Aston Villa v City: Fans' favourite
- 29 January 2016 14:29
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
Ahead of Saturday's FA Cup trip to Villa Park, we asked fans on Twitter to choose their favourite of four memorable recent clashes with Aston Villa.
It was the tightest vote yet, but by a mere 2%, the winner was...
Aston Villa 0-2 City, 4 October 2014
Manuel Pellegrini's men headed to Villa Park, hoping to lift themselves to second in the Premier League table.
The Blues were also seeking revenge for a 3-2 defeat the previous season, which saw the visitors dominate the game but endure punishment for some poor defending.
City controlled the game once again in this encounter, recording 27 shots on goal before finally taking the lead with eight minutes of normal time remaining.
With the away side struggling to break down a resolute home defence, it would require something special to break the deadlock - and it arrived, courtesy of Yaya Toure.
Sergio Aguero doubled the advantage with a fine strike to seal the three points.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Senderos, Baker, Cissokho, Delph, Westwood, Cleverley, Richardson (Grealish 71), N’Zogbia (Bacuna 71), Weimann (Benteke 61)
Unused subs: Given, Clark, Sanchez, Bent
City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Mangala, Kompany, Fernandinho (Lampard 56), Yaya Toure, Milner, Silva (Navas 83), Dzeko (Fernando 64), Aguero
Unused subs: Caballero, Jovetic, Demichelis, Sagna
10' - Aleks Kolarov strikes the near post with a typically fierce attempt, after Kun's effort is deflected into the Serbian's path
47' - Aguero beats Brad Guzan but hits the post, having been played through by James Milner
82' - Toure opens the scoring, driving forward and curling into the bottom corner
88' - Milner finds Aguero on the edge of the box. The striker controls well, creates space for himself and smashes home
Man of the Match
"It needed something out of the ordinary to break down a resolute home defence or perhaps occasionally the need to be a little more direct as the champions’ patient build-up play was at times playing into the hosts’ hands. Then, at last, the break-through. If these are the games potential champions are meant to win, the current champions look in great shape." - David Clayton, MCFC
"In an instant, Manchester City were transported back to last season. Yaya Touré was scoring again, the supporters were singing his name and Manuel Pellegrini’s team were producing the sort of result that served as a reminder why they became champions in the first place." - Richard Jolly, the Observer
"Well it took a while but it's a deserved win for City over a dogged Aston Villa. The siege at the end of the first half was a sign of what was to come and, though Villa looked likely to score on the counter at one stage, the introduction of a third central midfielder stopped any chance of them doing anything so impertinent." - Dan Lucas, the Telegraph
"True, Villa worked their socks off to make sure they went so close to winning a point but with all their firepower City really should have been out of reach long before Toure’s intervention." - Mike Allen, the Mirror
"The result was harsh on the hosts, who had marshalled the defending champions superbly throughout the 90 minutes. Despite dominating proceedings there was a distinct lack of intensity in City’s play, but, while they squandered chance after chance in front of goal, all they needed was two pieces of magic to claim all three points." - Joe Moore, talkSPORT