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Birmingham   0 - 0   Man City

Given saves from McFadden
Given dives to his left to palm away McFadden's penalty for Birmingham

By Phil Dawkes

Manchester City had Shay Given to thank as his penalty save ensured they earned their fourth successive league draw against hard-working Birmingham.

Christian Benitez hit a post early on for the home side and Craig Bellamy saw a shot blocked for City.

Keeper Given came to the visitors' rescue early in the second half, saving James McFadden's penalty after Nigel de Jong had handled in the box.

Barry Ferguson's second yellow saw Birmingham reduced to 10 men late on.

The Scottish midfielder's dismissal was an unfortunate end to what was a committed display from the home side.

We were in control of the match - McLeish

As the most recent Premier League beneficiaries of foreign investment, Birmingham have inevitably courted unfair comparison with Abu Dhabi-backed Manchester City.

New Blues owner Carson Yeung's riches cannot match those available at Eastlands, but for much of this match his players were the equal of City's expensively assembled charges.

The home side harried the visitors from the off and twice could have been ahead early on.

Referee Mike Dean allowed advantage to be played following a foul on Cameron Jerome, giving Benitez the chance to turn and shoot but his deflected 20-yard effort was tipped onto the post by Given.

A minute later, Jerome harried Vincent Kompany into relinquishing possession to Benitez, who ran through on goal but his shot was well saved by Given.

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The home side were unable to keep up such a frantic pace and the visitors came into the game as the half wore on.

Bellamy had their first chance, latching on to a Carlos Tevez pass in the box and unleashing a shot but Birmingham defender Roger Johnson went to ground to block.

Shaun Wright-Phillips almost embarrassed Maik Taylor in the Birmingham goal with a dipping effort from 25 yards, but a combination of Stephen Carr and Johnson were on hand to clear when the keeper spilled the shot.

The final clear-cut chance of the half fell to Birmingham as a combination of poor clearances from Joleon Lescott and then Gareth Barry gave Lee Bowyer a shooting chance inside the box but it was too close to Given, who was able to save.

With only eight goals scored so far, Birmingham are the joint lowest scorers in the Premier League this season and again their inability to convert chances cost them 10 minutes into the second half.

Hughes praises Given after draw

In an attempt to head clear in his own box under pressure from Sebastian Larsson, De Jong was adjudged to have handled by referee Dean.

McFadden took the spot kick but his effort was too close and at a good height for Given to dive to his left and palm away.

Further goalscoring opportunities were a rarity as both sides showed plenty of endeavour but little menace.

Jerome's tame header from a Larsson cross was arguably Birmingham's best effort, while an effort from Tevez, tipped over by Taylor, was as close as City came to a winner.

In injury time, Ferguson needlessly earned himself his second booking by handling the ball in an attempt to hold up a Manchester City attack.


Birmingham manager Alex McLeish:

"We came into the dressing room disappointed not to win and it was a very powerful performance.

"The only thing that let us down was the final touch but other than that how can I fault the performance of the players?

"Only a man-of-the-match performance from Shay Given stopped us from winning."

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes:

"We didn't play as well as we are capable of.

"We needed to knuckle down today to get something from the game and that is what we did.

"People talk about the four draws but three of them have been away from home so we have still been picking up points."

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Sunday, 1 November 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 0-0 Man City FT
(HT 0-0)

