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  • Date:13 Nov 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:City of Manchester Stadium
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Adam Johnson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

93mins

David Silva takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Alexander Hleb.

93mins

The ball is swung over by David Silva, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

92mins

Unfair challenge on Stephen Carr by David Silva results in a free kick. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.

91mins

Roque Santa Cruz challenges Roger Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

91mins

The ball is delivered by Gareth Barry, Keith Fahey manages to make a clearance.

91mins

Corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson, clearance made by Roger Johnson.

90mins

Gareth Barry takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

90mins

Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.

88mins

Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from outside the box goes over the net.

86mins

David Silva crosses the ball, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

85mins

Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.

85mins

David Silva delivers the ball.

84mins

David Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

83mins

(Man City) makes a substitution, with Gareth Barry coming on for Carlos Tevez.

83mins

Pablo Zabaleta sends in a cross.

82mins

David Silva fouled by Lee Bowyer, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kolo Toure.

81mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Cameron Jerome goes wide left of the target.

79mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Nigel De Jong. The referee shows Nigel De Jong a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball, Scott Dann takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

78mins

Shot from just outside the box by Carlos Tevez misses to the right of the target.

77mins

Effort on goal by Aleksandar Kolarov from a long way out goes over the bar.

75mins

Aleksandar Kolarov delivers the ball.

74mins

The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

74mins

Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

73mins

Adam Johnson takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in.

73mins

Alexander Hleb delivers the ball, Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.

71mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Roque Santa Cruz on Roger Johnson. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

70mins

Keith Fahey takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

69mins

The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson, Ben Foster makes a save.

68mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Sebastian Larsson. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.

68mins

A cross is delivered by Liam Ridgewell.

67mins

Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

67mins

Effort from the edge of the area by Carlos Tevez goes wide of the right-hand upright.

66mins

James Milner goes off and Roque Santa Cruz comes on.

65mins

Nikola Zigic leaves the field to be replaced by Alexander Hleb.

64mins

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line to the near post.

63mins

Carlos Tevez crosses the ball, save by Ben Foster.

62mins

Adam Johnson takes a shot. James Milner gets a block in.

61mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastian Larsson on Vincent Kompany. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.

61mins

The ball is crossed by James Milner.

58mins

James Milner takes a shot. Stephen Carr gets a block in.

58mins

James Milner takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.

58mins

The referee blows for offside against Nikola Zigic. Kolo Toure takes the indirect free kick.

57mins

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

56mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Carr on Carlos Tevez. James Milner has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Lee Bowyer.

55mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov, Adam Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell. Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Gnegneri Toure Yaya goes wide of the left-hand post.

54mins

Centre by James Milner, blocked by Sebastian Larsson.

53mins

A cross is delivered by Jerome Boateng.

51mins

Nigel De Jong challenges Lee Bowyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Sebastian Larsson from the free kick, Joe Hart makes a save.

49mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cameron Jerome on Nigel De Jong. Craig Gardner leaves the field to be replaced by Lee Bowyer. Strike on goal comes in from Aleksandar Kolarov from the free kick, save made by Ben Foster.

49mins

Cameron Jerome gives away a for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. Lee Bowyer comes on in place of Craig Gardner.

46mins

James Milner delivers the ball, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

46mins

James Milner takes a shot. Stephen Carr gets a block in.

45mins

The referee blows for offside against Carlos Tevez. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.

45mins

Effort from the edge of the box by Adam Johnson goes wide of the left-hand upright.

44mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson, Joe Hart makes a save.

42mins

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.

41mins

Kolo Toure gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Zigic. Free kick taken by Roger Johnson.

40mins

Handball decision goes against Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

40mins

Booking for Carlos Tevez for unsporting behaviour.

39mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.

38mins

A cross is delivered by James Milner, Ben Foster makes a save.

37mins

Cameron Jerome gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.

36mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by James Milner. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.

35mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

33mins

Liam Ridgewell challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Adam Johnson, Nikola Zigic makes a clearance.

33mins

Liam Ridgewell challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov, Nikola Zigic manages to make a clearance.

32mins

Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Kolo Toure results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Dann.

32mins

Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Sebastian Larsson, free kick awarded. Scott Dann takes the free kick.

31mins

David Silva is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.

29mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Kolo Toure. Direct free kick taken by Scott Dann.

29mins

The ball is swung over by James Milner, clearance by Scott Dann.

28mins

David Silva crosses the ball.

28mins

The offside flag is raised against Carlos Tevez. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

27mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Gardner. Roger Johnson restarts play with the free kick.

26mins

Long distance shot from Keith Fahey misses to the left of the goal.

26mins

Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, clearance by Vincent Kompany.

