Date: 28th January 2010 at 10:28am
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Manchester City fail to make the League Cup final after heart-breaking scenes witnessed at Old Trafford. Second half goals from midfielders Scholes and Carrick looked to send United to the Wembley final. Carlos Tevez, a persistent nemesis, levelled the tie for the blues. However, another stoppage time goal, this time from Wayne Rooney heaped misery on the travelling fans and ensured Manchester United face Aston Villa in the League Cup Final.

A momentous occasion predicted as the greatest Manchester Derby for decades, produced a phenomenal encounter which allowed both sides a dream of the Wembley Final. After the unfortunate League fixture at Old Trafford and the 34 year wait for a trophy, Manchester City sensed their time had come to avenge previous failures. The slight 2-1 advantage City took to Old Trafford proved insufficient as our wait for a trophy continues.

A pulsating fixture with an unbelievably high tempo again produced several controversial moments. The usual fiery encounter continued, with several passages of misconduct. Both Rooney and Ferdinand were fortunate to escape punishment as their flailing arms caught the Argentine duo of Tevez and Zabaleta. Greater misconduct followed from the home fans as bottles and coins alike were hurled in the direction of City talisman Bellamy. Howard Webb was left looking on nervously as the high profile match escaped his loose grip into a blood bath.

On the pitch, a tantalising, inspiring and entertaining match took place with despair waiting for one set of fans. Surprisingly City started the brighter, after taking a 2-1 advantage into the tie, the blues would have been forgiven if they took a defensive approach. Mancini`s men, however, were on the front foot immediately endearing themselves to the neutrals. Carlos Tevez was proving unplayable over the two legs with sublime close control and technical ability. The Argentine it was who looked to give City a greater advantage with whole-hearted running creating an opening where he was eventually tripped by Ferdinand. Bellamy was also creating mass confusion amongst the United back four with his typical blistering pace and uncontrollable runs.

The home side looked on with great anxiety as they failed to control the tie. Giggs had their only legitimate chance with his left foot shot bringing a routine save from the excellent Given. Again, City looked to press, their undeniably dashing pace excelled and they were incredibly unfortunate not to lead at half time.

The match was evenly poised at half time with City providing the desirable tempo and slick passing needed. Micah Richards, a persistent thorn in United`s side looked to open the scoring with a superbly struck left foot shot destined for the top corner, Van der Sar scrambled across and tipped it wide. A persistent danger going forward and defensively superior City looked to be the favourites to win the battle.

Suddenly the impetus swung dramatically. After several objects were thrown from the crowd striking Bellamy, a poor City corner led to a breakaway from the home side. The defence became unstuck and after several opportunities to clear Scholes popped up and netted. The goal sparked a dominant passage of play from United as they decided to attack a youthful back four who had previously looked unbeatable. Again City were looking bemused and shell-shocked as Michael Carrick placed his shot into Shay Given`s bottom corner. Old Trafford roared as they headed to Wembley. Glum faces amongst the City faithful looked on as the tie slipped from their grasp.

Despite this, the forward line of Manchester city persisted and persevered with chances falling to both sides. Disappointment and despair was suddenly converted to elation and hysteria as Carlos Tevez levelled the tie. A remarkable flick from Tevez ended United`s dominance and City looked back on track.

The pendulum had again swung over the 180 minutes and it was the blues looking to press and relieve themselves from the tension of extra time. Chasing every ball like gladiators we were unfortunate to grab a late equaliser, winning the tie on aggregate. As injury time was reached the sense of holding on for extra time looked to enter the youthful minds of Mancini`s players. The mentality of Alex Ferguson`s players had switched as they became aware of their neighbours anxiety. With the horrific memory of a Stretford End stoppage time goal previously we hoped lightning wouldn`t strike twice. Nevertheless, after previously being warned from Fletcher, producing an outstanding save from Given it was United who won the tie with a Wayne Rooney header. The red half was met with joyous scenes as they had knocked their “noisy neighbour” out of the cup. Anguish, desperation and a hint of unjust entered the minds of every Blue shirt involved.

This was an extremely harsh ending which was difficult to swallow after an enthralling two legged cup tie. The undeniable degree of ability from a youthful and newly-built side is slight consolation from what was a near perfect.

“34 years?.. and we`re still here’

Player Ratings

Sublime goalkeeper made a great save from Flecther which should have meant extra time. Few other notable tests as the back four looked strong

after a huge dip in form Richards has increased unbelieveably over recent weeks. A phenomenal display from the right back providing both courageous tackles and neat attacking football. Didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.

A great prospect with a bright future. Looked very steady and accomplished at the heart of our defence. A few rash clearances the only black mark over two strong games.

Another typically marvelous display from the stalwart. The first defender on the team sheet, will be too strong to replace.

Unfortunate to be given abuse from City fans after the game because his performance was limited. He is much improving but has had stronger games.

