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Manchester City 3 - Tottenham Hotspur 2

The Etihad Staium

Sunday 22nd January 2012 1.30 PM

Attendance: 47, 422

Last Gasp Winner Seals City's Title Credentials

I don`t normally focus on Manager`s before a game but 'Twitchy` Harry`s pre-game press conference comments about City and Mancini have been deeply disrespectful of our Manager and his plain and open 'jealousy` over City`s new found wealth are somewhat pathetic and clearly an attempt to deflect from their disastrous result against us at the start of the season and the fact that he doesn`t really think his charges are good enough to beat City. Top this off with the fact that if Spurs lose, they are all but out of the title race and you can see why Harry has spouted such a diatribe of effluence. It`s also strange that Spur`s have so little academy talent in their team and despite being one of the biggest spenders in the league over the last few years, the player they will miss most today is City cast off Adebeyor.

Today`s match was one of those 'six pointer` games that was probably really a seven pointer. A win for City would see the title race become a two horse race. A win for Spurs would put them firmly back in the mix. City have a pretty poor record against Spurs but two of the most outstanding City performances in recent years have come against the London side, being the 5-1 turnover earlier this season and the 4-3 cup win of a few years ago when City were 3-0 down and down to ten men at half time and still won 4-3. One thing to remember, City are the only unbeaten team at home in all four divisions of top flight football in England.

There were no surprises in the line-up Mancini selected and the team sheet read as follows: Hart, Richards, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Milner, Nasri, Silva, Dzeko and Aguero. The bench consisted of: Pantillimon, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Onuoha, De Jong, Johnson and Balotelli.

Spurs kicked of the match playing right to left and were immediately attacking down their right, but were soon forced back to Friedel. City were soon back in possession after an unforced error by Parker, who played the ball out to touch. The Blues took hold of the ball and passed it patiently around looking for the break which didn`t quite come.

Spurs had started well enough having more of the possession in the opening five minutes and moving with great fluidity, however they had been forced to play the ball back to Friedel on a number of occasions.

Six minutes in and Richards almost got caught out of position by Bale, but Savic was on hand to dispossess Spurs` Welsh Wing Wizard. Seconds later and Spurs were awarded a free kick after a Clichy foul. The ball was well cleared by Dzeko and City were soon on the attack again when Silva found Nasri on the left. Nasri`s initial cross was cleared, but City kept possession and calmly built up play again.

In the first ten minutes, Spurs had seen 20% more of the ball dominating possession 60/40, but significantly neither keeper had yet been tested.

First corner of the game came after good work from Aguero on the edge of Spurs` box after Parker had backed off City`s striker. The corner was a poor one and allowed Spurs to break out of defence. They were at one point two on two, but Lennon`s centre was a poor one which Hart easily gathered.

On the stroke of fourteen minutes, City were nearly paying the cost for Richards`s poor positioning as Bale broke free again and put an inviting ball right across the face of City`s goal, which amazingly was missed by everyone.

City nearly broke the deadlock in the 17th minute after Nasri had found Silva with a through ball. The Spanish wizard made the byline and cut a wonderful ball back into the box. Aguero and Dzeko got in each other`s way as the both arrived unmarked at the same time.

The next few minutes were dominated by City as they started to retain more possession but couldn`t find the final ball into the box that would unlock the Tottenham defence.

Next corner was earnt by Spurs after a good run and cross by Assuo-Ekotto. It was well dealt with by City and the Blues were soon on the attack again. Both teams were showing the other a great deal of respect, leaving just one player up pitch when not in possession. Something to be expected with the importance that rested with the result.

City once again nearly broke the deadlock on 25 minutes after Aguero ran into the Spurs box, with the ball sticking to his feet and surrounded by defenders, he had the speed of thought to look up and find Silva, whose left foot shot was a whisker wide of the post.

As we approached the half hour mark, it was City who despite having less of the ball, had created the better chances and looked the most threatening. Indeed on 28 minutes, had it not been for the speed of thought possess by Friedel, Aguero would have been through on goal, but Spur`s aging keeper was quick off his line having spotted the danger.

City had another chance a minute later, after Captain Fantastic, Richards won the ball in the right wing position and played Aguero in. If not for a great stop by Friedel, the score would certainly have been 1-0.

It was City`s turn to feel the heat in the 32nd minute after good work by Van De Vaart, although the Dutch man let himself down with a poor ball into the box.

Spurs won a free kick on the edge of City`s box just left of centre, after a tackle by Lescott was fractions late and Bale ended up on the floor. The shot by Kaboul was poor and went high and wide of Hart`s net.

With 7 minutes of the half left, Spurs were beginning to look increasingly frustrated as little niggles started to creep into their game and City were starting to exert more and more pressure.

