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Man City   0 - 0   Birmingham

Carlos Tevez
Tevez's substitution late on was greeted by jeers from the home crowd

By Phil Dawkes

Manchester City failed to score for the third successive home game as they were held to a draw by Birmingham.

Credit must go to Blues for their discipline and commitment but City's ineptitude will make the headlines.

James Milner almost made amends for an uneventful opening half in the first minute of the second but Stephen Carr blocked his effort on the line.

That apart, City were restricted to half chances and once again were jeered from the pitch by the home fans.

Judging by the reaction to City's efforts in the goalless Manchester derby on Wednesday and the regularly-voiced frustration here, money certainly cannot buy you love. What earns affection from the stands is effort, commitment and points.

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Despite the assertions of loyalty and job security put out by the City hierarchy regarding their manager Roberto Mancini, the Italian could be in danger of bankrupting himself in the eyes of the Eastlands faithful through his continuing failure to produce a side whose sparkle matches the bling it took to recruit them.

Carlos Tevez was his usual busy self and Adam Johnson showed sparks of the penetration that has propelled him to the forefront of the new England generation, but otherwise there was little in terms of imagination or guile.

The first half saw Tevez, Aleksandar Kolarov and Johnson produce hopeful and ineffectual pot-shots for City.

And although Tevez bundled the ball into the net in the only moment of true goalmouth interest, he did so with his arm, an infringement spotted by referee Mike Jones.

No doubt having received some harsh words at half-time from Mancini, City came out for the second with the bit between their teeth and produced the game's standout goalscoring opportunity.

A long ball forward beat the Birmingham defence and found Milner, whose first effort was parried by Ben Foster and his second goalbound shot was cleared off the line superbly by Carr.

It was a moment of defiance that epitomised his side's endeavours.

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In their previous two matches Birmingham had only sparked into life after conceding twice - recovering sufficiently enough in the first against West Ham to take a point, and only narrowly being denied a second consecutive draw by Stoke's battling skills.

As a testimony to their late improvement in the game at the Britannia, Alex McLeish started with the side that finished Tuesday night's game and he was richly rewarded.

In their previous four matches at Eastlands, Birmingham had conceded 13 goals but they never looked like being overwhelmed again.

The largely anonymous David Silva provided a cross for City team-mate Kolo Toure to fire wide from inside the box and Tevez and Johnson cut in from the left only to see their shots respectively saved and blocked by an offside Milner.

McLeish proud of Birmingham spirit

Birmingham's only lapse occurred later in the second half when Barry Ferguson, under pressure from substitute Roque Santa Cruz misplaced a back-pass straight to Tevez, but the striker shot past the far post from 10 yards.

Tevez was replaced by midfielder Gareth Barry shortly after, sparking further jeers and chants of frustration from the home crowd.

And Keith Fahey almost stole the points for the visitors with a 20-yard strike late on, which would maybe have been too great a reward for their efforts.

When Foster plucked a Yaya Toure shot out of the top corner, their deserved point was secure, while Mancini's future became less so.

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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Barclays Premier League

