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Robinson Earns Blackburn Precious Point

City
1 - 1
Blackburn

Eastlands

15.00GMT

Attendance: 44,246

Referee:

When Joe Hart and Paul Robinson started this game their recent careers bared striking differences.
After a remarkable start to the season, Joe Hart has cemented his status as first choice keeper for both Club and Country. Paul Robinson, dropped as England keeper and not selected for the World Cup, recently rejected the chance to represent his Country again, instead opting to focus on his club career rather than playing second or even third fiddle to Hart.
After 90 minutes the difference in performance was just as striking. Praise would be all Robinson`s. The criticism, well it was Hart`s turn to endure the crushing feeling of a Goalkeeper making a costly blooper.

When a Goalkeeper makes a rash decision, a mistake, the consequence is instant and often painful. As the ball was lobbed casually down the pitch, City fans would have felt at ease. Toure looked comfortable in controlling Kalanic and all Hart had to do was stand and watch. However, a sudden rush of blood, a miss-calculation and a disastrous choice saw Hart rushing towards the swirling ball and after a mix-up with defender Kolo Toure, Kalanic was left with the easiest of chances to slot home. Despite all the chances created and squandered by the Blues after this error, it will be Joe Hart who feels isolated on his trip home.

In Contrast, Paul Robinson was exceptional, the ex England stopper produced countless splendid saves and was the difference between his side gaining one point and leaving Eastland`s empty handed.

Nearly all of City`s 11 men had chances to grab a much needed goal, but due to our own profligacy and defensive desperation Blackburn managed to cling onto the point. After two goals in two games for England, Adam Johnson again looked destined to find the net with his trademark twisting runs causing mass confusion. After excellent link-up play with another of England`s starts, James Milner, Johnson was freed and within the first 5 minutes produced a wonderful save from Robinson and saw another curling effort just skim the post.

In Spite of all City`s chances Blackburn held the lead until a 56th minute goal from surprise starter Vieira. After Tevez took control, his perfectly timed and weighted cross found the Frenchmen and from two yards out it was impossible to miss.

City`s pressure continued and when Gareth Barry was introduced the intensity grew. In the space of 10 minutes, Brazilian forward, Jo, could have scored three goals, either one would have been likely to kill the opposition, but his naivety and an outstanding lunge from Samba on the stroke of full time helped Blackburn earn a precious point.

Star Player

Adam Johnson- His dazzling runs and unbelievable skill created several scoring opportunities, but City couldn't capatilise. Ridiculous that he got subbed.

Player Ratings


Hart-4

Not a very memorable day after such a terrific start to the season. His error was disastrous, but every keeper goes through it. Made a good save in the second half.

Richards-5

Doesn't know when to attack or defend. His positioning is woeful.

Toure-6

Could have dealt better with Blackburn's goal but was put off by the on rushing Hart. Few shaky moments in the first half.

Kompany-7

Pretty solid. Made some crucial interceptions.

Lescott-6

Doesn't have that speed and attacking ability that is needed for a top class full back. Got stuck in when he needed to and offered support down the left flank.

Vieira-4

Very off the pace and was a passenger in midfield. Scored.

Yaya Toure-5

Gave the ball away far too often in good positions. His weakest performance yet.

Milner-5

Looked better when he went wide but struggled for the majority of the game.

SWP-5

Was punished for playing out of position. All SWP's attributes are down to him being a right winger.

Johnson-9

His dazzling runs and unbelievable skill created several scoring opportunities, but City couldn't capatilise. Ridiculous that he got subbed.

Tevez-8

Very close to motm with Johnson. He didn't give up and created some great chances. Needed more support.

Jo-4

Missed some crucial chances that would have made the difference.

Barry-6

Changed the game for the better. Passing and positioning was key.

Silva

Needed more time. Looked bright when he came on and i really don't understand why he isn't having the game time.


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Writer:Yak
Date:Saturday September 11 2010
Time: 6:46PM

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Comments

0
Excellent report OAB. I agree with all your ratings and assesment, though I'd give Tevez and Johnson a 7 and 8, respectively.
bluedub
11/09/2010 18:54:00
0
Unlucky guys but for the defensive effort alone I think we deserved a point. Samba, Robinson and Givet were outstanding. Good luck for the rest of the season.
Mikey Delap
11/09/2010 19:01:00
0
Great analysis OaB - its hard to motivate oneself to write up match reports after such disappointment!
eighthsin
11/09/2010 19:08:00
0
Thanks Mikey, you too. Blackburn are a tough nut to crack when your defence play like that.
eighthsin
11/09/2010 19:11:00
0
Two defensive mistakes and we get punished for the second week running. Its no suprise the usual suspects are always kolo toure and micah richards. Mistakes will happen when they play. How silva isnt walking into the this team is beyond me. One win from four games is crap.
Super City Slicker
11/09/2010 19:50:00
0
A good point for us - I was expecting a beating.
FreidelNo.1
11/09/2010 20:24:00
0
Why does Silva not play? He might not be use to the english game yet but only by playing him will he get use to it...SWP is useless in my opinion tbh.
P.Avfc
11/09/2010 21:23:00
0
couldn't have done a great deal more in my opinion, we absolutley battered them 2nd half and couldn't break trhough and I don't know what Hart was doing for their goal. I can't understand how SWP gets in ahead of Silva either. Unlucky, but we could really do with winning next week in my opinion.
arthur7171
11/09/2010 22:13:00
0
Superb spot on match report by OAB.
Johnny Baguette
12/09/2010 06:55:00
0
Silva must indeed start soon, he was very good in the 10 minutes or so he got. He may struggle with the physical side of the game but has a unique vision no one else does in our squad.
StuMCFC
12/09/2010 08:29:00
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