On the stroke of 41 minutes, a clear foul on Aguero, right on the edge of the Spurs box, was totally ignored by the ref. First glimmer of the anti-City refereeing that had been openly apparent this season. Still, there was still another 45 minutes of play to go.

With thirty seconds of the half left, Parker went in for another crunching tackle, this time on Richards, after City`s Captain had again won the ball. Once again the ref kept his card in his pockets. It makes this writer wonder what would have happened had Barry or Milner been the proponents of such attempts.

As the whistle went for half time, honours were even and although Spurs had dominated possession early on, it was City who had had the best chance of the game and in all honestly had looked the better in the final third of the pitch. Still, there was everything to play for in the second half as the country`s two best footballing sides clashed.

City kicked off the second half and were soon attacking through the ball skills of Nasri and the positioning of Dzeko. The Blues earnt a corner which was easily cleared, but fell kindly for Nasri who despite the attentions of three players, earnt another corner. From this set piece, Spurs broke quickly up-field, but were let down once more by the final ball as Van Der Vaart attempted to beat Hart from a good thirty yards out.

Best tackle of the game came on the stroke of 51 minutes as Spurs made a quick break through Bale. The Welshman ran half the length of the pitch and was about to unleash a shot from the edge of the box and had his pocket picked by James Milner.

Spur`s first yellow of the game came deservedly a few seconds later after Parker`s fifth poor tackle on Aguero. The resultant free kick was easily gathered by Friedel who set Spurs off on another attack finding Bale on the left. The Welshman`s cross was blocked and went out for a corner which was easily dealt with by City.

This was followed in the 54th minute by Spur`s best chance of the game after Modric, on the left, cut the ball back for Bale whose attempt to use his right foot seemed to cause a full body shut down as he collapsed to the floor.

Within seconds of this chance, Silva found himself on the ball on the edge of the centre circle in the Spurs half. He looked up once and saw the run of Nasri along the edge of the Spurs penalty area. An inch perfect pass later and Nasri was on the ball and through the Tottenham defence. His neat shot beat Friedel hands down and first blood was to the home side. 1-0 to City and the goal was well deserved.

It was nearly two nil seconds later as Silva jinked left and right inside the Spur`s box before cutting a ball back towards Aguero. Spur`s cut the ball out for a corner on the City left. It was swung towards Dzeko who flicked the ball on to Lescott running in at the far post. The City defender stumbled but managed to carry the ball into the net and two special minutes had the League leaders 2-0 up.

Almost straight from kick off, Defoe broke the City back line and one and one with Hart, the diminutive striker put the ball into the back of City`s net to make it 2-1.

It was nearly 3-1 after Silva found Nasri on the edge of Spurs box. Nasri played the ball through to Dzeko who looked odds on to score, before his poor shot ballooned over the bar from eight yards out. Game on.

Disaster struck in the 64th minute as out of nothing, Bale found himself with the ball at his feet twenty yards out. His strike was sweet and almost perfect curling over Hart before dipping into the City net. What a goal and 2-2.

Mancini made an instant change, replacing Dzeko with Balotelli. Hopefully this would give City more impetus up front as Dzeko, although having an assist, was again guilty of profligacy in front of goal when he should have put City 3-1 up.

Twitcher then made his first substitution of the game replacing the out of form and slightly chubby Van De Vaart with defensive midfielder Jake Livermore.

Great defending then followed by Parker who stopped what looked a goal bound effort by Richards and from the resultant corner, Friedel showed great hands to gather the ball under pressure.

Spurs then earnt a corner on the City right after an Assuo-Ekotto corner was cleared by Savic. The ball was played short but was easily defended by the City back line. This was followed by another wild shot from Spurs as Modric attempted to beat Hart from 25 yards out only to see the ball balloon high over the City bar.

Another wild shot followed from Spurs in the 72nd minute as Walker saw the City net beckoning from thirty yards out. The game was poised on a knife edge as these two fantastic footballing sides locked horns. A minute later and a wonderful ball in by Bale on the left had Clichy stooping to clear the ball over his own bar. Modric stepped up to take the set play. The ball found Bale who shaped to shoot before finding Lennon on the right. The tricky winger jinked left then right before unleashing a weak shot which Hart easily gathered.

A push in the back by Walker on Balotelli earnt City a free kick on their left halfway inside the Spurs half. The ball was launched high and met by the head of Savic. The bullet header had Friedel beaten, but somehow went inches wide of Spurs far post.

Seconds later, and Defoe broke free of the City defence after simple ball over the top. With Lescott on his heels, Defoe ran into the City box, but somehow managed to trip over the ball.

Second yellow of the game went to Balotelli after he became entangled with Assuo-Ekotto. The ref of course went straight to his pocket despite this being his first foul, whilst Parker was allowed at least five poor challenges before his name went into the ref`s book.

With nine minutes to go, the ref was once more under scrutiny, giving a soft free kick to Spurs in the middle of the park when Barry looked to have won the ball cleanly. Nasri could be seen resignedly shaking his head.

