Bottom of the table Sunderland travelled west of the country to face Manchester City at the Etihad with no momentum, form or results at all. However, as previous encounters have shown City always seem to struggle against the Mackems even with all their star power.
The game couldn’t have possible gotten off to a better start for Manuel Pelligrini’s men as Cattermole was robbed off possession in his own half and Fernandinho slammed home the opener with 2 minutes of kick-off. The returning Aguero set up the Brazilian with a clever dummy by Alvaro Negredo on the way and he calmly slotted it past the advancing Manone.
Sunderland skipper John O’Shea probably had the chance of the half when he headed wide from a wicked Adam Johnson cross. O’Shea missed another just before the half ended but it was pretty clear that Sunderland were on the charge.
Gus Poyet must’ve stoked in the fire among his players because as they came out for the second half there was a resilience among the Black Cats that was missing for the past few games. With 73 minutes on the clock all their perseverance paid off as after some brilliant work from Conor Wickham Sundaerland worked the ball out wide and running beyond Zabaleta, substitute Emmanuel Giacherrini delivered a cross begging for a finish. Young Conor Wickham gladly obliged and levelled the score with just over a quarter of an hour to go.
About 10 minutes later, Sunderland shocked everyone at the Etihad. A sharp counter attack and a cool yet powerful finish by Wickham stunned the City faithful. Wickham was rewarded for his 80 yard lung-busting run by a cleverly waited through ball from Giacherrini ripped apart City’s defence.
However, City weren’t ones to go down without a fight and 3 minutes from time after some clever forward-play by Montenegrin substitute Stevan Jovetic, Nasri fired a low shot at Manone from the cut-back. The former Gunners keeper seemed to have dealt with it only for the ball to spin Nasri did have a golden opportunity to seal the game late on but the Frenchman skied the opportunity that would’ve kept the Citizens firmly in the title race. As it stands though, they are 6 points off leaders Liverpool with a game in hand and 5 games to go.
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