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Manchester CITY 0 - Liverpool 1

Carling League Cup Semi Final 1st Leg

The Etihad Stadium


Attendance: 36,017

Referee: Lee Mason

Manchester CITY
0 - 1
Gerrard pen 13
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 36,017
The Teams
25. Hart
25. Reina
2. Richards C
34. Kelly
6. Lescott
37. Skrtel
15. Savic
5. Agger
22. Clichy
2. Johnson
7. Milner
19. Downing
18. Barry
20. Spearing
34. De Jong
14. Henderson
11. Johnson
39. Bellamy
16. Aguero
8. Gerrard C
45. Balotelli
9. Carroll
30. Pantilimon GK
32. Doni GK
5. Zabaleta
3. Jose Enrique
10. Dzeko
16. Coates
13. Kolarov
18. Kuyt
19. Nasri
23. Carragher
20. Hargreaves
26. Adam
24. Onuoha
33. Shelvey
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Buzz On The Spot:.... City were their own worst enemies in the first half. They played like the world has been against them and the fans were just waiting for that first sliding tackle so they can complain, but the simple truth is after Savic's stupid, unnecessary challenge for the ball in which he caught the Liverpool defender on the knee with his boot, City could not find their form of last year. It has deserted them.... Balotelli was subbed before half time and I suspect he is still carrying an injury. He went straight down the tunnel after coming off, with Nasri replacing him....Richards had been the shining light and Hart in good form kept the score down....Liverpool deserved their lead and was only since Nasri came on that City ventured forward and an effort by the Frenchman was put round the post by Reina and after brilliant work by Richards, Milner side footed over from a good position to equalise.... Looking tired and jaded, this was the worst I had seen City this season and they needed to play a lot better in the second half....Liverpool parked the bus thereafter and were content to sit on their 1-0 lead and invite City to break them down. City very nearly obliged with a great header from Richards and Aguero rounded Reina after a bad back pass, but could not find the goal with his shot.... City pressed but the damage was done in the first half and in the end they simply looked tired. Liverpool just defended, when probably they could have got more goals had they taken the game to City....The fans got their two footed tackle with Glen Johnson leaving the ground for what looked far worse than Vinnie Kompany's was. Rewarded only with a free kick....All to play for in the second leg. I doubt it, Liverpool will park the bus again as City's goal machine appears to have stuttered to a halt....but there is some light at the end of the tunnel and you can only summise that teams will not come out to play against City. If they do and score they will stick in numbers at the back and hope we don't score. It was disappointing in the end not to get a draw.

The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 11 2012

Time: 9:40PM

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Yaya, come back...
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11/01/2012 21:44:00

Hope Kompany wasn't watching Glen Johnson's two footer on Lescott tonight - 10 x worse, as Johnson got a bit of Lescott as well as the ball. IMO it should have been a YELLOW CARD, but we got what, a free kick? Kompany must surely have booted his telly when he saw the ref take no action on that one.
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11/01/2012 21:52:00

I'll check the tape later, fifth, but I don't know if we even got the free kick.
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11/01/2012 21:58:00

And I have to say, good job to the 36,000 who came out to the game, especially in tough economic times for a competition seen as second-rate by most fans in England (unless you root for Liverpool) at a rain-swept Etihad Stadium. Great support!
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11/01/2012 21:59:00

Powder puff in the first half, there was no fight whatsoever. Nasri's introduction swung the momentum in our favour but the damage was already done. Liverpool parked the bus very well and we just couldn't get the rub of the green to find a way through. Liverpool obviously favourites now to go through but if we go there with a bit of fight we can get the win, we have shown this season that we're better than them so this one ain't done yet.
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11/01/2012 22:08:00

Was tonight a modern day record for English players starting a Premier League game? Six for City. Is this why it was such a *****e contest?
Johnny Baguette
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11/01/2012 22:09:00

Knock, knock

Who's there ?

We are Tottenham, Super Tottenham, we are Tottenham from the Lane !!!

Things are starting to heat up in the EPL aren't they... Its obviously still Citys to throw away, but on this current form thats exactly what your doing. Im not a hater btw & I want either you guys or us in either 1st or 2nd positions, I HATE Utd & their cheating sob Manager, the jumped up ^%! has dictated the EPL much like the dictatorship (tho not to the same level of corruption) of a certain Sepp Blatter @ FIFA.

