Manchester City 1-1 Blackburn

11 September 2010 03:56
Manchester City failed to turn their dominance into a win as they were held to a draw by Blackburn Rovers.City had gone behind when a mix-up between keeper Joe Hart and Kolo Toure allowed Nikola Kalinic to steer in a shot from outside the area. [LNB]Patrick Vieira tapped in to level as City piled on the pressure. [LNB]Adam Johnson was denied a penalty for the home side before Carlos Tevez and Jo had late efforts blocked by Rovers' Gael Givet and Christopher Samba. [LNB]It was some last-ditch defending by a resolute Rovers as they clung on against a home side who were left shaking their heads in disbelief and frustration after the game.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Man City must convert chances - Mancini[LNB]The match came at the end of a week in which City had aired the premiere of a film called Blue Moon Rising in a tale about their travails last season when they agonisingly missed out on a Champions League place. [LNB]They are hoping this season's version has a happier ending, although City will have to develop a greater cutting edge in front of goal and overcome a capacity for making life hard for themselves to achieve that. [LNB]Having started promisingly, a breakthrough for the home side seemed inevitable as Johnson and Tevez each had angled shots saved by Rovers keeper Paul Robinson. [LNB]Johnson's progress since his switch to City in January has been rapid and his trickery and pace gives his side the unpredictability and invention to break down stubborn opposition. [LNB]It almost proved the case when the England winger produced a clever dummy inside his own half, played a one-two with James Milner as he raced down the right flank and then cut inside to curl a left-foot strike just wide of the far post. [LNB]A Vincent Kompany header went narrowly wide of the Rovers goal before a comedy moment in the home side's defence allowed the visitors to take the lead.[LNB] What are your thoughts on the game? City centre-back Kolo Toure left Morten Gamst Pedersen's hopeful punt upfield to Hart but the keeper -- having come 30-yards out of his goal -- missed the ball and Kalinic steered in a left-foot shot. [LNB]Mame Biram Diouf, on loan with Rovers from Manchester United, almost compounded the error only to poke a far post strike wide from eight yards. [LNB]A Yaya Toure backpass almost let in Kalinic but the danger was cleared before City's stranglehold on the game was rewarded with an equaliser. [LNB]Vieira's run drove through the heart of the Rovers midfield and, after passing to Tevez on the right, the veteran midfielder continued his run to get on the end of his team-mate's cross and tap in. [LNB]City were striving for a winner and it was only a string of impressive saves from Rovers keeper Paul Robinson which frustratingly kept them at bay.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Allardyce happy with 'excellent' Blackburn[LNB]After Tevez had a shot deflected on to the outside of the post by Samba, Robinson showed why he was once the England number one by keeping out efforts from Gareth Barry and Jo. [LNB]Blackburn had to withstand some incessant pressure as they employed their strategy to soak up pressure and catch City out on the counter-attack. [LNB]But on a rare foray forward they had a sight of goal when Kalinic worked some space in the City box only to have his shot blocked by the on-rushing Hart. [LNB]It was little respite for the visitors and City winger Johnson felt he should have earned his side a chance to grab a winner from the spot after going over the outstretched leg of Samba. [LNB]But referee Mark Clattenburg waved away Johnson's appeals as City had to settle for a point. [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Saturday, 11 September 2010[LNB] Premier League[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time Man City 1-1 Blackburn FT (HT 0-1) Vieira 55 Kalinic 25 Man City 25 Hart 02 Richards 04 Kompany 19 Lescott 28 Kolo Toure 07 Milner 08 Wright-Phillips (Jo 57) 11 A Johnson (Silva 85) 24 Vieira yellow card (Barry 66) 42 Yaya Toure yellow card 32 Tevez Substitutes 01 Given, 05 Zabaleta, 38 Boyata, 18 Barry, 21 Silva, 14 Santa Cruz, 27 Jo Blackburn 01 Robinson 04 Samba 05 Givet 06 Nelsen (Olsson 40) 27 Salgado (Chimbonda 46 yellow card) 28 Jones 11 Grella (Nzonzi 57) 12 Pedersen 09 Kalinic 10 Diouf 41 Diouf Substitutes 13 Bunn, 03 Olsson, 39 Chimbonda, 07 Emerton, 08 Dunn, 15 Nzonzi, 21 Mwaruwari Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 44,246 MAN CITY BLACKBURN Possession Man City 62% Blackburn 38% Attempts on target Man City 14 Blackburn 2 Attempts off target Man City 6 Blackburn 2 Corners Man City 14 Blackburn 2 Fouls Man City 12 Blackburn 10 Final Result Full Time 90:00+10:31 The referee ends the match. 90:00+4:17 James Milner challenges Mame Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Micah Richards. 90:00+4:17 Booking The referee cautions Gnegneri Toure Yaya for dissent. 90:00+2:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Phil Jones. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen. 90:00+1:52 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line to the near post, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance. 90:00+1:33 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in. 90:00+1:02 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Gael Givet gets a block in. 89:25 David Silva produces a cross, clearance by Pascal Chimbonda. 87:29 The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance by Micah Richards. 85:08 A cross is delivered by Joleon Lescott, David Silva takes a shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Christopher Samba. Inswinging corner taken by James Milner, clearance made by Christopher Samba. 84:05 Substitution David Silva joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Johnson. 83:15 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line to the near post, Headed effort on goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the goal. 82:49 James Milner sends in a cross, Phil Jones gets a block in. 80:49 Pascal Chimbonda handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Adam Johnson takes the direct free kick. 80:49 Booking Pascal Chimbonda goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. 79:49 A cross is delivered by James Milner, Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal. 78:44 Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. 77:29 Vincent Kompany concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Kalinic. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick. 77:11 Adam Johnson takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Pascal Chimbonda. Correction - 76:40 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. 76:40 Effort from inside the area by Joao Alves Jo misses to the left of the target. 