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Manchester City 1 - Tottenham Hotspur 2

The City Of Manchester Stadium

09/11/08 ... 15:00

Attendance: 41,853

City Crash as Dunne and Fernandes See Red

Mark Hughes makes one change to the side that entertained FC Twente on Thursday. Jo drops to the bench as Benjani starts his first game since his spell on the sidelines. Vassell also makes his first Premier league start for City. Could we see the first 4-4-2 formation under Mark Hughes? Harry Redknapp feels the need to recall Corluka who will play against City for the first time since making his move to London.

Full team news:

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Dunne, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Fernandes, Vassell, Robinho, Benjani.

Subs: Schmeichel, Onuoha, Elano, Jo, Hamann, Evans, Ben-Haim.

Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Woodgate, King, Assou-Ekotto, Bentley, Huddlestone, Zokora, Jenas, Modric, Bent.

Subs: Cesar, Hutton, Lennon, Pavlyuchenko, Campbell, Dawson, O'Hara.


Spurs stared the brighter and had a half chance inside the first 5 minutes. Woodgate found himself with the ball just outside the box but his shot ballooned over the bar. Huddlestone then had his shot saved easily by Joe Hart. The first 15 minutes was virtually all Spurs possession as City looked nervous?

However it was City who took the lead on the 16th minute. A patient build up between the midfield spread to Shaun Wright-Phillips who fed the ball into the path of Vassell whose shot was parried to the feet of Robinho, and the Brazilian fired the ball home. City didn`t deserve it but they manage to take the lead.

A scrappy ten minutes passes as both teams where cancelling each other out, but it was City who produced the next best chance. Robinho fed Stephen Ireland who fired his shot at goal, but failed to beat Gomes who yet again parried. City where looking like they were just getting going. So you know what happened next?

Manchester City where reduced to ten-men when Gelson Fernandes managed to find himself booked twice within 26 minutes. The Swiss midfielder caught Bentley late and Mike Dean, without any hesitation, produced his second yellow, and Fernandes walked off the pitch with applause, but in all honesty he fully deserved to be sent off. However if you thought the performance of Fernandes would take attention away of the appalling Richard Dunne, think again!

Richard Dunne somehow managed to miss an easy 40 yard ball, and Darren Bent managed to turn Richards and fire home. I`ve had enough of Dunne`s mistakes, im sorry but he has to go. Mark Hughes then made a tactical change as Vassell was brought off for Hamann, as City look to try and hold on to at least one point.

David Bentley and Darren Bent then went close for Spurs and Dunne yet again managed to screw up inside his own box but was saved by a fellow defender who managed to clear the ball up field. Cities were booed of the pitch at halftime. Im sorry but we deserve to lose this game on the performance so far. It`s taken all my self control, to write this without swearing. It seriously is awful.

The second half started better for City and Shaun Wright-Phillips forced a corner which led to nothing but City were showing signs of getting something from this game. On the hour mark, Shaun Wright-Phillips again managed to work an opportunity. SWP flicked the ball over the head of a defender and with Robinho free, he chose to shoot and Gomes made a good save.

City then went on the attack again. Benjani forced a foul from King who was the last defender back for spurs but Mike Dean only managed to produce a yellow. The free kick was taken my Garrido and Dunne who managed can just about still header a ball, managed to force another good save from Gomes.

However when your down to ten-men its never going to be easy. Jenas laid the ball to the edge of the box and Bent was their again to fire the ball home with a little help from the post. A better second half performance but City was punished on the counter.

Joe Hart kept the score at 2-1 when he got down low to deny Huddlestone a goal but it was City again who were spurring the opportunities. Robinho flick found Garrido who crossed the ball onto the head of Benjani who failed to hit the target. Another fine pass from Robinho also led to a chance for SWP but his cross found no-one. City where really going for this now.

City went even closer to and equalizer on the 76th minute. Great skill from Benjani allowed Ireland to shoot from distance and Gomes scrambled to his right-hand side to force the ball out for a corner. Robinho then had a chance from the resulting corner but his volley was scuffed wide.

Finally the ref got my message, and Richard Dunne was given his marching orders. He tangled with Bent on the edge of the box and Mike Dean produced a straight red and City was down to nine-men. Im honestly excited for our next games now. Dunne won`t be able to make the mistakes that seem to cost us goals.

The game was not finished however as Mike Dean produced another flash of his favourite colour and sent off Spur`s left back Assou-Ekotto. Robinho then found himself running around like a headless Brazilian as he tried to produce his magic we all know he is capable of doing. However it was the away side that had the final chance, with Darren Bent shooting wide of the goal, when you would have put your money on him getting his hat-trick.

Final Score: Manchester City 1 - Spurs 2.

Aaron`s Conclusion:
The first half alone was awful, Fernandes should be loaned out if no sold in January, we have Kompany we really don`t need him. He runs around everywhere and makes needless tackles like he did today. Richard Dunne is a complete waste of space at the moment and his sending off could not have come at a better time. Benjani gave some positives, as did Robinho but it was Shaun Wright-Phillips who impressed me the most. He was superb today, never giving up on anything. Check the stats on how much mileage he clocked up today, it must be a new record?