City made a wonderful chance in the 84th minute only to be stopped by the ref, penalising Silva for a high foot as it struck Kaboul`s head. Unfortunately for City, Kaboul had stooped down and contact took place no more than a foot off the ground. A nice way for the ref to break up the City play.

With two minutes to go of normal time, Lennon was replaced by Pienaar as Twitchy attempted to bring some more crossing ability from the right hand side of their line-up.

As the ninety minute mark came and went, four minutes stoppage time was announced. Almost immediately, Bale broke free of Richards. Lescott attempted to cut out the ball, but Bale got their first and crossed toward the far post for Defoe who was only inches away from making the score 3-2 to Spurs.

With ten seconds of the extra time left, for the first time this season, luck was with City. A high hopeful ball up pitch from Clichy found Balotelli. The Italian turned in the box and was upended. This was without doubt a penalty. The fouled player stepped up, placed the ball on the spot and with casual nonchalance, stroked the ball to Friedel`s right. The Spurs keeper guessed the correct way, but the cool spot-kick was inches wide of his outstretched finger-tips.

This has to be the best game of the season. End to end stuff and football played at 100 miles per hour between what has to be the country`s two top footballing sides. In truth either side could have won it in what was an astonishing second half boasting five goals and a great man of the match performance from Samir Nasri. Unbelievable stuff by both sides. Well done City, well done Spurs, who cares what the result of the late kick off is today, this was as good as it gets.

Star Player

Samir Nasri - His best game since his first game in a City shirt. His range and quality of passing was outstanding and for the first time this season he actually outshone Silva.

Player Ratings

Joe Hart - 7.5

Couldn't do much for either goal. Good kicking and distribution. Didn't really have much to do other than picking the ball out of his net twice.

Micah Richards - 7.5

Looked great going forward but kept getting caught out of position and allowing Bale to get crosses in especially in the second half.

Stefan Savic - 7

Didn't have too bad a game but his poor back header was the cause of one of Spur's goals.

Joleon Lescott - 8

Scored a goal and made a number of important interceptions.

Gael Clichy - 7

Booked early on and not as effective as usual. Didn't get forward as much as usual but was defending against Walker and Lennon.

Gareth Barry - 8

Defended well and rarely gave the ball away.

James Milner - 8.5

Looked like there were at least two Milners on the pitch. Effort industry and talent.

Samir Nasri - 9

A great performance. Lovely passing and movement and thoroughly deserved his goal.

David Silva - 8.5

Back to his best today and had a great assist for the Nasri goal.

Sergio Aguero - 8

Strong agile and dangerous another good performance.

Edin Dzeko - 8

An assist for City's second but most certainly should have scored rather than ballooning the ball over the bar.

Balotelli - 8

Coolly took the penalty which he earnt. Accused by the Sky team of deliberately kicking and stamping on Parker. Rubbish.

Manager Rating

Roberto Mancini - 8 Another win and a great step towards the league title. He must be proud of his players after today.

