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Manchester CITY 3 - Burnley 3

FA Premier League

The City Of Manchester Stadium

Saturday, 7th November 2009

Attendance: 47,205

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Manchester CITY
3 - 3
Shaun Wright-Phillips 43, Kolo Toure 55, Craig Bellamy 58
Graham Alexander pen 19, Steven Fletcher 32, Kevin McDonald 87
Venue: The City Of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 47,205
The Teams
1. Given
12. Jensen
5. Zabaleta
14. Mears
28. Toure
5. Carlisle
19. Lescott
6. Caldwell
3. Bridge
23. Jordan
8. Wright-Phillips
2. Alexander
7. Ireland
21. Bikey
18. Barry
33. Eagles
39. Bellamy
11. Elliott
32. Tevez
20. Blake
25. Adebayor
9. Fletcher
12. Taylor
1. Penny
2. Richards
4. Duff
6. Johnson
7. McDonald
14. Santa Cruz
8. Gudjonsson
17. Petrov
22. Nugent
34. De Jong
30. Thompson
40. Weiss
32. Guerrero
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
A wholly unacceptable City performance saw another 2 points thrown down the pan in front of a packed stadium as The Blues collectively threaten to dismantle all the hard work done so far this season. There was more than a hint of predictability and a sense of 'this has been coming' about what took place at Eastlands today. Disjointed, lacking in ideas and inventiveness across the board. The spectre of the capitulation to Nottingham Forest last season raised it's ugly head. Defenders, midfielders and attackers all failing to link up effectively and what chances were created saw some glaring misses. To their absolute credit and to what should be City's profound embarrassment, Burnley gave City an object lesson in how to mix it, want it and have it at this level. If that wasn't damning enough, justifiable questions can be asked about tactical ineptness at the bench. Again we watch a rival side explore options by making 3 substitutions and inexplicably, Mark Hughes makes 1. Why? And for the life of me where has this ineffective policy of swapping wings with SWP and Petrov on to their weaker feet come from? It merely makes us look ragged. The squad and management need to take a long hard look at themselves before they next take the field on Merseyside. As things stand, a defeat will see the side drift into mid table on merit.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 7 2009

Time: 7:22PM

Your Comments

I'm getting sick and tired of looking at these stats as another week passes without a win and they seem to make it look like we played better than we actually did. I also quite agree JB about this changing wings business between SWP and Petrov. SWP was obviously our best player today and Hughes decided to mess him about, Petrov then fails to find Adebayor with a simple ball which would have made it 4-2 by rather greedily hitting a wayward shot from an acute angle.
gate-grashing the big four isn't as easy as it seems is it?
merlin, thanks for your opinion, but who's to say we wont be there at the end of the season as we are drawing matches not losing em....there's still a lot of football to play yet, matey

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