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Manchester City 1 - Blackburn Rovers 1

Barclays Premier League

The City Of Manchester Stadium

11/9/10

Attendance: 44, 246

Referee: Mark Twattenburg

Manchester City
1 - 1
Blackburn Rovers
Vieira 55
 
Kalinic 25
 
Venue: The City Of Manchester Stadium
 
Attendance: 44, 246
The Teams
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
 
 
Substitutes
Given GK
 
 
 
Bunn GK
 
 
Zabaleta
 
 
 
Olsson
 
 
40
Santa Cruz
 
 
 
Emerton
 
 
Barry
 
 
66
 
Dunn
 
 
Silva
 
 
85
 
Nzonzi
 
 
57
Jo
 
 
57
 
Benjani
 
 
Boyata
 
 
 
Chimbonda
 
 
46
Game Statistics
20
Goal Attempts
4
14
On Target
2
14
Corners
2
12
Fouls
10
2
Yellow Cards
1
65
%
35
Comments...
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.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 11 2010

Time: 5:42PM

Your Comments

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.
bluedub
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.
StuMCFC
Did Clattenburg fail to put the ball in the back of the net for you too?
los_angeles_villan
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
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.
bluedub
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.
StuMCFC
'Hackburn' not heard that one before - funny!
FreidelNo.1
Mancini is making Stuart Pearce look like a genius
jackblue
jackblue - I sense a bit of sarcasm in your tone or are you being serious?? (lol).
Tudor
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!
eighthsin
I think it's fair to say that Samba is a very under rated player in general. I always thought he had the heart of a lion.
los_angeles_villan
At home why not start with two strikers, then change back to one when 2 0 up? We have to beat Chelski, otherwise the gap will become too big for us.
johnkelv
It's noteable to see 4 games in that City and Spurs can both now point to disappointing starts.
Johnny Baguette
As an Everton fan I am absolutely stoked that we are still within striking distance of both City and Spurs.
Rob-EFC
 

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