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Johnson goal lifts Man City to second
September 17, 2007 00:10 IST
Manchester City moved into second place in the Premier League on Sunday after a goal from teenager Michael Johnson gave them a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
Johnson powered past three Villa defenders after taking a pass from Brazilian Elano to fire wide of keeper Scott Carson in the 48th minute.
The win on a rainy afternoon at the City of Manchester Stadium saw Sven-Goran Eriksson's men climb from eighth to second place with 12 points from their opening six matches.
Arsenal are top with 13 points, followed by City, Liverpool (11), champions Manchester United (11) and Chelsea (11).
Villa, who beat Chelsea in their last league match two weeks ago, remain in 11th place with seven points.
The game was evenly matched with both sides creating and spurning scoring chances but Johnson's strike was enough to give City their third successive 1-0 home league win this season.
Eriksson left Stephen Ireland out of his side after he said the midfielder "was not quite right" after the player admitted lying and apologising to Irish officials after claiming his grandmother had died while on international duty last week.
"He trained today, but he wasn't quite right," Eriksson told Sky TV. "He will be back on Tuesday and I am sure he will be 100 per cent then."