OPPONENTS Manchester City
COMPETITION Premier League
DATE Sunday 14th February 2016
VENUE Etihad Stadium
PREVIEW No preview produced.
PREDICTION Manchester City    1         Tottenham Hotspur    1
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Manchester City  1 (0)                                                                       
Premier League
Sunday 14th February 2016
Etihad Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur  2 (0)

Kick off 16:15
Iheanacho 73m 39s Kane (p)  52m 58s
Eriksen 82m 42s
Kompany (foul on Alli) 46



Dier (foul on Toure) 45+1
Wimmer (foul on Silva) 56
Carroll (kicking ball away) 76


Crowd :   54,551 Weather :  Chilly
Referee :  Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear) Assistant Referees :  Mr, S. Burt; Mr. J. Brooks
Fourth Official :  Mike Dean -
Spurs kicked off and played towards the - end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 7 minutes.
Manchester City : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Joe HART

  5  Pablo ZABALETA
30  Nicolas OTAMENDI
  Vincent KOMPANY (c)    
22  Gael CLICHY  (11  Aleksander KOLAROV  75)

  6  FERNANDO  (72  Kelechi IHEANACHO  )

21  David SILVA
  Yaya TOURE
  7  Raheem STERLING

10  Sergio AGUERO

Unused subs: 
13  Willie CABELLERO
59  Bersant CELINA
75  Aliex Garcia SERRANO
76  Manuel Garcia ALONSO

    1  Hugo LLORIS (c)

  2  Kyle WALKER
27  Kevin WIMMER      
  3  Danny ROSE

15  Eric DIER      
19  Mousa DEMBELE

20  Dele ALLI  (11  Erik LAMELA 81)
23  Christian ERIKSEN 
  7  Heung- Min SON  (28  Tom CARROLL       72)

10  Harry KANE    (22  Nacer CHADLI)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM
16  Kieran TRIPPIER

33  Ben DAVIES
  8  Ryan MASON

Manager :  Manuel Pellegrini Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   Etihad Airways Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Nike Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

The early afternoon win by Arsenal over Leicester City opened up the title race once more and although there are still plenty of games to go, Tottenham took advantage with a mature performance that shocked Manchester City by defeating them 2-1.

A surprising start from Man City saw Tottenham control the possession, with the home side hardly having a kick in the first five minutes … other than at Tottenham players' ankles. Yaya Toure was lucky to be on the pitch after 21 minutes, with an early kick at Dembele's calf from behind and a late studs up challenge on Wimmer's ankle. Clattenberk was, as normal, giving most decisions the other way and allowing City a lot of leeway in their fouling.

City were struggling to put moves together and a chance from a corner dropped to Aguero after 11 minutes, but he shinned it way over the bar from 10 yards. Danny Rose threw a great block when another corner produced an opportunity for Sterling to volley and the Spurs left back got his chest in the way, taking the full force of the ball that left him winded. It took 27 minutes for Spurs top have a real shot on goal, with Eriksen's 25 yard drive beaten out unconvincingly by Hart.

Rose was seeing a lot of the ball going forward too, but unfortunately, in the first half, his crossing was not picking out a white shirt. He ball was being eased around by Tottenham, with fouls being committed by City at regular intervals. While Clattenberk was getting out of breath by talking to City players about their misdemeanours, the soundtrack behind him was all coming from Spurs fans. Tottenham's players were relentless in regaining possession when City had the ball. When a cross was cleared to Danny Rose, his shot got the same treatment that he had issued to Sterling and was blocked over the bar by Zabaleta.

Surprise, surprise … when Eric Dier brought Toure down inside the City half, he was shown the yellow card by Clattenberk. Standard by the “referee”, who has blind spots when it comes to Spurs in Manchester. He had no option other than to level things up when Kompany went straight through the back of Alli a minute into the second half.

When Toure had a shot blocked, it ballooned up into the air and Ageuro was free inside the box on the right and he met the ball on the half-volley, but shot way too high and off target. When Rose found space on the left, he once more hit the first man with his cross, but this time it was Sterling in the box and he turned his back with his arm hanging out and Clattenberk annoyed the home fans this time, as he pointed to the penalty spot. Controversial, as there was some dispute about whether it hit his arm, but Harry Kane waited patiently and then shot the spot-kick down the middle as Hart dived to his right.

A free kick a couple of minutes later from just outside the box gave City the chance to level, but Toure's shot crashed back off the crossbar with Lloris underneath it, although he might have been beaten if it had been a couple of inches lower. City were coming on strong, but Tottenham were still working hard to get the ball back and get behind it when City had it. It forced City into making choices they didn't want when they looked to pass the ball through the Spurs defence.

Clattenberk did even things up by giving a handball against as Spurs player in the box, but it was at the City end when they messed up a clearance and Son got onto it, only for a challenge to pop the ball up onto his hand. Spurs were giving the ball away a bit too easily in the second half of the second half, so perhaps it was no surprise that Carroll came on for Son.

Before that Kane was followed through on by Zabaleta and laid injured without City putting the ball out, but when Tottenham got it with Rose, the City players (especially Zabaleta) stopped and he moved further up the pitch before knocking the ball out. City were not impressed and failed to throw the ball back to Spurs. It started a bit of ill-feeling in the game and the home supporters were keen to boo Rose every time he got the ball.

