The first half was full of chances for City, especially during the first 25 minutes. Aguero got the scoring off to a bright start after a lovely measured through ball from Silva found the Argentinean and he trickled it past Lloris. During the late stages of the first half the game got a bit chippy as both teams committed some tough fouls. Tottenham looked to have equalized in the 35th minute from a header off a free kick, but Dawson was ruled offside’s. This moment was when things got a bit out of hand, action wise and the “chippiness” started. The scariest moment of the half was when Aguero had to be subbed off right before half time, with what looked like a hamstring injury. Jovetic came on to replace him.
The second half picked up right where the first left, as Capoue seemed to stamp on the ankle of Silva, which went unpunished. But, as sports seem to even themselves out, Danny Rose was shown a red card after his foul on Dzeko awarded City a Penalty. Yaya made sure to put home the chance 2-0 City. City ramped up the pressure now being a man up, and the tired and short-handed Tottenham were no match for the Blues. Dzeko put City up 3-0 before Spurs got a goal back in the form of a fired shot from Capoue, which beat Hart from a tough angle.
The final two goals were really just icing on the cake for City, but more importantly, the fourth goal was turned in from Jovetic. After such an injury filled start for the Montenegrin, he finally got the monkey off his back and scored his first Premier League goal. Kompany finished off the scoring brigade as he poked home a chance that came off a deflected shot from Dzeko.
This certainly wasn’t the best game for Andre Marriner, and from what I heard; he missed a lot of calls for both squads. In the end I really don’t like to pin anything on the officials, unless it really affects the game entirely.
At the end of the day, thanks to Southampton and West Ham, City are now atop the table after this was another dominate performance against a strong side in Tottenham. The obvious damper on this game was the injury to Aguero, who until that injury was playing like a man possessed, or better known as “playing like himself”. It was great to Dzeko continue his goal scoring form, and even better that Jovetic finally got on the board. Hopefully this will be a springboard for the young striker to even more goals. Tough match coming up Monday against Chelsea, which could be the game against the two title fighting teams. Great result!
For those who watched the game, who was your man of the match? What were your thoughts on the game?