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Manchester City 3-3 Burnley – Match Report

Manchester City continued their slow run of form witha fifth consecutive draw as Burnley deservedly picked up their first away point of the season.

The pressure is certainly mounting on City manager Mark Hughes to get City back on track for the top four, as Burnley seemed to have more desire and heart than his side. Questions remain over expensive acquisitions like Joleon Lescott after yet another poor display. Mark Hughes will surely know 5 draws,with no disrespect intended, against teams like Burnley, Birmingham and Fulham is not good enough for a talent filled side like his. However, for all this talent in his squad, they just don’t look like a team in recent games. On the other hand, Burnley fans should be very happy with the start they have made in the premier league sitting 10th in the premier league, 6 points above the drop zone, should be seen as a great start for Burnley. 

City brought in Toure, Ireland and Adebayor for Kompany, De Jong and Santa Cruz after the disappointing 0-0 draw away to Birmingham last Sunday evening. Whilst Tyrone Mears and Stephen Jordan returned to a much different City side than they will remember from their time at the club.

Burnley looked confident and composed straight from the first whistle after they had gained yet another home win against Hull last weekend. Their bright start was rewarded when a Tyrone Mears cross found Lescott’s arms hanging in the air for a penalty to be awarded for the away side. The dependable Graham Alexander tucked away the penalty to give Burnley fans hope of a first away win of the season. These hopes seemed to be turning into reality when a shell shocked City conceded a second goal in consecutive league home games. The holes in City’s defence were exploited again when former Manchester United winger, Chris Eagles found room to slide the ball across for Scotland international, Steven Fletcher to tap home and leave the City fans in complete silence.

Graham Alexander

This goal had finally stunned City into action after the second goal as Bellamy was released down the left hand side, only to see his low drive diverted away from goal by the “beast” Brian Jensen. However, a deflected shot from Wright-Phillips swivelled away from Jensen and into the corner of the goal to raise the City faithful just before the break.

With the City fans full of belief of a comeback, City sprung into action at the start of the second half. A Carlos Tevez free-kick was comfortably saved by Jensen and Ireland came no closer from 22 yards out. However, City deservedly pulled level on the 54th minute thanks to captain, Kolo Toure’s second goal of the season. A Gareth Barry free-kick found Lescott lurking at the far post to place the ball into the pathof his central defensive partner to sweep home from close range. With the bumper crowd in fine voice, City finally went ahead three minutes later. The impressive Shaun Wright-Phillips picked out Craig Bellamy to powerfully put the ball past Jensen for his 5th goal of the campaign.

Kolo Toure

City failed to add a fourth as Tevez failed to convert from close range and Burnley cleared a Clarke Carlisle deflection off the line. City were made to rue these missed chances by Burnley. A smart move saw Nugent cross the ball for Fletcher to head across the goal for substitute Mcdonald to smash home his first premier league goal and to give Burnley a point they probably deserved.

Kevin McDonald celebrates a late equaliser against Manchester City

Mark Hughes told mcfc.co.uk,  “For the vast majority of the second half I thought we were excellent. It was a huge effort on our part, but then we shot ourselves in the foot again and switched off.

“At the moment we are struggling to to take the sting out of things. You have to give the opposition no encouragement – you have to see them off, discourage them. You have to make them think there is nothing for them.”

Whilst a jubilant Owen Coyle paid tribute to his side to bbc.co.uk, “We are on a learning curve and if we had been an experienced Premier League team we would have seen it off. There is an unbelievable spirit in our dressing room. We are the smallest town to be in the Premier League, but we are determined to give this a real fight.”

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  1. mancityfans

    9 November, 2009 at 12:03

    This is yet another disappointment for Man City esp for the fans. It was really frustrating and unthinkable to see Burnley scoring 3 goals at Man City homeground. This reminds me of ‘a small club with small mentality’ remarked by Sir Alex. Maybe it was directed at Mark Hughes since Man City is not a small club. Mark Hughes is too boring for City. I think Man City is more capable of playing good attacking football instead of playing the long ball and then losing ball possession in the process. Gareth Barry has not been very effective in the midfield. As playmaker, he lacks vision and is not creative in the attack. He is slow, not good in the air, and seldom/never hold on to the ball. Steven Ireland/Tevez makes a better choice. For the sake of the club, I hope and anxious to see City playing possessive football and a good playmaker. To make it happen, the time of change for City is now!

  2. hartleymcfc09

    9 November, 2009 at 21:15

    Agree with most points here to be honest. I hate to see us playing this long ball to adebayor constantly in matches and he hardly even wins the header! However, i believe Gareth Barry has been brilliant in midfield but since the villa game, he seems to have had a dip in confidence, so i hope a break with England will do him good. With Stevie Ireland yet to impress me this season, i hope he can also recapture the form of player of the year from last season. Quick question mancityfans, what did you think of my report ? just wondering what people think of it lol
    Jake

  3. mancityfans

    12 November, 2009 at 05:49

    Hi Hartleymcfc09 – Jake. Thank you for your show of support. To be honest I think you re doing just fine. Well I guess we re just being sincere here. As Man City fans, we want to see Man City play good football like the way Arsenal play against Wolves. However I think no matter what Mark Hughes is the man. His decision is very crucial to Man City’s success. Thus I wonder if Gareth Barry work rate was not up to his usual mark, why was he not substituted then?

  4. hartleymcfc09

    12 November, 2009 at 22:34

    Yeah im not totally dissapointed with our start to the season, but surely 3 points against Burnley at home infront of a sell out crowd would be nice ? I have had faith in Hughes for quite awhile, i believe that sticking with a manager for a sustained period is much more crucial than chopping and changing every year. On the Gareth Barry matter, i think Hughes must of seen something in him that day, that i didnt, i thought bringing on a pair of fresh, defensive legs like De Jong would of really done us good in keeping the 3-2 lead, but hey, im not the manager am i,lets hope for 3 big points at anfield next weekend!

  5. nustian

    14 November, 2009 at 04:44

    sell lazybayor and all problems will be solved

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