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Did Rob Styles Cost Us The Game?

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Manchester City fan, alphieblues talks about his feelings after last nights 2-2 draw away at Newcastle United.

Having woken up this morning and discovered that steam was no longer coming out of my ears, I reflected on last nights result in the cold light of day and wondered, did Rob Styles cost us the game?

When I thought about it, in the first 12 minutes we were all over Newcastle like a rash they hardly got a kick of the ball, then we were awarded a penalty (warranted or not) we go 1-0 up.

Now if Rob Styles issues a yellow instead of red what happens then, their heads drop and we steamroller them into a heavy defeat. In reality what happens, he issues a Red, they go down to ten and they are incensed, roll up their sleeves and really get stuck in, we go into cruise mode thinking this is easy and pay the price.

Are there any positives to come out of last nights game well yes I think there was.

1.Micah Richards at RB
2.Our 3-4-3 formation in the last ten minutes. (or was it 3-3-4)

What are the negatives:

1.Don't play players who have travelled half way round the world.
2.Why was Hamman selected in a game where we need to put the accent on attack?
3.4-5-1 is questionable in this type of game
4.We should have really upped the tempo after the sending off.

If we adopt the same attitude against Stoke we could be in for another torrid time we have to strike the right tempo from the off and not to take our foot off the gas if we go one up.

Many thanks go out to alphieblues.

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Writer: alphieblues Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 21 2008

Time: 11:27AM

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Had you down to win 3-2 but no cigar!!! It was a pen & a red, little choice for the ref.
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21/10/2008 11:37:00

The ref has no choice but to send him off if he has deemed it is a foul. As the laws of game state. So probably best if he had awarded nothing.
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21/10/2008 11:40:00

By all accounts Styles has been in contact with Joe Kinear and told him he is willing to have another look at the penalty incident.
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21/10/2008 11:59:00

So he should
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21/10/2008 12:18:00

As a neutral - I thought the game was good & can see why the penalty was awarded, but with the luxury of replays - the Newcastle look hard done to! You had loads of possession but had no real final product - reckon Benjani will correct that for you when fit!
Our Kids Dad
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21/10/2008 12:45:00

if Styles looks at it...he will most definately recind the red card.....if he is brave enough to admit his mistake.......
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21/10/2008 13:03:00

He must have been making up for the joke of a penalty he gave Birmingham at St Andrews last season. He is just a bad referee, but we cant blame him for the defeat. We should have capitalised on the present he gave us, and we were incapable of doing so.
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21/10/2008 13:19:00

Having had some time to take in last nights events, I'm of the opinion that City thought all they had to do was go throught the motions after that red. I am very concerned about Richard Dunne. As he flounders with his inability to distribute his biggest problem, the defence around him are falling apart. Last night Garrido was slaughtered by Duff, Ben Haim looked frequently all at sea and Richards is not progressing and I think Crapello sees it. Hart is not commanding his box and essentially it's our defensive inadequacies that saw us lose this game. We will face far stronger teams than Newcastle and on this evidence won't be able to live with them unless we learn how to defend and how to be ruthless with posession.
Johnny Baguette
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21/10/2008 13:20:00

All interesting and valid points so here's my two cents...I think we need a killer striker instead someone like Jo. I understand the guy is coming into his own slowly and surely but City needs to have that ruthlessness that players like Drogba or Eto'o has. A striker that isn't afraid to get into the thick of things in the sixteen yard box. I get the impression that some of City's newer players are struggling with the English game.
Old Mother Hell
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21/10/2008 13:43:00

The blame can't be laid at Jo he wasn't given one decent chance last night and that was because Ireland for most of the game was off the pace. If you don't create chances no one will score. Robinho was only a shadow of his true game and I know I keep harping on about it but he should never play immediately after being away on International duty and the same goes for Jo. A lot of people were asking why Elano took no part again I for one am glad he didn't because he also has never performed after Internationals. I am beginning to think the same of Dunne, he has blinder in midweek for Ireland and was crap last night. We have enough youngsters who are champing at the bit for us to replace ALL the players who play in Iternational matches...Rant over...
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21/10/2008 15:27:00

Question: How many goals did Dunne scored against us?!
city 81
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21/10/2008 16:15:00

Welcome back city 81...Too many to think about.
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21/10/2008 16:27:00

Rob Styles did not lose us the game. Our defence is performing poorly just now -- that's why. I wholeheartedly agree with Johnny Baguette's comments above.
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21/10/2008 16:29:00

Hey, city 81, where have you been mate. Been ages since we heard from you.
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21/10/2008 16:29:00

I think Our Kids Dad has hit the nail on the head. City most of the time can keep hold of the ball, pass it round lovely, however just lack that killer pass and finish. Just glad I was at the Portsmouth game and saw it in all it's majesty.
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21/10/2008 17:25:00

Hi alphieblues, Tudor, Dont worry I'm with you I every day visit the site and read the subjects & About Dunne goal is really puzzling!, The ball was easy, How he set in our goal ?!!!! But really is was brilliant goal in the scissors & The first goal, is same 100% The third goal for Liverpool, If you remember the ball was going outside, But our defense player returned and giving to attacker to score!!!! What A comedy defenders we have !!
city 81
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21/10/2008 21:34:00

How come we don't see you on the forums city 81?
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22/10/2008 00:05:00

Tudor, I am very busy these days and I do not have the time to write, You know I do not speak English good, I need to write one line for Ten minutes to finished, But I decided to write a theme in the next few days, Even if taking all day:))
city 81
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22/10/2008 08:33:00

Have you tried using the language translator, which is now located above most of our front-page articles?
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22/10/2008 09:39:00

Since I came here I use the Google translator, But the problem is he translated literally & does not give you the meaning, Example :"watch out" He will give you something like "see outside".
city 81
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22/10/2008 10:48:00

Fair enough mate, point taken. Anyway, your English is sometimes better than native speaking folk! (lol)
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22/10/2008 11:12:00

As far as I am concerned ther is nothing wrong with your english city 81.
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22/10/2008 11:47:00


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