FULL-TIME: MAN CITY 1 (Tevez '61) - SWANSEA 0
19.50 Right that's all we've got time for tonight. Please have a read
19.43 Poor baby Stan. The excessive levels of injury time meant the little lad missed seeing his team's three points confirmed:
Update on my son Stan: 12 minutes of injury time. Stan ( 5 months old) missed the end as he had to go to bed.
19.39 Crikey. The BBC have just tweeted their Match of the Day running order and this game is not even in the last two! Stoke v Sunderland must have been diabolical!
90+13 min Oh my god we've broken into the 13th minute! Blow the whistle, you crazy man! This is now the longest Premier League in history! It ends with Balotelli blazing over. But at least it's ended.
90+12 min Twelve minutes! Well done to everyone!
90+10 min Look at that clock! No Millennium Bug in the ESPN graphics department:
90+9 min Corner to Man City is taken short to Barry by Tevez. The England man gives ti straight back and Tevez whips a dangerous cross in. It's headed away and City's relaunched attack ends with Tevez squirting a left-footed shot tamely wide.
90+8 min Let's look at the positives. We'll always be able to tell our grandchildren that we were watching as a Premier League game went into its 12th minute of stoppage time. Kinda historic, eh? Like being in London for the Olympics this summer.
90+7 min Ki Sung-Yueng meets a bouncing ball with a fierce, but off-target volley.
90+5 min Routledge gives it away to those beastly Toure brothers before the ball is deflected out for a throw on halfway. Final substitution for City is one brimming with positivity: Joleon Lescott for Aguero.
90+4 min It's all Swansea these last few minutes. They seem far hungrier to get the equaliser than City do to extend their lead.
90+3 min Great build-up play from Swansea comes to nothing after Dyer's wretched final ball.
90 min I think I heard cheers after the announcement of all that added time. Why?
89 min The match clock is teasing us. It says that his dreadful spectacle is about to come to an end but we all know there's still loads more to be played. Twelve minutes of added time!!!
88 min Lovely ball in from Angel that deserved to be met by a Swansea player. In the event no one gambled on it and it trickled away for a goal-kick.
87 min City playing a bit within themselves since that long injury break.
85 min Booking for Dyer after a foul on Clichy. Tevez stands over the free-kick but disappoints us all by taking it short to Yaya.
83 min Richards finally carried off the field on a stretcher. Poor guy does not look happy.
81 min The injury to Richards does not look good and the medics have given him oxygen.
80 min Kolo Toure ready to come on for Richards as the stretcher makes its third appearance of the match. Going to be soooooo much stoppage time.
79 min Alarm bells ringing in the City defence as Richards suddenly drops to the floor holding his knee. It leaves Routledge unmarked but he takes too long to trap it and shoot and Kompany makes up the ground and blocks the ball away. Richards is not in a good way though.
77 min Argh, wasteful from Flores. He has Angel on the overlap outside him but chooses to cross himself. A bad choice because it's a poor delivery that hands City a goal-kick on a platter. Hernandez the man to make way for Dyer.
76 min Michael Laudrup with his final substitution. Nathan Dyer is awaiting his introduction on the sidelines. Who will make way?
74 min Now then! Routledge dancing in the City box but he's got no pals on the dancefloor so his exertions amount to nothing. Miserable clearance from City goes straight to De Guzman though and he lets a fly with a shot that was not far off hitting the target. City nowhere near out of the woods yet.
73 min Nice pic of that Tevez goal:
72 min Swansea make a change with Danny Graham on for Britton. Seen the replay of Vinny's so-called handball. Yes it touches his hand but it was not intentional and would have been a supremely harsh penalty.
71 min Some suggestions of a handball from "Vinny" (as he's now dubbed by commentators) Kompany in the box after a Michu header. Will deliver my verdict the moment a replay is screened. A grade-A mail from Andy:
Before the last game in Europe, Mr. Mancini discovered a perfect strategy: Stop the other guy scoring. He failed to implement. Then Mr Mancini claimed Man City were ‘not far from a world beating team.’ He was correct in that, I think it’s around 4 miles to Old Trafford! If I was a City supporter I’d be suing for ‘cruel and unusual disappointment’. Oh look they’ve just scored! Still a crap performance though.
70 min Williams clears a cutback from Nasri out for a throw but City still camped in Swansea territory.
69 min Another disappointing pass from Toure, who's looked well off his best. Still, this is better from City. More dynamic and certainly more eager to attack.
67 min At last! A pro-Mancini email from Gary and Stan:
I've been a city fan all my life. My son Stan is 5 months old and has seen us win the League and the Community Shield. Stan likes Mancini and says leave him alone. Two trophies every five months is good enough for Stan.
66 min The change is finally made. Gerhard Tremmel on for Vorm, who seemed to injure his groin while fruitlessly diving to try and stop that Tevez shot.
