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Sunderland 1 - Manchester City 0

FA Premier League

The Stadium Of Light

29/8/10

Attendance: 38, 610

Referee: Mike Dean

Sunderland
1 - 0
Manchester City
Bent pen 90
 
 
Venue: The Stadium Of Light
 
Attendance: 38, 610
The Teams
Mignolet
 
 
 
Hart
 
 
Ferdinand
 
 
 
Richards
 
 
Turner
 
 
46
 
K Toure
 
 
Bramble
 
 
 
Kompany
 
 
Richardson
 
 
 
Lescott
 
 
75
Elmohamady
 
 
 
Johnson
 
 
81
Henderson
 
 
 
De Jong
 
 
Cattermole
 
 
 
Y Toure
 
 
Malbranque
 
 
 
Barry
 
 
Campbell
 
 
46
 
Milner
 
 
Bent
 
 
 
Tevez
 
 
90
Substitutes
Carson (GK)
 
 
 
Given (GK)
 
 
Bardsley
 
 
46
 
Zabaleta
 
 
Zenden
 
 
 
SWP
 
 
Riveros
 
 
 
Adebayor
 
 
75
Welbeck
 
 
46
 
Silva
 
 
81
Colback
 
 
 
Vieira
 
 
Waghorn
 
 
 
Jo
 
 
90
Game Statistics
12
Goal Attempts
9
4
On Target
7
3
Corners
7
2
Offside
1
5
Fouls
9
0
Yellow Cards
3
42.6
%
57.4
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot The disbelief across Planet Blue will be immense tonight. How City contrived to lose a game that we should have, and could have had wrapped up in the first half is mystifying. Two gilt edged chances came our way on the back of dominant play and had one of those gone in, you'd have put your house, car and season card on the game finishing up 3 or 4 nil in City's favour. But out came Sunderland in the second half pinching themselves at the let offs and though clearly nowhere near as well equipped as The Citizens, they gave it a right go to their absolute credit. They played with a freedom that deserted City and gaps began to appear across the midfield as City's calm assurance deserted them. And up popped an old defensive achilles heel with the conceding of a ludicrous penalty at the death. Ok, Bent was offside, but this was a collective throwaway by a City side packed with Premier League experience. It'll be a long fortnight before we welcome Blackburn where we can expect to see a number of changes as the injuries clear up. Learn from this Blues. There is no margin for error at this level and you must take your chances.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 29 2010

