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Manchester CITY 3 - Tottenham Hotspur 2

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium

22/1/12

Attendance: 47, 422 - Stadium Record

Referee: Howard Webb

Manchester CITY
3 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur
Nasri 56, Lescott 59, Balotelli 90+4 pen
 
Defoe 60, Bale 65
 
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 47, 422 - Stadium Record
The Teams
Hart
 
 
 
Friedel
 
 
Richards C
 
 
 
Walker
 
 
Clichy
 
 
 
Kaboul
 
 
Savic
 
 
 
King
 
 
Lescott
 
 
 
Assou-Ekotto
 
 
Milner
 
 
 
Lennon
 
 
88
Barry
 
 
 
Parker
 
 
Nasri
 
 
 
Modric
 
 
Silva
 
 
 
Bale
 
 
Aguero
 
 
 
Van der Vaart
 
 
67
Dzeko
 
 
65
 
Defoe
 
 
Substitutes
Pantilimon GK
 
 
 
Cudicini GK
 
 
Zabaleta
 
 
 
Pavlyuchenko
 
 
Johnson
 
 
 
Bassong
 
 
Kolarov
 
 
 
Dawson
 
 
Onuoha
 
 
 
Kranjcar
 
 
De Jong
 
 
 
Livermore
 
 
67
Balotelli
 
 
65
 
Pienaar
 
 
88
Game Statistics
15
Goal Attempts
14
6
On Target
5
9
Corners
4
1
Offside
2
7
Fouls
10
2
Yellow Cards
1
52
%
48
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot As open season begins again upon young Mario Balotelli fuelled by bitterness bordering on the demented and led by the usual suspect pundits and hacks of the anti-City brigade, the dust settles upon a pulsating, end to end berserker of a clash between two terrifically talented sides in City and Spurs...City dictated play for long periods up until a four goal, nine minute period around the hour mark when the game exploded. Spurs found themselves dead and buried then resurrected only to find themselves ultimately felled again by City's 60th goal of the season, another cool for cats under tremendous pressure penalty from SuperMario...This game was won and lost in midfield where England duo Gareth Barry and James Milner were absolutely outstanding. They never gave their opposite numbers an inch and were the rock solid platform that afforded protection to City's centre backs and gave free reign to brilliant interchanges in play ahead of them from Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and David Silva. However, it may seem harsh to be critical of the attacking end product considering City`s astonishing +42 goal difference, but Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero's profligacy threatened to lose this game. Were The Blues more direct, they could have run up cricket scores over Christmas...Roberto Mancini's Citizens deserve immense credit for their resolve this past 4 weeks in testing circumstances. They have stuck together, dug deep and worked hard as a unit. Every single one of their goal celebrations today showed just how much this win meant to our "money grabbing mercenaries." With the pressure eased a little in the title race, this tight-knit squad can now go to Merseyside on Wednesday and give that League Cup Semi-Final second leg a right go....No witch hunt should detract from the fact that this was the type of battle that Champions win.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 22 2012