Anyway just a bit of friendly banter, altho it holds the truth as well. Question is now, who's locker room is the most confident @ the start of the 2nd half to the season ?

Btw I think you'll beat Liverpoo @ Anfield & win the Cup... COYS
True Spurs Supporter
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11/01/2012 22:53:00

Big game Sunday week TSS, I'm relishing it.
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11/01/2012 22:58:00

Tottenham still have to embark on their inevitable mid-season crumble. It's a case of 'when', not 'if', so wouldn't be too confident yet True Spurs. That said, would like to see you push the rag scum beneath you.
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11/01/2012 23:00:00

We'll let the ragsters worry about Tottenham - don't forget, you play us the day before 'arry is in the dock. Personally, will be delighted to see your finish second in the PL, as long as you're ahead of the rags and behind us!
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11/01/2012 23:08:00

Its just great and so v.refreshing to see the same old lot now being pushed all the way and two of them beneath us 3 if we count liverpool these days as for inevitable crumble?? why is it inevitable?? every team wobbles its how quick you steady up that's the important thing!! and that includes you lot too!! but All the best i hope you spank the bin dippers in the away leg :).
only 1 spurs
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11/01/2012 23:25:00

Im not getting ahead of myself, Im only too aware of what may lay ahead, but its still nice to have a bit of banter. My aim for the season b4 KO was Top4 & FA Cup or Europa Cup. Now, well its 2nd fighting for 1st & the FA Cup.

We desperately need another Strike possibly 2, we can't play Ade vs you lot & I hope Pav has gone by then also, therefore JD & another decent Striker is a must. Hopefully tho we adopt the 4-2-3-1 when we play you & both Sandro & Parker are fit, sadly its looking like only Parker will so we'll probably go 4-4-1-1 (if we get another Striker coz JD can't be the 1 up top can he !).

Having said that you'll be without your talisman in the heart of defence & we "should" have the more solid defence, no doubt Nazi (sorry but I HATE him, not coz of Arsenal but he's a disgusting human & if he played for my Team I'd hate him just the same, SUPERB quality as a player, but SERIOUSLY lacking in any class as a human) will play, he's a handful & if he plays alongside Silva we're gonna be given a tougher time.

I never wanted City to go out of business, but I make NO excuses for my disgust @ the way your Club went from cap in hand to the richest Club in the World. Yes it was horrible watching Roman "buy" Chelsea, but at least they were competing for the CL regularly. If Thaksin then the Sheiks had bought say Villa or Everton 2 Clubs like Spurs who've been working for a push on the Top4 in the correct manner for some many years now, then I wouldn't have the same disgust for the way your Club has risen. It just sticks in the throat quite a bit that we've all had to fight bloody hard to be here, & yes Spurs are the victors outta the 3, but the true victors are you guys for getting a gimme !

Look as I've stated its nothing personal & NO true fan wants to see a Club go out of business, but a Club should FIGHT for the right of prestige & not just simply buy it...

Anyway thats the past now, your Manager is a true Gentleman & a great of the game. I have nothing but respect for him & the work he's doing @ City, he even brought sexy back to the scarf ffs ! The biggest factor that works for all of City, is despite how you got there, the Fans (except that MUG Ricky Hatton), Management & Players carry themselves (except Nazi !) with something Utd NEVER have done & thats genuine CLASS of character. May the fight for the EPL be a close & entertaining battle between our 2 Great Clubs ! IHIT ILIT TTID COYS
True Spurs Supporter
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11/01/2012 23:39:00

Ah here, get off the page TSS, sick and tired of that garbage. Don't choke on what's sticking in your throat. It'll be there for a long time to come, I fear
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11/01/2012 23:51:00

Rojo you need to wind your neck in pal & quit being so defensive. I've stated the facts mate nothing else & I've hardly said a bad word against your Club, just how you have been given a gimme, where's the harm in the truth ? You telling me without ALL this investment you'd be where you are ? Dream on Pal.

I stated that City & its Fans have something Utd Fans don't have, thats CLASS OF CHARACTER. Your attitude is pathetic & your acting as if my words of complement to all @ your Club are in fact an inaccuracy... Anyway I won't waste much more of my time on you as your probably the village idiot of Vital City, sadly we have a couple of short fused/narrow minded fools like yourself on VS who give the rest of us a bad rep, so I won't let you muddy the good name of your fellow Citizens.

