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Wednesday 30 October 2013

On this day in 2010: Struggling Wolves upset Man City

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall when Wolves earned a surprise win over Man City

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

30 October 2010 - Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Manchester City

David Edwards hit the winner which earned Wolverhampton Wanderers their first win in nine Barclays Premier League games and inflicted Manchester City’s second defeat in a week.

"That result has been coming for a few weeks and we deserved to win today"
Mick McCarthy

The midfielder beat City keeper Joe Hart from eight yards in the 57th minute to complete his side's comeback from going a goal down.

Emmanuel Adebayor had put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot midway through the first half after Richard Stearman had fouled David Silva.

City had dominated up to that point but Wolves, 19th in the table at the start of the day, hit back quickly.

Matt Jarvis, who shone on the left wing, sent in a testing cross which was cleared to the edge of the area, where Nenad Milijas lashed home a low shot.

After Edwards' goal, City, fourth in the league, threw on substitute Adam Johnson and almost immediately crossed for Adebayor, who lifted the ball over the bar from 12 yards.

Wolves held on after that to record their first Premier League win since the opening day of the season.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy said: "That result has been coming for a few weeks and we deserved to win today. When you are bottom, but playing well, with a great spirit, it sounds really hollow when you say things like that.

"But this performance and result summed it all up for me. Without our team spirit we would be history. I have been saying that for weeks."

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said: "We only played for the first 25 minutes and then we stopped playing and Wolves deserved to win. It's the worst game we've played and we must regroup and understand why this happened.

"This was the sort of game you have to win if you want to challenge for the title."

Manchester City finished third in the table at the end of the season, level on points with Chelsea and nine points behind champions Manchester United, while Wolves narrowly escaped relegation, finishing a point above Birmingham City and Blackpool who joined West Ham United in returning to the Championship.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Wolverhampton Wanderers earned a shock win against Manchester City