Time: 5:31PM

Your Comments

you guys will once again gonna finish out side top four...
BlueBoyChelsea
So long as we take 6pts of you 'AGAIN' BlueBoyChelsea it wont feel as bad.
Thaibluefan
All that money and still rubbish,...magic moments....
MASON_PARKER
So you'd trade victories over chelsea for missing the top four?
BlueBanes
Nope - but BBC doesn't think we'll make it after THREE GAMES
Thaibluefan
Can somebody please tell me,why does Micah Richards keep getting picked,week after week,year after year.Managers come and go,yet they still pick this massive liability.He costs us so many points and games,it is no joke anymore.
giolib921
The knee jerkers are out in force again. Get a grip, do people like this actually watch football or are they just WUMS? We should have had this won at half time, didn't take our chances and were punished simples. Congrats Sunderland, kept playing for 90 mins and ultimatelty deserved it. Interesting to note the officials cocked up the big decision YET AGAIN.
bluedub
Boateng will start against Blackburn. Meawnhile, it's a massive compliment to us don't forget that rival fans feel threatened enough to come on here at the first sign of a defeat. There is a long way to go and we will batter many sides this season.
Johnny Baguette
amazing defeat really. The funny thing is i was only expecting 4pts from these 3 games but I thought we'd lose to Spurs, draw with liverpool and beat sunderland but there you go. Will have to be more clinical on the road this season imo.
arthur7171
Nothing wrong with the overall display, just need to take the (glaringly obvious) chances we had. Micah Richards proved yet again that he will NEVER be good enough, he makes Titus Bramble look positively assured. Bent may have been offside, but there are no excuses for conceding a ridiculous penalty in the 94th minute, and I can't see Micah getting a game once Boateng is fit again. Hallelujah to that. P.S. If i was Mancini I'd be straight on the blower to 'arry Redknapp to see if he's still interrested in taking Micah off our hands.
fifthcolumnblue
Oh, and while we're on the subject, I've just been reading the MUEN message boards - aside from the usual goading rags (don't they have their own team to follow?) I see the foamers are out in force, slating Mancini and the team. Get a grip lads, we were unlucky today, and although i knew a few of our more knee-jerk supporterrs would get carried away by the Liverpool win, remember - WE ARE NOT THE FINISHED ARTICLE YET! Until that time, just bloody well calm down.
fifthcolumnblue
I think pretty much every City fan (on here at least, not MUEN) accepts that these kind of defeats will happen while the new players are getting to grips with their team mates. We looked great in the first half but spirits dropped after the Tevez sitter and Sunderland got back into the game. A draw would have been a fair result in the end, but we made a mistake and lost. Thats football. Sorry to all the rival fans expecting us to be crying like a bunch of babies after one loss (like Spurs).
eighthsin
Its stupid to come on here and say that city wont get top 4, there has been 3 games played and there will be more losses for city like this and the same for every other club, it just happens in the english game now. I still reckon that city need alot of time to gell, The likes of silva, kolorov and boeteng will need time to get use to the english side of things, you looked good against liverpool but i think liverpool were just poor, same situation with us and west ham in the opening day.
P.Avfc
Jimmy Greaves's famous cliche was "it's a funny old game" and he was dead right. If you'd told me exactly a week ago that Aston Villa would be in fourth position this evening, I'd have said - "it's a funny old game". Obviously as a Villa supporter I'm not displeased that both Spurs and yourselves have stumbled this weekend and that we've had a most unlikely victory over Everton. However, to use another cliche, this league is a marathon and not a sprint and I reckon realistically that you're more likely to be in the top four mix next spring than we are. (Drat you anyway!) How did Jimbo do today by the way?
bbj
Love it how the haters only come to VMC when we lose a game. Not a peep out of them after we tw*tted Liverpool or beat Timisoara. Some people are really, really sad. As mentioned, it is early days and lets try to be sensible here - the game should have been sewn up in the first half, and then again in the second half - I doubt their reserve keeper will ever make a save like that again. But no excuses, somehow the ball stayed out of the net and their offside forward Bent was given a penalty due to Micah's usual clumsiness and a loss is a loss. But every team loses (I notice the lack of Spurs fans here who would normally be here for a potshot if yesterday hadn't happened) and this is our first setback with a team not yet fully cohesive, not to mention not full strength as we badly need those full-backs we bought for a reason (LB and RB being our weak positions and we don't even have our #2 LB available let alone the #1).
StuMCFC
No worries BBJ, always nice to hear from people who want to talk about football and not have a rant at how we're ruining football! Milner was a bit quiet today, as was Johsnosn as Sunderland effectively snuffed out our wingers. Guess he did better than Ireland though, as he made it beyond the war up though! 4th place eh? Don't get a nosebleed! ;)
fifthcolumnblue
Johsnoson? LOL! Jeez and I've only had half a glass so far - You have been warned...
fifthcolumnblue
The style of football that Mancini is trying to instill into our side is refreshing and good to watch.Gone are the days when the ball was hit high and long.We now generally pass and move and keep possession as in the first half today.Contrary to what the media say,we don't have three holding midfielders,we play with one which makes mancini a far more attacking manager than what they say.I heard city fans on the radio after the match slagging Mancini for being too defensive.Don't get sucked in by the media hatred towards us.We lost today because we missed some good chances and because of one idiot at right back,who will never get better.Today's result has gone.Mancini has got some great young talent this summer that will give us exciting football and times ahead.
