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Birmingham City 2 - Manchester City 2

FA Barclays Premier League

St. Andrews

2/2/11

Attendance: 24, 379

Referee: Kevin Friend

Birmingham City
2 - 2
Manchester City
Nikola Zigic 23, Craig Gardner pen 77
 
Carlos Tevez 4, Aleksandar Kolarov 41
 
Venue: St. Andrews
 
Attendance: 24, 379
The Teams
Foster
 
 
 
Hart
 
 
Carr
 
 
 
Boateng
 
 
Johnson
 
 
 
Richards
 
 
35
Jiranek
 
 
 
Kompany
 
 
Ridgewell
 
 
 
Kolarov
 
 
Bentley
 
 
 
Milner
 
 
Ferguson
 
 
 
De Jong
 
 
46
Bowyer
 
 
75
 
Barry
 
 
Gardner
 
 
 
Silva
 
 
Jerome
 
 
 
Tevez
 
 
Zigic
 
 
 
Dzeko
 
 
Substitutes
Doyle (GK)
 
 
 
Given (GK)
 
 
Larsson
 
 
 
Zabaleta
 
 
Phillips
 
 
 
Lescott
 
 
Fahey
 
 
 
Vieira
 
 
46
Hleb
 
 
 
Jo
 
 
Beausejour
 
 
75
 
Toure
 
 
35
Davies
 
 
 
Guidetti
 
 
Game Statistics
14
Goal Attempts
12
7
On Target
9
6
Corners
4
9
Fouls
12
0
Yellow Cards
2
47
%
53
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: This was a game City could have and should have won with plenty to spare. Relegation haunted Birmingham looked low on confidence from the start but a combination of poor distribution from the back, a crucial clanger of a substitution, bad luck through injuries and a subsequently missing midfield saw City lose shape and what would have been 3 massive points...As things stand, another ragged performance has seen City slip back to the brink of a very real fourth placed dogfight. Hugely disappointing considering the improving form of The Citizens top of the table rivals and where the team stood at the turn of the year...Only Roberto Mancini will know why he turned to the woefully rusty Patrick Vieira when Nigel De Jong was forced off at half time following a shocking clash of heads with the stretchered off Micah Richards. Pablo Zabaleta's steadying versatility could have gone out wide with the going nowhere James Milner pulled inside...Consequently, City's midfield became overrun with both Gareth Barry and James Milner criminally going missing as Vieira floundered whilst Carlos Tevez and David Silva's valiant efforts threatened the third goal that never came supported by a willing but tiring Edin Dzeko...The Blues have much work to do to shore up a beleaguered defence who are not getting the protection they should be getting from midfield before the absolutely must win home clash with West Brom. On this disjointed evidence, the rags and co will be more than happy to face a City side whose erratic form is threatening to derail a campaign full of promise.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 2 2011

Time: 10:02PM

Your Comments

Bring back Given, Hart off form for awhile
Tiny T
Hart is off form but the same can be said of many players, the calamity in front of him (Kompany excluded) can't be helping his nerves, its like Sunday league defending at times, who knows what has happened as not long ago Mancini had a defence built that looked like it could have withstood even Barcelona (and did withstand Arsenal).
StuMCFC
Look, we should have had a pen and the Birmingham pen was a joke. This turned a 3 1 win into a frustrating draw. Our title hopes are probably over, but we must watch out for Spurs to ensure at least P4.
johnkelv
spot on Kev. and I hope the ref apologises when he sees the replay.
Buzz Lightyear
Oh dear All these millions hundreds of em you guys even took our 2 Central Midfielders of us and yet you can only draw at blues? This is why money isnt the answer guys you have to realise unless u get urselves Mourinho who is a winner and only 2nd to fergie i think then these results will keep coming, Mancini isnt ur answer surely u guys can see that, with these new financial restrictions coming in by fifa i cant see u guys ever really dominating the game as u all though u would (and i did at the time), With our youth and good running we will be back competing with u guys next season and after for those europe spots cos lets face it u just aint gonna win the league with mancini and players like zabaleta, lescott, etc Barry (too slow) ! im thinking we will beat u in the FA cup if u can get past notts county guys so all the best thinking spurs will pip u for 4th also
ClivetheVillan
Thats why fifa bought the new rules in to stop u guys from buying all the available trophies they dont want there favourites like man u, barca, real mad, Ac milan etc being made to look poor. I think u fans deserve some success like us at villa u been through a lot of hard times but fergie and fifa aint gonna let u in the click u wait n see its a fix!
ClivetheVillan
That's a tad knee jerk Clive. We were poor last night admittedly, but I believe Brum have only lost twice at home all season. I appreciate questions have to be asked of Mancini, especially after the investment made, but I wouldn't write him off so quick, he has proven pedigree. We have hit a bad run of form but we are still well positioned to achieve our target of a CL place. We just need to turn this form around, I believe that we will.
Bluedub
Clive - whilst your concern for our plight is touching in the extreme, I should think you'd be better off worrying about your own team who are currently hovering 4 points off the relegation zone than maintaining your fascination with us (currently in third place, and defying my and many others' expectations).
fifthcolumnblue
Brum beat Chelsea at home and drew with United there. It is the toughest away day in the league outside of the "Big 4/5/whatever". The result, on paper, isn't bad - our performance levels were though as we could have easily won that if we played like we were not long ago.
StuMCFC
 

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