Saturday, August 23, 2008

We woz robbed: City 2 - 2 Norwich

City could only manage a draw against the Canaries after being 2-0 up with less than 15 minutes to go.

In truth, the score should have been 2-1 by then anyway. Norwich missed a penalty (I mean completely missed - not saved) in the 8th minutes soon after Ross McCormack had given the Bluebirds the lead after a great through ball by Jay Bothroyd. Then City themselves were denied a penalty early in the second half by the appalling referee (stand up and take a bow Mr Anthony Taylor of Greater Manchester) who truly had a game to forget.

Norwich's first goal came courtesy of a hopeful volley through a mass of players in City's penalty area that fell to one of two players in yellow, clearly standing in an offside position. In fact they were so far offside everyone stopped, except Lupoli who prodded the ball home. Everyone waited for the flag and whistle, but it didn't come, and that gave Norwich enough of a kick to press on in search of the equaliser that came from a low header after City 'keeper Heaton lost his footing.

Poor though the refereeing was, and offside though Norwich's first goal was, City had taken their foot off the gas. Dave Jones also made three strange substitutions, taking 2 goal McCormack off immediately after he scored the penalty, Bothroyd off for Thompson and Kennedy off for Comminges, when in fact City looked comfortable.

2 points lost rather than one gained methinks.

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