Football: Kinkladze's brilliance takes City into unfamiliar territory
Monday 03 February 1997
Georgi Kinkladze scored twice and set up two more as Manchester City extended their unbeaten record under Frank Clark to five games at the Manor Ground yesterday.
Marco Gabbiadini was making his debut for Oxford on loan from Derby and his new side almost went ahead after 20 minutes. Joey Beauchamp crossed to Mark Angel, whose close-range shot was tipped over by Tommy Wright. Oxford, who had conceded just nine goals in 14 previous home First Division games, fell behind in the 28th minute. Kinkladze's corner was nodded goalwards by Uwe Rosler and the ball went in off the head of the defender Phil Gilchrist.
Five minutes later Rosler found Kinkladze in a crowded penalty area and the Georgian international scored with a well-placed shot after cleverly beating three defenders.
Kinkladze's pace and skill also provided City's third goal in the 65th minute as he ran forward to score his second of the game after Angel had lost possession in midfield.
Shortly afterwards the generosity of the Billericay referee Andrew D'Urso denied the visitors a penalty when Nicky Summerbee was brought down by Les Robinson in the area. Paul Moody, a 69th-minute substitute for Angel, scored Oxford's consolation 11 minutes after joining the action. However, two minutes from the end, Oxford, who had won 3-2 at Maine Road in November, failed to clear another Kinkladze corner and Rosler completed the rout.
It was Clark's first League win at City after three draws and an FA Cup victory at Brentford, and it lifted the club one place above Bradford City to the dizzy heights of fifth from bottom.
Goals: Gilchrist (og, 28) 0-1; Kinkladze (33) 0-2; Kinkladze (65) 0-3; Moody (80) 1-3; Rosler (88) 1-4.
Oxford United: Whitehead; Robinson, M Ford, Smith, Marsh (B Ford, 54), Gilchrist, Angel (Moody, 69), Gray (Murphy, 69), Gabbiadini, Jemson, Beauchamp.
Manchester City: Wright; Brightwell (Heaney, 45), Ingram, Lomas, Symons, Kernaghan, Summerbee, McGoldrick, Horlock, Kinkladze, Rosler. Substitutes not used: Crooks, Creaney.
Referee: A D'Urso (Billericay).
Bookings: Oxford Utd: Gray. Manchester City: Ingram.
Man of the match: Kinkladze.
Latest in Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo pays €60,000 for brain operation for 10-month-old boy
Daniel Sturridge: I don’t think we really realise what we are achieving as a team
Michael Schumacher 'experience' gives F1 legend chance to 'show his character', says Lewis Hamilton
Oscar Pistorius trial: Cricketer Herschelle Gibbs tweets 'lol #neveradullmoment' after autographed bat is used as evidence
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Benfica 3 match report: Spurs face an uphill battle in Europa League as Tim Sherwood gets into a scrap
- 1 Arrest made after man is found by the side of the road with his penis cut off
- 2 Girl found in the Amazon rainforest with neighbour Grover Morales after going missing for 7 months
- 3 Tim Berners-Lee on creating the web: 'I never expected all these cats'
- 4 Malaysia flight MH370: Pitbull song lyrics bear uncanny resemblance to missing plane mystery, according to YouTubers
- 5 First Kiss viral video was just a clothing advert starring actors
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
How climate change helped Genghis Khan: Scientists believe a sudden period of warmer weather allowed the Mongols to invade with such success
Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Corporate / Commercial Solicitor - Buckinghams...
£20000 - £23000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: The world's leading mobile adver...
£40000 - £60000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Construct...
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Charter Selection: Charter Selection are currently ...