September Results and Reports
Manchester City 0 Arsenal 1
- City give it their best shot
Arsenal repelled a valiant effort from Manchester City to continue
their unbeaten Premiership march at Eastlands on Saturday.
7-1 Barnsley League cup round
romped to their biggest win under Kevin Keegan after scoring five goals in
the first half.
Joey Barton smashed home from 20 yards and Shaun Wright-Phillips set up Jon Macken and Willo Flood before delightfully chipping in himself.
Macken pounced on a poor pass back to tap in the fifth before Barry Conlon pulled one back after Barton's error.
Antoine Sibierski quickly restored the five-goal margin and sealed the rout after another Wright-Phillips pass.
A fine debut for Willo Flood who played the whole game and an excellent performance from Stephen Jordan who replaced the hapless Ben Thatcher. Bradley Wright Philips joined Sean to became the first brothers to represent City since the Futchers in the 70's.
All in all a very good work out for the boys ahead of Arsenals visit on Saturday.
Man City: Waterreus, Thatcher (Jordan 48), Distin (Sommeil 45),
Mills, Jihai, Flood, Barton, Bosvelt, Sibierski, Shaun Wright-Phillips,
Macken (Bradley Wright-Phillips 46).
Goals: Barton 21, Macken 28, Flood 33, Shaun Wright-Phillips 36, Macken 44, Sibierski 56, 84.
Barnsley: Colgan, Hassell, Tom Williams, Kay, Robbie Williams (Boulding
31), Shuker (Nardiello 66), Wroe, McPhail, Burns, Conlon, Chopra.
Goals: Conlon 47.
Ref: P Robinson (E Yorkshire).
Anelka strikes twice to
give Keegan lift with win double
Ian Ridley for Get Your Kits Out at Selhurst Park
Saturday September 18, 2004
Crystal Palace 1 Manchester City 2
A double celebration for Kevin Keegan: first his horse Funfair Wane won the Ayr Gold Cup, then his thoroughbred striker Nicolas Anelka struck his fourth and fifth goals of early season to ease any pressure on the Manchester City manager. Be it 33-1 or 2-1, a winner is always welcome.
City had to withstand a late rally by Crystal Palace, in which Andy Johnson reduced the arrears with a penalty, but all of a sudden it looks so much better; less blue for the Blues. Anelka's low drive and assured penalty conversion of his own took them to up to tenth in the Premiership - and above Manchester United. At this time of year, crises can be averted with a single result.
Poor Palace, spirited but limited, remain rooted to the bottom after their fifth consecutive defeat, still without a point at home. Like investments, Eagles can go down as well as up.
Keegan looks to be going nowhere in the immediate future, though he accepts the crass judgment that this is a results game for any manager, no matter how well they are building a side, how they are balancing the books - and the sack could yet arrive.
'I've been buried alive from what I've heard, but I've got a stay of execution,' he said. His mood was combative, unlike the man who announced on a similarly rainy day nearly four years ago that he had gone as far as he could as England manager. 'You can argue that a side like ours should beat a side like Palace, but that's being blasť about the Premiership. Our confidence was low, theirs was low and it showed.
'A few of the players were saying, 'What if we lose today, what if we lose again in midweek? We've got Arsenal next Saturday.' I prefer to look at it another way. I said, 'What if we win today, knock Barnsley out of the Carling Cup and become the team to end Arsenal's run?' When I went to Liverpool from Scunthorpe, Bill Shankly told me that I would play for England. I said, 'I know I will'. That's the kind of person I am.'
It was stirring stuff and you could only applaud him. And if Keegan's team wanted him sacked, as has been suggested, there was little evidence of it. City did look scrappy until a goal soothed nerves, after which they moved more smoothly and should have gone on to win more comfortably.
Confidence was, indeed, low in the first half and there was an edginess to them. Shaun Wright-Phillips argued with Danny Mills over a bad pass; Jonathan Macken berated Wright-Phillips for not cutting the ball back to him. Twice Macken got in the way of goal bound attempts from Antoine Sibierski. Claudio Reyna sliced a shot high and wide.
But Palace had little to offer, save hopeful balls forward for Johnson and Sandor Torghelle to chase. When they did manage a build-up, Torghelle miskicked the promising Wayne Routledge's low cross in front of goal.
Half-time did City good, however, and they returned for the second half with more purpose, even harmony. Reyna and Macken, Richard Dunne and Sylvain Distin all swopped handslaps after good pieces of play. A goal soon arrived as tangible reward. Anelka's corner from the left found Ben Thatcher, who headed the ball back across goal for Sibierski to head goalwards, only for it to be cleared off the line by Aki Riihilahti. City worked the ball back out to the left for Anelka, and the Frenchman found the far corner with a crisp, low left-footed shot.
It should quickly have been two. Joey Barton sent Macken clear, but instead of crossing for the unmarked Anelka, he drove his shot into the side-netting. It mattered little. Within minutes, Danny Granville had pushed Wright-Phillips inside the penalty area, according to an assistant referee's flag, and Anelka comfortably converted the penalty kick.
Palace were not finished, though. Substitute Nicola Ventola had hinted at a threat with a header across goal and more menace came as he surged into the City penalty area. Distin intervened on a surface now slickened by the rain but committed a foul, another assistant referee decided. Johnson duly drove home the penalty.
Otherwise, Palace rarely looked to have a goal in them and a long, hard winter beckons. Whether Keegan has one could depend on a nearer future. 'I'm safe for a week,' he said. 'We've got some tough games coming up, but the media circus can go and find some other poor guy for a while.'
Man City 0-1 Everton City slump at home again
David Murray for Get Your Kits Out at COMS
Saturday 11th Sept 2004
Everton's £2m summer signing from Millwall headed home on the hour to seal a richly-deserved victory.
David James, dropped by England for the World Cup qualifier in Poland, kept Everton at bay with saves from Steve Watson, Marcus Bent and Leon Osman.
City barely troubled 10-man Everton in a bitterly disappointing display.
James was the central figure in a first 45 minutes that saw City enjoy the greater share of possession but Everton carve out the clearer chances.
He was in action after 11 minutes, making a fine double save from Steve Watson after he had been played in by Leon Osman.
James then denied Marcus Bent when he somehow kept out his header at point-blank range as he stole in on Lee Carsley's free-kick.
Leon Osman was next to be frustrated from only 10 yards, but the youngster should have scored after being set up by Cahill.
City only created half chances, and the game was enlivened in first-half injury time when Carsley and Joey Barton were both booked after a crunching challenge.
Everton deservedly took the lead on the hour - but it was a bitter-sweet moment for Cahill.
The Australian timed his run perfectly to head Tony Hibbert's cross past James.
But as he celebrated his goal, referee Bennett stunned players and supporters alike by sending Cahill off for over-exuberance.
Everton held out in relative comfort in the closing stages, with only Sylvain Distin causing alarm, firing narrowly over from the edge of the area.
Man City: James, Mills, Dunne, Distin, Thatcher (Jihai 73), Wright-Phillips, Reyna, Barton, Sinclair (Sibierski 73), Anelka, Fowler (Macken 63). Subs Not Used: Waterreus, Bosvelt.
Everton: Martyn, Hibbert, Weir, Stubbs, Pistone, Osman (Gravesen 58), Watson, Carsley, Cahill, Kilbane (Naysmith 73), Bent (Ferguson 73). Subs Not Used: Wright, McFadden.
Sending Off: Cahill (61).
Booked: Carsley, Cahill, Pistone.
Goals: Cahill 60.
Ref: S Bennett (Kent). Back to Main Page