Manchester City put on a dominant performance against Wolves away as they won 3-0 to overtake Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.
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Jack Grealish needed just 55 seconds to score as he met a Kevin De Bruyne cross to head home in the box before striker Erling Haaland scored his 11th Premier League goal in seven games.
Wolves were reduced to 10 men in the 33rd minute when Nathan Collins jumped after a loose ball and caught Grealish in the waist with his cleats and received a direct red card. The game was tighter after the break, with midfielder Ruben Neves pushed back into the middle of Wolves’ defence, but City sauntered to all three points after Phil Foden fired in another De Bruyne cross.
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1. Haaland does it again…
It was one of those days when City’s opponents will be happy to keep the score under 10. Wolves were 2-0 and a man down after just 33 minutes and by this point the home fans in Molineux were fearing the worst. Grealish had already opened the scoring after just 55 seconds before Haaland scored his usual goal – picking up the ball outside the box, running towards Max Kilman and shooting past Jose Sa. It’s now 14 goals in 10 games for Haaland, who has hit the net in each of his last seven appearances.
The Norway international also became the first player in Premier League history to score in his first four away games and his streak seems unlikely to end. The 22-year-old will likely feel like he could have had more, particularly after Collins was sent off for an ugly-looking challenge against Grealish, but in the second half Pep Guardiola’s side seemed content to keep the ball banging around and running down the clock .
Foden added a third midway through the second half but Wolves would be forgiven for feeling they contained the damage well on a day that could have ended in a cricket result.
2. Grealish silences his critics with a goal
It was almost as if Guardiola had predicted the future at his weekly press conference on Friday. When asked about Grealish and the criticism the £100m midfielder has received following his performance against Borussia Dortmund in midweek, the City manager told him not to worry.
“It doesn’t matter,” he said. “In three more days you have another chance to be happy and to do what you have to do.” And what do you know, three days after 58 minutes against Dortmund, Grealish was happy again – he only needed 55 seconds to make his first Score goal of the season and give City a 1-0 lead.
There were question marks leading up to the game as to whether Grealish would even start against Wolves having struggled for form so far this season, but Guardiola opted to keep him at the expense of Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan and it proved right Decision.
Guardiola insisted on Friday he is not picking Grealish – consistently booed by home fans for his ties to Midlands rivals Aston Villa – because he has a tally of goals and assists, but after debating his place in them week , he will be happy to stand out from the brand.
3. Wolves shoot themselves in the foot
Wolves started the weekend with the fewest goals in the Premier League so far this season, but also with the best defensive record. However, if your ability to score depends on staying solid at the back, you need to make sure you don’t concede within a minute and send one of your central defenders off before half-time. It was always going to be a tough afternoon against Man City and Haaland, but Wolves, better at the start of the second half, didn’t help either.
On Friday, Guardiola said they were “one of the toughest opponents” but in the end it was a comfortable day for the champions with City fans chanting: “Erling Haaland, he’s scored more goals than you.” It’s Haaland 11-3 Wolves so far.
Bruno Lage did a good job at Molineux last season. He will need to score for his team soon if he is not to be dragged into the Premier League sack race. New signing Diego Costa was not in the squad against City, suggesting he is more than unfit to play, and Lage needs to get the 33-year-old back on track quickly in the international break.
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wolves: Sa 5, Jonny 5, Ait-Nouri 6, Collins 4, Kilman 5, Moutinho 6, Neves 6, Nunes 6, Neto 6, Guedes 6, Podence 5.
subs: Traore 6, Hwang 6, Semedo 6, Campbell 6.
man city: Ederson 6, Stones 6, Cancelo 7, Dias 7, Akanji 7, Rodri 7, De Bruyne 8, Silva 7, Grealish 8, Foden 7, Haaland 7.
subs: Gundogan 6, Alvarez 6, Mahrez 6, Palmer 6, Gomez 6.
Best and worst performers
THE BEST: Jack Grealish: De Bruyne deserves an honorable mention for his two assists but Grealish was under pressure after criticism at Molineux this week and the 27-year-old delivered.
THE WORST: Nathan Collins: Wolves were already 2-0 down but Collins’ decision to spear Grealish at waist level with his cleats was ridiculous. A deserved red card followed and with it every chance that Wolves could save something from the game.
Highlights and notable moments
It took just 55 seconds to take the lead as Grealish ended his long goal drought.
Jack Grealish scores his first Premier League goal in 125 days 👀
Look what it meant 😤 pic.twitter.com/e8dacLjJwb
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) 09/17/2022
One man who didn’t fight in front of goal is Haaland. He’s shown he can run for defenders and score with his right foot to continue his incredible scoring streak.
If Erling Haaland continues to shoot at this pace, he will end the Premier League season with 57 goals 🤯 pic.twitter.com/QU9yL1sEpa
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) 09/17/2022
And then, as if City needed it easier, Wolves were reduced to 10 men when Collins was sent off for a high challenge against Grealish, bringing memories of Nigel de Jong’s kung fu kick against Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain.
Same mood. pic.twitter.com/kSvvLswdMh
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) 09/17/2022
A direct red card to Nathan Collins for that foul on Jack Grealish. Wolves have shrunk to 10 men.
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) 09/17/2022
Foden’s goal sealed the game and a few minutes later it was interrupted for a minute of applause just after 70 minutes to honor the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last week.
After the game: What the coaches/players said
Grealisch on BT Sport: “It took a long time and it was nice to hit the bull’s eye. People were right to ask questions, I should be scoring more goals and getting more assists. I’ll always have people who, with the money they’ve been spent on, talking about me me but my whole career I haven’t scored enough goals I want to add that to my game It’s nice when Pep defends me He’s been brilliant with me I probably have to thank him for giving me that got the opportunity today after my performance on Wednesday because it probably wasn’t the best one. I’m grateful to him.”
Key Stats (provided by ESPN Stats & Information)
– Grealish’s shot was the ninth Premier League goal Man City ever scored in the first minute of a game.
– Kevin De Bruyne has now had at least one assist in five of City’s seven Premier League games this season. He was directly involved more Premier League goals at Molineux in 2022 than any other player (including Wolves players).
– De Bruyne’s six assists this season is double that of any other player in the Premier League. This was also his first multi-assist match since April against Watford.
– Erling Haaland is the first player in history to score in his first four away Premier League games. Haaland now has 14 goals in 10 games in all competitions (11 in the Premier League) and has failed to score in just two games for City this season.
– Via Opta: Haaland has scored 100 goals in his last 99 games in all competitions since joining Borussia Dortmund from FC Salzburg in January 2020.
– Haaland (7) is level on points with Sergio Aguero, who made it in 2019, for most consecutive games by a goal for Man City since 1992-93.
– City are now unbeaten in their last 22 away league games with a record of 16-6-0 (WDL). Their last away league defeat was their first game of last season against Tottenham.
– City achieved their 11th shutout win in the Premier League since the start of last season, breaking a tie with Chelsea for most teams in that span.
wolves: Bruno Lage’s side travel to east London to take on West Ham United on October 1, which starts at 12:30pm ET, and then face a tough trip to Chelsea. So it doesn’t get any easier.
Man City: Amid the international break, Man City will have time to prepare for the derby, with Manchester United visiting the city’s blue half on October 2. The club will play the next three games at home while FC Copenhagen are away in the Champions League So expect more goals for Haaland before they face Southampton on October 8th.
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