Sunday, 30 March 2008

Birmingham City vs. Manchester City

A great 3 points this week for Birmingham City, and Bolton lost against Arsenal(just!) so we are in a good position - 4 points clear of the relegation zone. We truly deserved to win this game. Manchester City had very few chances - they hit the post right at the start of the first half, and the Benjani chance which resulted in the penalty, and that was about it. We were defininetly the better side and created more chances. McSheffrey shanked over the bar when the ball fell to him in the 18 yard box. Queudrue had an absolute stonker of a shot from about 16 yards - an overhead kick which was tipped over the bar. Jaidi had a header cleared off the line froma corner. The first 2 goals came from Zarate, in for McFadden who's hjad a knee operation. For the first goal, Dunne(?) failed to clear and it went into the path of Zarate and he put a wonderful chip in to score - although it looked like the defender may have gotten back as the shot felt like it went in in slow motion. The second goal was another great Zarate shot - he powered the ball into the bottom corner where no goalie was goalie was going to get to it.
And this is where it almost all goes wrong. Muamba does the worst backpass you've ever seen in your life and the ball falls to Benjani, who was fouled by Queudrue. Penalty! Queudrue got sent off as well, which could have been a bit harsh. Anyway, Man City score the penalty and get an undeserved goal. However, just a little bit later, we get a penalty - a penalty I was surprised to see given and that wasn't really a penalty, but McSheffrey scored it to make it 3-1 and de facto game over, what with Manchester City's toothlessness up front - all they managed were a lot of shots right into the arms of Taylor.

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