Star Player

Shaun Wright-Phillips - Didn't manage to score but was one of his best performances iv seen. He was the only player to show passion and determination for City.

Player Ratings


Joe Hart

Made some good saves, and couldn't have done anything about the goals. 7/10

Pablo Zabaleta

Attacked well, and defended his area well. He is showing some promise in a defence that is failing. 7/10

Richard Dunne

What can i say? He really is useless! Lost the ball yet again too many times, and was at fault for the first goal. The sending off just capped off my decreasing opinion of your ability. I can't say il miss your absence! 2/10

Micah Richards

Quiet game. Hard to fault the guy, who remember is only 20. Your certainly the rock in our sinking defence. 7/10

Javier Garrido

I think the improvement in this lad is terrific. His performance today was ok in general. We still need a better LB but I wouldnt get rid of Garrido just yet. 7/10

Shaun Wright-Phillips

Read Star Rating, 9/10

Fernandes

Getting sent off within 26 minutes is not the best way to prove your any good. I've always had doubts about him but have always given him the benefit of the doubt. However not anymore. 3/10

Ireland

Solid performance, lacked the potential he is capable of, but was certainly not the worse player out there. 6/10

Robinho

Without Robinho, we really could be in trouble. The question is how long is this superstar willing to stay at a club that's plummiting down the table? 8/10

Benjani

Another Solid Performance. Maybe should have done better on some occasions, but he is certainly the best alternative to Jo. 7/10

Vassell

Hard to Judge, did well within the 25 minutes he played. Still looks a tad under full sharpness but set up the goal. 6/10

Hamann

Kept the ball well, and used his experience to create play. I just get the feeling his legs have truly had it now. 6/10

Manager Rating

Oh Mark Mark Mark. Im sorry you dont play Fernandes in a game like this. Huddlestone and Zokora played in DM for Spurs. We could have used Elano to really get at them. You really do need to start getting things right, otherwise mate your head is really on the line.




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Date:Sunday November 9 2008

Time: 5:35PM

Your Comments

Spot on reference the player ratings Aaron.
Tudor
Strong Spurs vote for Gelson and Dunne as MOTM at this stage!
Johnny Baguette
Aaron Collins good to see u still have some sense.Well u need KAKA ,MEssi to fill the stadium and also for footballing reasons.
Saimon_blues
Aaron Collins good to see u still have some sense.Well u need KAKA ,MEssi to fill the stadium and also for footballing reasons.LOL
Saimon_blues
just like i told you lads!!!....we won (should of been by 4 goals) and there was thousands of empty seats again! lol....see u at the lane for the other 3 points
lillywhites101
Hughes's worst two decisions: 1) getting rid of the class of Corluka and 2) keeping the combersome frame of Dunne. I hate to say it but if we are to win anything big I'm pretty sure it won't be with Dunne in the side.
SkyBlueSuedeShoes
"In fairness" as MH would say SBSS, Corluka said Modric was his best friend and wanted to be with him. Dunne, meanwhile has left us rudderless at the back and lacking leadership across the team. Sad, cos he's a top bloke.
Johnny Baguette
Glad to see the back of Dunne & Fernandes for the next few games. I will leave the rest of my comments until I have calmed down and in the cool light of day tomorrow.
alphieblues
A message for lillywhites101...We only turn out in force to watch opposing GOOD TEAMS.
alphieblues
yes there is a silver lining......Gelson and Dunne wont be playing the next game !!!
lincolnblue
And unfortunately, taking into account current form, that will only be for the Hull game.
Johnny Baguette
Hey dunne is a class act and thats why he has been voted the player of the season jesus i dont know how many times now, he didnt deserve to be sent off and thats a fact. He is still one of the best defenders out there and thats what i think and so do alot of man city fans think. He has been with us through the bad times and he should be with us through the good times aswell
dunne deal
Didn't deserve to be sent off? Are you retarded?
WhiteHartSpur
Yid here, agree with player ratings, Robinho and Shaun looked excellent, Benjani will get better with games, youve got Elano and Jo to come back and no Dunne to ruin your defensive displays. Good luck with the Ar5ena1 game guys :)
ExiL
dunne deal mate, how can you say he didnt deserve a red? dude, last man is automatic red wether there was intent or not. Im not suggesting that he intentionally brought Bent down as I know Dunne isnt like that but come on! last man, goal scoring opportunity, instant dismissal. We had the same thing a few weeks back with Bale against Stoke, was harsh but he brought the man down and was the last man so by the letter of the law he had to go. for the record, Dunne isnt a bad player but the reason hes been ur player of the year god knows how many times is because, in all honesty City, youve been *****e for so long that Dunne looked good! believe me he is a decent player but in Jan when u go out and buy a top 4 spot with ur arab billions, Dunne wont play much longer. Expect to see 90% of your squad disappear. Id go as far as saying the only 2 remaining next season will be SWP and Robinho
ExiL
where was Petrov?
believeinramos
 

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