Tevez on fire ahead of reunion

Since moving to Eastlands in the summer, Tevez has scored 28 goals,

20 of them coming in the last 18 league games. It is a formidable

record and his new club are reaping the benefits as they cemented

fourth place in the Premier League table with a comfortable victory

at home to Alex McLeish’s Blues. Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor scored

a brace each with Nedum Onuoha also on target in a comfortable

victory. Onuoha also appeared to have scored the second goal but

admitted Tevez got a touch. Onuoha said: “He can have it, it’s

fine. He rushed to me at half-time as he’s desperate to be top

scorer.” Tevez made the breakthrough in the 38th minute when he

scored from the penalty spot after Scott Dann was adjudged to have

bundled over Adebayor. The Argentina international stepped up and

sent Maik Taylor the wrong way to put City in the driving seat.

Tevez extended their lead before Birmingham pulled a goal back two

minutes later with Cameron Jerome heading home. City responded

immediately with Adebayor scoring in the 43rd minute when he got on

the end of Bellamy’s delivery with Taylor out of position. They

went further ahead in the 74th minute with Onouha shrugging off a

couple of half-hearted challenges before scoring and Adebayor

scored his second two minutes from time after running from deep.

Next up for Robert Mancini’s side is the derby at home to United at

lunchtime on Saturday. Birmingham have now failed to win in six

league games but manager McLeish expects a positive response. He

said: “We didn’t play that badly. It was just City’s front four

were different quality. “We added to our own downfall with some

sloppiness and there are things to work on. But we are still

developing as a team. “The players will be determined not to let

things slip and hopefully we can put things right in the next

game.”