Time: 3:30PM

Your Comments

I hate to say it Man City, but you are the new scum, what a shame for you guys.... I always thought you were better than that... stamping on players heads etc... well done, I enjoyed watching your £600,000,000 team :o) can one of you please tell me why Bala"telly" (;o) was still on the pitch.. not football as we know it, or want to ever see it in this great country of ours... Tottenham fans never mind losing when we have play well, but the way you guys are now going about it, well it is quite embarrassing to be honest.. at least Mankini wasn't waving his imaginary yellow / red cards today..
Cornford Spur
@Cornford Spur, PMSL!
Bluedub
Can we get that all time classic post framed?
Johnny Baguette
I make that 8 - 3 for us 'scum' this season Mr Cornfoot
jackblue
Got the name wrong Jackblue but that fine.. Jonny, you had no words come out, maybe its one of those ebay keyboards, I had one of those ;o) I'm not having a go at you fans, just the way that your team sometimes plays football, I really think you guys are better than this? watch the highlight tonight, and you will see what Talk Sport are now chatting about.. Bal a telly should not have been on the pitch... and Jack Blue, with £600,000,000 of players you should well be destroying all teams!! you really should.. you should be winning 8.3 every game...
Cornford Spur
and Lescot punching Kabul.... are you guy not worth more than that??
Cornford Spur
Cornford, what about King scissor challenge on Balotelli? Goes to ground, two footed from behind, none of the ball, all of the man, where's the red card?
Bluedub
Blagatelli should not have been on the pitch - but it was a clear pen - Webb now wears the blue of City instead of the red of Utd I think lol
niteworlok
We'll see about that NW, Webb is looking at the incident ( as pointed out by Ratboy Neville ) as it happened and doesn't give it, now will he say he didn't see it when the FA question him on it? If he says he didn't see it he is still a fully fledged Rag.
Bluedub
Difficult one this for the FA. On Kompanygate, they backed their ref against a wall of opposite opinion. Now what will they do?
Johnny Baguette
BD - if he didnt see it how can he still be a fully fledged rag? :D
Do you guys honestly think that the FA will do anything about Mario, and also if he gets banned do you think he deserves it?
niteworlok
If its the same crew that decided on Vinnie, then Mario because it's always mario, will punish him, for what appears an accident. Mr Webb was on the spot, but as you know when they seen the slow motion it does look suspicious, at normal speed it look like an accident. What odds are the bookies giving.
buzz lightyear
If Mario's name was Johnny Bloggs and he was the star forward for England this would already be swept under the carpet.
StuMCFC
NW because if he says he didn't see it then retrospective action can be taken.
Bluedub
Clubfoot Spud, have you seen the league table on the right? Nice eh! You guys in 3rd spot, 5 points ahead of Chelsea and looking good for a CL place. Good times down the Lane eh? Football can be a bit of a dirty game at times and I guess that we are all of us in the gutter although because we are top I suggest that it is us who are currently, and for the forseeable future, looking towards the stars!
kennyclementstache
Not sure I agree with the tone of this article - I was singularly unimpressed with Spuds all afternoon. Given their new-found status as media darlings and the way they've been hyped up recently as some sort of poor-man's Barcelona (copyright 'arry Redknapp), I was expecting rather more. They weren'[t in the game at all in the first half, and it was two mistakes from City players that gifted them two goals. Bale's was an impressive goal, I've no disagreement with that, but it was down to our failure to cut out the ball rather than to any good effort from Spurs. Still, City wouldn't be City if we didn't keep things exciting right up to the end, and ultimately the scoreline is a lot closer than the game was. Will be interesting to see how Spurs cope with the absence of their manager for 3 weeks (and hopefully longer) - will they carry on punching above their weight or will they undergo their usual implosion? My money is on an implosion, and they can put their good league position at the moment down to the teams around them (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle) being poor rather than Spurs actually being as good as they think they are.
fifthcolumnblue
You have two very special players - Aguero and Silva - both a contant threat, and impossible to stop. We have two special players - Modric and Bale, both unplayable at their day...unfortunately, we don't have any strikers as good as yours. (Obviously with us loaning your 4th choice and using as our 1st choice). Gutted we could have nicked it in 91st and lost it in 94th minute...! Anyway - this article is much more balanced than the "ped report". Good luck to you, as long as we don't win the league, I hope it will be you! Good times if two of Arsenal/Chelsea/Liverpool will be playing in EL...wonder how many years their fans/players/economy can tolerate that :)
NorwaySpurs
@ Norway - I reckon the glory-hunters will be split evenly between our two clubs. Sad, but I guess that's how the fickle minded work! Thanks for the good wishes, it was a hard fought game which I thought we deserved to win - but it's nice to see that there are still a few civilised Spurs fans who want to talk about the game. All the best, and despite your manager telling what I consider to be blatant lies about my club all week long, I still hope Spurs can hold of everyone else and finish in second - and even though it's now a big ask, if we can't do it, I'd rather it was you too!
fifthcolumnblue
fifthcolumnblue. Thats a blinkered view of the game.... We can all say the same - nasri's goal was due to spurs defensive mistake of giving him too much room and the ugly thugs goal was another defensive mistake by leaving him on his own in the box. So I would suggest all three of your goals were more from spurs' doing than any good effort from citeh. What would have been better would have been for you to admit that it was a pretty even game and a draw would have definitely been a fair result, with a touch of luck on your side considering the thuggery shown by lescott and ballbagotelli. Take the blinkers off...
skins
Skins, City were the better side for the first hour, it could have gone either way after that, I thought on the balance of play City's lead was deserved. Hart had little to do apart from picking the ball out of his net where at the other end Friedel pulled off a couple of decent stops and cut out a number of through balls, he was the busier of the two keepers. I say City edged that game, but after the events that unfolded in that crazy nine minutes I was worried that Spurs would snatch it, fortunately for us it went our way.
Bluedub
Skins, Re. Nasri's goal. It was City's sublime interplay and running at speed, at angles, that sliced your defence open like a wet newspaper. His precise, thunderous finish was down to skill and skill alone, not to mention Silva's perfectly weighted through ball. And Lescott was stronger than Parker to get ahead of him and dispatch the ball into the Spurs net for the second. To be hacked down from behind in a scissor kick only moments earlier, Balotelli showed huge composure and bottle to outwit Friedel and seal the 3pts from the penalty spot at the death. The same composure and bottle that has seen City perched on top of the Premier League since August.
rojo2010
Nasri's goal was very nice, but then so was Bale's
niteworlok
Yeah, Bale's was quality too, but that was more individual brilliance. Nasri's was more of a team goal
rojo2010
I believe Balotelli is a nutcase and definitely stamped on Parker. I also believe that, if Webb had been doing his job properly, Parker would have been sat in the stands before Balotelli even came on, due to his persistent fouling. He got away with a fair few deliberate fouls, while Balotelli got booked for his first tackle.
thecamelsfoot
Balotelli really is a nutcase - I agree with you - will he calm down with age or will he get worse? Who is to know - but I cant honestly see him staying at City for too many more season, I think hes holding out for one of the SPanish Giants to come and snap him up and pay him the same money he is on at City
niteworlok
 

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