Sunday 26 February 2017

City undone by baggies

West Brom 2
Manchester City 1

Shay Given started his first game of the season for Manchester City in their Carling Cup clash against WBA last night but ended up on the losing side as Roberto Mancini's men went down 2-1. Photo: Getty Images
Shay Given started his first game of the season for Manchester City in their Carling Cup clash against WBA last night but ended up on the losing side as Roberto Mancini's men went down 2-1. Photo: Getty Images

Sheikh Mansour's £1billion investment in Manchester City was unable to save the Blues from an embarrassing Carling Cup defeat to West Brom's second string at the Hawthorns.

Even with an estimated £100million of talent on the pitch at the final whistle as Roberto Mancini threw on James Milner and David Silva, City were unable to force an equaliser.

Milner came closest in stoppage time when Boaz Myhill made a flying save to ensure a West Brom side preserved a lead Gianni Zuiverloon and Simon Cox had given them in a two-minute second-half spell.

It was a dismal result for Mancini, who must now try to avoid defeat to Chelsea at Eastlands on Saturday to stop questions being asked about his admittedly short Blues reign.

The only man who could look back on the contest with any satisfaction was goalkeeper Shay Given. Irishman turned in an excellent display, with two saves in particular standing out.

The first, to deny Graham Dorrans needed agility after the midfielder had let fly from 20 yards with a shot heading for the bottom corner.

Then it was strength, speed and dexterity as Given turned away Giles Barnes' header, then got across his goal quickly enough to repel Somen Tchoyi.

Jo scored his first City goal in almost two years in Salzburg last week. Rather like buses, once one arrives, another follows shortly afterwards as he gave City an early lead.

Irish Independent

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