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Date:Sunday January 22 2012

Time: 3:49PM

Your Comments

60 goals up and the double over Spurs. Milner and Barry were immense.
Johnny Baguette
"Accused by the Sky team of deliberately kicking and stamping on Parker. Rubbish." WHAT GAME DID YOU WATCH? JOKE CLUB. JOKE FANS.
Great result but I am afraid ll the good stuff is likely to get lost in the noise of the witch hunt that is gathering against Balotelli. I am expecting it to be THE subject that the media focus on. They will do their damndest to keep it front and centre. It must all depend on the report from Howard Webb and whether he chose to say that he saw it and took no action ......if he says he didn't see it we could be in for a long week. Much as I hate to dwell on this I just think we should be prepared.
Matt, top of the league mate, don't know about it being a joke but I do know I'm laughing my ******** arse off.
We will see if the Bollatelli incident was rubbish if the F.A look at it and rightfully ban him how can you say it was rubbish watch it in slow motion he swings his foot back at parker...dont get me wrong it was a great second half and yes a definite pen But Bollatelli will be lucky to get away with that. Anyway great game and well done to you lot incidents aside the result is all that matters.
only 1 spurs
your player ratings were ridiculous - Hart 6 , Richards 7 , Savic 5 , Lescott 6 , Clichy 6 , Barry 7 , Milner 8 , Silva 8 , Aguero 8 , Nasri 7 , Dzeko 6 , Balotelli 7. And "for the first time this season the luck was with city" - where did you get that one from?
your luck with run out and you'll be back in Div 2 were u belong
Matt, you're wasted on here mate, you should be on the stage. lol
I wish and pray that when the Sheik goes, and you cant pay for the tea lady, that they wind you lot up and throw away the key. Disgusting arrogance. Why dont you have some pride and remeber where you came from
even your fan celebration aint your own. what a joke
This is making the victory even sweeter, keep it coming Matt, you have me in stitches here mate.
Lol what a piece of $hit that (unt Ballotelli is! U should be so proud to have such err class at City! It's just amazing how Mr Webb was blind when he is 10 feet away from a deliberate Elbow and stamping on a players head yet confident in giving a peanut from 40 yards away!
Fair enough Matt but the tea lady is on £500K per week so you can understand that will be difficult when the Sheik disappears. Anyway, did you enjoy the game and seriously, do you think Balotelli deserves punishment for that - honestly now ?
Dear spurs fans. I know you are upset at losing but you lost and you wont win the league with your twitchy and most certainly dodgy boss who himself is up in court accused of taking bungs tomorrow. The sheik wont go and we do remember where we came from. Your fans were singing where were you when you were *****.....we were there the old second division. And i did say this was a game between the country's two top footballing sides. It would apppear however that the fans dont have the grace and skill that their team has.
I watched about 80mins of that match, and guess which 10mins I missed? Fuming. Balotelli incident will defintely overshadow the match, hopefully is suspended for the match at Goodison in a fortnight.
Rob, funnily enough, I disagree, but even if he is suspended, we will cope. We have a great squad, like yourselves.
Mix, elbow? You talking about Sky's slo-mo of Lescott's forearm catching Kaboul in the face? Do you really think that was bad? Here's one for you mate, King two footed, reckless challenge going to ground from behind, none of the ball, all of the man, where's the red?
fair play to city for the 3 points. i don't care how you get to the top, by building or buying. it's a results agme and you are top of the league. but as fans of football it's a shame to have people defending balotelli when he does that. he clearly clips parker with one foot and then sweeps the second foot down to follow it as he knows his head is there. i love balotelli, such a character, but that was malicious.
CITYBOY - great game, i did enjoy it, thought we were quite even and i said beforehand would be happy with a point. at 2-0 I was fearing a proper spanking. Just a shame that Balotelli doesnt get the plaudits for his football. The guy is a digrace and I wouldnt be surprised if he get a 1-game-only ban.
Matt, I didn't see the game. I was working and in-between locations. Listened to it on Radio Manchester as I was driving. I understood and I think the original BBC coverage was that it looked accidental. Was it accidental or did you see it as deliberate ? - forget your disappointment for one minute (I didn't see it and so I will hear what you have to say).
A great match ruined by a dirty piece of $hit in Ballotelli! I hope they throw the book at him! He does not deserve to play football and should be banned for life!
ooooooh Balotelli...probably will get a 5 game ban...but unlike Vinnie was still on the pitch and influence the game in which he transgressed' Maybe the old 'decisions balance out over the season' argument still holds water ?
he was defo off balance and swung his boot back to stay on his feet and caught parker in the face - granted fully accidently, the guy was trying not to fall. THE SECOND LEG HOWEVER, came straight into contact with Parker and was a chuffing disgrace, no matter who he plays for, against etc , no place for it in football
it could have been accidental of course, but when you see how he brought his 2nd foot down hard and fast to follow the 1st it seems so nasty. shame, i think he's a great asset to the league
Err yes Bluedub it was a last gasp challenge that deserved a penalty in the last 10 seconds of the match? So u telling me the elbow was not deliberate?
It looked accidental to me but slo mo and a witch hunt can do anything. Take Kompany's challenge. He got a four match ban for a tackle that was repeated twice by players yesterday as highlighted on MOTD however neither player was even booked for their identical challenges. But if you play for City......
Banned for life Mix? Calm down mate.
bluerichy, have a word mate. he "accidently" slammed his 2nd leg into Parker. Jesus, even in victory you cant be humble
OK Matt, I will have a look at it when I get a chance. Good luck for the rest of the season mate. Hope we win the league and you finish second and perhaps you will get better luck against the 'rags' at your place.
