• English Barclays Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance: 47,007
Man CityMan CityvReadingReading
  • Barry, 90+3

live commentary

90 mins:FULL TIME: MAN CITY 1-0 READING. There is the final whistle! Manchester City have won it deep into injury time. It's in the DNA in Manchester it seems these days and that win keeps them hot on United's heels.

90 mins:GOAL: MAN CITY 1-0 READING. Heartbreak for Reading! Silva curls in a hopeful cross and GARETH BARRY rises to head beyond Federici. City have won it at the death.

90 mins:A chance for City now as Aguero bursts into the box but his shot crashes into the side netting.

90 mins:There will be four minutes of added time.

89 mins:Into the final moments here in Manchester and still City cannot find a way through.

87 mins:Ian Harte has to limp from the field and be replaced by Nicky Shorey.

85 mins:A final change for City with James Milner replacing Karim Rekik.

84 mins:And Reading threaten again from the corner as Pearce rises and nods just wide.

83 mins:Reading counter with Jimmy Kebe and he is inches away from picking out Pogrebnyak at the far post. In fact it's a corner as Kolo Toure got a touch to take it away from him.

81 mins:A stinging drive from Aguero takes a wicked deflection to leave Federici helpless as it drops narrowly wide.

79 mins:Finally a gap appears in this Reading defence but City fail to take advantage as Barry's cutback doesn't have enough pace on it.

77 mins:Reading want a penalty but they don't get it. Pogrebnyak robs Kolo Toure and plays a cross into the box where Jay Tabb is floored by Rekik but the referee waves away the appeals. That looked like a penalty at first glance.

75 mins:A second change for the hosts with Carlos Tevez replaced by Scott Sinclair.

73 mins:Mikele Leigertwood brings down Aguero and is given his final warning by referee Mike Dean.

72 mins:Jem Karacan is replaced by Danny Guthrie for Reading.

71 mins:A yellow card for Yaya Toure as McAnuff bursts beyond him and the Ivorian brings him down right on the edge of the box.

69 mins:A slightly half-hearted rendition of 'Blue Moon' rings out around Eastlands.

67 mins:A booking for Mikele Leigertwood for a foul on Aguero.

66 mins:The groans of the home fans are getting louder and louder and they groan again as Dzeko heads Tevez's corner over.

63 mins:So close! Fantastic football from City ends with Zabaleta chipping over Federici but neither Dzeko or Aguero can reach it to direct it on target.

61 mins:Mancini has played his joker in supersub Dzeko now. The Bosnian will have a little over half an hour to find his team a winner.

59 mins:Edin Dzeko comes on in place of Javi Garcia as City go for it.

57 mins:David Silva takes a first touch that sweeps him beyond two defenders but his low cross is well claimed by Federici.

55 mins:Can Reading really spend 90 minutes defending on their own 18 yard line?

52 mins:A good effort from Tevez as he curls a free-kick towards the far post and Federici punches clear.

50 mins:City are back on the ball now and that means Reading are back inside their own defensive third.

47 mins:Reading make a quick start to the second half with Karacan getting to the byline and almost finding Pogrebnyak.

46 mins:The second half has begun.

45 mins:HALF TIME: MAN CITY 0-0 READING. City have bossed the game so far but Reading have managed to keep them at bay, somehow.

43 mins:More chances come and go for City as Zabaleta has a shot deflected over and from the corner Nastasic volleys over too.

41 mins:City are applying intense pressure at the end of the half but Reading continue to survive.

38 mins:Superb defending from Alex Pearce as he holds off Yaya Toure at the near post to clear after David Silva had opened up the Reading defence.

35 mins:A great chance for City as Tevez works his way to the byline and picks out Barry but he heads straight at Federici.

32 mins:Jem Karacan tries his luck from all of 35 yards but Hart can watch it fly into the stands.

30 mins:Aguero is the main spark for City today and he is in behind again but Mariappa throws himself in front of Tevez to block the shot.

27 mins:Another booking for Reading as Gunter hacks down Tevez.

25 mins:The home fans are not creating any sort of atmosphere today.

23 mins:Good keeping as Federici comes off his line to claim Tevez's lofted free-kick.

21 mins:Well, City have dominated the opening 20 minutes or so but are yet to break the deadlock.

18 mins:More pressure from City with Garcia trying a placed effort from the edge of the box that deflects over the bar off Pearce.

17 mins:A sensational touch from Aguero takes three players out of it as Tevez finds himself one on one but he fires straight at Federici.

15 mins:A chance for Reading to apply some pressure as Harte whips in a free-kick but Mariappa can't get enough on his header.

