Date: 9th January 2011 at 7:03pm
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As Manchester City Fan Noel Gallagher and Leicester City fan Serge Pizzorno withdrew the FA Cup balls from the bag, Leicester V Manchester City was set to be an enthralling encounter.

Roberto Mancini was making his return to the Walkers Stadium where he once played and ex-Manchester City boss Sven Goren Eriksson was also facing his former employers.

Although the magic of the FA Cup has sadly wavered during the last few seasons, plenty of giant-killings on Saturday, made certain that City had to remain focused to gain a positive result in the third round.

Goals from James Milner and Carlos Tevez had cancelled out Sol Bamba`s very early strike, but when Joe Hart made a rare mistake, Leicester midfielder Andy King capitalised ensuring Leicester a deserved replay and a chance for Sven to be re-united with Eastlands.

City`s focus was immediately in question when 45 seconds from kick-off, debutant Sol Bamba, made the most of City`s defensive naivety with his first goal, poking home from close range.

Leicester`s pressure was causing a City defence- without Vincent Kompany- plenty of problems. Bamba continued to defeat our back four aerially and was unfortunate not to double his tally.

However, with Bamba scoring his first Leicester goal, James Milner took notice. The City and England midfielder netted his first goal for the club after an indifferent start to the season. City`s liveliest player, Milner, played a delightful one-two with Carlos Tevez, before finishing off in style, his left-foot shot placed to perfection.

After the goal City`s dominance was apparent, Milner continued to provide the spark and when released by Johnson, his right footed cross was turned home in style by Captain Tevez.

Unfortunately with a 2-1 lead on the stroke of half-time, City failed to capitalise in the second. City`s ecstasy on an emotional day- evolving round the great Neil Young and his traumatic battle with cancer- was turning to frustration.

The chances were becoming few and far between for the visitors, whereas Leicester, and in particular the dangerous Bamba, looked destined to breach an awkward defence.

With City retreating and changing the system to a more defensive 4-5-1, the pressure increased and although Gallagher`s clipped ball looked nothing more than a statistic, Joe Hart fumbled a routine cross allowing the talented King to snatch a deserved equaliser.

The unwanted replay at Eastland`s was now looking a certainty, but as Nigel De Jong strode into the oppositions box, he looked to have put the tie beyond a battling home side. Nevertheless, six yards out and fortunate not to suffer a nose bleed, De Jong struck his shot into the grateful Chris Weale`s hands.

A day to be remembered for many things- including the love and affection shown to legend Neil Young- will have the chance to entertain once again as Notts County`s Meadow Lane eagerly awaits a challenger.

Player Ratings

Looked comfortable until his error allowed Leicester to equalise.

Slack marking again at the back made him at fault for the first goal.

Wasn’t commanding enough at corners for an ex-captain.

His aerial ability should have made him Bamba’s marker early on.

Still gets skinned to easily, but going forward he provides a threat.

In what could possibly be his final performance he failed to shine.

Provided a performance City fans need to see more regularly.

Started slowly, but picked up.

A decent all-round performance.

Extremely poor.

Great skill for the goal, could have had more.

De Jong-6
His goal would have been the perfect moment for him and the City fans, but unfortunately he couldn’t do what everyone is desperate to see.

Didn’t add much.


8 Replies to “Sven To Grace Eastland’s After Hart’s Error”

  • Credit to Leicester for a good game, always nice to see Sven. Witnessed some rediculous over reactions following the result, it was a mistake by Hart and some spirited endeavour from Leicester. We have another bite at the apple, lets be reasonable.

  • Milner was our star performer. Not sure what happened to the rest of the team, albeit the pitch didn’t help. Hart pulled of a cracking save and then blew it with a poor handling of the ball which gave them their second goal. I suppose a good game for the nuteral but we should turn them over at Eastlands.

  • Seriously think I’d rather have Samaras back than Jo. It’s mind-boggling how bad he is. I’ve seen a few reserve games and I can say with 99% certainty that Guidetti or Nimely, while they may not be ready for the first team properly, would contribute more to the team than Jo does.

  • I have to say that while we werent great today the replay will be a very different affair,and dont forget we wont have to use the likes of Jo or RSC as we will have edin ready by then! just a little footnote maybe some of the undeperformers today(Swp,Jo,etc) are perhaps more concerned with not getting injured befoe they get january moves.

  • SWP was anonymous. Really thought he would impress today but did nothing. When Silva, Balotelli and Dzeko are ready to play – maybe, just maybe, we will get out of first gear.

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