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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...

Roberto Mancini:

'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.'

Joe Hart:

'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.'

Kenny Dalglish:

'They started better than us but once we got into it, I thought we ran out the better team at the 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.'

rojo 2010:

'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

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday November 27 2011
Time: 8:18PM


You were *****en lucky.
28/11/2011 08:19:00
Good teams make their own luck.
28/11/2011 08:50:00
Yep, unbelievably lucky. Their keeper should have walked, we scored for them, had a striker sent off for a nothing second yellow and our keeper was brilliant.
Johnny Baguette
28/11/2011 09:17:00
I can't believe your surprised by Atkinson and Liverpool! It has already happened twice before this season. Atkinson has to be up there for player of the season for Liverpool, already won them 7pts this season.
28/11/2011 09:31:00
It's strange - here is an Everton fan offering the same opinions on the bungling referee as us. I have also seen comments from United, Chelsea and Tottenham fans that support our opinions that the referee was completely incompetent. Now none of these fans offering their opinions have any vested interest in seeing Manchester City pull even further away from the chasing pack, Manure Tottenham and Chelsea fans in particular - so all I can conclude is that it's not sour grapes on the part of my fellow Blues bemoaning the loss of two points - any semi-informed observer can see that Martin Atkinson was at best completely incompetent and at worst totally biased towards the home side at Anfield. Pity most Liverpool fans still mysteriously think they were spomehwo the better side!
28/11/2011 10:03:00
We'll be after watching his progress this season. 67 Yellows and 7 reds in 16 games across 3 competitions. He's got the worst record of the lot, followed by Webb. No worries Ron, we'll paste them on the 3rd January in Manchester.
Johnny Baguette
28/11/2011 10:05:00
Good point, Rob. I know a lot of fans are wondering how Liverpool can get their opponents reduced to 10 men in three separate games this season 1/3 of the way in. I know we've had sour grapes before and no real gripe about the ref, but when the rest of the league is agreeing with you then it must be something.
28/11/2011 12:30:00
Great to see MOTD2 highlighting Suarez' diving. Hang on a minute............
28/11/2011 14:34:00
FCB,I think you are a bit gracious to Martin Atkinson.3 red cards(all undeserved)against teams playing Liverpool this season.The word that springs to mind about Atkinson is "bent".
28/11/2011 18:13:00
Atkinson seems to be Liverpool's very own Howard Webb. Ironic considering a Liverpool player led the outrage against Webb's United love-in. When do we get our own Howard Webb/Martin Atkinson? :D
28/11/2011 19:43:00
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