Manchester City’s super sub Edin Dzeko scored three minutes from time to give the champions all three points in a physical game at the Etihad against Spurs.

David Silva was welcomed back to the City starting line-up as Andre Villas-Boas made the brave call to leave midweek hat-trick hero Jermain Defoe on the bench, with former City forward Emmanuel Adebayor starting.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the first half, using their width well and they took the lead mid-way through the first half. Tom Huddlestone whipped in a delightful free kick for youngster Steven Caulker to powerfully head through Joe Hart and into the bottom corner. The England number one clearly felt he could have done more to keep it out.

Individual battles were flaring up all over the pitch and at times threaten to spill over, but referee Michael Oliver was in full control of the game.

Manchester City improved in the second half and dominated possession, attacking Brad Friedel’s goal from all angles and eventually made the pressure tell. Yaya Toure went on one of his trademark runs through the heart of the Spurs defence and two deflections later the ball fell for Sergio Aguero who neatly passed the ball into the back of the net.

City then began to really overrun Spurs in the final third but a string of stunning saves from Friedel kept them at bay but eventually after a stunning through ball from David Silva, Dzeko gave City the win with a quality finish.

A gut wrenching time to concede for AVB’s team, but a deserved win for City as their super sub does it again.

City close the gap at the top of the table to just two points after Manchester United’s win yesterday, and Spurs remain in sixth after losing from a winning position.

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  • kevin
    2 years ago

    AVB has shown again that he has no faith in his players,instead of going for the kill,he defends by bringing on defenders!!

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  • Kashana
    2 years ago

    Painful. Why do spurs lose their ability to pass a ball, win a header, retain possession etc when they go a goal up. Bale, walker were poor, but can someone explain what Dempsey brings to the party?

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    • kevin
      2 years ago

      Kashana,I agree.They panic when they in front &AVB gets just as nervous,why take off Adebayor &leave on Dempsey?

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  • oldyid
    2 years ago

    When will AVB learn spurs best defence is attack, 5 games this season AVB has thrown points away by getting the team to sit back and defend, spurs are not a defencive team never have been and never will be.
    Don’t think city played well but deserved the points.
    AVB out of his depth with the EPL even taking into account the injury list at the lane, there is a team that should be showing more of an attacking emphasis on the game, Levy get your money out and save this season by buying another creative midfeild player as when Dembele is out we are left wanting.

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  • graham
    2 years ago

    same old avb cant match city so will play with non attacking formation no flair no gamble we are fulham in disguise at least harry had some balls

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  • Willy Wonka
    2 years ago

    Harry in

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  • Kashana
    2 years ago

    I’m not an AVB basher, and can understand some if his tactics, especially when considering we have no Modric, VDV, Parker, BAE, Ledley. But, the team just collapses. Perhaps the worst thing that has happened was winning away to Man Utd with these tactics. Fantastic to win there, but it would seem that result has cemented in AVB’s mind the way we should play.

    Also, thought Adebayor had. Good game. Offers so much more than Defoe. But wingers were poor today. And don’t even get me started on Walker.

    The other big decision is our goal keeper. Friedel has done well, but is almost as immobile as Tom Huddlestone. Surely it’s time for Lloris.

    Surely it’s time for Levy to spend more than a net £2-5M per season.

    Shopping list:-

    Creative midfielder
    Left back
    Winger to present competition to Lennon.
    A forward who can score against the big teams.

    Absolutely gutted. Man City were not great today and were there for the taking. Spurs just retreated into themselves and allowed them to take the game.

    De ja vu??

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  • JOHN ADAM
    2 years ago

    AVB has it completely wrong. He should have brought in Defoe at half time at least to strengthen the attack. We did not combine well up front losing the ball too easily.. Hardly any cross passes from the flanks by Bale and Lennon, both not being at their best. Dempsey was quite useless. He is the one who should have been replaced. It is disappointing that we are still unable to keep our lead. We seem to lose concentration all the time, especially in defence, in the second half of a match and concede late goals. Is it because AVB goes defensive rather than boost the attack. Whatever it is, there is something wrong somewhere..

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  • therationalpie_bhaskar
    2 years ago

    Nicely summed up. Sadly AVB did not have a Plan B when Mancini changed his tactics.
    http://www.therationalpie.com/manchester-city-2-1-tottenham-hotspurs-defending-champions-show-the-killer-class/

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