing that gap again is imperative. We mustn't undo the hard work of beating the Reds to cut the deficit in the first place. We need to stay right on their tails.

18:03

Monday Night Football!

Good evening from the Etihad Stadium!

Another must-win game awaits, as we welcome Wolves to the home of the Champions this evening.

It's an 8pm kick-off and as always, we'll have all the behind-the-scenes build-up, minute-by-minute coverage and post-match reaction.

Come on, City!

09:56

Stat

City have won 12 of our past 14 home league fixtures, with their only defeat during that period coming against Crystal Palace three weeks ago. 

09:51

Nuno Espirito Santo on the 1-1 draw in October

"That was a very important moment, it made us realise we were ready to compete in the Premier League. We put our standards high.

"We have been doing well, we have had bad moments, and we want to find the consistency. There's always something to improve on."

09:50

Ferna: City's main man

09:47

Head-to-head

There have been 118 meetings between the two sides, with City triumphing in 47.

There have been 25 draws and 46 defeats for the Blues.

Wolves' last visit to the Etihad saw the hosts emerge victorious on penalties, following a goalless draw, en route to the Final.

09:47

Pep

"We realised in the first game how complicated they would be.

"They are strong physically, make good runs in counter-attack. They defend well and deep, they control many areas.

"That is why they are doing incredibly well in the Premier League." 

09:32

Good morning

Good morning, Blues! 

Full coverage of tonight's game will begin right here at 6pm. Until then, here are a few posts to keep you going...

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 22 +40 57
3 Tottenham Hotspur 22 +24 48
4 Chelsea 22 +23 47
5 Arsenal 22 +14 41
6 Manchester United 22 +12 41
7 Watford 22 0 32
8 Leicester City 22 +1 31
9 West Ham United 22 -2 31
10 Everton 22 +2 30
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 -5 29
12 Bournemouth 22 -11 27
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 -6 26
14 Crystal Palace 22 -8 22
15 Burnley 22 -20 21
16 Southampton 22 -16 19
17 Cardiff City 22 -22 19
18 Newcastle United 22 -15 18
19 Fulham 22 -29 14
20 Huddersfield Town 22 -24 11
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