Saturday September 11, 2010 Day 4 Finished The City of Manchester Stadium

Manchester City 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

  • Vieira 55’
  • Kalinic 25’

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  1. Blackburn hold City to draw

    Blackburn hold City to draw

    A man-of-the-match performance from Paul Robinson inspired Blackburn to a 1-1 draw away at Manchester City. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • 90+6 Full-time 1-1. The boos ring round the City of Manchester Stadium. Paul Robinson and Christopher Samba were immense for Blackburn.
    • 90+5 Yellow card for Yaya Toure.
    • 90+2 How did that not go in? Silva played in Tevez, he was pushed wide by Robinson, but he managed to get a shot off that was blocked by a Rovers defender. Tevez retrieved the ball and teed up Jo, who had the goal at his mercy, but Christopher Samba, managed to stick his right leg out and deflect the ball over.
    • 89' Paul Robinson is there again - saving at the feet of Kolo Toure. He's been inspirational.
    • 85' City's best player this afternoon Adam Johnson has been brought off by Roberto Mancini. Strange decision. On comes David Silva.
    • 84' Christopher Samba does excellently to cut out a dangerous cross.
    • 82' Big call for a penalty!!! Johnson skipped past Pascal Chimbonda and was then felled by Christopher Samba, but City's appeals fell on deaf ears.
    • 82' Hand ball from Pascal Chimbonda earns him a yellow card.
    • 79' Another chance goes begging!!! Milner races down the right win and crosses for Tevez, who volleys wide.
    • 79' Save from Joe Hart! Mame Diouf played in Nikola Kalinic and as he pulled the trigger Hart flew off his line to block the shot.
    • 77' Paul Robinson has saved his team again. Counter attack from City, Tevez played the ball through to Jo, Rovers' defenders held him up, but he managed to get his shot off. Robinson dived to his right and made another fantastic save.
    • 74' El-Hadji Diouf should have done better there. Blackburn broke away and he had options to his left, but he hesitated and ended up doing nothing.
    • 72' Another fantastic save from Paul Robinson. Adam Johnson laid the ball inside to Gareth Barry and his left foot shot looked destined for goal, until Robinson's outstretched left hand turned it around the post.
    • 71' With 20 minutes to go, you can sense the tension in the City of Manchester Stadium. Is this going to be another disappointing result?
    • 69' City are enjoying a lot of the ball, but they're not doing anything with it. Blackburn are manning the barricades very effectively.
    • 66' Patrick Vieira makes way for Gareth Barry.
    • 66' Adam Johnson finds Carlos Tevez in the box, his first touch was sublime and then his shot at goal was again deflected just wide by Christopher Samba.
    • 63' Carlos Tevez shot from the edge of the box is deflected just wide by the outstretched leg of Christopher Samba.
    • 62' Gareth Barry is warming up. Don't see the England man as much of a match winner - it's not like City have a lead they're trying to protect.
    • 60' Blackburn have done well to suppress City's momentum.
    • 59' City fans getting behind their team now.
    • 57' Now Blackburn make a change, Vincenzo Grella is replaced by Steven Nzonzi.
    • 56' Sub for City, Shaun Wright-Phillips makes way for Jo.
    • 55' GGGOOAAALLL!!! 1-1! Carlos Tevez cross from the right is turned in from close range by Patrick Vieira.
    • 55' Brilliant break away attack from City. They flew upfield and Carlos Tevez fed Adam Johnson, whose curling left foot shot was well saved by Robinson.
    • 53' Would Roberto Mancini's job be under threat if they lost this game?
    • 52' Slow start to the second half from City. Blackburn have been the better side so far.
    • 50' Morten Gamst Pedersen is down after an elbow from Patrick Vieira.
    • 48' Yaya Toure nearly costs City a goal! His back past was short and Nikola Kalinic managed to close down Joe Hart and block his clearance. The ball could have gone anywhere - lucky for them it went out for a goalkick.
    • 45' Change for Rovers at the interval, Pascal Chimbonda the injured Michel Salgado.
    • 45' Second half underway...
    • 45+3' 1-0 to Blackburn at half-time. Shocking goal to concede from City's point of view. Absolutely shocking - a gift courtesy of Joe Hart and Kolo Toure.
    • 45+1' Adam Johnson and Shaun Wright-Phillips have been a threat, otherwise City have looked pretty ineffective.
    • 44' Credit to Blackburn they have really made it difficult for City. Most of the home side's efforts on goal have come from distance and they've all been dealt with by the excellent Paul Robinson. The same can't be said for the antics at the other end....
    • 41' Any ball in to the box is causing City all kinds of problems. They really need to deal with the aerial threat posed by Blackburn, or they're going to find themselves further behind.
