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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City at Molineux Stadium

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Molineux Stadium Referee : Martin Atkinson
25th August 2018 12:30 PM (BST)
  • 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

    • ‘57' Willy Boly
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘69' Aymeric Laporte

#mancity

Commentary By Paul Handler

15:52

Good afternoon!

We'll call that a day for the MDC - don't forget we'll have highlights live at midnight tonight, well worth a watch.

Thanks for joining and until next time...

14:38

Walker on the Wolves goal

"I've heard that (it went in off the hand) but it's hard for the referees to see everything, it was a goal that was given and we just had to get the equaliser which we did and we could have nicked it at the end."

14:36

Walker reaction

"With five at the back it's always going to be difficult to break people down. They've got people in key areas where we want to get... but Raz has hit the crossbar, Sergio's hit the post and then the crossbar at the end so we've had enough chances. We need to be a little bit more ruthless and also as defenders we need to take responsibility on the second phase of free-kicks." 

14:33

Walker reaction

"We created a lot of chances to put more than one past them, but they are a well organised team and it's going to be very difficult for teams to come here."

72'

The goal was simple when it eventually arrived - a free-kick from Gundogan and Laporte arrived from deep to plant a header home! Around 20 minutes to win this City!

60'

More controversy

David Silva feels like he should have had a penalty but referee Martin Atkinson is unmoved. Big decisions going against City here.

Open
58'

Goal

Wolves 1-0 City

Boly puts the home side ahead but replays suggest the final touch came off the Wolves man's arm. Controversy but the goal stands.

55'

Both sides working very hard here - City trying to work a way through but this Wolves side have pace and tenacity. Key spell. Guardiola may be thinking about his options from the bench - Sane, Mahrez and Jesus are three of those!

47'

A dangerous free-kick in from Gundogan but Coady heads clear under pressure. from the resulting corner Walkers shot deflects for... another corner!

HT
Open
41'

So close!

Mendy fizzes a now trademark cross in but after Rui Patricio parried the ball out, the ball got stuck under Aguero's feet and he could not get power into his shot.

Open
38'

Wide!

Jimienez had time and space in the box but flashes his shot wide. Wolves coming back into this as we enter the latter stages of the half.

Open
36'

Shot

Neves with a speculative one there from distance, the ball looks like it's wobbling all over the place but it's well wide and doesn't trouble Ederson.

Open
23'

Sterling denied!

Now an incredible finger-tip save from Rui Patricio denies a long-range swerving rocket from Sterling. How did he get to that!? What a game!

Open
16'

Lovely header from Aguero puts Gundogan through but his shot is collected at the near post. Think the German was gambling on a keeper dive there but Rui Patricio kept his nerve.

14'

Down the other end and a lovely move from City results in a Gundogan shot, but it's blocked. Ferna then brings down Jota as Wolves look to break.

9'

Kompany penalised there for a foul on Castro Otto but from the resulting free-kick Ederson collects. Ederson looked to get City on the counter there but he's fouled in reply and on we go!

12:02

Guardiola pre-match...

"Our physical condition is good knowing the part of the season we are in - not too many training sessions. It's not the most important thing in football - there are many other things, but of course we need more time."

On Mendy

"He brings physicality, his quality at the front and back. Now he plays a lot because we play one game a week...when we start playing three times a week everyone will play."

11:30

Team news!

City XI presented by Hays: Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Gรผndogan, Sterling, Silva, Bernardo, Agรผero

Substitutes: Muric, Stones, Delph, Sanรฉ, Mahrez, Otamendi, Jesus

10:53

Stats focus

Let's chuck a few numbers into the mix...

โžก We have won our last seven away games. 

โžก Vincent Kompany will make his 250th PL appearance if he plays today.

โžก David Silva is on 49 PL goals.

10:39

Matchday!

Good morning! Have you finished your cornflakes yet? Excellent, because we're under two hours away from kick-off at Molineux, where City will go in search of a third successive 18/19 PL win!