      Birmingham

      Substitutes

      Man City

      Substitutes

      Ref: DeanAtt: 21,462
      BIRMINGHAM
      MAN CITY

      Possession

      • Birmingham 41%
      • Man City 59%

      Attempts on target

      • Birmingham 4
      • Man City 6

      Attempts off target

      • Birmingham 3
      • Man City 8

      Corners

      • Birmingham 4
      • Man City 8

      Fouls

      • Birmingham 9
      • Man City 9
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+6:43 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
      • 90:00+5:27 Direct free kick taken by Shay Given.
      • 90:00+5:27 Sent off Barry Ferguson is shown a red card.
      • 90:00+5:14 Handball by Barry Ferguson.
      • 90:00+4:05 Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
      • 90:00+2:08 Martin Petrov produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 90:00+1:12 Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Stephen Carr results in a free kick. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.
      • 90:00+0:59 The ball is sent over by Lee Bowyer.
      • 89:52 Inswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov, Maik Taylor makes a save.
      • 89:26 A cross is delivered by Lee Bowyer.
      • 88:27 Christian Benitez is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
      • 87:31 Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Kevin Phillips coming on for Cameron Jerome.
      • 87:15 Martin Petrov produces a cross. The ball is sent over by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
      • 82:59 Wayne Bridge takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
      • 82:06 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.
      • 82:00 The ball is sent over by Lee Bowyer, clearance by Joleon Lescott.
      • 80:42 Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome. Free kick crossed right-footed by Barry Ferguson, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
      • 80:06 A cross is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips.
      • 75:54 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Martin Petrov, Sebastian Larsson makes a clearance.
      • 74:04 Unfair challenge on Wayne Bridge by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Shay Given takes the free kick.
      • 72:26 The offside flag is raised against Shaun Wright-Phillips. Maik Taylor takes the free kick.
      • 70:21 Shot from deep inside the area by Sebastian Larsson clears the crossbar.
      • 68:51 A cross is delivered by Lee Bowyer. Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross, save by Shay Given.
      • 67:51 A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
      • 66:43 Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry.
      • 66:28 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save made by Maik Taylor.
      • 65:41 Substitution Roque Santa Cruz leaves the field to be replaced by Martin Petrov.
      • 64:20 Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, clearance by Pablo Zabaleta.
      • 62:41 Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
      • 62:41 Booking Roque Santa Cruz goes into the book.
      • 62:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Roque Santa Cruz on Keith Fahey.
      • 61:51 The ball is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Header from deep inside the area by Cameron Jerome goes over the bar.
      • 60:46 Substitution Keith Fahey on for James McFadden.
      • 59:21 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Barry played to the near post, Joleon Lescott takes a shot. Save made by Maik Taylor.
      • 59:21 Substitution Nigel De Jong goes off and Stephen Ireland comes on.
      • 59:08 The ball is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
      • 58:08 The ball is swung over by Craig Bellamy, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
      • 56:46 Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
      • 56:46 Booking James McFadden booked for unsporting behaviour.
      • Correction - 56:46 Free kick taken by Shay Given.
      • 56:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by James McFadden on Nigel De Jong.
      • Correction - 56:45 James McFadden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong.
      • 56:19 Corner taken by James McFadden.
      • Correction - 55:03 A save by Shay Given from penalty by James McFadden. Birmingham 0-0 Man City.
      • Correction - 55:03 Nigel De Jong is adjudged to have handled the ball.
      • 55:03 Power penalty taken by James McFadden saved by Shay Given. Birmingham 0-0 Man City.
      • 55:03 Nigel De Jong handles the ball and concedes a .
      • 54:50 The ball is sent over by James McFadden.
      • 54:22 Booking The referee shows Wayne Bridge a yellow card.
      • 53:38 Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Indirect free kick taken by Maik Taylor.
      • 52:28 The offside flag is raised against Christian Benitez. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.
      • 50:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Lee Bowyer. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, save made by Shay Given.
      • 49:28 Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 48:42 Centre by Pablo Zabaleta, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
      • 47:31 Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
      • 45:01 The second half has started.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+2:12 The half-time whistle blows.
      • 45:00+2:04 Christian Benitez crosses the ball.
      • 45:00+0:01 Gareth Barry crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
      • 45:00+0:01 Booking Scott Dann shown a yellow card.
      • 44:51 Foul by Scott Dann on Carlos Tevez, free kick awarded.
