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Liverpool 1 - Manchester City 1

Barclays Premier League

Anfield

27/11/11

Attendance: 45, 071

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Liverpool
1 - 1
Manchester City
Lescott (og 33)
 
Kompany (31)
 
Venue: Anfield
 
Attendance: 45, 071
The Teams
Jose Reina
 
 
 
Joe Hart
 
 
Glen Johnson
 
 
 
Micah Richards
 
 
Martin Skrtel
 
 
 
Vincent Kompany
 
 
Daniel Agger
 
 
 
Joleon Lescott
 
 
Jose Enrique
 
 
 
Gael Clichy
 
 
Jordan Henderson
 
 
 
Toure Yaya
 
 
Leiva Lucas
 
 
 
Gareth Barry
 
 
Charlie Adam
 
 
 
James Milner
 
 
Stewart Downing
 
 
 
David Silva
 
 
(90)
Luis Suarez
 
 
 
Samir Nasri
 
 
(65)
Dirk Kuyt
 
 
(84)
 
Sergio Aguero
 
 
(82)
Substitutes
Alexander Doni
 
 
 
Costel Pantilimon
 
 
Andy Carroll
 
 
(84)
 
Pablo Zabaleta
 
 
Rodriguez Maxi
 
 
 
Edin Dzeko
 
 
(82)
Sebastian Coates
 
 
 
Adam Johnson
 
 
Jay Spearing
 
 
 
Kolo Toure
 
 
(90)
Jamie Carragher
 
 
 
Nigel De Jong
 
 
Martin Kelly
 
 
 
Mario Balotelli
 
 
(65)
Game Statistics
17
Goal Attempts
7
9
On Target
3
8
Corners
5
2
Offside
2
11
Fouls
13
1
Yellow Cards
4
0
Red Cards
1
51.3
%
48.7
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot:...It might not feel like it right now, but this could prove a crucial point gained in Manchester City`s season. Despite an unnecessarily frantic 10 man finale, some dodgy defending and glaring play acting all overshadowed by an appalling refereeing performance by Martin "97 Minutes" Atkinson, City remain unbeaten. Win at home, draw away and the title is as good as won...Further factor in that this was City`s 5th unbeaten league away day following 5 other worldly challenges in the Champions League, the latest a defeat in Napoli, then there are more reasons to be thankful than downcast. However, despite looking a gulf in class apart from a limited Liverpool up until Joleon Lescott`s howler, The Blues did not have the same zip that we have become accustomed to. We simply didn`t go through the gears quickly enough and get forward in the necessary numbers when breaking to be able to hurt Liverpool repeatedly. All too often City looked to stroll it in or took the wrong option with the goal at their mercy. But there was nothing they could do about the referee...Atkinson`s scattergun officiating was frightening. He has now racked up a ludicrous 7 red cards and 68 yellows across 16 games yet somehow overlooked countless Liverpudlian discretions throughout this game. Balotelli`s dismissal can only be described as headline craving. Missing Reina`s blatant handball was embarrassing. This was the third time this season he has given The Reds a numerical advantage. This time they didn`t win thanks to the brilliant Joe Hart. Sure, Liverpool looked the most likely to score in the final third of this ding dong encounter but Kenny Dalglish would be kidding himself if he`d thought that City hadn`t gifted his side parity... A week long media campaign to hype Liverpool up as "The Big Game Team" that would stop City fell flat on its face tonight. Without Atkinson at the controls, regardless of travelling City`s lack of spark, this result would have been very different and well those hacks know it.




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Date:Sunday November 27 2011

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Your Comments

Have to be happy with the point at Anfield.
johnkelv
Happy with a point but I have not seen such a disgraceful refereeing of a match in a long long time....
Doody
That's our least shots on target in a league game this season and the hacks are banging on about it. Yet in the gushing praise of liverpool which has been almost daily this season, nobody is talking about their *****poor scoring record.
Johnny Baguette
***** the pundits JB, the Liverpool fans in the main are delighted with a point against us at Anfield, speaks volumes.
Bluedub
The beauty of it is they have to come to The Etihad on 3rd January. Then we'll see just how big a team Liverpool are.
Johnny Baguette
Thought it was our 7th unbeaten away league game JB?
Thaibluefan
It is Thai, but we've come through the 5 away league games that we were dealt following the rag biased Champions League draw group games unbeaten. The 6th will come at Chelsea after Bayern. - It's amazing that we are top of the league considering the fixture list.
Johnny Baguette
 

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