City keep pressure on at the top
Published 04/12/2010 | 17:12
Carlos Tevez took his tally for the season to 10 goals with the winner as Manchester City kept up the pressure on the Barclays Premier League leaders with a 1-0 victory over Bolton.
However the striker picked up his fifth booking of the season and will miss next week's match at West Ham. Aleksander Kolarov is also banned after being dismissed by referee Andre Marriner.
Tevez did not have long to wait until making the breakthrough against the Trotters. Yaya Toure slipped the ball through the middle in the fourth minute and Gary Cahill failed to deal with it. That allowed the club captain to drill a shot into the corner for City's first goal at home since October.
City then made an unsuccessful appeal for a penalty in the 14th minute when David Silva's shot was blocked by Gary Cahill. TV Replays showed the ball had come off the defender's shoulder and his arm.
City goalkeeper Joe Hart turned a free-kick from Martin Petrov around the post. Tevez then picked up a booking for a foul on Sam Ricketts, which will see him banned.
Pablo Zabaleta attempted to lob Jussi Jaaskelainen but his effort was poor and easily blocked.
Bolton carved out a good chance in the 47th minute when Kevin Davies fired a shot narrowly over the crossbar.
Zabaleta made good contact with a shot but Cahill cleared and Mario Balotelli smacked one effort against the outside of the post before seeing another booted clear by Jaaskelainen. Silva was out of luck with a quick turn and shot that rattled the bar.
Bolton almost equalised in the 71st minute following an error by Hart, who climbed on the back of Joleon Lescott when Ricketts hit a free-kick. The ball finished behind him but Vincent Kompany cleared.
City were reduced to 10 men in the 79th minute with Kolarov picking up his second booking.