giolib921
The three holding midfielders thing is even funnier than at times Yaya seems almost like a supporting striker. :D
StuMCFC
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P.Avfc
Just one of those games, with no luck. This result should galvanise the team to do much better for the rest of our season.
johnkelv
Just because you post it on more than one article doesn't make it any funnier Pavfc.
fifthcolumnblue
It does FCB!!!
P.Avfc
It does FCB!!!
P.Avfc
P.Avfc - what's the difference with what you're doing here and what you complained to the Editor of Vital about one of our members doing?
bluedub
Think i'll complain to 'The Fear' about the rubbish P.Avfc posts on our site . . . . .on the other hand i'm not that childish.
Thaibluefan
That lineup you have there is ridiculous. How can you not score even ONE!? I know you say it will take time to gel but do you think your owners have that time? They paid PREMIUM for these mercenaries so they are looking for results now!
ForeverUnited
Yes FU they have the time, if you bothered to listen to what Sheik Mansour, Khaldoon Al Mubarrak, Garry Cook and Brian Marwood have had to say, you'd realise that.
Bluedub
Just want to make a point. I know you all watch Micah Richards play week in and week out for years now, so know him better than I do. But last week you were singing his praise saying that he was coming on leaps and bounds blah blah and this week everyone is slating him how he will never be good enough just cause he conceded a penalty. A bit harsh and a bit fickle . Sums up a football supporter really! Just remember, whenever you lose a game like this, say to yourself - "At least we didn't lose 6-0 to Newcastle!"
los_angeles_villan
Have to say I kinda agree with you LA Villan. Micah actually played a pretty good game until the mistake, and he has been quite solid in the last few matches. I guess some of us here get a little exasperated with Micah because we've seen it happen before, and when it happens it's with devastating effect. If Micah manages to iron out hese defensive mistakes, he'll be close to world class.
Blue ponderer
the first thing i said watching it on MOTD2 was that Bent was offside...but with the help of the pause button and slow motion forward on my virgin box...its conclusive that he was level when the ball was played...suck it up lads,you should have won that game...no excuses
61 NEVER AGAIN
bluedub and thaiblue, I posted a joke which i was given on here whats so bad about that? Willy posted alot of offensive comments directed straight at people such as myself and at other sites, Therefore he was warned. He also made articles about other clubs supporters which is completely against what this site offers, he did not talk about football he talked of the opposite, always about money and attacking other supporters. The kid was a fool.
P.Avfc
P. You have came on here on numerous occasions personally insulting people when they challenge what you have to say. You have used foul and abusive language on a number of occasions also. Willy, on the other hand, posted tongue in cheek wind ups to stoke up a bit of banter with rival fans, he never used foul or abusive language. That my friend is the difference. I hope you feel proud of your snivelling.
Bluedub
Dont worry City fans, it is one loss and plenty of time to go, have been actually impressed by City, thought they would struggle in all honestly, this is only a blip. You wont win every game, and sometimes the best team doesnt win (happens a lot) I mean take a look at us, we totally battered stoke, oh sorry Villa and we lost as well, it is football
Rob-EFC
And for once bluedub I agree with you in regards to p.avfc
Rob-EFC
Rob what have i done to you? Its clear that you are being bittter that our team beat yours? Get over it man, i havn't personally attacked you at all. And bluedub all i do is defend myself and the only offensive language i used is "idiot, imboseal and fool" which are arn't that offensive. Willy on the other hand used this site to wind people up and took advantage, It was the final straw when you made that article about other clubs supporters completly immatures and no need, Glad he is gone, your site and the vital network is a better place. I respect the site and i dont go around bad mouthing anyone, I give my view on football and if someone decided to personally attack me on my view like many of you are doing then i will defend myself.
P.Avfc
Was it P.Avfc who complained about Willy??? always wondered who dobbed in him
Rob-EFC
It was indeed Rob. P.avfc - what's an "imboseal"?
Bluedub
Its basically another word for thick and loopy, Slang word not the best word to use. So what if i did, his comments and articles were unnessary, I wont repeat what i said above so ill say no more
P.Avfc
I'd have thought you'd know how to spell imbecile at the very least Pavfc. It's funny that it should be you that complained, as the fans who got the most stick from Willy were the Evertonians. Interesting that they're the ones who are bemoaning his loss isn't it? It would seem that they are actually clever enough to have realised what Willy was up to rather than having a knee-jerk reaction to him. Oh well, we hope he'll come back - let's face it, he was never banned from Vital Tottenham, to use but one example.
fifthcolumnblue
Lets hope he doesnt come back ay ;) What would be the point, this site is for football, he never talks football its always having a dig at people its pointless him being on here, He must have grew up and realised that.
P.Avfc
Lmao as P.Avfc
Blitz
Why dont you lot stop having a pop at Micah Richards , A homegrown talent and start pointing the finger at Mancini's formation and multi million pound players who cant score from 10 yards !!!!! , You are a MULTI MILLION miles away from United and Chelsea !!!! , 300 million and saying you thought you would only have points after 3 games , What planet are you on !!!!
ODDJOB79
OJ - just in case you hadn't noticed this is real life we're talking about and not Championship manager or FIFA 10.
Bluedub
 

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