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Manchester City Top The League After Defeating Sloppy Aston Villa

The Aston Villa unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end at the home of the financial Juggernaut that is Manchester City.

This was a very different Aston Villa side to the one that meekly crumbled in the corresponding fixture last year as the players did at least show some fight and were prepared to battle.
With Mancini resting four world class players in Dzeko, Nasri, Silva and Aguero Man City still comfortably eased their way to the top of the table with a four goal rout of hapless Aston Villa.
After overcoming a nervy first few minutes Villa were well in the game and were unlucky not to take what would have been at that point a deserved lead when Joe Hart saved from Agbonlahor when he was clean through on goal.
Against teams with the class City have it is crucial that you take your chances because you will get punished with the quality attacking players City have at their disposal.
The first goal came from a corner when Balotelli pounced and acrobatically dispatched the ball into the net with a smart over head kick.
Up to half time Villa were still in the game but Man City did grow in confidence and the menace in their offensive play was becoming evident.
Just after half time Villa again shot themselves in the foot with a grave error by Warnock when he totally missed the ball to leave Adam Johnson clean through and he made no mistake as he slid the ball past Shay Given.
Man City then clinically put the game beyond Villa after another set piece disaster from the Villa defence. Villa had no player on hand at the edge of the six yard box and Vincent Kompany just drifted in to score an excellent albeit unchallenged near post header.
Villa still fought back and Warnock met an Agbonlahor cross to give all Villains some hope with a 65th minute goal.
But it was not to be as former villain James Milner scored the goal of the game to again give City their 3 goal cushion. It was good to see Milner show respect and not celebrate the goal against his former team and I thought he was excellent for City throughout the game.
City then displayed some showboating by just keeping possession and they even afforded Owen Hargreaves his premier league debut who within minutes of his arrival launched himself into a couple of crunching tackles as if had a point to prove to his former employers across the city.
I'm not so disheartened by this defeat as the Villa defence were the architects of their own downfall with some sloppy defending as they conceded two soft goals from corners in addition to the Warnock error.
I can imagine them facing the wrath of manager McLeish and in for some intensive training sessions in the week to come as he tries to iron out these amateurish blunders.
As always goals change games and Villa cannot afford this defensive generosity to continue and this could have been a different game if Villa were more defensively diligent during this game.
All credit to City for taking their chances and they will be a formidable force this season and will have a big say in who wins the BPL.
One bugbear I do have with McLeish is he is always talking about fielding a lot of youngsters but there was only Clark and Delph from this talented crop of young players in the starting eleven.
Albrighton and Bannan did come on but it was the experienced players who were guilty of errors and organisation that cost us today.

I would much rather see all the youngsters play week in week out as these players tend to play with less fear and frankly I think the likes of Herd and Bannan could do a much better job than some more experienced pro's who started today.

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Manchester City vs Aston Villa Oct 15th 2011

Manchester City vs Aston Villa Reviewed by Michael Joseph

The Aston Villa unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end at the home of the financial Juggernaut that is Manchester City.

With Mancini resting four world class players in Dzeko, Nasri, Silva and Aguero Man City still comfortably eased their way to the top of the table with a four goal rout of hapless Aston Villa.

Man City Rating: 4.0
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Aston Villa Rating: 3.0
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Manchester City Line Up

  • GK Joe Hart
  • RB Micah Richards
  • LB Gael Clichy
  • CH Joleon Lescott
  • CH Vincent Kompany
  • RM James Milner
  • LM Adam Johnson
  • AM Yaya Toure
  • CM Gareth Barry
  • CM Nigel De Jong
  • CF Mario Balotelli
  • Sub Costel Pantilimon
  • Sub Kolo Toure
  • Sub Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Sub Owen Hargreaves
  • Sub David Silva
  • Sub Edin Dzeko
  • Sub Samir Nasri
    Aston Villa Line Up

  • GK Shay Given
  • RB Alan Hutton
  • LB Stephen Warnock
  • CH Richard Dunne
  • CH Ciaran Clark
  • AM Stephen Ireland
  • RM Emile Heskey
  • CM Stylian Petrov
  • LM Fabian Delph
  • CF Darren Bent
  • CF Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • Sub Brad Guzan
  • Sub Carlos Cuellar
  • Sub Chris Herd
  • Sub Marc Albrighton
  • Sub Andreas Weimann
  • Sub Barry Bannan
  • Sub Charles N'zogbia