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Manchester CITY 3 - Sunderland  3

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium


Attendance: 47, 007

Referee: Phil Dowd

Manchester CITY
3 - 3
Balotelli (pen) 43′, 85′, Kolarov 86′
Larsson 31′, 55′, Bendtner 45
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 47, 007
The Teams
25 Hart
22 Mignolet
02 Richards
02 Bardsley
04 Kompany
04 Turner
13 Kolarov
12 Kilgallon
28 K Toure
06 Cattermole
07 Milner
07 Larsson
21 Silva
08 Gardner
34 De Jong
14 Colback
42 Y Toure
23 McClean
10 Dzeko
28 Sessegnon
45 Balotelli
52 Bendtner
30 Pantilimon
20 Westwood
05 Zabaleta
11 Richardson
22 Clichy
25 Kyrgiakos
08 Pizarro
15 Vaughan
11 Johnson
18 Meyler
18 Barry
09 Campbell
32 Tevez
17 Ji Dong-Won
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Johnny On The Spot: What a dreadful Manchester City performance this was. The Blues could not have looked more disjointed, lacked composure for long periods and failed to take on Sunderland with any collective movement...Errors when in the ascendancy that Planet Blue has come to recognise all too painfully in recent weeks were on show yet again...Corner after predictable corner played into statues came to next to nothing and the seemingly endless procession of trying to break down packed defences through the middle got us nowhere. When the ball did hit the flanks, the strikers were woeful in their efforts to connect...Yet it was in central midfield and at the back where City truly floundered today. A game, direct and well drilled Sunderland side enjoyed the space in front of City's centre backs unchecked for the whole game and deserved the opening goal that registered City falling behind for a fourth successive league match...Following that, the litany of mistakes offered up across the City side beggared belief. Implosion loomed at one stage and boy will the hacks lap it up. Balotelli and Kolarov engaged in an unsightly spat over who would take a free kick. City skipper Kompany broke it up. Mancini's face on the touchline said it all...Enter Tevez and though operating in third gear, he pulled defenders out of position, held the ball up at crucial moments and never put a pass wrong. He will have a major say before this season is out...Another late show consequently secured an unimagineable point but for the first time this season, City's title destiny is close to falling out of our hands.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 31 2012

Time: 5:13PM

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boom another "great" performance, despite you having the referee in your pocket.. Looked great the way Dzeko threw himself to the ground.. Anyways you guys are a joke, and you should feel lucky that you got a point. Looks like the showdown on *****tyhad will mean nothing as you lot seem to be struggling all over the park.. Bring back Tevez, ohh wait you already have... LMAO Tick Tock..
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31/03/2012 17:22:00

Well played Sunderland. Brilliant counter attacking display. Nowhere near enough fight shown from City, lucky to get a point.
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31/03/2012 17:32:00

***** off nordkap you idiot. You go missing for most of the season then come crawling from the woodwork. You're a joke, much like most of your moronic fellow fans. Not even looking us in the eye for seven months then mouthing off all of a sudden. You remind me of Yernitid fans at work. P.r.i.c.k.
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31/03/2012 17:36:00

Quite interesting to see a nerdy norwegian rag fan being the first on here talking sh***. Don't you have anything else to do? like comitting suicide? As far as I remember your beloved team lost on their own turf against Blackburn, maybe you should worry about that when you now have to play them away. This could still be a point won in the title race...
Blue ponderer
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31/03/2012 17:48:00

Vincent Kompany Live in City Square post game....
Johnny Baguette
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31/03/2012 18:04:00

Fair play to Sunderland, they certainly made a game of it - think defensive errors were our undoing, as even though they played well, the goals were more down to our own mistakes than anything else. What i want to know is why does it take us until the 84th minute to wake up when we're chasing a frigging title? We could have scored 4 goals in that last 5 minutes, so why can't we turn it on in the first 5? Can I just advise people to ignore nerdkrap? Yes he's an irritating little moron with no mates and blisters on his hands from all the self abuse, but I suspect he really gets off on the wind-ups and subsequent abuse he gets - wouldn't surprise me if he trolls Facebook memorial sites trying to get a rise out of peopls, so let's just ignore the little to sser.
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31/03/2012 19:55:00

Its not over yet, another poor day at the office sure.
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31/03/2012 22:26:00

Horrible dive from Dzeko...Seems to me you are feeling the pressure, both manchester teams will drop points anyway so wouldn't worry, Blackburn i think will do Utd tommorow.
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31/03/2012 22:44:00

Dzeko no doubt exaggerated his fall but it was the right call from Dowd.
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31/03/2012 23:30:00

Your fightback today admirableand the title far from over and there could be more twists untill the end .And if UTD win this season it only delays City ,with your sending power and already world class squad it will happen and you could dominate for years but we love a challenge and you are very worthy opponents. nickster
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01/04/2012 08:46:00

