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Manchester City 2 - Reading 1

City of Manchester Stadium

24/11/2007 3pm

Attendance: 43,813

Eight in a Row

Stevie Ireland's wonder goal ensured that City extended their 100% home league record to eight games.

That the blues needed a last minute strike to get the points was down to two things; an eleven man rearguard from an unadventurous Reading side and a lethargic City performance once they had gone one up.

Perhaps the international week had taken its toll on some of City's globetrotters but once Petrov had opened the scoring the team seemed content to settle for another 1-0 victory.

Reading sensed this and got themselves back into the game just before half time when Harper finished smartly after some slack play in the City defence.

Corluka and Mpenza were both replaced after picking up minor injuries as City toiled in the second half to break down stubborn Reading resistance.

Reading's Hunt should have seen red after an horrific, knee high challenge on Fernandes but the novice referee bottled the decision, showing yellow instead and subsequently saving Hunt from retrospective action.

The game only promised one winner; however even that scenario seemed unlikely when Geovanni, on for Elano, did the hard work by creating space from Hamann's crossfield ball befor firing over with the goal at his mercy.

There was to be one last chance for City though. Sun's England style long ball was won by Samaras, Geovanni headed it into space on the edge of the area where Ireland was waiting to finish with a stunning volley.

Some writers say it was harsh on Reading but I prefer to reflect on the fact that it was just reward for the only team showing a will to win.

The press still hanker for City to crash but it just isn't happening. 14 games gone and were still in third place; just a solitary point behind the best yoonited team ever.

Now if only we can find some away form.

Star Player

Ireland .... Created the first and scored a stunning winner. Sven seems to be getting the best from a player who has talent but who seemed riddled by self doubt.

Manager Rating

Sven got it spot on again. His stock continues to rise as the press realise just what their xenophobic rants achieved in hounding him out of the England job.

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The journalist

Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 25 2007

Time: 11:44AM

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I see City's stock doesn't rise with MOTD, coming on seventh out of the eight matches played yesterday, for the usual five minutes. Anyone would think we were competing with the likes of Middlesboro, Sunderland, Wigan, Fulham etc at the bottom of the table. When will those numpties wake up to the fact we are now one of the TOP sides in the Premiership.
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25/11/2007 12:15:00

Certainly are a top side - doing really!
Pardew is Sexy
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25/11/2007 12:37:00

you know, pompey were 6th out of 8, and Alan shearer and co anre virtually have a love afair with ;arry redknapp...they will only ever show the "big" teams first, and unfortunatly for us, that just aint ever going to be us, even if we ar ein the top 4, or the team they think are most likely to break the top 4...
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25/11/2007 18:04:00

oh, and whos next into the gauntlet? i cant wait till we meet you there...our impressive away record (notquite up to your standard...but hey, it is anAWAY record...) against your home record...
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25/11/2007 18:05:00

pc, Could it be that 'Arry is about to take the poisoned chalice? He's reached out with his comment that he would "feel a traitor" if he turned hapless Barwick and co down.
Johnny Baguette
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25/11/2007 18:55:00

Our position on MOTD is of no concern to me - the fact that it wasn't a particularly good game may have had something to do with it. Thought we started ok and finished strongly, good passing and possession. We did however seem to stall for large parts of the game. Reading remained in the game until injury time because of our inability to make the possession count and press for the second goal. Fernandes was v dispointing after a promising debut - and this was without any heavy defensive brief. Geo should have started - this is the second time Elano has started ahead of him following international duty, and the second time it aint worked. They should have dragged Corluka off at the first sign of a hamstring - he was clearly unable to challenge in the build up to the equaliser. Lets keep faith with Stevie Ireland - the lad is a real prospect. On 'Arry - saw the interview. He opened his trap before he had even spoken to the Portsmouth Chairman. Moments of crass indulgence like that, and too many rumours about bungs and bookmakers will seal his fate - I'll show my arse if he get it.
Craig Cain
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26/11/2007 10:09:00

CC ...Probably better that the media takes us lightly let's hope that the so called top four do the same when they meet us. Agree that it wasn't our best game I don't really share your view regarding Fernandes for me the big disappointment was Micah who surprisingly hardly won a ball in the air, no doubt had a hangover from Wednesday. With a full week for all our international travellers to recover let's hope we come out all guns blazing on Saturday and give Brucie something to whinge about.
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26/11/2007 20:37:00

Can you stop bloody winning please!!! We are on our best run in years but aren't overtaking anyone coz all the teams above keep winning! D'oh! lol
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27/11/2007 11:59:00

(on Micah) for sure Alphie, asking a lot of the lad mentally and physically. (on Fernandes) I didn't find him defensively effective unlike Hamann again - and found him AWOL in attack.
Craig Cain
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28/11/2007 14:24:00

went to watch city with my son for the first time sat, really enjoyed the game, my son is now a man city supporter and wants to go every week.
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29/11/2007 22:40:00


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