13 mins:Superb stuff from Silva as he plays a clever one-two with Tevez and sees his shot tipped wide by Federici.

12 mins:Aguero has come alive in the last few minutes as he drives into the box and withstands a challenge from Pearce to win a corner.

10 mins:And now on the break it is City who have a chance as Aguero bursts through but Federici comes out to smother the ball.

8 mins:Reading are starting to work their way into it now and Kebe picks out McAnuff who heads over the bar.

6 mins:A woeful clearance from Hart gifts Reading a chance to take the lead but Kebe's cross is too deep for Pogrebnyak who had an empty net to head into.

5 mins:City are seeing all of the ball in the opening stages here.

2 mins:An awful early challenge from Adrian Mariappa sees the Reading man into the book early doors.

1 mins:Manchester City get us underway.

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Karacan, Tabb, Kebe, Pogrebnyak.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Nastasic, Rekik, Barry, Javi Garcia, Toure, Silva, Aguero, Tevez.

Reading have endured a torrid start to the campaign and a trip to the Champions is just what they do not need after Monday's home mauling by Arsenal.

Interesting team news for City as 18-year old left back Karim Rekik makes his Premier Legaue debut. I'm sure many of the home fans will be a little surprised by that.

Good afternoon and welcome to Eastlands as Manchester City host basement boys Reading.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance: 47,007
Man CityMan CityvReadingReading
  • Barry, 90+3

match report

Gareth Barry handed Manchester City an early Christmas present as his stoppage-time winner saw off hard-working Reading 1-0 to pile more woe on the Premier League strugglers.

The Etihad Stadium clash looked to be heading for a surprise goalless draw on Saturday after the visiting Royals put in a diligent defensive display to hold off the hosts, but a dramatic finale saw Roberto Mancini's men make the breakthrough.

Barry drove home a curling David Silva ball from close range to hand the defending Premier League champions the win, cutting Manchester United's lead at the top of the table to three points ahead of their trip to Swansea on Sunday.

For Brian McDermott's side it marked a seventh consecutive defeat which means they remain rock bottom of the standings.

It took less than two minutes for Adrian Mariappa to collect the game's first booking as he clattered into Carlos Tevez in an early attempt to impose himself.

Thereafter the visitors spent most of the rest of the first half on the back foot, with Mariappa and Alex Pearce particularly working hard to repel attack after attack.

The hosts were so dominant that 18-year-old Karim Rekik, making his Premier League debut at left-back in the absence of Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov, was able to get through mostly untested.

Tevez played in strike partner Sergio Aguero for City's first serious opportunity but Adam Federici rushed out to claim.

Aguero made another good run to reach the byline but his cross evaded everybody before Javi Garcia planted a firm header straight at Federici, then Silva played a neat one-two with Tevez but shot wide and Aguero then teed up Tevez but Federici saved. The ball rebounded to Tevez but his follow-up was deflected over.

The first half ended goalless despite City's numerous efforts and the second started in the same vein as Tevez threatened after the restart but could only shoot at Federici. He tried his luck again from a free-kick outside the area but his curling effort was pushed away from the top corner by the Reading keeper.

The Royals could have snatched a shock lead when Pearce got forward to win a clear header from a Ian Harte corner but his effort was well wide.

City boss Mancini decided it was time for change and sent on Edin Dzeko for the mostly ineffective Garcia, with the Bosnian getting quickly into the action and millimetres away from connecting with a header after good work by Pablo Zabaleta.

As the game moved into four minutes of injury time, City launched a final push. Aguero fired into the side-netting but Barry came good as he jumped above the defence to reach Silva's ball and head firmly past Federici.

team line-up

1Joe Hart
44Karim Rekik84
5Pablo Zabaleta
33Matija Nastasic
28Kolo Touré
18Gareth Barry
42Yaya Touré
14Javi García59
16Sergio Agüero
21David Silva
32Carlos Tévez75


29Richard Wright
62Abdul Razak
7James Milner84
11Scott Sinclair75
10Edin Dzeko59
6Joleon Lescott
4Vincent Kompany


Mike Dean

team line-up

1Adam Federici
6Adrian Mariappa
5Alex Pearce
23Ian Harte87
2Chris Gunter
8Mikele Leigertwood
16Jay Tabb
4Jem Karacan71
11Jobi McAnuff
14Jimmy Kébé
7Pavel Pogrebnyak


3Nicky Shorey87
19Hal Robson-Kanu
9Adam Le Fondre
20Danny Guthrie71
10Noel Hunt
41Stuart Taylor
17Kaspars Gorkss


Mike Dean

match stats

possession %7326
shots on target31
shots off target104
tackles won89