Im sure it will be looked at by the F.A theirs no doubt he stuck his foot in when the flow of his body after the shot would have taken him away from Parker and if he is Banned for it so be it it'd be the right decision if not then hey thats life, it was a great game of football in the second half which is now being lost because of that incident and the winning goal.
only 1 spurs
it doesnt matter, if you pay off Referees then all we can do is try to not give 95min penalties away - which was our own fault
Great game though, eh?
Johnny Baguette
Thanks CITYBOY1000 - think you boys have it sewn up now. Cant wait to see Fergie's face. Hoping we just scrape top 4 tbh. We got Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool away soon. could be 9pts adrift. Augero - what a player
great game indeed by the league's top two footballing sides......shame the spurs fans on here are focusing on a half second incident that may or may not have been deliberate....their players put in some pretty ott fouls especially parker and the aforementioned elbow from King.
if you play for city...what? how often do spurs' players get sent off or banned? we are consistantly top or 2nd in the fair play league. and instead of thinking of this as bragging and preaching just listen. when your team plays fairly and doesn't sign players who are dirty you wont get abns handed out 'unfairly'. there is a flip side to this though; we seem to get loads of game changers against us because we don't (as a team) rush and crowd the ref on every decision. ala man u and arsenal. you pick your side and stick to it. if balotelli gets the book thrown at him he deserves it. end of
That whole incident came from Benny hoofing the ball up to Defoe? the ball should have been ran upfield to run the clock down and we could have shared the spoils instead Defoe ...not known for his aerial ability lost out on the header it came back down the field putting unnecessary pressure on our defense which led to a stone wall pen. Im gutted but those are the breaks i suppose.
only 1 spurs
Ye Bluedub I wonder if it's ok to stamp on a persons head with the intent to cause serious harm....he is no better than an inmate !
Matt, you can beat them. Not saying its going to be easy. Chelsea beat us and we drew against the 'dippers'. You are definitely better than them but the 'dippers' away game is always tough. Your home game against the 'rags' will define whether you get second or not - assuming we win of course.
fellow blues ignore these insane rantings....not mine just them Narf London wannabees....let Manchester and Stretford battle it out for the title and they can have a battle for the moral high ground with heir goon cousins
Mix, yes I am saying it wasn't deliberate, it was his forearm and I admit it does look worse in slo-mo but did you see any Spurs players calling for it? No, why? Because it was accidental and part of the rough and tumble of the game. I think you can be aggrieved about Mario but don't see what the problem is with Lescott, I really don't.
Alan Green at the BBC just admitted that 'Rooney dived quite simply'. Refreshing to hear that.
Can't defend Mario, thought it was deliberate and I'm positive he'll get a ban. It is about time we had a bit of luck after Kompany-gate however. A draw would have been a fair result but delighted with the win. Didn't think there was anything in the Lescott challenge though lads and I'm a bit tired of all this 'buying the league' talk. People in football have very short memories. Great game though and all the best against the rags in a month or so.
HAHA Welbeck...the new fresh prince...looks like hes growing a black spongebob on his noggin :)
only 1 spurs
I shall post this here then, as Manc fans dont seem to join in there forum.. Got the name wrong Jackblue but that fine.. Jonny, you had no words come out, maybe its one of those ebay keyboards, I had one of those ;o) I'm not having a go at you fans, just the way that your team sometimes plays football, I really think you guys are better than this? watch the highlight tonight, and you will see what Talk Sport are now chatting about.. Bal a telly should not have been on the pitch... and Jack Blue, with £600,000,000 of players you should well be destroying all teams!! you really should.. you should be winning 8.3 every game... Read more:
Cornford Spur
You Mancs have embassies your selves.. you have become the sad boys of football.. such a shame.. please watch match of the day.. or start listening to Talksport..
Cornford Spur
Cornford, where are you getting £600 million from?
Fair enough BD, I suppose the FA will decide. But our players do not harass the ref etc. I really enjoyed the game and no complaints with the result. U threw it away and then we threw it away! Lol! There was no ill feeling untill "stampgate" incident.
Thats what the press say Man C have spent on players.. not what I am saying. just the football press??
Cornford Spur
In the last 2 ish years...
Cornford Spur
If Balotelli intended to do it, it was a shameful bit of foul play and he deserves a 3 game ban. Whether he did or not is debatable. think the Spurs fans need to calm down though, it was a great game and the Balotelli incident shouldn't take away from a thoroughly entertaining match. We won it and we were the better team and have been for the season. Barry and Milner put your midfielders to sleep and that's where you lost the game. Seeing Nasri score against his olde enemy was a joy to watch - and what a goal it was. Hard luck Spurs and good luck for the rest of the season
happy as any thing about the result and thought it was deserved on balance of play....Spuds rejoice in the fact that us v u is possibly becoming a kind of era defying grudge match......the kind that go down in history....I know that is Stretford and Woolwiches favourite subject
I don't think the FA will look at Lescott Mix. They will with Mario but to me it looks like Webb is looking at it so it will be interesting to see what cones of it.
I defended Mario @ 1st over on VS (I like the lad) but the more & more I see the incident the clearer it is he stamps out, now he's not looking so he can't tell what he's stamping @, but its clear he's guilty of it. As for Lescott, another good player who seriously let himself down. BOTH should've been straight reds & if the 2 incidents had of been done by Spurs players on yours I'd say the SAME.