75:50 Gnegneri Toure Yaya gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi. Paul Robinson takes the free kick. 73:54 Adam Johnson takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen. 73:43 The ball is swung over by James Milner, clearance made by Christopher Samba. 73:11 Steven Nzonzi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the free kick. 71:44 James Milner takes a outswinging corner to the near post. 71:29 Gareth Barry takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson. 69:30 Carlos Tevez sends in a cross, clearance by Pascal Chimbonda. 67:13 The ball is crossed by James Milner, save by Paul Robinson. 66:58 James Milner sends in a cross, clearance made by Gael Givet. 65:43 Substitution Patrick Vieira goes off and Gareth Barry comes on. 65:27 Corner taken by James Milner from the left by-line. 65:08 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba. 63:20 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Steven Nzonzi. Correction - 62:54 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba. 62:54 Carlos Tevez produces a left-footed shot from just inside the penalty box and strikes the post. 62:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by El-Hadji Diouf on Adam Johnson. James Milner delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Steven Nzonzi. 59:31 Carlos Tevez handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick. 56:43 Substitution Steven Nzonzi comes on in place of Vincenzo Grella. 56:14 Substitution Joao Alves Jo replaces Shaun Wright-Phillips. 54:58 Carlos Tevez provided the assist for the goal. 54:58 GOAL - Patrick Vieira:Man City 1 - 1 Blackburn Patrick Vieira finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Man City 1-1 Blackburn. 54:18 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save. 53:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Milner on Pascal Chimbonda. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick. 51:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Kalinic on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the free kick. 48:29 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Joleon Lescott. 48:26 Christopher Samba challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott. 47:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick crossed right-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Kolo Toure. 46:12 Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Pascal Chimbonda. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick. 45:01 The second half has started. 45:01 Substitution Michel Salgado goes off and Pascal Chimbonda comes on. Half Time 45:00+3:06 It is the end of the first-half. 45:00+1:10 Michel Salgado concedes a free kick for a foul on Joleon Lescott. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Milner, Christopher Samba makes a clearance. 45:00+0:44 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Vincenzo Grella. 39:29 Substitution Martin Olsson on for Ryan Nelsen. 39:09 Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target. Correction - 37:21 El-Hadji Diouf produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target. 37:21 El-Hadji Diouf produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal. 36:37 Gnegneri Toure Yaya gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson. 36:00 Foul by Nikola Kalinic on Micah Richards, free kick awarded. Kolo Toure takes the free kick. 34:40 Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mame Diouf. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson. 33:17 James Milner sends in a cross, Gael Givet makes a clearance. 31:15 The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf. 30:32 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line, save by Paul Robinson. 30:01 Adam Johnson decides to take a short corner. 29:47 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save. 29:10 Effort on goal by Mame Diouf from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal. 26:27 Patrick Vieira fouled by Phil Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Vieira takes the free kick. Correction - 24:21 GOAL - Nikola Kalinic:Man City 0 - 1 Blackburn A goal is scored by Nikola Kalinic from just outside the box low into the middle of the goal. Man City 0-1 Blackburn. 24:21 The assist for the goal came from Morten Gamst Pedersen. 24:21 GOAL - Nikola Kalinic:Man City 0 - 1 Blackburn A goal is scored by Nikola Kalinic from just outside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Man City 0-1 Blackburn. Correction - 23:35 Adam Johnson takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Michel Salgado manages to make a clearance. Vincent Kompany takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in. 23:35 Adam Johnson takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Michel Salgado makes a clearance. Vincent Kompany takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in. 22:45 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the left by-line. Correction - 14:34 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Adam Johnson goes wide of the left-hand post. 14:34 Effort from the edge of the area by Adam Johnson goes wide of the right-hand upright. 12:34 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. Correction - 11:50 Phil Jones crosses the ball, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance. 11:50 The ball is swung over by Kolo Toure, clearance made by Christopher Samba. 10:20 Foul by Micah Richards on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson. 9:34 Christopher Samba concedes a free kick for a foul on Micah Richards. Micah Richards restarts play with the free kick. 9:14 Carlos Tevez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Robinson takes the free kick. 7:57 Vincenzo Grella challenges Gnegneri Toure Yaya unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. 7:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mame Diouf on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Patrick Vieira takes the direct free kick. 6:13 Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel. 6:13 Booking Patrick Vieira goes into the book. 6:11 Foul by Patrick Vieira on Phil Jones, free kick awarded. 4:52 Shaun Wright-Phillips produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal. 3:56 The referee penalises Carlos Tevez for handball. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson. 2:56 Gnegneri Toure Yaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen. 1:58 James Milner takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Micah Richards misses to the right of the target. 1:46 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save. 1:01 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the inswinging corner, Joe Hart makes a save. 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match. Live text and data provided by The Press Association.[LNB]

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