De Jong-7
Provided that wall/shield for the majority of the encounter. A quick break away undid all his hard work. Found it hard to remain strong when the match became end to end.

A good performance. Nothing spectacular but he provided another layer of defensive strength and he regularly set up City attacks.

His running in midfield endears him to the fans. A strong display and our midfield looked unsteady without his defensive balance.

Started very brightly and the systematic fouling continued. Tired very early and became a liability. When on song he provides the side with good balance and is greatly feared by them lot.

Typical. Displaying both sublime skill and pace as well as great determination. A truly class player who would have loved to throw the bottle etc back. Didn’t faze the talisman.

Another fantastic performance when all eyes were on him. So difficult to remove once on the ball. Very unfortunate not too score that terrific run. Rewarded with his efforts when he scored a deft flick.

Added little. Looked to operate on the right where he isn’t as influential.

Was an asset as a target man. Took defenders away for the goal and allowed Tevez to sneak infront of Ferdinand.


53 Replies to “Blues Desperately Unlucky”

  • Get a life once a fkn blue! U will never conquer us ever! U make this huge fuss about a coin when u****s did the same thing! Just goes to show. Ur team is nothing but a bunch of overpaid ****s with no real purpose but to suck the poor owners dry.

  • Excellent match report OAB. I’d like to add Giggs had a flailing arm moment on Richards also which was more deliberate than other two.

  • Blackfac, that joint in the middle of your arm- that’s your elbow, the flabby thing at the bottom of your back with the crack in it- that’s your arse. Have you got that? Good, now jog on you ******** numpty.

  • Blackfac3, what ******** planet are you on you ******** non entity, bleed our poor owners dry, i think you’ll find that it is your club that’s in the ***** with financial restrictions due mainly to Mr Glazer preferring to line his own pockets rather than spend on your arrogant bunch of tossers who cheat their way to success time and time again, but bare this in mind dickhead, that every time you drive to the garage to fill up your Reliant Robin your helping to pay for one of our new players, so do every one a favour and slither back under your rock, because we will be back and that you can be certain

  • How far have United sunk just to beat us in the Carling Cup? A full strength team to beat a weakened City side, is that really the height of your ambition? We’ll have to see how we get on in the FA Cup, oh but you’re not in that are you? And don’t even think about mentioning the Champions League as you don’t really need to embarrass yourselves as you are nowhere near good enough to win it or even get near the final. City are coming but the big question is can we beat the debt collectors to topple the crumbling empire?

  • SWP had a shocker for me. Like he was dancing on ice all game, and he gets muscled out everytime. Id never start him in a derby again. He gets a 6. Zableta made no impression in midfield or at left back. He gets a 6. Kompany and boyata were ordinary. They get 6. Was barry playing? He gets a 6. I dont think city were unlucky, apart from tevez penalty. Bellamy should have taken 15minutes to clear his head after being assaulted by united thugs. That crap corner he took straight after left city exposed in the defence for the break on the 1st goal. City needed the first goal to have any hope. It wasnt meant to be. Lets go for the FA cup now.

  • Great detailed report OAB and therefore FACT..can’t argue with that. Stopping myself being drawn by the crass posters will not work. Any one totted up the value of each team’s starting 11. I’ve totted it up roughly but probably one for Statto JB
    PS What a *****e ground for getting out organising a helicopter next. Still gutted

  • we gave a great account of ourselves,im very proud of boyatta’s performance,espically as i was very fearful when i learned that he would be starting the game.

    it was a great experience to reach the semis and that experience will serve us well,after 18 months of new ownnership a league cup semi final is nothing to be sniffed at.


  • Hahahahahahahahahaha desperately unlucky!? Hahahahaha are you serious!? How desperately unlucky were we to lose the first leg? How desperately unlucky were you not to lose by 4, 5 goals last night? Over the two legs, EVERYONE knows and admits, we were by and large the better team. So you somehow trying to make yourself feel better by telling yourself you were somehow unlucky is really nothing short of stunning!

  • Kevinho – Full strength side? I could swear we were missing Vidic, Valencia, O’Shea. And you played a weakened side? After all that money spent, you still have a weakened side? A side that had De Jong, SWP, Bellamy, Tevez, Adebayor, Zabaleta, Gareth Barry? That IS quite weakened. The height of our ambition? Are you serious? You expected us to lose to you….AT HOME by playing our reserves? Would you ever let us forget it if you had won this CC tie even if we had played our U-12s? NO, so sod that ambition talk. Ask Arsenal how much Spurs fans remind them of their CC semi-final 5-1 drubbing! Fortunately SAF is smarter and does not want to suffer the same fate. He understands the fans, he understands the need to put you in your place. He understands the need to show you that you can spend all you want but it’ll take a monumental task to push us off our perch! You expect us to pave the way for you to win a trophy? 34 years! Haha take that in your pipe and smoke it!

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