Man City wins battle of UAE-owned Premiership clubs

Abu Dhabi-owned Man City beats Dubai headed Portsmouth in Premiership clash.
Man City wins battle of UAE-owned Premiership clubs
By Martin Morris
Sun 30 Aug 2009 08:23 PM

Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor maintained his 100 percent scoring record in the Premiership this season as Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City won 1-0 away to Portsmouth at Fratton Park.Portsmouth, headed-up by Dubai’s Sulaiman Al Fahim, made five changes from their last league game.

New boys Tommy Smith and Michael Brown had completed their moves to Fratton Park in time to make their debuts and were immediately drafted into the starting line-up. Tottenham’s Jamie O’Hara, on loan to the club until Christmas, did not feature.

Despite Portsmouth’s early promise City eventually turned the screw - Adebayour nodding home from a Gareth Barry corner.

City later had a goal disallowed after the referee’s assistant incorrectly flagged for offside. Carlos Tevez fed Craig Bellamy and the Welshman slid the ball across to an oncoming Micah Richards who smashed the ball into the net at the back post.

After the break, Adebayor continued to cause Pompey problems, while Stephen Ireland lashed a shot over the bar as a disjointed Portsmouth struggled to keep their opponents out.

With City’s England defender Micah Richards later limping off Pompey managed to create a few chances - the best being a solo effort by John Utaka. Despite this, the three points always looked safe for City, although their win was far from comfortable.

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