      • 43:32 Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastian Larsson. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
      • 42:32 Lee Bowyer takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
      • 41:28 Unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Roque Santa Cruz results in a free kick. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.
      • 39:33 Nigel De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastian Larsson. Roger Johnson takes the direct free kick.
      • 39:22 Pablo Zabaleta produces a cross, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.
      • 38:48 Unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Barry Ferguson results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Pablo Zabaleta, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
      • 38:09 Centre by Pablo Zabaleta, clearance made by Scott Dann.
      • 35:31 Foul by James McFadden on Craig Bellamy, free kick awarded. Craig Bellamy fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
      • 31:16 Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
      • 30:25 Craig Bellamy produces a cross.
      • 29:54 Gareth Barry takes a inswinging corner.
      • 29:26 Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 27:53 The ball is swung over by Craig Bellamy, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Joleon Lescott goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
      • 27:53 Booking Barry Ferguson booked for unsporting behaviour.
      • 27:48 Unfair challenge on Craig Bellamy by Barry Ferguson results in a free kick.
      • 27:13 Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Pablo Zabaleta manages to make a clearance.
      • Correction - 26:56 James McFadden takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
      • 26:56 James McFadden takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
      • 25:45 The assistant referee flags for offside against Roque Santa Cruz. Maik Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
      • 25:19 The official flags Christian Benitez offside. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
      • 24:03 The assistant referee flags for offside against Roque Santa Cruz. Free kick taken by Maik Taylor.
      • 23:36 Christian Benitez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shay Given takes the free kick.
      • 22:44 Unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Lee Bowyer results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
      • 21:57 The ball is sent over by Craig Bellamy, Barry Ferguson gets a block in.
      • 21:33 Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
      • 21:09 Shaun Wright-Phillips crosses the ball. Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
      • 19:16 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line, save by Maik Taylor.
      • 18:29 Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Maik Taylor.
      • 18:08 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Maik Taylor makes a save.
      • 18:02 Pablo Zabaleta delivers the ball, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
      • 16:53 The ball is sent over by Wayne Bridge, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
      • 16:12 The referee blows for offside against Christian Benitez. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
      • 14:40 Carlos Tevez crosses the ball, save made by Maik Taylor.
      • 14:22 Lee Bowyer delivers the ball, Pablo Zabaleta manages to make a clearance.
      • 13:51 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gareth Barry, save by Maik Taylor.
      • 13:27 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save made by Roger Johnson.
      • 12:23 Shaun Wright-Phillips sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Roque Santa Cruz misses to the right of the goal.
      • 10:58 Christian Benitez takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
      • Correction - 8:35 Christian Benitez takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
      • 8:35 Christian Benitez takes a shot from outside the penalty box and hits the post.
      • 7:06 A cross is delivered by Wayne Bridge, Sebastian Larsson manages to make a clearance.
      • 6:53 The ball is sent over by Pablo Zabaleta.
      • 6:06 Effort from inside the area by Barry Ferguson misses to the right of the target.
      • Correction - 5:28 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Maik Taylor.
      • 5:28 The assistant referee signals for offside against Roque Santa Cruz. Maik Taylor takes the indirect free kick.
      • 2:22 The ball is swung over by Christian Benitez, Shay Given makes a save.
      • 1:15 Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Scott Dann results in a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
      • 0:54 A cross is delivered by Stephen Carr.
      • 0:25 Roque Santa Cruz handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.
      • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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      Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 1 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Chelsea 11 20 27
      2 Man Utd 11 12 25
      3 Arsenal 10 19 22
      4 Man City 10 7 19
      5 Tottenham 11 4 19
      6 Liverpool 11 9 18
      7 Aston Villa 10 5 18
      8 Sunderland 11 3 17
      9 Stoke 11 -2 16
      10 Burnley 11 -10 15
      11 Fulham 10 0 14
      12 Wigan 11 -9 13
      13 Everton 10 -3 12
      14 Birmingham 11 -4 11
      15 Bolton 10 -5 11
      16 Wolverhampton 11 -7 10
      17 Blackburn 10 -13 10
      18 Hull 11 -16 8
      19 West Ham 10 -4 7
      20 Portsmouth 11 -6 7

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