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Manchester City
1 - 1
Blackburn Rovers

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Attendance: 44, 246

Referee: Mark Twattenburg

Manchester CityBlackburn Rovers
Vieira 55 Kalinic 25
Hart     Robinson    
Richards     Salgado     46
K Toure     Samba    
Kompany     Nelsen     40
Lescott     Givet    
SWP     57 Diouf    
Y Toure     Jones    
Milner     Grella     57
Vieira     66 Pedersen    
Johnson     85 Diouf    
Tevez     Kalinic    
Given GK     Bunn GK    
Zabaleta     Olsson     40
Santa Cruz     Emerton    
Barry     66 Dunn    
Silva     85 Nzonzi     57
Jo     57 Benjani    
Boyata     Chimbonda     46
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Johnny On The Spot: Job done for Rovers who were set up by Sam Allardyce to avoid last season's drubbing. They did so with the assistance of a meandering Manchester City side who appeared to have been set up in turn by Roberto Mancini with an unclear tactical approach...Debate and unanswered questions are raging in the bars around town and across Planet Blue. With the tools at our disposal, how did we fail to take Blackburn and their 10 man defence apart? Why was every corner we took a lame outswinger? City's set pieces were pisspoor from start to finish and talking of the word finish, again, City's profligacy was agonising... The Blues have clearly still not found a way of dealing with the Premier League's less capable sides and our next league opponents Wigan will only need to watch the highlights of Blackburn's defensive wall success story to know how to prepare for our cars and coaches carrying over 5,000 fans arriving...Of course, Blackburn rode their luck but were also aided by yet another atrocious refereeing performance by Mark Clattenburg who gave City nothing...But that should not take the glare off the fact that we have taken 5 points from 4 games in a disappointing league start. You've got to make it happen City and right now that is just not the case.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday September 11 2010
Time: 5:42PM


Clattenburg and Samba will be the toast of Blackburn tonight, two heroic performances from them from Blackburn's point of view. We need to start putting them chances away.
11/09/2010 17:52:00
We should have won the game despite Tw@ttenburg's usual ineptness. 14 shots on target says it all really, as usual we run into a goalkeeper who seems to have his match of the season (as we did against Sunderland's reserve kid in goal) but also our finishing isn't perfect and their defender Samba just seemed to get in the way so much. Like against Sunderland, it could not have possibly been more frustrating, as we *should* have won (comfortably!) but just didn't. Tevez is dropping too deep but those are his instincts and Jo was terrible when he was brought on as a front man. Hurry back Balotelli and Adebayor.
11/09/2010 18:25:00
Did Clattenburg fail to put the ball in the back of the net for you too?
11/09/2010 18:57:00
I bet Mancini will say his usual "this is Football" after this game. unfortunately it was our inability to win these type of games last season that cost us the 4th spot, and by the looks of it puts us out of the PL title contention at this early stage of the season already...I don't see Chelsea losing or drawing against the Blackburns and Stokes of the world and that's what makes them champions - we simply have to become more ruthless against these teams and not give them any space to breath from the very beginning of the match.
Blue ponderer
11/09/2010 19:07:00
No LA, but he did deny us a clear penalty, which played it's part in this result. We are aware our finishing wasn't good enough, and that Robinson and Samba played a huge part in keeping us out. However, if a ref deserves criticism he should get it, regardless.
11/09/2010 19:20:00
Tw@ttenburg's double standards were also so blatent it made me feel nauseous. Vieira gets booked for holding player back by shirt. Salgado does exactly the same, slap on the wrist. Diouf BLOCKS Milner's throw-in, one of our players protests and gets carded for it while the despicable Diouf walks free. Tevez is hacked and kicked to shreds, absolutely no punishment for the Hackburn players. And then the penalty (or non-penalty) when Johnson goes through three players and gets tripped over right before Tw@ttenburg's eyes. No penalty.
11/09/2010 19:47:00
'Hackburn' not heard that one before - funny!
11/09/2010 20:19:00
Mancini is making Stuart Pearce look like a genius
11/09/2010 20:41:00
jackblue - I sense a bit of sarcasm in your tone or are you being serious?? (lol).
11/09/2010 20:48:00
This is going to take longer than we thought! We have all the ingredients to make something amazing - but no idea how to put them together at this point in time. When things start to blend, we will steamroller these sorts of teams. Unfortunately, for now we will just have to be content with not losing!
11/09/2010 22:16:00
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