Btw my opinion is shared with 3 of my mates, we ALL agree about the City situation & I bet you can't guess who THEY support ? 1st word is Manchester & the 2nd begins with a C, followed by an i, then a t, then finally a ...... Can you guess ? Muppet.
True Spurs Supporter
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12/01/2012 00:04:00

Sorry True spurs supporter, but we don't need patronising. Good luck to you, really do hope you do well this season, but please come back when you're sober and not in the mood to rant at us.
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12/01/2012 00:43:00

Defensive?....or just sick of the same "I agree yadda yadda yadda...btw, I still hate that you were bought by blah blah blah" thrash being spouted on VMC for the past 2/3 years. To answer your question: No, I don't think we'd be where we are without the investment from HH Sheikh Mansour. What's your point? A COUPLE at VS?? Bwahahahahaha. The village idiot? Yup, that's me: "Jehovah, Jehovah, Jehovah..." What's your opinion again?
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12/01/2012 00:44:00

You're disgusted with us yet you wish us well? I'll bring the oxy, you bring the moron. Not really a great evening to be venting on us by the way, you'll forgive us if we take your compliments for what they are - damning with faint praise.
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12/01/2012 00:56:00

P.S. I'm sure Samir Nasri will take your little nickname as a huge compliment.
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12/01/2012 01:01:00

you guys cost me a 100euro
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12/01/2012 01:02:00

The bookies always win 123! :(
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12/01/2012 01:13:00

true, i won last night so cant be that greedy or maybe i was
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12/01/2012 01:16:00

Hey Fifth you & I have always shown each other respect fella, Im not drunk just setting out the parameters to those on your site who don't know me, thats all. I had no intention of being patronising so my bad if I was, I just meant to clearly state how I & most level headed Fans feel (some of yours included).

The sad fact of reality is City will ALWAYS have the fact the football/ level of players & Staff has been bought instead of being earned. Now thats NOT to say you guys aren't earning the rights now, coz you obviously are with the hard work the Management & playing Staff are putting in week in week out. Your finally showing Team spirit, something you must admit has been missing since the Sheiks arrived, its good to see, seriously Im not taking the Michael. This development will help distance yourselves from the fact its all down to the Sheiks & your achievements shall be RECOGNISED for what they are, ACTUAL HARD EARNED ACHIEVEMENTS FFS ! Have I made myself clear, or have I once again been patronising ? In fact that sounds patronising, but c'mon how else am I meant to state it ? & Rojo really Jehovah.... Poor, very poor.
True Spurs Supporter
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12/01/2012 01:38:00

Was a bad idea to bet on us tonight, we are not the same team without Kompany/Yaya/Silva, especially the latter two.
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12/01/2012 01:42:00

Stu what happened to Mario ? I was half watching your game on silent & streaming the Spurs match, he just have a bad day or something else happen coz it looked like he stormed off ??? He's 1 of my favourite City players along with Hart, 2 genuine characters of the modern day. Still love what he said just after he signed & the old bill pulled him over & found a few grand in his back pocket. They asked him "why have you got so much cash on you" , "coz I'm rich" ! LMFAO priceless, then there's his giving away money, he's f'ing great & I hope he's in the EPL for a long time yet ! Great lad.
True Spurs Supporter
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12/01/2012 02:05:00

Mario wasn't fully fit and aggravated his bad ankle so went off early.
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12/01/2012 02:12:00

Oh ok cool. He's such a character, I'm glad it's not another case of handbags !
Tot-Nam Vet
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12/01/2012 02:58:00

You know it TNV, proper class act. Its good news that its not a case of ill discipline, just an old injury that after proper rest will see him back.
True Spurs Supporter
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12/01/2012 03:22:00

TSS, no one has any issue with you coming on here for a bit of banter but if you're going to start calling one of our players a despicable human being and waffling on about the money issue again when this article has nothing got to do with it you're going to have to expect to get some back. Do you think your the first to tell us on here about the money? We constantly hear it and have a pain in our collective arses with people going on and on and on about it at this stage. Let's talk about football eh?
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12/01/2012 07:51:00

also come here in peace as i defo want our 2 teams to 1st and 2nd (us 1st obviously) as we are the new kids on the block and playing the best football and have come out of the shadows of our much hated rivals.... point i do want to make and back up tss is look at your poll, seems your fans are quite happy to chuck more money at it and pay for the title ... but hey ho sure we would do the same in your position, and on one last point i back tss on my feelings towards nasri but agree with you guys on choice of name tss uses is not desireable , lets hope we shove it up those other 2 fot the rest of the season and make it a really goos fight till the end COYS
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12/01/2012 09:57:00

