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Man City   1 - 1   Blackburn

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By Mandeep Sanghera

Manchester City failed to turn their dominance into a win as they were held to a draw by Blackburn Rovers.

City had gone behind when a mix-up between keeper Joe Hart and Kolo Toure allowed Nikola Kalinic to steer in a shot from outside the area.

Patrick Vieira tapped in to level as City piled on the pressure.

Adam Johnson was denied a penalty for the home side before Carlos Tevez and Jo had late efforts blocked by Rovers' Gael Givet and Christopher Samba.

It was some last-ditch defending by a resolute Rovers as they clung on against a home side who were left shaking their heads in disbelief and frustration after the game.

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The match came at the end of a week in which City had aired the premiere of a film called Blue Moon Rising in a tale about their travails last season when they agonisingly missed out on a Champions League place.

They are hoping this season's version has a happier ending, although City will have to develop a greater cutting edge in front of goal and overcome a capacity for making life hard for themselves to achieve that.

Having started promisingly, a breakthrough for the home side seemed inevitable as Johnson and Tevez each had angled shots saved by Rovers keeper Paul Robinson.

Johnson's progress since his switch to City in January has been rapid and his trickery and pace gives his side the unpredictability and invention to break down stubborn opposition.

It almost proved the case when the England winger produced a clever dummy inside his own half, played a one-two with James Milner as he raced down the right flank and then cut inside to curl a left-foot strike just wide of the far post.

A Vincent Kompany header went narrowly wide of the Rovers goal before a comedy moment in the home side's defence allowed the visitors to take the lead.

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City centre-back Kolo Toure left Morten Gamst Pedersen's hopeful punt upfield to Hart but the keeper -- having come 30-yards out of his goal -- missed the ball and Kalinic steered in a left-foot shot.

Mame Biram Diouf, on loan with Rovers from Manchester United, almost compounded the error only to poke a far post strike wide from eight yards.

A Yaya Toure backpass almost let in Kalinic but the danger was cleared before City's stranglehold on the game was rewarded with an equaliser.

Vieira's run drove through the heart of the Rovers midfield and, after passing to Tevez on the right, the veteran midfielder continued his run to get on the end of his team-mate's cross and tap in.

City were striving for a winner and it was only a string of impressive saves from Rovers keeper Paul Robinson which frustratingly kept them at bay.

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After Tevez had a shot deflected on to the outside of the post by Samba, Robinson showed why he was once the England number one by keeping out efforts from Gareth Barry and Jo.

Blackburn had to withstand some incessant pressure as they employed their strategy to soak up pressure and catch City out on the counter-attack.

But on a rare foray forward they had a sight of goal when Kalinic worked some space in the City box only to have his shot blocked by the on-rushing Hart.

It was little respite for the visitors and City winger Johnson felt he should have earned his side a chance to grab a winner from the spot after going over the outstretched leg of Samba.

But referee Mark Clattenburg waved away Johnson's appeals as City had to settle for a point.

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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 1-1 Blackburn FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Vieira 55
  • Kalinic 25

