Barclay’s Premier League
Wednesday 10 November 2010, 20.00 KO
City: Hart, Boateng (Kolarov 83), K Touré, Kompany, Zabaleta, de Jong, Barry, Y Touré, Milner (A Johnson 73), Silva, Tevez (c) (Adebayor 90+5)
Unused: Given, Lescott, Richards, Vieira
Referee: Chris Foy
Man of the Match: Vincent Kompany
City went into this fixture on the back of a good performance and with a mind to avenging the three last minute defeats of last season. And, with news of a virus hitting the United camp, City went into the derby as marginal favourites.
It was the home side who started the game brightly, but a driving run from Tevez was swiftly cut out by Vidic, when the former United striker should possibly have taken the shot on from distance. Zabaleta had a go at a low cross, but Carrick was in the way.
United then had a go at Joe Hart’s goal through Carrick, but the midfielder’s shot was high, wide and not very handsome. Fletcher then summed the game up, by running the ball out of play under pressure from Kompany.
Evra then forced Hart into a comfortable save with a driving run from the middle, before Carrick got in the way of a Nigel de Jong thunderbolt volley at goal, as the ball was cleared from a Milner corner.
With 37 minutes on the clock, Tevez had City’s best chance of the game – a free kick from the centre of goal, roughly 25 yards out. He curled it over the wall and it looked to be heading inside the post, until Van Der Sar got there first.
It took almost until the hour mark for the next chance of the game. Berbatov was able to volley at goal from inside the box, but his effort was straight at Joe Hart and was nothing he couldn’t deal with easily.
A minute later, Tevez had the opportunity to shoot from the edge of the box, but it wasn’t up to his usual standard and bobbled through for Van Der Sar to gobble up.
A scissor kick from the edge of the box from Gareth Barry, as a City corner was nodded clear, was the home side’s next chance, but Van Der Sar didn’t even move as it flew well wide of his goal.
Adam Johnson came on to try and liven the game up, but even he couldn’t do it all by himself – as he skipped into the box between O’Shea and Ferdinand, the ball ran away from him and was cleared by Vidic.
With the game heading towards injury time, Zabaleta had the chance to win it for City as he latched onto a Johnson pass that wasn’t cut out by Ferdinand. But, after stepping inside Vidic, his left footed effort was over the bar.
Tevez had the chance in time added on to unleash a shot from range, but he elected to try and beat his former team-mates. He couldn’t get his shot in and it brought a dour game to its conclusion. Neither side really fashioned a good chance and the points were rightly shared.
It was the very definition of a bore draw.