    • 40' Sub for Blackburn. Injury has brought an end to Ryan Nelson's afternoon. Martin Olsson comes on to replace him.
    • 40' Carlos Tevez sends a shot from 20 yards out into the stands.
    • 38 Joe Hart looks dodgy when coming to deal with another deep ball into the box. He got a fist on it, but it wasn't convincing.
    • 36' Great break from Yaya Toure, but James Milner's return ball is poor and it goes straight into the hands of Paul Robinson.
    • 34' Respite for Blackburn after they survive City's response.
    • 31' From the corner, City work the ball to Adam Johnson on the edge of the box and his belting right foot shot is beaten out by Paul Robinson. Another good save.
    • 31' Shaun Wright-Phillips cuts in again from the right and with another low shot almost finds the net. Paul Robinson does well to get down low to his right and turn the shot wide.
    • 30' Looping header on the edge of the box from Michel Salgado, beats Joleon Lescott and falls to Mame Diouf, who can only miscue his shot wide, under pressure.
    • 27' Goal was very much against the run of play, with City looking more threatening going forward. But, in fairness to Rovers they have defended well and look solid.
    • 25' Long ball from Morten Gamst Pedersen is left by Kolo Toure, leaving Joe Hart, who had come racing off his line, stranded and unable to use his hands. The loose ball fell for Nikola Kalinic, who put the ball into an empty net.
    • 25' GGGOOOAAALLLL!!! 1-0 to Blackburn!
    • 24' From the resulting corner Vincent Kompany is denied by a good save from Paul Robinson, who turns his header around the post.
    • 24' Excellent defending from Ryan Nelson there as he held off the threat of Carlos Tevez.
    • 22' Good possession from City, but Blackburn defend well again and break up the play.
    • 20' Good run from Nikola Kalinic down the left wing, but his cross is tame and City clear their lines.
    • 19' Ryan Nelson and Kolo Toure down after industrial strength challenge.
    • 17' Spectacular clearance from Samba with Tevez lurking in behind.
    • 15' Johnson at the heart of the action again. He raced down the right wing, opened up his body and tried to curl a shot inside the far post with his left foot, but it fizzed just wide. Great effort.
    • 14' Nice break from Adam Johnson, but the Blackburn Rovers defenders smother him out.
    • 13' Left foot volley from Carlos Tevez is comfortably saved by Paul Robinson.
    • 10' Blackburn have certainly not come here to defend. They are taking the game to City.
    • 8' Blackburn look keen to exploit Christopher Samba's height at every chance. They aim every delivery into the box in his direction.
    • 7' Patrick Vieira wastes no time getting in the referee's book. The former Arsenal player is booked for a foul on Phil Jones.
    • 5' It's another effort at goal and we've only played five minutes. Shaun Wright-Phillips cuts in from the right and fires a low shot at goal that flies past Paul Robinson's right hand post. It was close enough to worry Robinson.
    • 3' Another chance - Micah Richards heads over. Flying start to the game.
    • 2' City fly straight up at the other end and Adam Johnson smashes a near post shot at Paul Robinson who turns it round the post.
    • 2' Hart flapped at the cross and City scramble it away!
    • 2' Early corner for Blackburn Rovers.
    • 1' James Milner and Carlos Tevez get us underway at the City of Manchester Stadium....
    • 15:59 If Rovers lose, it will be the first time they have suffered three successive league defeats under Sam Allardyce.
    • 15:59 Carlos Tevez has scored nine goals in eight matches against Blackburn in all competitions, including four in Manchester United's 5-3 League Cup quarter-final win in December 2008 and a hat-trick in Manchester City's 4-1 home league victory in January.
    • 15:59 Blackburn have not won in their last three visits to the City of Manchester Stadium, losing the last two. Their only victory in the last 10 was 3-0 in January 2007.
    • 15:59 If Blackburn win, it will be their 1,000th win in top-flight football.
    • 15:58 Manchester City are unbeaten in their last five league matches against Blackburn, winning the last three.
    • 15:46 Emmanuel Adebayor has scored six goals in five starts against Blackburn, but he's not even in the squad today.
    • 15:37 Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Mame Diouf, Jones, Grella, Pedersen, El-Hadji Diouf, Kalinic. Subs: Bunn, Olsson, Emerton, Dunn, Nzonzi, Mwaruwari, Chimbonda.
    • 15:37 Man City: Hart, Richards, Toure, Kompany, Lescott, Wright-Phillips, Toure Yaya, Milner, Vieira, Adam Johnson, Tevez. Subs: Given, Zabaleta, Santa Cruz, Barry, Silva, Jo, Boyata.
    • 15:37 This afternoon's referee is Mark Clattenburg of Tyne & Wear. Team news to follow...
    • 15:36 A very good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of Manchester City v Blackburn.
  • Summary

