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West Ham United 0 - Manchester City 0

Boleyn Ground

05/01/2008 3pm

Attendance: 33,806

City Earn Replay

Having been handed one of the tougher draws of the third round for Premier League clubs, most blues would concede that they were happy with a draw that takes the Hammers back to Eastlands for two games in four days.

Despite both teams taking the cup seriously and fielding strong sides the game itself was one of few chances.

Of the chances that did pop up, City's were probably more clear cut with Rob Green perhaps the busier keeper.

That isn't to say that West Ham didn't create anything, rather they created more but with less impact.

That said the Hammers were significantly better opposition than on our last visit to the Boleyn when City walked away with a 2-0 win on Sven's debut game.

Perhaps the game could have panned out differently if Rob Styles hadn't suffered a moment of penalty blindness when Ferdinand quite clearly upended Petrov in the area.

Petrov once again was City's star performer; forcing a second Premiership manager to withdraw his right back at half time such was the torrid time Neill was given. On days like this Petrov looks world class; it's just a shame it's sporadic at the moment. I'm sure the consistency will come into his game the more he plays.

Elano was missing for this game, apparently a victim of the sickness bug sweeping Britain. His absence gave Sven the opportunity to give Castillo his debut and the Mexican looked good. His quick feet and positional sense will surely be an asset and I can see him fitting in to the right wing position if Sven continues with the current formation.

In conclusion this was a cup tie that never got going. City had their chances but will be happy in the end to take another pop at the Hammers in Manchester. Hopefully it'll be a better outcome than the last cup meeting between the sides at Eastlands.

Star Player

Petrov ..... Forced Curbishly to withdraw his right back at half time such was his impact.

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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 6 2008

Time: 2:01PM

Your Comments

Can anyone tell me the last time we were awarded a penalty ???
Bolton, League Cup? We've had a lot of decisions go against us. How about how many penalties the rags have had!!??
Johnny Baguette
Not the first time the opposition have removed a right back at half time against Petrov. Blackburn had to do the same at Fortress Eastlands!
Johnny Baguette
i think your players need to go to the sameacting school our players do! We have (last time i checked...not that recently though) had the most penalties in the premiership - and have had players sent off against us unfairly in the last 2 games! beat that for luck...
...not something i should be bragging about really, as the only penalty we could score was the one against reading, when we didnt need too..and its not good to cheat, and to be perfectly honest, i wish the red cards hadnt been given, as i want to watch a football match, not pompey pass the ball around idly tiring out the opositon (we had pass completion 89% against reading on average!!!)
We haven't had a penalty in the Premiership this season I wonder when it was that we last had one in the PREMIERSHIP.
alphieblues, Last season against Man United ( missed vassel ).
city 81
I thought that was the last time.... I knew it was a long time ago...
Before that was against charlton ( missed Barton) , But when we have a good player this season for the implementation of penalty ( Elano ), We did not get a penalty ! .
city 81
Good grief. That's got to be some sort of a record!
Johnny Baguette
Oh for the days of Franny Lee when we used toget at least 10 penalties a season !!!
careful alph, nostalgic freefall pending.
Craig Cain
The fact that we now routinely field upto eight british/irish outfield players may have something to do with the penalty thing.
Craig Cain
Indeed, CC. There's much to admire about this City squad right now and fielding that amount of players from the islands certainly bucks the trend.
Johnny Baguette
Unprecedented JB: We are on point of another ballet on ice.
Craig Cain
I get that feeling too! We are going to absolutely batter a side soon. I can sense it.
Johnny Baguette

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