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Stoke City 1 - Manchester CITY 1

FA Barclays Premier League

The Brittania Stadium

24/3/12

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
 
 
84'
28 Wilkinson
 
 
 
22 Clichy
 
 
06 Whelan
 
 
 
28 K Toure
 
 
12 Wilson
 
 
 
18 Barry
 
 
74'
18 Whitehead
 
 
 
19 Nasri
 
 
26 Etherington
 
 
81'
 
21 Silva
 
 
62'
19 Walters
 
 
 
42 Y Toure
 
 
25 Crouch
 
 
92'
 
10 Dzeko
 
 
33 Jerome
 
 
51'
 
45 Balotelli
 
 
Substitutes
29 Sorensen
 
 
 
30 Pantilimon
 
 
20 Upson
 
 
 
13 Kolarov
 
 
30 Shotton
 
 
 
15 Savic
 
 
16 Pennant
 
 
51'
 
07 Milner
 
 
84'
24 Delap
 
 
 
11 Johnson
 
 
62'
40 Palacios
 
 
81'
 
34 De Jong
 
 
09 Jones
 
 
92'
 
32 Tevez
 
 
74'
Game Statistics
9
Goal Attempts
16
3
On Target
11
5
Corners
7
17
Fouls
12
1
Yellow Cards
2
44
%
56
Comments...
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

Your Comments

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.
Buzz Lightyear
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.
Bluedub
We got out of jail today with a point. Come on Fulham, look what happened to Liverpool.
johnkelv
They have discovered a water spring at the Etihad Stadium. A City Spokesman has said: "We are bottling it ".
nordkap
You cant buy titles but you cant buy class.. ohh wait, you guys cant even seem to buy a title.. LMAO
nordkap
Keep it coming rags.
Johnny Baguette
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.
Bluedub
More ponts dropped and the pressure is onagain the Derby may not be the decider after all ..shame really .
nickster
It's still in both club's hands Nickster. Nothing's been decided yet. U*d will drop points.
Bluedub
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.
StuMCFC
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 .
nickster
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.
fifthcolumnblue
 

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