Man City

Substitutes

Blackburn

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 44,246
MAN CITY
BLACKBURN

Possession

  • Man City 62%
  • Blackburn 38%

Attempts on target

  • Man City 14
  • Blackburn 2

Attempts off target

  • Man City 6
  • Blackburn 2

Corners

  • Man City 14
  • Blackburn 2

Fouls

  • Man City 12
  • Blackburn 10
  • Final Result
  • 100:36 The game gets underway.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mame Diouf by James Milner. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Micah Richards.
  • 90:00+4:17 Booking Gnegneri Toure Yaya booked.
  • 90:00+2:50 Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 90:00+1:52 James Milner takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:33 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
  • 90:00+1:02 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Gael Givet gets a block in.
  • 90:00 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 89:25 David Silva delivers the ball, clearance by Pascal Chimbonda.
  • 87:29 The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance by Micah Richards.
  • 85:08 A cross is delivered by Joleon Lescott, Shot by David Silva from 18 yards. Christopher Samba gets a block in. James Milner takes the inswinging corner, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:05 Substitution David Silva joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Johnson.
  • 83:15 James Milner takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Headed effort on goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the goal.
  • 82:49 A cross is delivered by James Milner, Phil Jones gets a block in.
  • 80:49 Handball by Pascal Chimbonda. Free kick taken by Adam Johnson.
  • 80:49 Booking The referee shows Pascal Chimbonda a yellow card.
  • 79:49 Centre by James Milner, Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 78:44 Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 77:29 Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 77:11 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson played to the near post, clearance made by Pascal Chimbonda.
  • Correction - 76:40 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
  • 76:40 Effort from inside the area by Joao Alves Jo misses to the left of the target.
  • 75:50 Unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by Gnegneri Toure Yaya results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 73:54 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the left by-line, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 73:43 James Milner sends in a cross, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 73:11 Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:44 James Milner takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
  • 71:29 Gareth Barry takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
  • 69:30 Carlos Tevez sends in a cross, Pascal Chimbonda manages to make a clearance.
  • 67:13 The ball is sent over by James Milner, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 66:58 James Milner produces a cross, clearance by Gael Givet.
  • 65:43 Substitution Patrick Vieira goes off and Gareth Barry comes on.
  • 65:27 Corner taken right-footed by James Milner.
  • 65:08 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
  • 63:20 Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the left by-line to the near post, Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 62:54 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
  • 62:54 Carlos Tevez produces a left-footed shot from just inside the penalty box and strikes the post.
  • 62:08 El-Hadji Diouf concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Johnson. James Milner delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Steven Nzonzi.
  • 59:31 The referee penalises Carlos Tevez for handball. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:43 Substitution Steven Nzonzi on for Vincenzo Grella.
  • 56:14 Substitution Shaun Wright-Phillips goes off and Joao Alves Jo comes on.
  • 54:58 Assist by Carlos Tevez.
  • 54:58 GOAL - Patrick VieiraMan City 1 - 1 Blackburn Goal scored by Patrick Vieira from close range low into the middle of the goal. Man City 1-1 Blackburn.
  • 54:18 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 53:15 James Milner challenges Pascal Chimbonda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:42 Nikola Kalinic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.
  • 48:29 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
  • 48:26 Christopher Samba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
  • 47:31 Gnegneri Toure Yaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
  • 46:12 Pascal Chimbonda fouled by Carlos Tevez, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Pascal Chimbonda coming on for Michel Salgado.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:10 Michel Salgado gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joleon Lescott. Free kick crossed by James Milner, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:44 Adam Johnson takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Vincenzo Grella.
  • 45:00 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 39:29 Substitution Martin Olsson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Nelsen.
  • 39:09 Shot from just outside the box by Carlos Tevez goes over the bar.
  • Correction - 37:21 El-Hadji Diouf produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
  • 37:21 El-Hadji Diouf produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 36:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 36:00 Unfair challenge on Micah Richards by Nikola Kalinic results in a free kick. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mame Diouf by Carlos Tevez. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 33:17 The ball is crossed by James Milner, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
  • 31:15 The ball is swung over by El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 30:32 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. James Milner takes the outswinging corner, save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 30:01 Short corner taken by Adam Johnson.
  • 29:47 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 29:10 Effort from deep inside the area by Mame Diouf misses to the right of the target.
  • 26:27 Phil Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Vieira. Patrick Vieira takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 24:21 Assist by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • Correction - 24:21 GOAL - Nikola KalinicMan City 0 - 1 Blackburn Nikola Kalinic scores a goal from just outside the area low into the middle of the goal. Man City 0-1 Blackburn.
  • 24:21 The assist for the goal came from Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 24:21 GOAL - Nikola KalinicMan City 0 - 1 Blackburn A goal is scored by Nikola Kalinic from just outside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Man City 0-1 Blackburn.
  • Correction - 23:35 Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Michel Salgado. Vincent Kompany takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
  • 23:35 Adam Johnson takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Michel Salgado makes a clearance. Vincent Kompany takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
  • 22:45 Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the left by-line.
  • Correction - 14:34 Adam Johnson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 14:34 Effort from the edge of the area by Adam Johnson goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 12:34 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
  • Correction - 11:50 The ball is crossed by Phil Jones, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
  • 11:50 The ball is swung over by Kolo Toure, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 10:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Micah Richards on El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 9:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christopher Samba on Micah Richards. Free kick taken by Micah Richards.
  • 9:14 The referee blows for offside against Carlos Tevez. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 7:57 Vincenzo Grella challenges Gnegneri Toure Yaya unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the free kick.
  • 7:04 Foul by Mame Diouf on Shaun Wright-Phillips, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Vieira.
  • 6:13 Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
  • 6:13 Booking The referee shows Patrick Vieira a yellow card.
  • 6:11 Patrick Vieira concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Jones.
  • 4:52 Shaun Wright-Phillips produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 3:56 Carlos Tevez is adjudged to have handled the ball. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.
  • 1:58 Corner taken by James Milner played to the near post, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Micah Richards misses to the right of the target.
  • 1:46 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 1:01 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the inswinging corner, save by Joe Hart.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 11 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

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

see also
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