Oct 6, 2012 at 12.45pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
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3-0
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FT(HT: 1-0)

Jimenez Cuellar (3'), Colback (81'), Gardner (88')

Micah Richards: Joleon Lescott is a "quality defender"

Joleon Lescott
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Micah Richards praises fellow defender Joleon Lescott after Manchester City's clean sheet.

Manchester City's Micah Richards has praised the talents of fellow defender Joleon Lescott after the 29-year-old helped the club to their first Premier League clean sheet of the season.

Captain Vincent Kompany was ruled out through injury, so Lescott was drafted in at centre-back.

"He is a quality defender," Richards told the club's official website. "A lot of people don't understand how good he is - well, people do because he is playing for England - but he really is a top-class centre-back, one of the best in the league.

"I think last season and at the start of this season he has shown that."

City's 3-0 win over Sunderland put them second in the table, four points behind early leaders Chelsea.

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