Manchester City (Away)
Premier League

Sunday 9th November 2008


With Spurs on a roll after the arrival of Harry Redknapp and Manchester City on a rollercoaster of results and confidence after the cash input of Abu Dhabi United, neither side look that good at defending but look potent going forward.

Robinho is the focal point of the Manchester City attack, but with the youngster Daniel Sturridge and Shaun Wright-Phillips also providing options, it will need a solid display by the back four to hold them at bay.  Stephen Ireland likes to get forward to support the front men from midfield too and the only hope that Spurs have is that Darren Bent can benefit from the shaky period that central defender Richard Dunne is going through.  Having said that Luka Modric might find some joy by playing in the hole behind Bent, as he will be difficult to pick up and that could create space for our other midfielders to move into.

The results in midweek perhaps flattered Spurs and City.  Twente Enschede looked a good outfit under Stave McClaren and it was only good finishing that was the difference between the two side.  Dinamo Zagreb were poor and the 4-0 score-line should have been more, as the visitors were there for the taking.

Although it might be expected that this game will be full of goals, I am not sure that we will get a repeat of our recent goal-fest against Arsenal, but think we might be good for a point, which won't raise us off the bottom, but keeps the run going ...

PREDICTION : -  Manchester City  1   Tottenham Hotspur   1

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


MANCHESTER CITY :  -  Vincent Kompany (suspended); Martin Petrov (knee); Michael Johnson (groin); Valeri Bojinov (shin); Darius Vassell (knee)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Giovani Dos Santos (ankle)


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Manchester City   1   Tottenham Hotspur    2      (Half-time score : 1-1)

Premier League
Venue : -  Eastlands
Sunday 9th November 2008
Kick Off :  3.00 p.m.
Crowd :   41,893
Referee :  Mike Dean (Wirral)
Weather :  -  Wet - heavy showers
Teams : - 
Manchester City :


Dunne  (c)     


Vassell (Hamann 31)

Unused subs: 

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

32  Assou-Ekotto               
39  Woodgate
26  King (c)     
22  Corluka

  6  Huddlestone
  4  Zokora

14 Modric  (Lennon 71)
  8  Jenas
  5  Bentley

10  Bent

Unused subs: 
21  Sanchez
  2  Hutton
20  Dawson
24  O'Hara
  9  Pavlyuchenko
18  Campbell

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Manchester City

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Manchester City

Robinho 16

Tottenham Hotspur

Bent 29
Bent 64

Cards : -  
Manchester City

Gelson Fernandes (foul) 18  

Gelson (second yellow - foul) 26
Dunne (professional foul) 83

Tottenham Hotspur 

King (foul) 61   
Assou-Ekotto (foul) 48   

Assou-Ekotto (second yellow - foul) 89

Match Report : -  
Who said life is dull ?  Goals, red cards and three more points, it was a good 2-1 win for Spurs at Eastlands, as Manchester City self-destructed after taking the lead.  It was a win that took Spurs out of the bottom three again, but this was set against a last twenty minute defensive display that saw Heurelho Gomes come to the rescue.

It all started quite quietly, with Tottenham seemingly in control of the twin threat of Robinho and Shaun Wright-Phillips.  A loose ball was walloped over the bar by Woodgate and Huddlestone hit a shot along the wet turf but Hart had little trouble in fielding it from 30 yards.  Spurs went even closer when Ledley King played the ball out of defence up to Jermaine Jenas and his pass across the face of the box to Luke Modric was hit first time, leaving Hart scrambling across his line to see the ball go just past the post in the 10th minute.

With Assou-Ekotto pushing too far forward or too far infield, it left space on the right flank of City's side and they exploited this with Vassell  getting in beyond him, but he could not finish.  The next time Benoit was dragged inside in the 15th minute, Wright-Phillips nut-megged him to set up Vassell and his cross-shot was palmed out by Gomes, right into the middle of the goal, where Robinho was running on and he slid it into the net.  It was not quite against the run of play, but Spurs had not looked under pressure until that time.

Things started to turn two minutes after the goal, when Gelson Fernandes chopped Modric down from behind without making any intent to get the ball.  The conditions were deteriorating, but it was the same for both sides, as the water started to settle on the surface.  It should have made for slick passing and shots zipping off the grass, but the next one that arrived was a rising effort from Ireland, which Heurelho tipped aside and Woodgate cleared. 

With the ball finding it's way up the field to David Bentley, Gelson came flying in late and high on the winger and with the ball nowhere near his challenge, Mike Dean pulled out another yellow and then a red with only 26 minutes gone.  Immediately, Modric was pushed further forward to put some pressure on the City defence and his shot in the 27th minute brought a finger-tip save from Joe Hart at the expense of a corner.  As usual, nothing came from it, but a minute later, Luka was wide on the left and played a long ball for Darren Bent, which looked as though it would be cut out by Richard Dunne, but the Irishman got it all wrong as it dipped on him and shot off the greasy turf, leaving the Spurs striker through.  He didn't rush his shot, as the confidence that is coursing through his veins allowed him the time to push it to the left of Micah Richards and then hit his shot past the defender and keeper to draw Tottenham level.

