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Liverpool
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Manchester City

Barclays Premier League

Anfield

27/11/11

Attendance: 45, 071

Referee: Martin Atkinson

LiverpoolManchester City
Lescott (og 33) Kompany (31)
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.

Writer:danielqpr
Date:Sunday November 27 2011
Time: 8:03PM

Comments

0
Have to be happy with the point at Anfield.
johnkelv
27/11/2011 20:55:00
0
Happy with a point but I have not seen such a disgraceful refereeing of a match in a long long time....
Doody
28/11/2011 06:41:00
0
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
28/11/2011 07:14:00
0
***** the pundits JB, the Liverpool fans in the main are delighted with a point against us at Anfield, speaks volumes.
Bluedub
28/11/2011 08:52:00
0
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
28/11/2011 09:19:00
0
Thought it was our 7th unbeaten away league game JB?
Thaibluefan
28/11/2011 12:15:00
0
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
28/11/2011 13:41:00
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