25mins

Aleksandar Kolarov takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

23mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Carlos Tevez. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

23mins

Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.

21mins

The ball is sent over by Keith Fahey, Unfair challenge on James Milner by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.

20mins

Effort on goal by Aleksandar Kolarov from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

20mins

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.

19mins

The ball is crossed by Stephen Carr.

17mins

Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

15mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Scott Dann. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

15mins

Corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Nikola Zigic.

8mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Zigic on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.

7mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

5mins

Unfair challenge on Jerome Boateng by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.

4mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Nikola Zigic. Aleksandar Kolarov restarts play with the free kick.

2mins

Nigel De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Cameron Jerome. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

The match has kicked off.

The first half comes to an end.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The referee blows for the end of the match.

Match Preview

Champions League remains Mancini's focus Roberto Mancini insists he would be happy with a fourth-placed finish for Manchester City this season. The Blues boss has again been forced onto the defensive over his tactics in the dismal derby draw with Manchester United on Wednesday. Although United hardly carved out a hatful of chances, Mancini has largely been held responsible for the tepid goalless stalemate, and bringing what are perceived to be tactics straight out of Serie A into the Premier League. Yet Mancini views the outcome as a point gained rather than two lost. While most of his critics are judging City's performances by the money they have spent and the sight of Chelsea disappearing over the horizon as champions-elect, Mancini's sights are not quite so high. Having been set a pre-season target of securing Champions League combat next term, the current table, which has City in fourth, four points ahead of next best Newcastle, suits the Italian just fine. "We are in a good position," said Mancini. "If the Premier League finished tomorrow I would be happy. "Our target is to get to the Champions League. But targets can change during the season. "It is important for us to stay at the top until January because the league can change after that, when the Champions League starts again. Then, maybe Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United will have their focus on this competition." Not that the City chief views the title as a realistic aspiration. When he explained earlier in the season that he though Chelsea would finish top "easily", it was interpreted as kidology from Mancini given his team subsequently went out and inflicted a first defeat of the season on Carlo Ancelotti's men. Yet, ahead of the meeting with United he claimed Manchester's finest were in a battle for second spot. And he is at a loss to understand why his words are still not being taken at face value. "When I was asked about Wayne Rooney coming to Manchester City, I said that he would stay with United because he is an important player. Where is he staying?" challenged Mancini. "I said Chelsea would win the title easily. "They are a strong team. The best team in the league. "They started the season very well. They won the first five games. "When you start a season like that it is very difficult for another team to get there." After two tough games already this week, Mancini intends to make a number of changes for the visit of Birmingham to Eastlands, which will almost certainly include a recall for England winger Adam Johnson. More expressive tactics are envisaged than were in evidence earlier in the week, although Mancini feels he has nothing to apologise for. "Our supporters and journalists criticised us but we tried to win," he said. "We tried to win but we were not on the pitch alone. We had opponents trying to stop us. "I didn't think it was a boring game. Maybe people prefer 3-3 or 4-4 but this is impossible. "We must have a balance. You try to score but you must also defend." Alex McLeish admits Birmingham have to step up Alexander Hleb's training regime if they are to get the best out of the on-loan Barcelona player. McLeish revealed Hleb has been able to train for less than 20% of the time available to him since his temporary move from the Nou Camp two moths ago. He has been affected by injury niggles but also a lack of pre-season action and looked a shadow of the player who was a key performer at Arsenal. McLeish even left Hleb out of his starting line-up for the midweek 3-2 at Stoke and he remained on the substitute's bench for the entire 90 minutes, McLeish told Press Association Sport: "Alex knows he is a big-time player and there are high expectation levels on him. "He has got a reputation to preserve but he is not fully fit. He is not 100%. If Hleb was fully fit, we know he would be shrugging off the challenges on him. "If we can get him top fit, we know that he will be a different player and a player who can make a difference. But I've got to do what is right for the team." McLeish revealed: "Alexander has been here 70 days and only trained for about 13. "We have to get that statistic higher to make sure he is at a level where he's going to make a difference. It just little niggles all over. "The pre-season is crucial for players. If you don't get the right pre-season, the season can become a struggle for them. "They can pick up niggles and Alex did not have much action pre-season at Barcelona."

