VMC's Some Might Say: Atkinson Anfield Angst
League leaders Manchester City will head into December unbeaten in the Premier League. Post Match Reaction to a 1-1 Lancashire derby draw...
'This was a good result, particularly because we had to play the last ten minutes with just ten men. Mario didn not deserve a red card in my opinion and I don't have any problems with him at all. He is a young player and he is very disappointed, but for me, the second booking shouldn't have been given because I don't even believe it was a foul.
'Joe Hart saved us three or four times today, especially towards the end of the match, but even when we were under pressure and down to ten men, David Silva had a big, big chance to win the game for us. It is important that we remain unbeaten because a lot of top teams will come here and drop points, so I am happy with a draw under the circumstances.'
'Joleon is one of the most honest defenders we've got. It happens. He apologised. We dug in as ten men and got a result out of it. It works both ways. We're happy and I don't think Liverpool will be too disappointed drawing with us...It was a good result for us.'
'They started better than us but once we got into it, I thought we ran out the better team at the end...it was fortunate for us that we got the equaliser as quickly as we did. It kept the spirits up but you could see the change in attitude when we lost the goal that they wanted to go and get something back.
'You could see their attitude in the second half, they were determined they weren't going to lose it and they tried their very best to try and win it. Unfortunately we just couldn't get it over the line.'
In The VMC Forum:
'Glad we got a point against 12 men tonight. Atkinson is a disgrace, plain and simple. If I were Mancini I'd get in touch with the two other teams who had players sent off for nothing and file a complaint immediately.'
'Yaya had another shocker. Is it part of his contract that he plays every game? Nasri was ineffective, Silva likewise.
Great point nonetheless, Balotelli should not have been sent off and Luis Suarez should be ashamed of his incessant diving.
Silva could have and should have won it for us but he pretty much choked, didn't he? A weird game, a great point. City remain unbeaten and 5pts clear. I'll have that...'
'Hart and Kompany were amazing.'
'Just seen the Liverpool Echo's MOTM poll - surprisingly, they've left out Martin Atkinson...'
'The ref's performance was a massive disappointment - not even handed at all. If Balotelli's first yellow was for obstruction why wasn't Nosferatu lookalike Skrtel booked for pulling dowmn Aguero in the first half? Ref gave a free kick for both so they were both fouls - should have been the same punishment.'
'City Man of the Match: Hart, Honorary mention for Clichy. Liverpool Man of The Match: Atkinson, honorary mention for Lucas.'
all times East Manchester
Tu 29 Nov 20:00 Arsenal, The Emirates, LC
Sa 03 Dec 15:00 Norwich, The Etihad, PL
We 07 Dec 19:45 Bayern, The Etihad, CL
Mo 12 Dec 20:00 Chelsea, Stamford Bridge, PL
Su 18 Dec 16:10 Arsenal, The Etihad, PL
We 21 Dec 19:45 Stoke, The Etihad, PL
Mo 26 Dec 15:00 West Brom, The Hawthorns, PL