It was a piece of finishing only a man in form would be capable of and Bent was just that man.  Darren had another chance before half-time from a tight angle and then Bentley wriggled through three players to make his way into the penalty area, but then blasted his effort too high, when a ball across the box might have been the better bet.

So into the break at 1-1 with the sides 11-10.  Little did we know what would come in the second half.  It started with Assou-Ekotto picking up a needless yellow card and Ledley picked up one later on his 250th appearance for the club.  Tottenham were moving the ball around well, but there was no cutting edge to finish the possession they enjoyed.  After about ten minutes of the half, City started to believe they could get something from the game. 

Firstly, Shaun Wright-Phillips got away and into the area, but his weak shot was straight at Gomes, then a long free-kick to the far post was won by Dunne and his header hit Gomes at point blank range, requiring Woodgate to knock the ball out for a corner as it dropped in front of goal.  It was strange that this period of pressure preceeded the second Tottenham goal.

Huddlestone produced a long-range pass to Jenas, waiting just inside the D on the edge of the City area.  The midfielder held the ball until Bent had made a run wide right of his marker and the slip pass was neatly steered into the net in off the post across the keeper.  It was not the fiercest hit shot, but the rich vein of form has given Darren the ability to pass the ball into the net, whereas before, his anxiety to score might have made him blast it.

Spurs were starting to take the game to City once more.  A neat build-up saw Bentley set-up Huddlestone to strike a shot cleanly from 25 yards out that flew along the ground, but Hart was right behind it.  Then the home side started to push on, after Spurs had brought on Lennon for Modric.  Benjani put a header wide, then a quickly taken free-kick caught Spurs out and Robinho hit a low bouncing shot from 25 yards that popped up off the ground to make Gomes dive and push it wide for a corner with a good save.  Then, with fifteen minutes to go, the ball was played to the right side of the Spurs box and Ireland found space on Assou-Ekotto's side of the pitch and rifled a volley that looked like it would rip into the net, but Gomes managed to beat it away at his near post.

From the corner, Robinho was alone in the six yard box, but he could only just get something on it and it was not enough to divert it into the goal, with the ball going a yard wide.  Spurs were looking to hit the light blues on the break and when Bent was played through, Dunne was the wrong side of him and barged him in the back as he was bearing down on goal and the referee had no option but to show him a red card, as he was the last man, with the protestations that the conditions were not taken into consideration having little bearing on the City captain's challenge.

So the home side were down to nine men, but there was no benefit from the free-kick, as Bentley curled it comfortably into Hart's arms.  As the game want to the other end, Zabaleta slipped past Assou-Ekotto and the Frenchman's challenge was worthy of another yellow and thus he walked when Dean showed a red card for the third time.

City threw everything to try and get an equaliser, but it was Tottenham who nearly took the glory at the end with Gomes' long throw out to Bent, playing in Lennon on the left and he returned the favour, but the striker could not get his second hat-trick of the week, as his shot was blocked.  From the corner, it was taken short to try and waste time, but the final whistle blew and the three points were Tottenham's.

What a turn-around in fortunes it has been for both clubs.  Spurs in the doldrums and City in the cash, but now seemingly heading in different directions. But then again, both clubs have a history of heroic failure ... although on this occasion, it was confined to the home team, who were booed off by some sections of their support.





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VISIT FANZINE FANZONE   Wyart Lane's Times Online piece on the win against Manchester City at Eastlands - "Bye Bye Baby Blue"


Other scores this weekend :
Arsenal 2 Manchester United 1 Saturday
Hull City 0 Bolton Wanderers 1 Saturday
Liverpool 3 West Bromwich Albion 0 Saturday
Sunderland 1 Portsmouth 2 Saturday
Wigan Athletic 0 Stoke City 0 Saturday
West Ham United 1 Everton 3 Saturday
Aston Villa 1 Middlesbrough 2 Sunday
Blackburn Rovers 0 Chelsea 2 Sunday
Fulham 2 Newcastle United 1 Sunday


League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 12 9 2 1 29 4 29 +25
2 Liverpool 12 9 2 1 19 8 29 +11
3 Arsenal 12 7 2 3 25 13 23 +12
4 Manchester United 11 6 3 2 20 10 21 +10
5 Aston Villa 12 6 2 4 20 16 20 +4
6 Hull City 12 6 2 4 17 19 20 -2
7 Everton 12 5 3 4 18 19 18 -1
8 Middlesbrough 12 5 2 5 13 17 17 -4
9 Portsmouth 12 5 2 5 13 18 17 -5
10 Fulham 11 4 2 5 10 10 14 0
11 Bolton Wanderers 12 4 2 6 11 13 14 -2
12 Stoke City 12 4 2 6 12 17 14 -5
13 Manchester City 12 4 1 7 24 20 13 +4
14 West Ham United 12 4 1 7 16 22 13 -6
15 Blackburn Rovers 12 3 4 5 13 22 13 -9
16 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 12 3 3 6 15 18 12 -3
17 Wigan Athletic 12 3 3 6 13 16 12 -3
18 Newcastle United 12 3 3 6 15 20 12 -6
19 Sunderland 12 3 3 6 10 18 12 -8
20 West Bromwich Albion 12 3 2 7 10 21 11 -11


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