Formation:4231Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

Formation: 442Manager: Alex McLeish

Birmingham

  • Joe Hart
  • Jerome Boateng
  • Kolo Toure
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Nigel De Jong
  • Gnegneri Toure Yaya
  • Adam Johnson
  • David Silva
  • James Milner
  • Carlos Tevez
  • SUBS
  • Shay Given
  • Micah Richards
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • Roque Santa Cruz
  • Gareth Barry
  • Patrick Vieira
  • Joao Alves Jo

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Match Report

City booed after another goalless draw Roberto Mancini felt the full weight of frustration as his Manchester City side were booed off after their second 0-0 draw in four days at Eastlands, this time against Birmingham. Just as against Manchester United on Wednesday, the entertainment value was sadly lacking, except on this occasion City were playing against a side who could be in the bottom three by Sunday evening. James Milner came closest to breaking the deadlock, 15 seconds after the interval, when his shot was cleared off the line by Stephen Carr. It was not impressive stuff though for a side who, whilst remaining in a Champions League position, have now won just one match from their last five Premier League outings and have not scored a league goal on home soil since the beginning of October. That Mancini compounded this by taking crowd favourite Carlos Tevez off before the end, and replacing him with Gareth Barry, just heightened a sense of unhappiness at the sight of an obdurate Birmingham outfit heading back down the M6 with a precious point. As Birmingham turned out in a red away kit that could have passed for Manchester United, it was easy to believe this was simply a continuation of Wednesday night's awful fare. There were obvious differences. For a start, Birmingham were intent on defending their penalty area, a tactic that became apparent within the first five minutes. Aleksandar Kolarov was introduced for only his second start of the season, a notable figure if only because he came across from his left-back station to take City's right-wing corners. And Adam Johnson was picked, offering the England star to match his words of discontent about forcing himself into Mancini's plans so infrequently, with meaningful action. Unfortunately, the end product was depressingly similar to a midweek derby generally acknowledged to be one of the worst of recent times. If anything, due to a chronic lack of atmosphere mainly, this was even worse. Ben Foster did not have a first half save to make, or at least the one he did need to make but failed, turned out to be of no consequence anyway as Carlos Tevez was ruled to have handled David Silva's cross to get it past the England man. Referee Mike Jones got that call right, just as he was probably correct to rule it was not a penalty when Liam Ridgewell went down under Johnson's challenge. It was more a case of accidentally tripping over someone's feet by the Birmingham full-back, who did not complain, even if manager Alex McLeish did. Kolarov, Tevez and Johnson drove ambitious efforts wide, drawing groans from home supporters who clearly expect much better. They came very close to getting it within 15 seconds of the restart. Having organised his defence so well, McLeish must have been startled at how easily they were undone in route one fashion when James Milner breached their defences. Foster repelled the midfielder's first effort but Milner seemed sure to tuck the rebound home, only for Carr to pop up and make a fine goalline clearance. It emphasised the greater purpose City had found during the interval, even if Tevez, Milner and, most glaringly, Yaya Toure wasted decent chances. Toure is yet to win over the Blues support since his summer arrival from Barcelona on a reputed salary in excess of #200,000 a week. For that money, more is anticipated that a rushed finish to a move in which both Milner and David Silva created space for the imposing Ivorian to shoot. Toure has been part of a spending spree over the past two transfer windows that has turned Roque Santa Cruz into City's forgotten man. The Paraguayan, signed by Mark Hughes from Blackburn in an #18million deal 17 months ago, admitted earlier this week that he would be seeking pastures new in January. However, with Emmanuel Adebayor missing due to a bruised heel and his side starting to run out of ideas, Mancini opted to introduce Santa Cruz into a Premier League encounter for the first time this season. The Paraguayan almost had an instant impact too, slipping an intelligent pass through for Tevez, who dragged his shot wide. As thoughts of an upturn in fortunes increasingly looked like being an illusion, frustration in the stands turned to fury when Tevez was replaced by Gareth Barry seven minutes from time. Tevez raised a rueful eyebrow as he took his place in the dug-out, leaving Mancini to face the ire of his own supporters.

Form Guide

    WWLLWD
  • Man City
  • VS
  • Birmingham
  • LLWDDL

Last Meetings

  • Man City
  • 5 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 11/04/2010
  • Birmingham
  • 0 - 0
  • Man City
  • 01/11/2009
  • Birmingham
  • 3 - 1
  • Man City
  • 29/03/2008
  • Man City
  • 1 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 20/10/2007
  • Man City
  • 4 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 17/12/2005
  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 2
  • Man City
  • 20/08/2005

Top Scorers

Man City

  • CA Tevez 5
  • M Balotelli 2
  • P Vieira 1
  • G Barry 1
  • G Toure Yaya 1
  • A Johnson 1
  • DJ Silva 1

Birmingham

  • L Ridgewell 3
  • C Gardner 3
  • C Jerome 3
  • N Zigic 2
  • R Johnson 1
  • K Fahey 1
  • S Dann 1

Goals

Man City

    • Total goals 25
    • Goals per game 15
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Birmingham

    • Total goals 24
    • Goals per game 14
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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