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Stoke City 1 - Manchester CITY 1

FA Barclays Premier League

The Brittania Stadium


Attendance: 27,535

Referee: Howard Webb

Stoke City
1 - 1
Manchester CITY
Crouch 59′
Y Toure 76′
Venue: The Brittania Stadium
Attendance: 27,535
The Teams
01 Begovic
25 Hart
04 Huth
02 Richards
17 Shawcross
05 Zabaleta
28 Wilkinson
22 Clichy
06 Whelan
28 K Toure
12 Wilson
18 Barry
18 Whitehead
19 Nasri
26 Etherington
21 Silva
19 Walters
42 Y Toure
25 Crouch
10 Dzeko
33 Jerome
45 Balotelli
29 Sorensen
30 Pantilimon
20 Upson
13 Kolarov
30 Shotton
15 Savic
16 Pennant
07 Milner
24 Delap
11 Johnson
40 Palacios
34 De Jong
09 Jones
32 Tevez
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Johnny On The Spot....It might not feel like it amid the weirdo Stoke fans frenzied celebrations right now, but this could prove to be a crucial point for Manchester City in the fight for the title with Stretford who continue their stroll down easy street at home to Fulham on Monday night...It's so often inexplicable how after a first half like the one we witnessed whereby Stoke hacked and smacked City players left right and centre to Howard Webb's relative disinterest, that The Blues picked up two bookings in this game and Stoke only one. Ludicrous, but we've had this all season. Whitehead's elbow on Silva should have seen red...Enough already. City had enough chances to have won this and were on the brink of rueing some bad misses until Yaya's howitzer cancelled out the goal of Crouch's career...City were again far too narrow on the road and wasted so much time either trying to weave a way through the middle or aimlessly lumping in high corners...This correspondent feels we've got away with it all told...Mancini might come in for some stick tactics wise but when the frustration ebbs, it's worth remembering that this is a rough place to come and try to win. Not many footballing sides bag points here...Pulis can expect a thumbs up call from his big pal Lord Taggart tonight but Mancio has again proved he will not rush key players back from injury or take risks. Aguero, Kompany and Lescott will be back for Sunderland and Tevez will be sharper...We are not done yet.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 24 2012

Time: 7:31PM

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I have come to the conclusion this season that, being one of the top clubs in the Premier, you play 38 Cup Finals and against teams that play well above how they normally play week in week out. They have worked out that if you stop Silva then you stop City. A draw was a fair result if only for the stout defending by Stoke, aided and abetted by City with some really sloppy play in the final third.
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24/03/2012 19:41:00

Tough place to go and get a result, thanks mainly to the horrible tactics employed by Pulis. I think we saw about 20 minutes of the ball in play tonight with the amount of time wasting, oh and what's with the Stoke fans booing Silva for getting his head split? The cheering of throw ins is very odd too. Anyway back to the game, we didn't create enough overall and what can you do about Crouch's strike? Cracking goal! Fair play to Yaya for having a crack, well in big fella.
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24/03/2012 19:43:00

We got out of jail today with a point. Come on Fulham, look what happened to Liverpool.
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24/03/2012 19:54:00

They have discovered a water spring at the Etihad Stadium. A City Spokesman has said: "We are bottling it ".
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24/03/2012 20:13:00

You cant buy titles but you cant buy class.. ohh wait, you guys cant even seem to buy a title.. LMAO
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24/03/2012 20:16:00

Keep it coming rags.
Johnny Baguette
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24/03/2012 20:18:00

You really are a special case Nordkap. We go back top of the table and you're on here giving it the big I am? Run along now, there's a good little retard.
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24/03/2012 20:23:00

More ponts dropped and the pressure is onagain the Derby may not be the decider after all ..shame really .
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24/03/2012 20:46:00

It's still in both club's hands Nickster. Nothing's been decided yet. U*d will drop points.
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24/03/2012 20:50:00

1-1 at Stoke isn't "bottling" anything, no top 6 side has come away from the home of anti-football with 3pts this season.
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24/03/2012 21:00:00

I agree Blue dub it could go down to the wire .And a few weeks ago its was advatnage City and you should have been out of sight . But fighting on all fronts and lower teams are seeing you as a big scalp and high expectation on the players and manager .If you beat Arsenal away you have a good chance of the title but drop any more points and it will be hard to make up .
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24/03/2012 23:31:00

If Webb missed the horrid elbow on Silva, then he's a crap referee - but at least the FA can look at the incident and retrospectively ban Whitehead (surely that shoulb be dick?). If Webb saw it and didn't give a decision when a player is down on the deck bleeding,l then he is totally and utterly bent. Mario also came in for a lot of facial abuse from the Sroke players I noticed, yet Webb did nothing. ***** anyone who dares to call me a whiner, these tactics (and that's what they are, Stokes ******** gameplan!) have no place in football. Funny how Stroke players never seem to do it against the rags though eh? Arsenal, City, Chelsea, Spurs - they all get kicked to death, but never the rags. Guess Tony Penis doesn't want to offend his bez\ie mate taggart, eh? Oh, and Nerdkrap - Bluedub is correct - you really are a retard.
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