The Pen obviously was correct, however would it of been IF Webb got TWO key decisions correct ? Who knows, however Im surprised by a total & utter lack of class by some Citizens comments. How you can revel in the "win" is beyond me, yes its great to do the double over us & yes your top of the league, however to win like that is an embarrassment not for us, but 4 U. I expected more, but maybe my respect for most of you is misguided (& Im sure those who I mean will turn my words around). A fair result would've been a draw as neither Team stood out, BOTH we're guilty of nerves & BOTH Teams were sloppy @ times.

I doubt the FA will do anything against either Mario or Lescott, nor will they do anything against Webb for missing 2 dangerous incidents. Its not game over just yet, but you've now got your tails up after your mini blip so its going to be very hard to catch you now, but we won't give up & will fight City all the way for the league. COYS
True Spurs Supporter
"please watch match of the day.. or start listening to Talksport.. Oh yeah, the media bibles, Gospel et cetera. Bwahahahaha
Draw would have been the right result - but lady luck shining on CIty tonight - as for Cityboy1000's comment about a player getting a serious injury - you are a tool mate.

Spurs did great to come back and score 2 goals the way they did - Bale's goal was fantastic, and Defoe should have put that last gasp attack in the back of the net. King should also have seen red but who is to say what ifs when Blagatelly should have gone - hope Mankini chokes on his pizza and pasta tonight......
TSS, like I've said I can understand Spurs fans being aggrieved at the Mario/Parker incident but the Lescott incident was a whole lot of nothing. Watch it in real time, he's muscling in and accidentally catches Kaboul in the face, perhaps his arms shouldn't be up there but if anything it's a yellow at best. As for revelling in a victory, of course we're going to do that, we just won 3 points, why wouldn't we revel? City were the better team for the majority of that game and we gave you a gift to get back in, fair enough you played well for the last half hour but a match lasts 90 minutes, where were you in the other 60?
Balotelli got booked for incident so FA cant do anything....also ref was a few feet from incident so would be difficult to claim he didnt see the incident. It was a great game but the anti city media and spurs flans are using the incident to deflect from the fact that city are eight clear of spuds and 6 of scum having played all their 'hard' away games. fact.
Sorry niteworlok about Phil Jones. It's a 'rag' thing. You wouldn't understand mate.
TSS, of course we'll revel in our win. We, the fans, have nothing to be ashamed of. And we'll support our player until he's been found guilty of reckless play. Like you're supporting your manager until he's found guilty of tax evasion. You lost - get over it. If this is all you can cling to and if it's going to make you feel better, then more power to you. But the fact of the matter is, your team lost because they couldn't cope with our attacking threat, your midfield went missing (Parker and Modric), VanDerVaart may as well have stayed in bed - instead he just sat in Barry's back pocket and his replacement Livermore was guilty of conceding possession too much when he came on. That's why we won and not because Balotelli wasn't sent off. But of course, nothing will be made of those minor facts.
Great win, deserved but we made it too hard on ourselves. Thank god Kompany is back for Everton as Savic is not even close to ready for a game of this size. Should have cut their throat at 2-0 but another Savic blunder like against Liverpool in the cup. Our attacking has improved again, Kompany's return should bring the defence back up to speed.
Cornford, in the press? Are you that naive?
Lol @ all the spurs fans. What did you expect from those low, arrogant and stupid City fans? I've read almost all their post-match reports and all I've seen since more or less the start of the season on Vital City is pure garbage, mocking articles and truly disgusting fans. Way too chilidish and immature fans to taste what glory is. Webb was right to keep his cards in his pockets when Balotelli kicked Parker? LOL and when Meireles "accidentally" tackles one of your players (don't care who it was they've all thrown their pride and honour away when they joined you) you go nuts. Dear me I can't wait for you to slip up and throw the title away. Enjoy the Europa League lads.
Bluerichy he was not booked for the incident. If he had been it would have been a second yellow.
Wow I've changed my mind BD. Ballotelli is no better than the scum FrLamp...
Frlamp is a spiv and he has sexual relations with his mother ignore the fu(king mong:)
only 1 spurs
Van persie the 1 man team scores again
only 1 spurs
Ignore FRLamp, he's just upset that Chelsea have gone to *****.
My mistake....sorry i thought he had been booked but just watched again and he was booked earlier in game. However I maintain my viewpoint that their are certain London fans ie spuds and chelski that really do spout off some awful trash. I dont ever see city fans doing that on their sites. We won, get over it.
On balance a draw would not have been an unfair result. Lescott incident hard to tell if deliberate or not, kinda looks like that forearm gets pushed out, but then I could be looking for it. The Mario/Parker incident I've looked at several times and it sure looks like he attempts to stomp with the second motion of his leg - he certainly isn't trying to pull his foot out of there even off balance knowing someone is on the ground mixed up amongst his feet. A skilled goal scorer but the lad has issues on the field that have no place in the game.
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only 1 spurs
NW, you are a hypocrite, you give Cityboy stick for his comment and then wish for someone to choke. tut tut.
BD - I was incensed so I retract my comment about Mankini choking on pizza and pasta :D