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

      Man City

      Substitutes

      Birmingham

      Substitutes

      Ref: JonesAtt: 44,321
      MAN CITY
      BIRMINGHAM

      Possession

      • Man City 56%
      • Birmingham 44%

      Attempts on target

      • Man City 11
      • Birmingham 4

      Attempts off target

      • Man City 10
      • Birmingham 2

      Corners

      • Man City 6
      • Birmingham 4

      Fouls

      • Man City 15
      • Birmingham 11
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:02 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
      • 90:00+2:51 Adam Johnson takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
      • 90:00+2:32 Corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Alexander Hleb.
      • 90:00+2:26 A cross is delivered by David Silva, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
      • 90:00+1:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Silva on Stephen Carr. Free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
      • 90:00+0:56 Roque Santa Cruz challenges Roger Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
      • 90:00+0:38 Gareth Barry crosses the ball, clearance by Keith Fahey.
      • 90:00+0:11 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
      • 89:32 Gareth Barry takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
      • 89:02 The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
      • 87:13 Effort from just outside the area by Gnegneri Toure Yaya goes over the target.
      • 85:27 David Silva sends in a cross, clearance made by Scott Dann.
      • 84:19 Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
      • 84:14 The ball is sent over by David Silva.
      • 83:31 Lee Bowyer fouled by David Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
      • 82:14 Substitution Gareth Barry comes on in place of Carlos Tevez.
      • 82:06 Pablo Zabaleta delivers the ball.
      • 81:38 Lee Bowyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Silva. Direct free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
      • 80:49 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Pablo Zabaleta coming on for Aleksandar Kolarov.
      • 80:29 Cameron Jerome has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
      • 78:39 A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Scott Dann takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
      • 78:39 Booking Nigel De Jong goes into the referee's book.
      • 78:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Nigel De Jong.
      • 77:35 Carlos Tevez has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 76:20 Effort on goal by Aleksandar Kolarov from long range goes over the bar.
      • 74:25 The ball is sent over by Aleksandar Kolarov.
      • 73:28 Adam Johnson delivers the ball, clearance by Scott Dann.
      • 73:06 Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
      • 72:43 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in.
      • 72:11 Alexander Hleb produces a cross, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
      • 70:18 Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Roque Santa Cruz results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
      • 69:03 Keith Fahey takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
      • 68:13 Adam Johnson crosses the ball, save by Ben Foster.
      • 67:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Sebastian Larsson. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
      • 67:16 Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball.
      • Correction - 66:23 Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
      • 66:23 Effort from inside the area by Carlos Tevez misses to the right of the goal.
      • 65:35 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Roque Santa Cruz coming on for James Milner.
      • 64:06 Substitution Nikola Zigic leaves the field to be replaced by Alexander Hleb.
      • 63:32 The ball is delivered by Lee Bowyer, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
      • 63:20 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line to the near post.
      • 62:17 Carlos Tevez delivers the ball, save by Ben Foster.
      • 61:02 Adam Johnson takes a shot. James Milner gets a block in.
      • 60:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany by Sebastian Larsson. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
      • 60:09 The ball is crossed by James Milner.
      • 57:33 James Milner takes a shot. Stephen Carr gets a block in.
      • 57:10 Nikola Zigic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kolo Toure takes the free kick.
      • 56:50 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
      • 55:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Stephen Carr. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from James Milner, Lee Bowyer gets a block in.
      • 54:09 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line, Adam Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell. Gnegneri Toure Yaya produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
      • 53:43 James Milner delivers the ball, Sebastian Larsson gets a block in.
      • 52:25 The ball is crossed by Jerome Boateng.
      • 50:07 Unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Nigel De Jong results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Sebastian Larsson from the free kick, save by Joe Hart.
      • Correction - 48:19 Substitution Lee Bowyer replaces Craig Gardner.
      • Correction - 48:19 Foul by Cameron Jerome on Nigel De Jong, free kick awarded.
      • 48:19 Strike comes in from Aleksandar Kolarov from the free kick, Ben Foster makes a save.
      • 48:19 Substitution Lee Bowyer on for Craig Gardner.
      • 48:19 Cameron Jerome concedes a for a foul on Nigel De Jong.
      • 45:17 James Milner takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
      • 45:01 The second half has started.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:07 The ref blows to end the first period.
      • 45:00+0:57 Aleksandar Kolarov produces a cross, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
      • 45:00+0:38 Centre by James Milner, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
      • 44:54 The assistant referee flags for offside against Carlos Tevez. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.
      • 44:13 Adam Johnson has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
      • 43:56 Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, save made by Joe Hart.
      • 41:58 Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
      • 40:41 Unfair challenge on Nikola Zigic by Kolo Toure results in a free kick. Roger Johnson takes the free kick.
      • 40:00 Booking The referee shows Carlos Tevez a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 40:00 Carlos Tevez is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.
      • 39:06 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Roger Johnson.
      • 38:44 Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.
      • 37:19 James Milner crosses the ball, save by Ben Foster.
      • 36:41 Cameron Jerome concedes a free kick for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
      • 35:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by James Milner. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
      • 34:05 Gnegneri Toure Yaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
      • Correction - 32:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Milner by Liam Ridgewell. Aleksandar Kolarov crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Nikola Zigic makes a clearance.
      • 32:10 Unfair challenge on James Milner by Liam Ridgewell results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Adam Johnson from right wing, Nikola Zigic makes a clearance.
      • Correction - 31:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick taken by Scott Dann.
      • 31:17 Kolo Toure challenges Sebastian Larsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Dann takes the free kick.
      • 30:02 The official flags David Silva offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
      • 28:42 Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Kolo Toure results in a free kick. Scott Dann takes the free kick.
      • 28:03 James Milner delivers the ball, clearance made by Scott Dann.
      • 27:51 David Silva sends in a cross.
      • 27:07 The official flags Carlos Tevez offside. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
      • 26:52 Craig Gardner fouled by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, the ref awards a free kick. Roger Johnson takes the free kick.
      • 25:59 Long distance shot from Keith Fahey misses to the left of the target.
      • 25:07 The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
      • 24:01 Aleksandar Kolarov takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
      • 22:45 Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
      • 22:19 Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
      • 20:16 Keith Fahey sends in a cross, Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
      • 19:51 Effort from just outside the box by Aleksandar Kolarov goes over the bar.
      • 19:33 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
      • 18:44 Stephen Carr delivers the ball.
      • 16:38 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Carlos Tevez goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 14:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Scott Dann. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
      • 14:15 Aleksandar Kolarov takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Nikola Zigic.
      • 7:21 Foul by Nikola Zigic on Gnegneri Toure Yaya, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
      • 6:17 Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
      • 4:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Zigic on Jerome Boateng. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
      • 3:36 Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov. Direct free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
      • 1:08 Foul by Nigel De Jong on Cameron Jerome, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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