With 73 minutes gone, City got away down the left with Clichy released by Silva and he pulled a low ball back from wide, allowing the unmarked Iheanacho to fire the ball into Lloris' net. The substitute had been allowed to have a clear run into the box and finished leaving Hugo no chance.

City then started to press with a bit more vigour and Spurs were being pushed back, but the defending they have excelled at all season was put into practice and Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer both stood like twin pillars in the middle of the back four. Lloris didn't have a great deal to do, opting to punch out a swerving Toure shot. Aguero was coming into play a bit more, but was not being allowed the room to turn in the box, leaving Spurs the upper hand as City pushed for a winner.

The control in passing the ball out from the back had gone a little and Spurs were looking longer for an out ball, but with Dele Alli's mystery dizziness perhaps taking its toll after he had put a great shift in, Erik Lamela came on for our number 20 and his fresh legs were going to be used to make things more difficult for City. As it turned out, he was a major part of the victory Spurs inflicted on the home team.

In the two minutes following Lamela's introduction, Sergio Aguero tried a shot in the box, but it was blocked and when the ball went forward, the Light Blues brought the ball out of the back. The ball was nicked off them near halfway by a combination of Lamela and Dembele, was given back to Lamela, who darted off through the middle with City players in his wake. When confronted by Otamendi, Erik slipped the ball through his legs to put Christian Eriksen into the area. With one touch, he took the ball away from Kompany and with his next, he steered it past Joe Hart, who had come out to close him down, but it was not enough to stop the ball settling in the net and the players settling in front of the Spurs fans to celebrate going back in front with seven minutes left. A birthday celebration for the Dane, who had handed out the present to the supporters in the stands.

There was still time for City to test Tottenham's resolve, but the team closed ranks and squeezed the space available for the home team to play in and restricted their time in the penalty area. Toure put a shot wide as he tried to catch Lloris off his line from the kick off, Kompany headed off target and a shot from Sterling was blocked. It wasn't all City, as a ball into the box was only half cleared, dropping to Harry Kane outside the box. He took an early shot that had Hart scrambling across his goal, but the effort went a yard wide.

As the game entered four minutes of added time, Aguero got away on the right and drifted past Rose, who went to ground too early. His dinked cross to the far post saw Hugo back peddle to the far post rapidly, where he just managed to get a hand to the ball to knock it away from the waiting Otalamendi, who made contact with the keeper. The ball dropped beyond them to David Silva, but stretching, he could not keep it down and the ball flew high into the evaporating crowd behind the goal. I am surprised that anyone was there to see Aguero's title winning goal against QPR a couple of seasons back if this was anything to go by.

Within a minute of Lloris recovering from treatment for the knock he got, the whistle had gone and the real celebrations began. Not to signal that Spurs had won a major step to winning the title, but the joy from beating a rival on their own turf after being pegged back. The band of brothers fought for each other and deservedly came out on top, albeit with a fortunate penalty; but hey … we've had let-downs before in this city.

All the team performed to the level that Pochettino expects and with goal difference over Arsenal putting us second, just two points behind Leicester, the race for the top enters an interesting phase. Spurs are still in three competitions, as Arsenal and Manchester City, while Leicester City have only the league to concentrate on. Depth of squad, opponents in fixtures remaining and luck all come into play. Today Spurs benefitted from good fortune to take the points away from City and on another day, things might go against us.

It's a crazy rollercoaster ride, which is taking us up at the moment and while the B word is constantly being mentioned, we should just enjoy the side and the way they are playing and then see where it takes us by about 5 o'clock on May 15th.

Sparky Marky




Manchester City once went three months without training because their training ground in the late 1930s was bombed by the Germans.  This resulted in a great rivalry with the Scousers of Liverpool, as it transpired that the enemy had been aiming for Stan Boardman's Dad's chip shop.


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Other scores during this week :
Bournemouth 1 Stoke City 3 Saturday
Chelsea 5 Newcastle United 1 Saturday
Crystal Palace 1 Watford 2 Saturday
Everton 0 West Bromwich Albion 1 Saturday
Norwich City 2 West Ham United 2 Saturday
Sunderland 2 Manchester United 1 Saturday
Swansea City 0 Southampton 1 Saturday
Arsenal 2 Leicester City 1 Sunday
Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 6 Sunday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Leicester City 26 16 8 3 48 28 53 +20
2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 26 14 9 3 47 20 51 +27
3 Arsenal 26 15 6 5 41 23 51 +18
4 Manchester City 26 15 5 7 48 28 47 +20
5 Manchester United 26 11 8 6 33 24 41 +9
6 Southampton 26 11 7 8 34 24 40 +10
7 West Ham United 26 10 10 6 40 31 40 +9
8 Liverpool 26 10 8 8 37 34 38 +3
9 Stoke City 26 10 6 10 27 32 36 -5
10 Watford 26 10 6 10 29 28 36 +1
11 Everton 26 8 11 7 46 35 35 +11
12 Chelsea 26 8 9 9 38 36 33 +2
13 Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 27 32 32 -5
14 West Bromwich Albion 26 8 8 10 23 32 32 -9
15 Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 30 44 28 -14
16 Swansea City 26 6 9 11 24 34 27 -10
18 Norwich City 26 6 6 14 30 50 24 -20
17 Newcastle United 26 6 6 14 27 49 24 -22
19 Sunderland 26 6 5 15 32 50 23 -18
20 Aston Villa 26 3 7 16 20 46 16 -26


Position before match :  2nd
Position after match :  2nd
Position after the weekend :  2nd


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.


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