Anyway - swings and roundabouts on the ref decisions now, Blagatelly not getting sent off makes up for Kompanys red
That depends on the outcome of the witch hunt NW.
Wenger handed the rags that game on a plate, unbelievably incompetent managing.
StuMCFC we could debate the first balotelli stamp, he was off balance and caught scott, difficult to say if it was intentional, I think it was but anyway..HOWEVER he then back heeled the guy in the face, could have taken his ******** eye out and that was very intentional and very malicious. how any of you city fans can defend that I don't know. not saying it decided the game, defoe should have scored, king should have stayed on his feet. however it was a disgusting piece of aggression and has no place in football, sad day for city if you fans cannot see that
The initial contact Guernman was purely accidental, the stamp was stupid and if he was intentionally trying to catch Parker he definitely should have gone but what gets me is none of the Spurs players reacted, if it was as bad as some are making out surely the Spurs players would have been incensed, even Parker took Mario's following the incident. I'm not excusing Mario but perhaps it looks worse in slow motion than it did in real time. Webb was looking right at it too.
bluedub, watch the video, parker could not tell whether it was accidental or not, he was face down out of it following the first kick in the head and hand.balotelli knew he could probably get away with it as it happened fast. we have the benefit of video replays and it is really very very clear that the back-heel was intentional. he knew exactly where parkers head was as he had just given it a good kick. it took effort to make contact again as his momentum was taking him the other way. I have nothing against city nor against balotelli before this incident but that was plain nasty. it makes me sad to see it on any football pitch, especially in a match that was not heated or acrimonious at all. completely out of the blue and completely unacceptable
Bluedub I can now see your comments, I took my time posting as I was busy & only typing when I was free. I've just seen the highlights & post match comments on Sky & both Souness & Neville agree with what I've said. In regards to revelling, Im not professing to be a better person, but whenever Spurs have won by robbing an opposition (which is very rare !), well ofc Im pleased with the points but Im critical or I point out we had no right to the victory. Thats all mate, your flying high & the leagues looking pretty interesting. Utd are 3pts behind you, we're 5 behind them & we're 5 ahead of Chelsea who themselves are 5 pts ahead or Arsenal ! Its a crazy time, you've not won the league yet but your in great shape, thankfully so are Spurs, so don't worry we'll keep the pressure on you ! COYS
True Spurs Supporter
I'm sure you will TSS. For me we were the better side over the 90 and deserved the win mate. Perhaps the circumstances in the end can be perceived as lucky but for the majority of the game until a silly defensive error we were the better side.
An intriguing thread! I should have added earlier, that Spurs are easily the finest side we've faced in the league at the Etihad this season, imho. They look well balanced, and but for agent King would have secured a valuable point, which considering the 4 weeks we have had I'd have taken.
Johnny Baguette
Fair enough Guernman, I don't like to see it either but I'm not 100% sure Mario intended to do it, although I accept it does look that way.
Scott Parker should not have been on the pitch - persistent fouls on City players should have resulted in two yellow cards, but Webb let him get away with murder. If Parker had been rightfully dismissed, then his head wouldn't have been anywhere near Balotelli's foot, innit? Bit shocked at Spurs rough-house tactics, TBH, could have sworn I was watching Stoke or Blackburn out there - Aguero, Nasri and Silva copped a horrible number of kicks today, surprised the ref didn't do something about it, but then hey, Spuds are the media darlings, right? The replays of the Balotelli "Stamp" show Howard Webb looking over and pointing at the incident - then waving play on. I for one think any witch hunt and or resulting ban will be completely unjustified, as the ref clearly saw the incident and let play carry on. Nice to see Gareth Bale upholding that fine foreign tradition of waving imaginary cards in the ref's face to get Balotelli booked by the way, wonder if 'arry will set Joe Jordan on him? Good old Spurs - there should be a prophylactic invented in your honour - "Spurs condoms - for the man who gets excited too early and then flops just before he reaches the prize."
Gracious in Victory as ever .
Yeah right nickster, I shouldn't get upset when we spend all week getting pilloried over the imaginary card issue and then I get to watch the media-darling-flavour of the month player do exactly what everyone is whining about. I should just accept my lot and nod in agreement with all the vitriole thrown our way by the toys-out the pram spud fans who would be gloating themselves into a frenzy if they'd actually got the draw they didn't deserve, and I should just bend over and take it when they call our players dirty ********s when in reality it was our players taking a beating. Strange world rag-land, you've clearly lost touch with reality over on the dark side.
did no one notice the Elbow to Richards in the latter stages of 2nd half by Defoe, which is something he always does whether that is to gain height, or something i dont know, but Richards to his credit did not make a meal of it, whether that is because he and Defoe are good friends i dont know but he carried on all be it with concussion.....and city deserved to win as when Spurs pulled it back to 2-2 they did not go for the kill, as when they attacked our goal they still had 6 players in there own half, WHY? scared or something? just an observation..
