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Birmingham City 2 - Manchester City 2

FA Barclays Premier League

St. Andrews


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
De Jong
Doyle (GK)
Given (GK)
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Goal Attempts
On Target
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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

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Bring back Given, Hart off form for awhile
Tiny T
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02/02/2011 23:02:00

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).
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02/02/2011 23:04:00

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.
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03/02/2011 07:04:00

spot on Kev. and I hope the ref apologises when he sees the replay.
Buzz Lightyear
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03/02/2011 09:43:00

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
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03/02/2011 10:16:00

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!
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03/02/2011 10:20:00

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.
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03/02/2011 10:47:00

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).
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03/02/2011 11:54:00

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.
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