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Tottenham   0 - 0   Man City

Joe Hart punches clear
Hart clears his lines again in a man-of-the match display

By Ian Hughes

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart produced an outstanding display to deny Tottenham victory at White Hart Lane.

Hart saved acrobatically from Jermain Defoe, Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto as Spurs started strongly.

The excellent Gareth Bale struck the foot of the post with a rasping drive as a misfiring City were overwhelmed.

City did improve after the break and Shaun Wright-Phillips was denied by a last-ditch tackle, but Hart twice kept out efforts from Roman Pavlyuchenko.

And for all City's spending in the close-season, more than £100m on five new signings, it was Hart - brought back to the club after a season-long loan with Birmingham - who was their most valuable asset.

Hart delighted with 'huge' start

His magnificent interventions in the first half prevented the home side racking up a score that would have left City's embarrassment of riches simply embarrassed in the opening game of the new Premier League season.

While Tottenham immediately resumed their excellent form from last season, helped by lining up with ex-City man Vedran Corluka as their only change from the side that beat City 1-0 to book their spot in the Champions League play-offs, the visitors looked every inch the team of strangers that they are.

Debutants Yaya Toure, David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov made little impression, with the latter taken off at half-time, and City boss Roberto Mancini looks set to face a difficult challenge in how to give his side the right balance.

Redknapp praises 'fantastic' Spurs

The visitors also had no time to settle in the opening half, as Tottenham played with a fast tempo and produced fluent, attacking football that deserved reward.

Only a brilliant save from Hart, diving to his left, kept out Defoe's volley - the 23-year-old England keeper quickly justifying his selection ahead of Shay Given.

Hart made another fine stop to keep out Huddlestone's 25-yard effort and, later, produced an ever better one to claw away an Assou-Ekotto shot that was headed for the top corner.

With Bale in particular proving a menace, giving right-back Micah Richards a torrid time, Spurs attacked at will.

Bale was denied a penalty after falling under Richards's challenge and the left winger was then extremely unlucky to see his low, angled shot come back off the post with Hart for once beaten. Defoe returned the rebound but Vincent Kompany blocked the effort.

Tottenham striker Defoe was again denied soon after when the advancing Hart prevented him slotting home from Huddlestone's excellent pass over the top.

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City carried little attacking threat as their midfield - packed with holding players - failed to retain the ball and lacked creativity.

In their only half-chances of the opening period, skipper Carlos Tevez hesitated in the box and was dispossessed and shots by Yaya Toure and Kolarov were wayward, and with Emmanuel Adebayor on the bench, City looked light up front.

But the visitors gave a better account of themselves after the break following what was likely to have been been a stern talk from manager Mancini - the Italian had almost lost his voice at the end of the game.

Possession and territory was more evenly split between the sides, and it was City who threatened first.

Yaya Toure looped a ball over the top for Wright-Phillips, who could not quite bring it under control and was robbed by an excellent tackle from Assou-Ekotto.

Gareth Bale
Bale (left) came closest to scoring when he hit the post

Another scooped pass from Yaya Toure played in Silva but his shot was blocked by Ledley King and Tevez wasted a half chance on the follow-up.

Yaya Toure's influence on the game was much greater now and Spurs could not dominate as they had done.

However, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp's side still looked dangerous and created chances to win the game.

A fast break from the home side gave substitute Pavlyuchenko two chances to test Hart and the goalkeeper was again equal to the challenge.

City brought on Adebayor to give them extra presence up front, but it was their defence that was almost exposed as the ball dropped to Bale in the box. He should have scored, but sliced his right-footed shot wide.

It proved to be the last chance of a game that Tottenham will feel they should have won after a sublime first-half display.

City will be heartened that they hung on when on the ropes and they come away with a rare point, having stopped a run of six straight league defeats at White Hart Lane.