64 min Extended break as Vorm is put on a stretcher. Here's some insight from Mark Ogden to kill the time:
63 min Vorm pulled his groin trying to save that and is going to need to be replaced.
61 min GOAL! MAN CITY 1 - SWANSEA 0 (Tevez) Cracking goal from Tevez! First moment of pure class in this match. He receives a square ball from Clichy before steadying himself and putting his foot through it from outside the box. It flies past Vorm and into the bottom right corner of his goal.
59 min Chance! Rangel storms upfield before flicking the ball out wide to Hernandez. He puts in a peach of a cross into the unmarked (!) Michu but his header is straight at Hart, who saves well. Crikey that should have been 0-1.
56 min Bit more swagger about City this half but I cannot really notice a quantifiable improvement in the standard of their play. Yaya Toure just pointlessly blasted a long ball to the diminutive Nasri that went out for a goal-kick.
54 min Richards meets a Tevez corner with a powerful header. Too powerful. It's over and wide. In the process of leaping to meet the header Richards managed to injure Ashley Williams who is now receiving some treatment on the deck.
53 min Richards with a cracking cutback into the box. Balotelli is there but he fails to connect and falls to the deck under pressure from Flores. Pen? No, looks like he went down too easy.
51 min Chance! Balotelii rounds Vorm after a lovely Nasri through ball but he's running away from goal and cannot pull the trigger with his favoured right foot.
50 min Tevez and Nasri combine well before the Frenchman sends a cross into Balotelli in the box. Flores does well to put off Mario though and the ball is screwed out for a goal-kick.
49 min Hearing that Kolarov was injured before being substituted. City, meanwhile, are on the attack in the final third.
48 min Cricket legend David Lloyd attempts to get excited:
47 min More pressure from City results in Aguero going close. Goal kick though.
46 min Now then! Mancini rolls the dice. Mario Balotelli on for Kolarov. City already look brighter with Aguero going on a strong run before letting fly from distance. OK, the shot was miles off target but the attacking intent was appreciated.
18.33 Those stats actually make for pretty amusing reading. City with 57 per cent possession, two attempts on goal and only one on target. Amusing or depressing?
18.30 More from Mark Ogden on the Man City boos:
18.28 Some half-time stats courtesy of the Manchester City press office:
18.21 A mail from Graham as Mancini's bad press continues:
Man City should have scored by now. So I’m not on good terms with Roberto Mancini.
45+3 min Ref whistles against De Guzman for a high boot and will allow City to take the free-kick. But it's an absolutely pathetic free-kick. More like a wayward rugby conversion. Sums it all up, really. Atkinson blows for half-time, which is met by boos from the home fans.
45+2 min Our Manchester man Mark Ogden with an observation:
45+1 min We're into the first of two additional minutes. Go and get a cup of tea/beer/homous and crudites platter. Honestly, nothing's going to happen here.
44 min Full moon tonight. If this match is going to continue like this then we'll all be wishing it was full time.
43 min An update on how Mancini has been treating members of the general public from Dave:
I'm on very good terms with Mancini - haven't had a cross word yet.
42 min Swansea with their tails up now, passing and moving in ways that City could only dream of.
41 min Here's a top stat for you:
40 min Chance! Michu clean through on goal, and onside, but Hart smothers his shot and City survive again. That was gilt-edged and he should have buried it. Top 'keeping though.
39 min Drama! Richards booked for a foul on Routledge. The ref plays advantage and only a despairing clearance prevents a Swansea chance following a dangerous cutback.
38 min Shot! Are my eyes deceiving me or did City just shoot? Yes, they did. Tevez with a stinging effort that Vorm does well to save.
37 min Routledge with a peach of a pass to Michu. Exquisite! The striker latches onto it and thumps the ball past Hart. Unfortunately for lovers of football he was a yard-and-a-half offside.
35 min This tweet made me laugh. God knows we need cheering up:
33 min Argh! City finally create a clear-cut opening but Barry's final ball to Tevez is far too heavy and the Argentina striker has no chance of latching on to it before it rolls out for a goal-kick. A real shame for City because he timed his run perfectly and was all alone in the box.
32 min City bossing possession over the last 10 mins but there's no incision as of yet.
30 min A deep ball from the right by Richards goes all the way through to Clichy. Aguero and Nasri briefly combine to raise hopes of an attack, or you know, let's go crazy, a shot but Nasri gives it away.
28 min Now. Here's a question for you to answer with your
26 min Clichy gives the ball away carelessly but that sloppy pass at least alerted me to the fact that he was actually on the field and involved in this match.
25 min "City just haven't turned up," says ESPN pundit Chris Waddle. He's right, you know.
24 min Michu back on now. Good to see.
23 min The stretchers are out on the field but Michu eventually gets onto his feet. He's dazed and confused but able to walk off the pitch.