He dived onto the floor Bluedub how should that be a penalty? No need to be a biased city fan, no harm in admitting the truth, Utd get worser decisions for them.
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01/04/2012 09:38:00

Tottenham Hotcore
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01/04/2012 09:40:00

If Dzeko hadn't "dived" would he have been able to avoid contact with Gardner? Not a chance, Gardner committed himself and missed the ball, he impeded Dzeko's run by hanging out a leg. I'll put it this way, if Dzeko had kept running toward the ball without taking a tumble he would have collided with Gardner's leg, it's a penalty all day.
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01/04/2012 09:57:00

It does not matter, he dived, there was no contact, it's not a penalty...If he made contact then fair enough but he didn't so Dowd should not have given it, but he was in a poor decision so he made a mistake.
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01/04/2012 10:42:00

We'll have to agree to disagree.
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01/04/2012 10:48:00

P.Avfc, can't see why you are even interested in this.
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01/04/2012 11:03:00

Tottenham Hotcore: 2pts ahead of 5th place Chelsea, bit a premature laughter there isn't it against a side that is guaranteed Champions League football next season and will only get stronger? Silly troll.
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01/04/2012 13:47:00

Stu mate, I wouldn't be bothered responding to that retard. The likes of himself and our friend Nordkap are the type of people that haven't got the first clue about football or what it means to support a team, they just get their kicks out of trolling Internet sites, their gloats are obviously making up for something else that's lacking in their lives.
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01/04/2012 14:04:00

Just giving an opinion Robson, don't get why your all so defensive on here.
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01/04/2012 14:43:00

You don't get much then do you. Go and be impartial on every other Vital site and you'll see even more defensiveness, most of it heated. You will find it's not just 'on here'. You do a lot of opinion giving on our page don't you. Don't think I've ever had an opinion on anything Villa, but why should I?
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01/04/2012 23:00:00

You don't get why we're so defensive? It might have something to do with the fact that "fans" of other clubs only seem to appear when we have dropped points. The majority of which are abusive towards our manager/team/club/fans.
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02/04/2012 06:41:00

Robson: "Don't think I've ever had an opinion on anything Villa, but why should I?" Might have something to do with the fact that Villa are the most nondescript team in the epl. I can understand Rags/Goons coming on here but PAvfc? Mind boggles, and it's always negatives. A closet Rag, perhaps. In theory every non-rag should be willing City on to win the league. Notwithstanding our new-found wealth and coveting the title of 'most hated team', how could anyone be happy seeing Utd win a 20th title? PAvfc, did you go on to vital spurs yesterday to bemoan Bale's theatrical dive in the box, or Vital Liverpool to moan about Carroll's outrageous attempt to win a penalty? Zing!
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02/04/2012 13:33:00

Erm so theres now 3 defensive city fans? What did i say what was so wrong haha?? You only have to post a simple 'hi' on this site and your all going mad! You all need to chill out a bit, this isn't YOUR website, any vital member can go on ANY vital site, if i want to post my opinion on any site im aloud too...And rojo your talking asif iv'e just completely trashed your team, can you read? If you read my previous comments i want City to win the league, so get of your high horse boy. And if something is worth mentioning i will post on other sites depending if im even on here, liverpool have no fans on there site and i didn't see Bales apparent dive.
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04/04/2012 12:02:00

And rojo you can trash Villa all you like, we have gone seriously downhill the past two years because of the poor managerial appointments so i won't disagree...We aren't as fortunate as you to have a mega rich owner come in and buy success.
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04/04/2012 12:05:00

I guess we're all pretty defensive on VMC given the crap we have to put up with from rival fans talking from their nether regions. Thrash Villa? I said you were nondescript which is quite true. Given my nationality and the number of Irish players that have played in the past for Villa, I have always had a soft spot for them and in any case, I get no satisfaction from thrashing other teams. What I thoroughly dislike are the innuendos, "horrible dive" as if Dzeko is the new Suarez. It might not have been a stonewall but he was certainly not given much choice other than to hit the deck. Listen, i'll admit you're not as bad as some of the nonces that troll vmc but when you do venture over, it's never to congratulate a win, only on days when things haven't gone so well and you're looking to rise or rile someone. Well congrats, you riled me a couple of days ago. Anyway, good luck for the rest of the season, I hope Villa don't slip into a relegation battle, they're better than that. They're also better than McLeish.
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04/04/2012 16:12:00

Stonewall for me. Just sayin'
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04/04/2012 16:48:00

Im not a rival fan rojo, didn't want to be offensive and rile any fans up, i thought it was a dive and was not a penalty that's all, Dzeko is nothing like that nasty piece of work Suarez. I also agree with you about Villa, i wish City the best of luck also, i would prefer City win the league than Utd...Fresh champions is always nice instead of the same old crap.
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