So fans believe we need to strengthen in certain areas, what is the problem? Isn't that what transfer windows are for. For all we know the majority ego have voted for 'cheque book' may just want one player in. Is it wrong now for City to buy anyone? Good grief!
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12/01/2012 10:02:00

Another thing I want to point out about the transfer market and this stupid attitude out there about City. We have a squad of 23 senior players out of the maximum 25 allowed, same as anybody else, so the media need to be ******** honest when they are discussing our injury problems and stop harping on about it being unbelievable that with so much money spent that we are struggling to fill our bench on occasion due to injury or suspension. The money has got nothing to do with it, ******** retards. Mancini has said he wants to sell 3 players this window, that would leave us with a senior squad of 21, are we not entitled to replace those players because of the amount we've spent in the last few years? Get a grip.
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12/01/2012 10:14:00

We bought quality, not quantity, most fans just fail to grasp that point - and with the departures of T***z, Bridge and Onuoha, (and hopefully Adebayor - buy him now and he'll be able to play against us;)) we'll then be left with 19 senior players in the squad. Would spurs want to have to rely on their inexperienced academy graduates in the run in to the title? Some of them are probably pretty good, but let's face it, the pressure is on, and we can't afford to throw things away because of injuries, absences and absolutely stupid, bent refereeing decisions. So yeah, I'd like another player or two to cover provided we can shift some of the others - whats the problem with that?
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12/01/2012 11:06:00

"Jehovah, Jehovah, Jehovah" = Life of Brian...village idiot etc etc
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12/01/2012 11:11:00

Rojo ok ok, now I understand, I thought you were being disgraceful. However when using a reference make sure its clear & can't be misinterpreted ? After all we have a Jehovah Witness hall behind our North Stand... And altho we took the name Yiddo, it has been done to take away from the vile racist chants & bs that have been aimed @ Spurs supporters. Also the gas chamber hissing etc, etc. There's no place in football or life for racism/xenophobia is there, so I admit I misunderstood you, however maybe you understand my defensive reaction ?

So it turns out your not the village idiot after all, I guess my words just rubbed you the wrong way !

Bluedub & all Citizens please note that I shall never mention the way you were rescued again on here. But IF we beat you to the title I can't promise others won't ! Lmao

C'mon seriously after all the bs our neighbours have said about us over the years our 2 Clubs can hold our heads up high, we've battled, we've fought & we've had our best players poached off us just as we've tried to gather momentum.

Bluedub I won't apologise for finding Nasri a disgrace a human, its how he conducts himself which has given me the opinion, HOWEVER as a footballer he's truly magnificent, a utter genius. Sadly for him he's a human 1st & a highly skilled footballer 2nd.

May the battle for the league be a great 1 & may it be between us & you. Ps not seen the Kompany challenge but I did see the Johnson 1 yesterday. If that wasn't dangerous with 2 feet off the ground at that speed & height, then I don't know what is. Utterly disgraceful double standards in "officiating".
True Spurs Supporter
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12/01/2012 15:57:00

TSS, I don't begrudge you your opinion. My problem was that after coming on here discussing matters totally unrelated to the article you got a bit precious when you got a bit back. I'm delighted Spurs are up there challenging with us as despite your manager I've always had a soft spot for Spurs. May the best team win.
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12/01/2012 16:08:00

TSS, may I ask for what reason you believe Nasri is a despicable human being? What has he done that's so bad that he deserves to be labelled in this way? Genocide? Rape? Is he a nonce? Do tell.
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12/01/2012 16:18:00

He plays for City.......... 'nuff said :P
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12/01/2012 16:38:00

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12/01/2012 16:46:00

Got bit back, really ? I was disgusted as I thought Rojo was being xenophobic. Other then that I haven't taken offence, all I did was clearly explain what I'd said & try not to be patronising as I did so...

As for Nasri well Im not opening myself to a liable claim with something I don't have evidence of, so all I'll state is I can't stand him, thats all. I've already & VERY clearly stated he's a superb & gifted footballer.
True Spurs Supporter
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12/01/2012 23:08:00

So he's a despicable human being just because he is, ok mate. You got precious when it was suggested you get off the page, it is evident in your next post. Anyhoo, I'm not after a row. See you Sunday week.
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