22 min Michu dives for a header following a cross from the right but he clatters into Richards and hits the deck. Hart is concerned enough to plead with the referee for a stoppage.
21 min Swansea give it away to Yaya Toure. He immediately threads a ball through to Tevez, who does really well to claim it and cut in from the right. His ball towards Aguero is a bit ordinary and Vorm claims, but that was better from City. They could do with being a bit more direct.
19 min The two games televised in the UK today have been stinkers (granted this game has potential to improve) but there was some crackers in the 3pm kick-offs. Is it not slightly absurd that we can't (legally) watch them live on television in England in October 2012?
17 min Wow! Collectors item! Angel Rangel is booked for simulation after running into Barry. That booking is his fifth of the season so he's suspended for the Swans' game against Liverpool.
16 min Routledge away down the left until a robust tackle Richards sees City win theb all back. They stream upfield but the attack breaks down the moment Barry gets involved.
14 min It seems that Mancini's man-management problems are ongoing. He's not in contact with reader Sam:
Am I on good terms with Mancini? I don't know, Nick; he never speaks to me.
13 min Handy free-kick position for Swansea after a foul from Kompany. Hart comes to claim it but he's nowhere near the ball! There's an offisde flag on Williams but Hart was all over the place there!
11 min Micah Richards not the only one confused by Mancini's system:
10 min Very, very low-key atmosphere at the Etihad. You'd think the champions playing at home + a day in the pub would = fun times. But no.
8 min Lovely turn from Tevez and he's bearing down on goal until Flores intervenes with a superb tackle.
7 min This match has gone flat already with Swansea not needing to exert themselves too much to keep out the champions.
6 min Advertising hoarding flashes up with a prompt to buy City v Ajax tickets. After the match on Wednesday they may be struggling for sales....
5 min Smattering of empty seats at the Etihad. Apparently there's been some issues with getting all the fans in. 'Elf and safety, probably!
4 min City continue to put the pressure on with their approach play but we've yet to see a killer final ball. Just biding their time.
3 min Micah Richards and Nasri do well down the right flank and City have a throw in the corner.
2 min Surface looks great at the Etihad and the players appreciate that with some nice crisp passing.
1 min Tevez and Aguero get us kicked off!
17.30 Huddles over and the players finally take their positions.
17.28 Youngster George Evans on the bench for City with an indulgent squad number of 70.
17.27 The players are out on the pitch ahead of kick-off. Just some handshakes to negotiate and we'll be ready to go.
17.22 Just under 10 minutes until kick-off with top spot on Match Of
the Day still up for grabs. Surely
17.19 Here's a statistical table for you to mull over:
17.14 How do we all see this one going?
17.08 Well this is good timing. No sooner do I post a link questioning Mancini's leadership than he gives a pre-match broadcast. Here's what he had to say about mutiny reports:
It's totally false and I don't know why these things came out because it is not true.
17.05 Stunning bit of detail from Alan Smith's
As a former player, I find it hard to figure out how you can make progress with a manager who does not talk on a one-to-one basis. Yet that appears to be the case with Roberto Mancini. Manchester City players have told me that he never speaks to them, that he issues most of his directives through assistant David Platt. On one famous occasion after a particularly poor first half, Mancini’s only words in the dressing room before walking back out were “play better!”
17.03 Fire alarm scare at the Etihad. Panic over though
17.00 TEAM NEWS: Here are the two starting line-ups for this evening's match. Thoughts?
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany (C), Nastasic, Clichy, Y.Toure,
Barry, Nasri, Tevez, Kolarov, Aguero.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico Flores, Davies, Britton, Ki, De Guzman, Routledge, Dyer, Mich
16. 55 It's not been a good week for Roberto Mancini. He's under pressure after a number of reports suggesting he has lost control of the dressing room. Their 3-1 defeat at Ajax was followed by quotes from defender Micah Richards suggesting that the players were unhappy with the new defensive system deployed by Mancini in Europe. Yet at the beginning of today City were third and just four points off leaders Chelsea. A win in this match and they're second. Crisis? Not in England. Let's get going...
READ A MATCH PREVIEW
Manchester City's unbeaten run on Premier League duty at the Etihad Stadium now stands at 22 months, so home comforts will be a welcome distraction for Roberto Mancini's team as they face a Swansea outfit struggling to adjust to manager Michael Laudrup's methods.
There is similar confusion within the City ranks over Mancini's approach, but while the uncertainty continues to be exposed in the Champions League, it is a different story on the domestic front and the champions are likely to sail to another comfortable home win tonight.
Betting: Home 2-9, Away 9-1, Draw 5-1.
Stat of the game: Edin Dzeko has five goals in the Premier League in just 278 minutes of play, an average of a goal every 56 minutes.
Mark Ogden’s prediction: Manchester City 3 Swansea City 0.