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Man City wins battle of UAE-owned Premiership clubs

Abu Dhabi-owned Man City beats Dubai headed Portsmouth in Premiership clash.

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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Robsquad 10 years ago

I am sorry Mr. Al Fahim but Hart does not know what he is doing please bring in Roberto Mancini .....Tactful astute and the winner of many trophies!! Please make changes before it is too late

RealSouthseaBoy 10 years ago

Mr Fahim may like to think he's 'part of the team' but he's just a suit without a suit and without any money it seems. I'm glad Mr Fahim had a lovely day out, shame the Pompey fans continue to suffer amidst this chaos and underhanded goings-on behind the scenes. Less about Fahim, more about Portsmouth, we were here before and we'll be here long after he's gone (I hope.) What is going on Mr Fahim? Your decision to court celebrity with the fans was an embarrassment to all who genuinely care and love this great City and Club. Our club is in chaos still, even after your 'takeover' and you appear to be having a knees up whilst Rome burns.

Mr Make Sense 10 years ago

The guy took over just few days and you already started complaining he is not doing magic for Pompey. Come on, be serious, just give him a chance and see what players and coacing staff he will bring in the next time of player transfer rounds come !