Man City roll on as Johnson nets winner

Michael Johnson was Manchester City's match-winner with his goal enough for victory over Derby County at Eastlands tonight.

Johnson's first senior goal came shortly before the break and ensured City claimed a deserved three points against a Derby outfit who never lacked enthusiasm but failed to find a cutting edge in front of goal.

Not only did Johnson's effort confirm a top-three berth, it also ensured City enter Sunday's Manchester derby in the rare position of being ahead of their arch-rivals.

Picking up possession just inside the Derby half, Johnson beat three would-be tacklers before feeding Stephen Ireland.

The midfielder sped onto the return pass then almost punted his shot past West Ham keeper Stephen Bywater.

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