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Saturday, 14 August 2010

Premier League

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

      Tottenham

      Substitutes

      Man City

      Substitutes

      Ref: MarrinerAtt: 35,928
      TOTTENHAM
      MAN CITY

      Possession

      • Tottenham 54%
      • Man City 46%

      Attempts on target

      • Tottenham 18
      • Man City 7

      Attempts off target

      • Tottenham 4
      • Man City 4

      Corners

      • Tottenham 10
      • Man City 3

      Fouls

      • Tottenham 13
      • Man City 16
      • Final Result
      • 94:28 The game kicks-off.
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:58 A cross is delivered by Gareth Barry, clearance made by Ledley King.
      • 90:00+2:38 David Silva fouled by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, the ref awards a free kick. Vincent Kompany takes the free kick.
      • 90:00+1:31 Goal kick taken short by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
      • 90:00+0:53 Attacking throw-in by Emmanuel Adebayor (Man City).
      • 90:00+0:26 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
      • 90:00 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
      • 89:41 The referee blows for offside against Roman Pavlyuchenko. Vincent Kompany takes the indirect free kick.
      • 88:46 Emmanuel Adebayor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
      • 87:31 Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany. Corner taken short by Roman Pavlyuchenko. Roman Pavlyuchenko has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 85:26 Gareth Bale produces a cross, Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
      • 84:52 A cross is delivered by Vedran Corluka, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.
      • 84:05 The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson, Ledley King manages to make a clearance.
      • 83:25 Roman Pavlyuchenko delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Gareth Bale from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
      • 81:47 David Silva crosses the ball in from the free kick, Benoit Assou-Ekotto makes a clearance.
      • 81:47 Substitution Emmanuel Adebayor on for Carlos Tevez.
      • 81:47 Foul by Dos Santos Giovani on Pablo Zabaleta, free kick awarded.
      • 81:04 Defending throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).
      • 79:50 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Ledley King. Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dos Santos Giovani. Direct free kick taken by Dos Santos Giovani.
      • 79:17 Nigel De Jong fouled by Tom Huddlestone, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
      • 76:52 Defending throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
      • 76:20 Substitution Aaron Lennon goes off and Dos Santos Giovani comes on.
      • 75:59 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
      • 73:43 Gareth Bale sends in a cross, save by Joe Hart. Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, Gnegneri Toure Yaya makes a clearance.
      • 73:23 Attacking throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
      • 72:49 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
      • 72:38 Shot from just outside the area by Adam Johnson goes over the bar.
      • 72:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Huddlestone on David Silva. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
      • 71:46 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
      • 71:36 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
      • 70:53 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Ledley King gets a block in. David Silva decides to take a short corner.
      • 70:21 Defending throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
      • 69:48 Centre by Gareth Bale.
      • 69:30 Attacking throw-in by Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
      • 69:08 Attacking throw-in by Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
      • 68:22 The ball is delivered by Pablo Zabaleta, clearance by Ledley King. Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 66:46 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Robbie Keane coming on for Peter Crouch.
      • 66:46 Substitution Jermain Defoe leaves the field to be replaced by Roman Pavlyuchenko.
      • 66:46 Substitution Adam Johnson on for Shaun Wright-Phillips.
      • 64:02 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
      • 63:22 Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Shaun Wright-Phillips, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 62:47 Defending throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
      • 61:53 The ball is swung over by Aaron Lennon, Peter Crouch has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
      • 61:23 Micah Richards takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 61:02 Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Ledley King gets a block in.
      • 60:00 Luka Modric takes the free kick.
      • 60:00 Booking Pablo Zabaleta is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
      • 59:47 Pablo Zabaleta challenges Aaron Lennon unfairly and gives away a free kick.
      • 58:07 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
      • 56:58 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
      • 56:15 Gareth Bale sends in a cross, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
      • 55:32 Corner from right by-line taken by Gareth Bale.
      • 53:43 Corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Vedran Corluka.
      • 52:35 Defending throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).
      • 51:45 Defending throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
      • 50:49 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Ledley King gets a block in.
      • 49:13 Attacking throw-in by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham).
      • 48:44 Shaun Wright-Phillips challenges Benoit Assou-Ekotto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
      • 48:22 Defending throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).
      • 46:55 Aaron Lennon sends in a cross, Shaun Wright-Phillips fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
      • 45:01 Substitution Pablo Zabaleta is brought on as a substitute for Aleksandar Kolarov.
      • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+0:55 Aleksandar Kolarov fouled by Aaron Lennon, the ref awards a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.
      • 45:00 The ref blows to end the first period.
      • 44:54 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
      • 44:10 Aaron Lennon sends in a cross, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
      • 43:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Vincent Kompany on Jermain Defoe. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.
      • 43:00 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
      • 42:13 Aleksandar Kolarov has an effort at goal from a long way out that misses to the right of the goal.
      • 41:06 A cross is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips, clearance by Ledley King.
      • 40:06 Tom Huddlestone challenges Aleksandar Kolarov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
      • 38:28 Gareth Bale produces a cross, comfortable save by Joe Hart.
      • 38:11 Attacking throw-in by Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
      • 37:33 Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 36:30 Luka Modric decides to take a short corner, Gareth Bale produces a cross.
      • 34:49 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
      • 34:19 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
      • 33:38 The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun Wright-Phillips. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
      • 32:49 Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
      • 32:08 Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Carlos Tevez results in a free kick. Ledley King takes the direct free kick.
      • 31:53 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
      • 31:27 Gnegneri Toure Yaya has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 31:13 Shot by Gareth Bale. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
      • 30:27 Gareth Bale produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box and strikes the post. Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gareth Bale.
      • 30:19 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Aleksandar Kolarov.
      • 29:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Luka Modric. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
      • 28:07 Carlos Tevez challenges Ledley King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ledley King.
      • 27:40 Centre by Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
      • 27:03 The ball is sent over by David Silva, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
      • 24:40 Unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Tom Huddlestone results in a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.
      • 23:02 Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Gareth Bale, save made by Joe Hart.
      • 23:02 Booking Vincent Kompany goes into the book.
      • 22:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Vincent Kompany.
      • 22:27 Aaron Lennon fouled by Aleksandar Kolarov, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
      • 22:07 David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
      • 19:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
      • 18:50 Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Michael Dawson results in a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov restarts play with the free kick.
      • 17:57 Defending throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).
      • 16:42 Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, clearance made by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line played to the near post, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
      • 16:10 Corner taken by Gareth Bale played to the near post, David Silva makes a clearance.
      • 15:30 Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, save by Joe Hart. Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
      • 15:13 Attacking throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
      • 14:18 Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by Kolo Toure.
      • 13:27 Luka Modric fouled by David Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 13:00 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
      • 12:00 Tom Huddlestone challenges David Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Silva.
      • 11:03 Jermain Defoe fouled by Micah Richards, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Gareth Bale, clearance by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
      • 10:48 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a brilliant save.
      • 10:00 Peter Crouch fouled by Kolo Toure, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Bale crosses the ball in from the free kick, Aleksandar Kolarov makes a clearance.
      • 9:26 The ball is sent over by Aleksandar Kolarov.
      • 8:48 Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).
      • 7:53 Nigel De Jong challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Bale produces a cross, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
      • 7:38 Attacking throw-in by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham).
      • 7:00 A cross is delivered by Aaron Lennon, blocked by Aleksandar Kolarov. Corner taken by Gareth Bale, Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
      • 6:03 Shaun Wright-Phillips produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 5:16 Gareth Bale produces a cross, save made by Joe Hart.
      • 3:40 Carlos Tevez sends in a cross, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
      • 3:13 Gnegneri Toure Yaya fouled by Tom Huddlestone, the ref awards a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
      • 2:55 Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Jermain Defoe results in a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.
      • 1:06 A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance by Gareth Barry.
      • 0:48 Nigel De Jong challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
      • 0:18 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.

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      Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 14 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

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

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