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Lucky City Survive Second Half Battering

Oh god, I hoped it would not come to pass but now everything will be full of giddy and cocky City fans for a week after their victory tonight. However, it will be obvious to anyone who saw the game that United are clear favourites to progress.

Fergie fielded a very strong line-up, with Carrick, Fletcher and Anderson in a midfield three supporting an attacking trio of Valencia, Rooney and Giggs. And this worked quite well from the beginning: United were comfortable in possession and though we did not create much, we were the more positive team.

We were rewarded with a deserved goal with 20 minutes gone: Evra whipped over a diagonal ball to Valencia who crossed for Rooney. His close-range effort was saved by Given but Giggs was on hand to convert the rebound.

United fans outsang their home counterparts even before the goal but after it, the silence was almost deafening but for a corner of the stadium where the visiting fans were gleefully singing the best of their repertoire.

Inexplicably, United lost some of their composure on the ball after the goal and allowed City more time and space but the hosts' were very poor and could not create anything at all, even against a makeshift backline including Brown, Evans and Rafael.

However, the latter made a mistake in the closing stages of the first half which was compounded by Mike Dean's extreme error: Rafael clearly let go of Bellamy's shirt before the area but the referee awarded a penalty which the otherwise very ineffective Tevez converted and then proceeded to do some really childish celebrations. Spiteful petulant prat, he is.

The second half started in a scrappy fashion: City could have scored early on as our defence displayed their ridiculous inability to deal with any set-piece that came across while Rooney and Giggs both could and should have restored United's advantage but they spurned their opportunities.

And they soon regretted it after another corner caused mayhem in the United box, Anderson, Evans, Rafael, Brown and co. running around without a clue, allowing Tevez to head it in from close range and proceed to do some even more childish and petulant celebration.

But unlike many other occasions on which we fell behind, we had a response this time. Fergie sent on Michael Owen for Anderson and United proceeded to batter City for the last 20 minutes of the tie. Given produced three great saves from Rooney alone; Owen had a shot cleared off the line; substitute Diouf headed wide with the goal gaping; Valencia fired wide of an empty net from two yards out...

So, in the end, plucky little City held on to a famous win in their cup final - but there is little evidence to suggest that United won't take them apart at Old Trafford. If we play like we did tonight, especially in the last 20 minutes then it should be no problem. Foster won't be in goal this time so everything's there for us to reach a second consecutive Carling Cup final.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 19 2010

Time: 11:12PM

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If only your owners were as good with the propaganda as this writer then they might actually convince the world that you have some money in the bank! And our cup final? In future years we will be known as your cup final as the sinking ship that is United has hit the iceberg and the water is beginning to pour in.
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19/01/2010 23:21:00

i have seen the replay for the so called penalty....i have never seen a ref award a penalty for that in all the matches i have watched.... one thing i don't get is why everyone thinks the advantage is with city....claiming they pretty much bagged their spot in the final....we got the away goal(with the supposedly weakened team) as well as unfair refereeing ...but i won't complain much about refs cuz i guess it could happen(i.e. chelsea-barca) but i think we have a good advantage with the away goal, and hopefully for the second leg we would have a decent back four who are fit and ready..i think we will make it thru to the final
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19/01/2010 23:37:00

"i have never seen a ref award a penalty for that in all the matches i have watched" - Watch a replay of Man City vs Everton from last week then. You got an away goal, but we got the win :D
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19/01/2010 23:45:00

You've never seen a penalty for that incident before??? Did you not watch Everton v City last Saturday?
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19/01/2010 23:45:00

Absolutely eighthsin, spot on!
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20/01/2010 00:01:00

City are My God, 'away goal' counts for ***** in the 'Carling' League Cup!! Sounds like 1969 to m e ....
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20/01/2010 00:03:00

It was good to see us step up a gear when we went 2-1 down. Was really disappointed for Mame when he missed that header. I really want to see more of him as I think even if he turns out to be the worst finisher in the world his physical presence and pace would open up the game for rooney who is wasted as the lone striker. But still, based on the way the two sides played I'd say its 50/50.
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20/01/2010 00:34:00

3-0 at Old Toilet. Fergie sign him up.
taggarts nose
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20/01/2010 00:34:00

no why would u assume i will watch everton vs city...not a city fan...never will...i just thought it was one of the softest calls ever given....but again i did stress i won't complain about refereeing cuz i always remember what happened to chelsea against barca and i tell myself...hey i guess it could happen...let it go
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20/01/2010 01:14:00

Tevez's celebration was a direct response to Gary Neville's stupidity and Man Utd fans' stupidity to boo him last time. It was simply just payback for disrespect received. I don't see anything wrong with it.
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20/01/2010 01:32:00

After Man City lead 2-1, Man Utd began to dominate. I don't see it as something like superior play from Man Utd. It was probably just Mancini's tactics to allow Man Utd to attack, see what they got (see and learn the way they attack) and Man City simply just sat back and relaxed. If Man City wanted to launch "surprise attack", they could do so. Just didn't need to, there is still 90 minutes to play, and they are short of some 1st team players. So Man Utd late domination was simply no big deal. 2nd leg is everything to play for. Man Utd could get the SURPRISE if they think Man City will just happy to sit back for a draw in 2nd leg.
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20/01/2010 01:41:00

If we play at Old Trafford like we played at city,there will be only one winner,hopefully we will have our scoring boots on this time.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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20/01/2010 06:00:00

Plus the return of rio and vidic will only strengthen our backline and I agree with Tuscan about giving rooney a partner.We looked so dangerous after playing with 2 strikers.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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20/01/2010 06:04:00

'You were beaten by a little team'. That actually makes it sound worse than if you had echoed your manager's comments and said 'beaten by a rival'. Grace, has never been one of your strong points, has it?
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20/01/2010 07:10:00

Why wouldn't the fans boo Tevez he left them for a rival team, im sure ronaldo would never be booed if he returned to old trafford for a game some day and also of the fact that if Ireland or some other city player joined United he would be treated even worse. And as for all you city fans who think you are already in the final there is still ninety minutes at old trafford that you need to go through. So good luck in game two.
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20/01/2010 09:00:00

Zae - just acouple of points to add a bit of balance, you mention Utds wasted chances so what about City's? You mention Utd's makeshift defence, so what about City's? You mention Tevez celebration as petulant, so what about Rooney's last season? The tie is very much still in the balance and don't be fooled City didn't play well for large periods last night, yet won and did have wasted chances to boot. We're not there yet, but Utd are obviously rattled and there for the taking. Come on City.
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20/01/2010 09:44:00

How many games is that utd have lost now this season and more on the way
Phil babb
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20/01/2010 13:14:00

Ineffective little prat? Tevez? surely not. 17 goals in 25 games isn't ineffective, it's good return on every penny you lot didn't have to buy him, you tit. As for childish, look at the way Rooney was trying to get a rise out of Tevez as he lined up to take the penalty. Glass houses, stones.
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20/01/2010 13:46:00

how much is that debt in your window, the one with the six noughts on the end?
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20/01/2010 20:13:00

what suprises me more about vital rags is the fact there forum is like a graveyard and its a good job we come on here to take the ***** otherwise this *****hole would fold quicker than pompy.
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21/01/2010 14:21:00

So biased and so fecked up- What a horrible article!!!
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22/01/2010 14:33:00

Well JT if ya dont like it sod off lol - no one asked ya to come in here!
Anyway - CIty probably deserved to win - but still should NOT have been a pen
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22/01/2010 23:04:00


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