    • 90+2 How did that not go in? Silva played in Tevez, he was pushed wide by Robinson, but he managed to get a shot off that was blocked by a Rovers defender. Tevez retrieved the ball and teed up Jo, who had the goal at his mercy, but Christopher Samba, managed to stick his right leg out and deflect the ball over.
    • 89' Paul Robinson is there again - saving at the feet of Kolo Toure. He's been inspirational.
    • 84' Christopher Samba does excellently to cut out a dangerous cross.
    • 82' Big call for a penalty!!! Johnson skipped past Pascal Chimbonda and was then felled by Christopher Samba, but City's appeals fell on deaf ears.
    • 79' Another chance goes begging!!! Milner races down the right win and crosses for Tevez, who volleys wide.
    • 77' Paul Robinson has saved his team again. Counter attack from City, Tevez played the ball through to Jo, Rovers' defenders held him up, but he managed to get his shot off. Robinson dived to his right and made another fantastic save.
    • 72' Another fantastic save from Paul Robinson. Adam Johnson laid the ball inside to Gareth Barry and his left foot shot looked destined for goal, until Robinson's outstretched left hand turned it around the post.
    • 66' Adam Johnson finds Carlos Tevez in the box, his first touch was sublime and then his shot at goal was again deflected just wide by Christopher Samba.
    • 63' Carlos Tevez shot from the edge of the box is deflected just wide by the outstretched leg of Christopher Samba.
    • 55' GGGOOAAALLL!!! 1-1! Carlos Tevez cross from the right is turned in from close range by Patrick Vieira.
    • 55' Brilliant break away attack from City. They flew upfield and Carlos Tevez fed Adam Johnson, whose curling left foot shot was well saved by Robinson.
    • 48' Yaya Toure nearly costs City a goal! His back past was short and Nikola Kalinic managed to close down Joe Hart and block his clearance. The ball could have gone anywhere - lucky for them it went out for a goalkick.
    • 40' Carlos Tevez sends a shot from 20 yards out into the stands.
    • 31' From the corner, City work the ball to Adam Johnson on the edge of the box and his belting right foot shot is beaten out by Paul Robinson. Another good save.
    • 31' Shaun Wright-Phillips cuts in again from the right and with another low shot almost finds the net. Paul Robinson does well to get down low to his right and turn the shot wide.
    • 30' Looping header on the edge of the box from Michel Salgado, beats Joleon Lescott and falls to Mame Diouf, who can only miscue his shot wide, under pressure.
    • 25' Long ball from Morten Gamst Pedersen is left by Kolo Toure, leaving Joe Hart, who had come racing off his line, stranded and unable to use his hands. The loose ball fell for Nikola Kalinic, who put the ball into an empty net.
    • 25' GGGOOOAAALLLL!!! 1-0 to Blackburn!
    • 15' Johnson at the heart of the action again. He raced down the right wing, opened up his body and tried to curl a shot inside the far post with his left foot, but it fizzed just wide. Great effort.
    • 13' Left foot volley from Carlos Tevez is comfortably saved by Paul Robinson.
    • 5' It's another effort at goal and we've only played five minutes. Shaun Wright-Phillips cuts in from the right and fires a low shot at goal that flies past Paul Robinson's right hand post. It was close enough to worry Robinson.
    • 3' Another chance - Micah Richards heads over. Flying start to the game.
    • 2' City fly straight up at the other end and Adam Johnson smashes a near post shot at Paul Robinson who turns it round the post.
    • 2' Hart flapped at the cross and City scramble it away!

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • M. Richards
      • K. Touré
      • V. Kompany
      • J. Lescott
      • Y. Touré Yellow Card
      • J. Milner
      • S. Wright-Phillips Substitution Out (57′)
      • P. Vieira Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out (67′)
      • A. Johnson Substitution Out (85′)
      • C. Tévez

      Subs

      • G. Barry Substitution In67′
      • R. Santa Cruz
      • S. Given
      • D. Silva Substitution In85′
      • P. Zabaleta
      • Substitution In57′
      • D. Boyata
    • Starting line-up

      • P. Robinson
      • Míchel Salgado Substitution Out (45′)
      • C. Samba
      • R. Nelsen Substitution Out (40′)
      • G. Givet
      • P. Jones
      • M. Diouf
      • V. Grella Substitution Out (58′)
      • M. Gamst Pedersen
      • N. Kalinic Goal
      • E. Diouf

      Subs

      • D. Dunn
      • B. Emerton
      • P. Chimbonda Substitution In45′ Yellow Card
      • B. Mwaruwari
      • M. Olsson Substitution In40′
      • M. Bunn
      • S. N'Zonzi Substitution In58′
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