City win relegates Wolves

Aguero and Nasri on target as Mancini's men claim the points

Last Updated: 22/04/12 11:09pm

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Manchester City have closed the gap on leaders Manchester United to three points with a 2-0 win over Wolves, who have been relegated.

Terry Connor's strugglers needed to win to maintain their faint hopes of avoiding the drop, but goals either side of half-time from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri sealed their fate.

City opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Aguero controlled Gael Clichy's cross before slotting home past Dorus de Vries, who was making his Premier League debut for Wolves.

Man of the Match: Yaya Toure. Wasn't on the scoresheet, but he was involved at the back for City and looked a force going forward. Imposing on the ball and set the tone for the visitors. Goal of the Match: Samir Nasri. Wolves came out fighting in the second half and were capitalising on City's inability to finish off the fixture. Tevez played a quick free-kick which Nasri finished with aplomb. Pass of the Match: Gael Clichy's cross from the left was inch perfect for Aguero. The Argentinian barely had to break his stride before controlling and sending the ball past the on-rushing De Vries. Talking Points: Can City now push on and pinch the title from city rivals Manchester United? Will Wolves bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking in the wake of relegation?

The home side made the visitors sweat for much of the second half prior to the title-chasers settling the contest in the 74th minute when Nasri stroked home their second from Carlos Tevez's quickly-taken free-kick.

The defeat means Wolves cannot avoid finishing outside the drop zone with just three matches remaining while City have the Premier League title back in their own hands.

Tevez, fresh from his hat-trick against Norwich, had the first attempt on goal and was only just too high with a dipping 25 yard drive.

Wolves retaliated and Sebastien Bassong had a shot deflected wide after Michael Kightly's corner had been half cleared.

Shot wide

Aguero beat the offside trap and drilled a low shot inches wide of the far post.

City keeper Joe Hart had to be alert to parry aside a 20-yard drive from David Davis.

Nasri spurned a good chance to put City ahead after 16 minutes when he shot wide after being found in space by Pablo Zabaleta.

City started to enjoy the bulk of possession and a mis-placed headed back pass from Richard Stearman played in Aguero, who opted for a first time flick which went wide.

Aguero was then just off target from 15 yards as gaps started to appear in the Wolves back four.

But after 27 minutes Aguero put City ahead with his 29th goal of the campaign.

Gael Clichy made good ground down the left before picking out the run of Aguero with a pinpoint cross.

He had time to bring the ball down before slotting his shot past De Vries into the corner of the net.

City were now in total control and Aguero teed up Tevez but his curling effort flew straight at De Vries.

Dangerous ball

Bassong blocked a shot from Tevez, while Nasri flashed a dangerous ball across the box.

Yaya Toure became the first player to be booked after 55 minutes for chopping down Kightly.

Wolves were showing plenty of spirit and Hart was called into action to turn aside a Fletcher header after Bassong had won the initial aerial battle.

Tevez twisted and turned before sending a dangerous ball across the six yard box but no-one was on hand to apply the finishing touch.

City kept searching for the second goal but Stearman did well to block a low shot from Tevez.

After 74 minutes Nasri put the outcome beyond doubt.

Tevez was fouled by Davis, took the free-kick himself and exchanged passes with Clichy before finding Nasri in space.

He had time to drill a low shot into the opposite corner of the net.

City substitute Adam Johnson quickly made his presence felt, forcing a low save out of De Vries as City ended on top.

Wolverhampton WanderersTeam StatisticsManchester City
01st Half Goals1
3Shots on Target5
2Shots off Target8
1Blocked Shots4
0Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
82.5Passing Success83
86.7Tackles Success72
50.3Territorial Advantage49.7
473Total Passes464
31Total Crosses16
168Lost Balls140
49.41st Half Poss.50.6
51.72nd Half Poss.48.3

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