Bit lively on here tonight. Spurs fans need to remember that for 65 minutes they weren't at the races. One sloppy goal and they came back into it like the side they're capable of being but the post-match punditry was a work of pure fiction. The match has already been re-written and this time Roy and his magical Rovers lost - what a travesty, what a load of *********. This is the real world fellas. You were lucky our mistakes let you back in it. 3-2 is about right for our dominance. So don't worry about it too much. Get some sleep.
come on guys only twelve more comments and i will have broken my own record....and that was against of the league and only two more home wins to break the premier league home wins record.....only one to br4eak the club record.
Those next two home games are against Fulham and Blackburn. Place yer bets...
Johnny Baguette
Well, if we can't beat Fulham and Blackburn at home.... Saying that, I quite fancy our chances against Fulham, they don't travel well. But Blackburn appear to be finding a bit of form at the moment, and that Yakubu looks a bit of a handful (Will the Everton fans please remind me who the league's 5th highest scorer used to play for?LOL). Can't take anything for granted.
1st half was cagey but we looked more threatening Kun in particular. Started the 2nd half on the front foot and for 10/15 were at our best 2-0 up formality. Dzeko missed a great chance to make it 3-1 cue gotta love him he's about to be subjected to a media witch hunt starting when Brazil staggers into work in the morning
The banana skin is AS ALWAYS Everton away, they will play their annual cup final performance against us, still for some reason embittered about us paying crazy money to buy Lescott which helped the club stay in business (where is the same bitterness about Arteta to Arsenal or Shrek to United?) and it isn't like defence has been their problem since.
Ben, he'll be subjected to a witch hunt because your club condone a win-at-all-costs approach in which violence and assault that can be overlooked as 'all in the game' and not be dealt with internally. back in the 70s you had players like Bell and Summerbee, class players and decent guys. you will probably win the title but you've lost your soul along the way. the collective denial on this thread is astonishing. this post has nothing to do with the result, i would have said this had we won 3-2. you've brought football matches in this aspect down to a sickening spectacle, which is a pity as you also have some fine players like Silva and Aguero. you've become everything you probably hated about chelsea a few years ago.
Sickening spectacle? Get off your soap box ffs!
no problem Bluedub, i've got to go to work anyway! but watch the stamp 20 times like i have. a kick to the head - for me that's pretty sickening - even in a street fight - never mind a game, with rules, being watched globally, including by children. but we differ, i do think he intended it, but you (above) think it just looked that way - but if it looked that way, then there was very likely intention behind it! his foot would not naturally have fallen back in the direction of the head. this is the denial i was soap boxing about!
Oh dear, we've lost our soul! I've heard some histrionics in the past few seasons, but that one takes the disco biscuit.
One more to go and you've got your ton Richy. :)
Eh Savic was given a 7/10??? Are you SERIOUS!!!??? This is why these sites are just a bunch of over zealous fans who cannot see the wood from the trees. A 7/10?!?!?? That's hilarious
Opinions are like rsoles batigol - and yours is as plain as the nose on your face.
Did you watch the game Batigol? Did you see for the first hour that Savic didn't give Defoe a sniff? His lapse in concentration gifted them their way back in and he looked nervous thereafter, I would give him a 6/10 because I'm basing my mark on his performance over 90 minutes and not MOTD highlights.
Bluedub you are an idiot. Please take your Man City hat off and be real. He was the reason Spurs got back into the game after his awful mistake to let Defoe in. His error in injury time nearly cost Man City 3 points. Listen here Bluedub, it's okay to slat your own player, it's fine - he's your fourth choice defender, it's normal. His mistake against Liverpool cost you the game too. He's young and inexperienced but that's okay, it's normal!!
it's like talking to a child with you Bluedub.
Why the insult Batigol? He kept Defoe in his pocket for the first hour, did he not? Will you please answer my question this time mate, because everytime you have been on here I've been polite enough to answer yours yet you have ignored mine. I said in my post that his lapse concentration gave Spurs a way back in, this is the reason I am taking marks from him, up to that point he was having an outstanding game.
Insults and name calling automatically negate anything meaningful you might have to say batigol (although the idea of you actually have anything meaningful to say is a slightly risable concept). Now go away, wash that potty mouth out with soap and don't come back until you learn some manners.
Batigol, if a West Ham player makes an error in a game but plays well aside from that do you slate him for the error and ignore the rest of his performance? You say talking to me is like talking to a child but you're the one refusing to answer questions that are put to you, I would consider this childish behaviour.
I do sometimes use name calling but only use it in fun - never for being nasty to someone.....
Woohoo 108 comments my best ever....even if most of it is histrionics from spurs fans deflecting from three fact they are out of the title race.
I'm sure there'll be quite a few more as the Spuddies come over to gloat about Balotelli being charged by the FA.
Actually FCB - I didnt see much gloating going on......

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